Kaydon Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
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  1. Good People, Slow Growth

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

    I worked at Kaydon as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. Excellent pay.

    Cons

    Bad Upper Management. Slow growth.

  2. Unbelievable Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kaydon

    Pros

    Cleanliness, Great working environment, business growth

    Cons

    Learning how to setup and run machines

  3. Regional Sales Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - RSM
    Former Employee - RSM

    I worked at Kaydon full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, great products, solid company that is heavily involved in military and wind energy farms, not your typical bearing company. High tech, high accuracy, solid products..

    Cons

    Travel is plentiful, niche product results in major economic swings, feast or famine, rotating upper management personal has caused some issues in compensation, ie paying out bonuses due for targeted sales campaign..

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  5. An extremely challenging environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sumter, SC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sumter, SC

    I have been working at Kaydon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It will challenge you to the nth degree. It gives you the opportunity to do some good meaningful work and to learn a lot of stuff

    Cons

    Not a lot of support from upper management at times, overwhelmed the majority of the time, and you are expected to put in a lot of hours and work weekends

    Advice to Management

    Allow your support staff to do their jobs

  6. OK for the arorspace type of employee.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Muskegon, MI
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Muskegon, MI

    I worked at Kaydon full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Out of Automotive but old .

    Cons

    Poor train system that were old.

    Advice to Management

    Need new system to operate business.

  7. Good Luck

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kaydon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Diversity, High visibility, many opprrtunities to work outside you discipline

    Cons

    management is more shoot from the hip, flavor of the day technique.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on the business at hand and trust your employees and staff.

  8. Poor leadership after move from NC

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Longview Plant, SC
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Longview Plant, SC

    I worked at Kaydon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice building and offices thanks to previous occupants of the building.

    Cons

    Processes are not engineered to produce good parts. Employees are not trained to make good parts. Managers are not supported. HR does not exist.

    Advice to Management

    Make your processes capable, train your employees and stop turning over managers.

  9. Summer Intern, refused offer to come back full time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Design Engineer Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Current Intern - Design Engineer Intern in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Kaydon as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Being a design engineer at Kaydon is not bad - you get to put your hands into a little bit of everything engineering related. You get to go to every training meeting, you are considered as an asset in projects, and you will learn a bunch. While it looks like a dump (and frankly, parts of it are), the equipment and techniques are state of the art. Furthermore, everyone is quite friendly.

    Cons

    I declined a position at Kaydon because I see myself being there for only 5 years - the job gets repetitive fast (Rings and Seals are only so interesting for so long) and there is no room to grow. Also, I understood that raises are miniscule at best and the company is beginning to stagnate.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the company's value, not only the bottom line. This means putting more money into research, fixing the money holes in the plant's roof, and, in general, doing what Koppers used to do.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Work you to death with little to no support to get the job done!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sumter, SC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sumter, SC

    I have been working at Kaydon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people on the shop floor are great, but only if you can earn their respect.

    Cons

    No support from upper management. The company is cheap and does not want to pay fair market value for good employees. They allow continue to allow incompetent employees to stay and to continue making mistakes. They do not believe in promoting within either.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest you start looking at your current employees for help on solving your issues. Bearing knowledge does not come easy and it has been proven time and time again that it is very difficult for outsiders with no prior bearing experience to be successful at Kaydon. I have seen a Material Science Engineer with a masters degree and a Aerospace Engineer with a masters degree both fail miserably and have zero success at Kaydon. One lasted a year and the other only 4 months before they left.

  11. No career ladder.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muskegon, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muskegon, MI

    I have been working at Kaydon full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Since the IT staff is way too small to handle the backlog, it is unlikely I will be laid-off.

    Cons

    Management has stated there will NEVER be any levels between "pee on" and Director.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what your employees are saying. Admit you are not perfect.

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