Kaydon Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
8 Reviews
2.6
8 Reviews
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    Summer Intern, refused offer to come back full time

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Regional Sales Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - RSM
    Former Employee - RSM

    I worked at Kaydon full-time (more than an year)

    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..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Work you to death with little to no support to get the job done!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    No Career Path

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology
    Current Employee - Information Technology

    I have been working at Kaydon full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Low stress. Low demands. Very few rules. Boss only micro-manages areas he thinks he is good at. Let’s me manage areas he doesn’t understand. Short drive to work.

    Cons

    Ancient technology. No opportunity for promotion. Infrequent and lousy raises and bonuses. Arrogant and condescending leadership. No contact with human resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Just because they earn a fraction of your salary does not mean they are stupid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    An extremely challenging environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Allow your support staff to do their jobs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    mis-managed high insurance slave wages

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Duplex in Sumter, SC
    Current Employee - Duplex in Sumter, SC

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

    Pros

    if you like working at a prison this is your place

    Cons

    new management has run business into the ground cut bonuses high cost
     sub medical insurance. no training loss of customers poor attendence policies no personal time off slave wages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good People, Slow Growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Kaydon as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Excellent pay.

    Cons

    Bad Upper Management. Slow growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Luck

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kaydon

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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