Kennametal

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Kennametal Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
79 Reviews
3.6
79 Reviews
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Kennametal Chairman, President, and CEO Carlos M. Cardoso
Carlos M. Cardoso
46 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, okay time off, ability to buy extra vacation time, training when started was good (in 6 reviews)

  • There are many great people who work here (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Promoted male employee with less qualifications and less senority because he was sports oriented, which appealed to plant manager at the time (in 4 reviews)

  • If not based in Latrobe or a long-time employee, difficult to move ahead (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Amazing Workplace and people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Consultant in Latrobe, PA
    Former Employee - Technology Consultant in Latrobe, PA

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

    Pros

    1) Friendly people
    2) Good cafe
    3) Great opportunities

    Cons

    1) Latrobe is not a place to live.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Fort Mill, SC
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Fort Mill, SC

    I have been working at Kennametal

    Pros

    The people, whether recently hired or "lifers," are generally excellent to work with. I have enjoyed most of the new relationships I have built. The pay is not out of line for similar jobs. The bathrooms and break room are kept in spectacular condition.

    Cons

    There is zero career advancement opportunity. Kennametal is very good at "dangling the carrot" to keep people around but the only advancement opportunities are from within the customer service field. Forward, progressive thinking is frowned upon. Overachieving and excellent need not apply here. Mediocrity is celebrated. Some (not ALL) of management can be very close minded and condescending. The general feel of the office is that employees are treated like children (i.e. assigned seating, assigned lunch breaks, STRICT attendance policy, socializing is discouraged).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open-minded to the ever changing work-place. This is not the 1980's or even the 90's anymore. You don't foster a thriving workplace by stifling creativity, talking down to your employees and, for all intents and purposes, discouraging any kind of employee socialization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Kennametal Fort Mill management team is one of no sense of being pro active they are always reactive. It is always at the expense of the employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Experience in Fort Mill, SC
    Former Employee - Customer Experience in Fort Mill, SC

    I worked at Kennametal full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some people that are friendly and very professional

    Cons

    Management team manipulates team members and cause animosity and chaos between coworkers by promising positions that do not exist

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Until there is a new management team is created with a modern way of thinking in the fort mill office there will always be a high turnover rate in the office. The place is a revolving door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall a good company with interesting work.

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

    I have been working at Kennametal

    Pros

    Friendly work environment with great people.

    Cons

    Internal politics can be tough for some.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people in lower management / hourly.

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

    I worked at Kennametal full-time

    Pros

    Real focus on Safety, plenty of growth and opportunities depending on location.
    Flexible

    Cons

    Understaffed, supervisors, managers wearing too many hats .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Metrics can be bent to make things seem better then they are, Some plant managers need to go, they are the reason for high turnover in areas of Quality / Supervision, Engineering.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people with good intentions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Latrobe, PA
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Latrobe, PA

    I worked at Kennametal full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with having ethical outlooks and positive attitude.

    Cons

    Poor feedback to employees. Poor ability to provide career advancement or counseling. Poor repatriation of expats.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show people how they can advance. Give them the opportunities to succeed. Play to your peoples' strong points.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Growing Company

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

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time

    Pros

    Great use of the latest communication technology. Very ethical and safe place to work.

    Cons

    Too many management tiers, too many people busy building and protecting their own dynasties at cost to the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some upper management are and will continue to be roadblocks to growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Well Organized, and Friendly

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

    I worked at Kennametal full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Well supported, easy to contact staff throughout the company for internal guidance. Facility was very friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    Corporate headquarters not always in the loop with satellite facilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top level managements open and honest information is appreciated, but please be accurate and timely.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Awkward experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Analyst in Latrobe, PA
    Former Employee - Product Analyst in Latrobe, PA

    I worked at Kennametal as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, good environment, friendly people, nice buildings. Established business. Good educational resources.

    Cons

    I was a contract employee. I had 3 managers in 18 months. I was constantly told they were going to hire me full time soon, or that I had a new manager I had to prove myself to and that I was basically starting over. Every manager completely changed my job duties. Asked to work lots of unpaid overtime as a contract employee. HR became hostile when I asked them about this (moreso because I thought it proved they should hire me full time than because it was illegal or I was upset). I was constantly asked to work holidays (14 hours on Good Friday and was called at 5PM on Easter Sunday to come in) to wrap up projects. If only I had just one manager or was a full time employee it would have been far better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Abusing contract employees made full-time employees wonder what was in store for them. Besides my awkward situation though, everything seemed very good for everyone else.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Highly political

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

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time

    Pros

    Very stable industry with loyal customer base

    Cons

    Too political not encouraged to have an open mind as new member of the leadership team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow new leaders to participate more in running the business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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