Kennametal

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Kennametal Reviews

Updated January 17, 2015
Updated January 17, 2015
83 Reviews
3.5
83 Reviews
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Kennametal Chairman, President, and CEO Carlos M. Cardoso
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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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  1.  

    Amazing Workplace and people

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    • 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 a 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.  

    Ehhhh

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Kennametal full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Severance package was offered when position eliminated. I can't think of any other pros.

    Cons

    Kennametal bought out my former employer and pretty much immediately dismantled my entire department. I don't think they did a good job of allowing options for the many employees that had been in their roles a very long time. They just eliminated positions, with the pretense that everyone would be fine and after working individuals and departments extremely hard to help with the transition and then laying them off.

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

    Poorly managed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goshen, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goshen, IN

    I worked at Kennametal full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some good people work there

    Cons

    Management has no clue what they are doing! More concerned with numbers then what they are doing to the people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees!! Don't just HEAR them

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

    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
  6.  

    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.

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    • 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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    Great people in lower management / hourly.

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    • 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people with good intentions

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    • 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
  9.  

    Overall a good company with interesting work.

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    • 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
  10.  

    Growing Company

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    • 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
  11.  

    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

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