Kennametal Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
75 Reviews
3.6
75 Reviews
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Kennametal Chairman, President, and CEO Carlos M. Cardoso
Carlos M. Cardoso
44 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)

  • I could say location (cold and relatively long Winters), but HQ in Latrobe PA is only one of many global locations, so the argument could be moot (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decades of growth and satisfaction

    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    For me the career at KMT has been full of opportunities for growth. Post-hire training is never a problem - just ask for it if its not already on your schedule. Benefits and compensation are all on par with most companies of a similar or larger population. The breadth of products and industries served make the chances of doing what interests you highly possible whether it be scientific/technical, manufacturing/logistics, administrative/HR, sales/marketing, or IT.

    Cons

    I could say location (cold and relatively long Winters), but HQ in Latrobe PA is only one of many global locations, so the argument could be moot. Otherwise, I can not think of a con!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO's history includes manufacturing, wherein he understands our products and our customers. As long as we keep that experience and knowledge base predominant in the leadership team, we should continue to grow prosperously.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quality professional environment

    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has structured practices and resources to develop and promote internal talent that are comparable to world class organizations that are much larger in scale and revenue. These practices are called out in the company's core operating system... and are made a company priority.
    Kennametal also actively solicits employee feedback with an annual anonymous employee survey (delivered in many languages). And managers are expected to make improvements from the feedback.
    This company also puts a lot of emphasis on ethics, safety, and being a good contributor to local communities. (We're actually encouraged to volunteer.)
    Having worked across multiple industries, I can honestly say, this kind of commitment to employees is not common.
    And it shows in the employees... this company is full of really smart people who care about what they do and how their work makes a difference.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a place to coast through your work or just put in your time... this won't be the place for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The bottom line is the bottom line.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machinist in New Market, VA
    Current Employee - Machinist in New Market, VA

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They are willing to invest in the location if you're making a profit.
    They move work to high performing facilities.
    They are always open to new ideas which save the company money.

    Cons

    Everything seems focused on shifting from a very employee friendly company to one which is more profit driven. While this makes sense on the broader scale, there must be a balance to profits and employee engagement and retention. It looks like the days of 30+ year employees is dying at Kennametal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The more machines you attempt to make your employees run won't automatically lead to more profits. Identifying real tact times for machines and balancing the requirements of the operators would be smart. It's kind of being looked at... but the facility management seems to be overloaded while being understaffed and there's only so much they can do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Precision with our products and in our work place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Electrician in Weldon, NC
    Current Employee - Maintenance Electrician in Weldon, NC

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I have never worked with such a skilled set of coworkers in my life. We are provided with what we need to get the job done. Good medical and fringe benefits. Management IS KNOWLEDGEABLE AND LEAVES THEIR DESKS AND CHECKS ON PRODUCTION! It is about producing a great product for the customer. In class we used one of the bits and it was awesome!

    Cons

    If you don't want to work, don't apply.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't see any problems, impressed that management doesn't micromanage, yet does check on progress with well informed managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Working at Kennametal is nice experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Channel Partner Manager in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Current Employee - Channel Partner Manager in Bangkok (Thailand)

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunity for career growth.Open for suggestions.System Driven.

    Cons

    Handling many brands under one roof

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice. Doing good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Manager in Rogers, AR
    Current Employee - Technology Manager in Rogers, AR

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good company for stared. It bring you a nice environment to wok, nice co workers, very friendly. The company has different subsidiary trough out the United State.

    Cons

    Shift changes to much so that kind bad for people who has family. Others that the company is a good place to start and gain experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be prepare to work hard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    preventive maintenance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Preventive Maintenance in Solon, OH
    Former Employee - Preventive Maintenance in Solon, OH

    I worked at Kennametal as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    able to work with my schedule for school

    Cons

    have nothing negative to say

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    working here is wonderful superb

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Assistant - E in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Technical Assistant - E in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    homely atmosphere, friendly people supportive seniors

    Cons

    no proper support from my department collegues very mean ones all there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work out for being the number one in the field as for now & also try with any other products that can make us survive for much longer all the best

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Surprising

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Sales in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Executive Sales in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great team,Experienced people,Great market recognition.good salary

    Cons

    people tent to leave the company soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more sales,Need more people in field who can get sales for us.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Sales operations and channel management

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

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

    Pros

    Have the opportunity to learn a lot

    Cons

    trans-department communication is kinda difficult... always have conflicts with some department

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