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Kennametal Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.4 66 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

Kennametal Chairman, President, and CEO Carlos M. Cardoso

Carlos M. Cardoso

(39 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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

  • Great Home to Work Life Balance(in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Working for a plant manager who is more interested in corprate image and not real operation of the one plant(in 4 reviews)

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    People are under-utilized and under-valued

    Manufacturing Manager (Former Employee) Johnson City, TN

    ProsThere were many talented people who worked at the location I was at. Most of them were very skilled and friendly.

    ConsEmployees were under-value and under-utilized. The culture is more like a dictatorship and collaboration does not happen very often. In my experience, management gave alot of lip-service to it's values but had no follow-through. Many times upper management's actions did not support the positive messages they tried to portray.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize that to maintain valuable people, you need to re-vamp how you view your employees. The top companies will offer many venues for personal and professional development and truly listen to their people for insights.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Corporate profit is the bottom line

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits package though you have to pay for it

    ConsThere is no loyalty to long-time employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember that the people you hire make the company what it is. If you treat them well, your company will thrive.

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    Not the employer of choice

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Fort Mill, SC

    ProsPays some of the bills.

    ConsMinimal pay increase once a year and that only covers the increase in insurance costs. Nothing extra for your pocket. NOT family friendly at all. You are just a seat filler to the company. Nothing more. They do not care about the individuals. Lower level mgmt is horrible. If you ever move you you have to check your conscience at the door. No room for compassion. There are better companies out there. This one better get with the times quickly. Must learn how to allow employees to balance work/family. Don't be sick either. No sick time and you get charged and "event" for missing work. Even with a doctor's note. Too many cons to name.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the "little" people. Reward those that work hard. Make family a priority. Pay better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dont ever join the Datacenter or GSC teams

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bangalore (India)

    ProsIts good for people who are into manufacturing and mechanical domains but not IT especially at the beginning of your career

    ConsLow pay, stunted growth,poor management team especially the IT wing at KSSPL bangalore

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease be respectful and frank with employees and dont try to be cheap just to cut costs. Cost cutting and cheapness are two entirely different things also please appreciate pwoplw when they do a good job rather than saying its their duties and its no big deal

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    why did I waste my life

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI have a job to pay the bills

    Constreated unfair on a daily basis, their is no such thing as senority, they try to get things done by threats unfair acts, God only now how they come up with how they chose the recently selected "groupy leaders" thats just a few

    Advice to Senior ManagementRevamp the entire leadman, so called supervisors, and group leaders to old hands who have the experience and people skills and actually care about people and product quality. This place is going down very fast, if the job market where better you would lose over 50% of employes overnight.
    Wake up you people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The Plant Manager From Hell

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Greenfield, MA

    ProsGetting a pay check every 2 weeks, good health insurance, thanks to our union,good benefits, thanks to our union

    ConsVery little communication from Latrobe to us, poor communication from the plant manager - does not want to settle grievances, so everything is going to arbitration.2 years ago you enjoyed working there,now it's just the opposite. The plant manager is very controlling and it's either his way or the highway. He signed a contract with the union and does not honor it. He instituted Lean, which is not working the way it's supposed to be.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart getting involved with the people and find out how it's really being run, and not just a flyby, really get involved with everyone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    India- Manufacturing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLocation. Good brand value for company. Good and friendly environment. Competitive pay and perks.

    ConsPeople are egoistic and sometimes non co-operative. People place self interest ahead of company interest. Especially in shop floor, management has failed to bring in efficient work culture and average age of employees is too high for a manufacturing company. People try to stop others from doing good work. Mantainance of machines is worst.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlz bring new technologies and machines. Machine accuracies and repeatability are too bad.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I have been working at Kennametal full-time for a number of years

    Customer Service Representative (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits and are family oriented for the most part . There are many great people who work here.Very safe enviroment.

    ConsDepartments are very separated from one another. There is a strong disconnect between management and personnel. This leads to poor operating procedures and ultimately low morale. Enviroment can be very stressful due to inefficient processes.
    Career development and advancement is extremely poor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLead by example. Recognize the talent you have and utilize it to be advantageous for both the company AND that employee. Consructive criticism and employee feedback are belittled and ignored.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One of the best companies to join but leave before you are treated like "SCRAP"

    Technology Manager (Former Employee) Bangalore (India)

    ProsOne of the best companies to start your career.Good Pay for new recruits.Resonably a good work Environment.Greater stress on Safety.No work pressure ( but not good for the organisation ).

    ConsUnprofessionally managed Does not have a clear career plan for any level in the heirarcy.You can find 'MANAGER's every where who are more interested to "manage"than to work hands on.Has one of the worst performance evaluation process and you score if you are "good" with your manager.One's career growth is entirely depended on how well you are connected to Top Management in Bangalore or Latrobe.Some get promoted every six months while some may not get promoted even after 6 years- depending on how close you are with those who matter in the .A person with good "connections" can get paid handsomely even without lifting a finger for years.Engineers and Managers who have been long associated with the company are treated like "scrapt".The Matrix reporting has ensured that most of the managers does not have any accountability.The condition of the employees is even worst.The salary of a new Graduate Engineer is more than the salary of an employee who would have put in more than 20 yrs of service.One can expect a decent career development only if you are in Sales.DEFINTELY NOT A COMPANY WHERE ONE CAN PLAN A LONG CAREER.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes to the ROT which has creeped in.Stop just listening to your immediate subordinates ,Try to talk to your subordinate's subordinate.Decentralise decision making.Stop evaluating people on how well they can speak in English or how well they can make a ppt or how well you "personally" know that person.First and formost start showing respect to those who have stayed on with the company even through the tough times.Stop evaluating the performance based only on the "METRICS"-which no way helps in survival or growth of the Organsiation.Finally start giving due importance to those who are not in Sales .

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mixed bag.

    Analyst (Current Employee) Irwin, PA

    ProsGood benefits and resonable pay.

    ConsNot good work/life balance.
    Priorities change almost every day.
    The preformance review process is a joke.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have some excellent people working for you. Need to value input from the subject matter expert... believe and trust them. You should personally thank your reportees at least once a month. Be sencere. Not scheduled, just on the fly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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