Kennametal
3.3 of 5 63 reviews
www.kennametal.com Latrobe, PA 5000+ Employees

Kennametal Reviews

Updated Jun 28, 2014
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3.3 63 reviews

                             

75% Approve of the CEO

Kennametal Chairman, President, and CEO Carlos M. Cardoso

Carlos M. Cardoso

(36 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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
  • "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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    The bottom line is the bottom line.

    Machinist (Current Employee)
    New Market, VA

    ProsThey 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.

    ConsEverything 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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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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    Good overall experience as an intern

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosfriendly environment and good for personal growth

    Conscolleagues are too old and can't hold new ideas

    Advice to Senior Managementbring some young people to the team

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    Precision with our products and in our work place

    Maintenance Electrician (Current Employee)
    Weldon, NC

    ProsI 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!

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Kennametal

    Production Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsLarge company lots of stability

    ConsTo much in the way with all the politics

    Advice to Senior ManagementKnow your People

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    responsible for all the design work for particular location

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proslots of facilities, good work environment

    Consdiscrimination, no transparency with managers decision

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    Good work enviorment

    Marketing (Former Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsGood place to learn and grow

    ConsVery US centric decision making

    Advice to Senior ManagementLocal decision on sales and marketing to be encoraged

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Too India-Centric

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Latrobe, PA

    ProsConvenient commute. Easy parking. No traffic

    ConsToo india-centric. Management would rather save a buck than do things the right way. Too many "managers"

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemove the India-centric mentality. India will be the downfall of this company. This company functioned so much better before the COE was introduced. When making decisions, make decisions based on what's right, and not to save a dollar. So many decisions are made at the senior management level, without the input of the actual SME's.

    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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    Alright pay (Due to Being a Union shop)

    Quality Control (Current Employee)
    Lyndonville, VT

    ProsClose to home.Minamal travel to work and day shift job.I really enjoy my Position and the people I work with

    ConsGlobal Company and have to deal with people that doesn't speak fluent English and its hard to understand them,Is a very large co and not very personable to work for

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake a Plan and stay with it.Way to much wasted time and money with Meetings and many other things,More focus on the customer for Ontime deliverys and Better quality

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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