Kennametal Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Amazing Workplace and people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Technology Consultant in Latrobe, PA
    Former Intern - Technology Consultant in Latrobe, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    1) Latrobe is not a place to live.

  2. Helpful (1)

    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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    • Senior Management
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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great people in lower management / hourly.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kennametal full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Understaffed, supervisors, managers wearing too many hats .

    Advice to Management

    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.

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  5. Overall a good company with interesting work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kennametal

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly work environment with great people.

    Cons

    Internal politics can be tough for some.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good people with good intentions

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  7. Growing Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Awkward experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Product Analyst in Latrobe, PA
    Former Contractor - Product Analyst in Latrobe, PA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Well Organized, and Friendly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. Helpful (1)

    Decades of growth and satisfaction

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Highly political

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    • 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

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

    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 Management

    Allow new leaders to participate more in running the business

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