Kennametal Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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  1. Not what I expected

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CNC Grinder Operator in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - CNC Grinder Operator in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Kennametal (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really great group of people to work with.

    Cons

    The managers are not knowledgeable on machining at all.

    Advice to Management

    Take some classes


  2. Assistant to Controller

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Payroll Specialist/Assistant to Controller in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Former Employee - Payroll Specialist/Assistant to Controller in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Loved the type of work I did.

    Cons

    CEO only cared for his paycheck.we all were taking cut in paychecks he was taking home 6 figures. Terrible HR also

    Advice to Management

    Learn the business Get your hands dirty and help work instead of manicured!


  3. Worse managers in my entire professional career!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kennametal

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

    Pros

    The only pro to this place is the beautiful location and the fact it's an Eat n Park cafe! Makes the awful work day better when there is good food at a good price!

    Cons

    Communication lacks at evey level and very old school in flexibility and work life balance. Most managers are micromanagers instead of realizing its 2015, not 1980 and they lack trust and the ability to teaching responsibility and leadership to employees. Most people have been in their role for way to long, so makes you think what value are they adding? They are in silos and tend to look at the little picture instead of Kennametal as a whole. Some departments lack team building events, or employee appreciation, there are no formal staff/group meetings to discuss questions and concerns, and most managers are too busy to help you with questions.

    Advice to Management

    The focus after the VSP should be talent retention and it's not. Instead it's more of the same reports that are not value added, putting in extra hours without appreciation, Or the ability to earn some of those hours back by leaving early.


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  5. Global company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kennametal

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Big enough to get a global experience, small enough to make a difference

    Cons

    Unable to realize it's full potential


  6. Helpful (3)

    Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Talented people. Dedicated individuals

    Cons

    Poor managers. Managers are former engineers who need training. Hostile work environment. Lack of focus.

    Advice to Management

    Need to advocate teamwork. Get rid of people who lead to toxic work environment. Hire more people. Be more focused and strategic. Invest in medium term R&D.


  7. Challenging work with rewarding experiences and exceptional people.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kennametal

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to drive big improvements.

    Cons

    Processes slow us down. Infancy of true cross functional collaboration...conflicting metrics.

    Advice to Management

    Continue down the path of clear prioritization and investment in core businesses.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Awesome company with a great culture.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Latrobe, PA
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Latrobe, PA

    I worked at Kennametal

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

    Pros

    The pros are the culture, high salary, employees, headquarters, respect and access to higher level management when needed.

    Cons

    The cons are far from the city, growth not the best, job opportunities limited, prestige, but other than those it is a great company to work for.


  9. I am currently leading 12 Plants to achieve Operational Excellence based on a Company scorecard.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Manager in Latrobe, PA
    Current Employee - Technology Manager in Latrobe, PA

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

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

    Pros

    Generally strong and very ethical

    Cons

    There is some senior level disorganization.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate. Demonstrate an organized senior leadership


  10. No clear strategy.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Fair pay and benefits. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    Lack of focus on the manufacturing fundamentals for too long.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in long term strategy and developing people.


  11. Sometimes Satisfying, Usually Like a Dilbert Cartoon

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Worker in Latrobe, PA
    Former Employee - Worker in Latrobe, PA

    I worked at Kennametal

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

    Pros

    Nice cafeteria, nice bathrooms, good co-workers, good lower level managers.

    Cons

    Large company, clueless senior management, somewhat noxious work-environment.

    Advice to Management

    Before making decisions that will cost people their jobs, would you kindly take a moment to first think?



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