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  1.  

    Good overall experience as an intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kennametal

    Pros

    friendly environment and good for personal growth

    Cons

    colleagues are too old and can't hold new ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bring some young people to the team

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 a 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Kennametal

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Manager
    Former Employee - Production Manager

    I worked at Kennametal full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large company lots of stability

    Cons

    To much in the way with all the politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your People

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Need more career opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Fort Mill, SC
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Fort Mill, SC

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, okay time off, ability to buy extra vacation time, training when started was good. Casual dress is a big plus. Office equipment and office furniture is up-to-date. In beginning stages of work from home program.

    Cons

    Micro-management is #1 here! Supervisors have so many reports and other things they have to do, they have no hands on time. You get "penalized" if you are late, leave early,call in sick. That is the most ridiculous thing ever! My starting pay was/is lower than others as I was hired when it was an employer's market. The annual salary increase is a joke, even though it is supposed to be based on an individual's performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need some younger management "blood" in the office. Move some other positions/departments to Fort Mill so there are other career opportunities. People getting bored and "burned out" being a CSR. People looking outside the company for more rewarding opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too India-Centric

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Convenient commute. Easy parking. No traffic

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

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

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

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Departments 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 ManagementAdvice

    Lead 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Alright pay (Due to Being a Union shop)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Control in Lyndonville, VT
    Current Employee - Quality Control in Lyndonville, VT

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Global 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 ManagementAdvice

    Make 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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Exciting and frustrating at the same time to be working for a company that is in the midst of changing culture.

    • 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

    Pros

    Great Home to Work Life Balance. Opportunities for flex-time, and understanding of Family First atmosphere. Have seen opportunities for advancement in a few departments. They seem to be moving into the direction of Customer First, but it's not there yet.

    Cons

    Too many "middle managers" messages does not get translated from the top to the bottom. The term "lost in translation" is common here. As with most large companies, doing what you say you do is harder to see, at least on a "worker" level. This is a finance run company. At the end of the day that trumps everything!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so worried to let people grow and make mistakes. There's too much CYA going on in Management to protect the manager, and not not enough, managing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Mixed bag.

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and resonable pay.

    Cons

    Not good work/life balance.
    Priorities change almost every day.
    The preformance review process is a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    If you want to be treated like a child this is the place for you.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Fort Mill, SC
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Fort Mill, SC

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Too many Supervisors and old set in their way management styles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire already!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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