Kennametal Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
71 Reviews

3.7
71 Reviews
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Kennametal Chairman, President, and CEO Carlos M. Cardoso
Carlos M. Cardoso
42 Ratings

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)

  • 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 (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place to grow skills.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Latrobe, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Latrobe, PA

    I worked at Kennametal full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good place to grow, worked in global teams, felt valued.

    Cons

    Low salaries, felt at times profits more important than building a good foundation when making changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be clear with your expectations, and provide solid feedback in a constructive manner.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    manager

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    Current Employee - Technology Manager  in  Rogers, AR
    Current Employee - Technology Manager in Rogers, AR

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

    Pros

    Good company for stared. It bring you a nice environment to wok, nice co workers, very friendly. The company has different subsidiary trough out the United State.

    Cons

    Shift changes to much so that kind bad for people who has family. Others that the company is a good place to start and gain experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be prepare to work hard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Decent job. Mentally demanding

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    Current Employee - CNC Machinist  in  Johnson City, TN
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Johnson City, TN

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits plant is climate controlled to keep machinery running

    Cons

    Some management not as good as could be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees they will tell what problems there are

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Somewhat old-fashioned but moving in the right direction.

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    Current Employee - Senior Buyer  in  Latrobe, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Latrobe, PA

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Family culture and genuinely nice people. Diverse customer base = lots of interesting opportunities. Latrobe HQ campus is beautiful. Walk the walk with work/life balance.

    Cons

    Intra-company communication needs significant improvement. Systems exist but are not utilized - most information travels by water cooler conversation. Older company in terms of demographics; not the most tech-savvy or open to new ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The vision is there, but make sure you know what your employees do on a day-to-day basis. Lots of non-value-added activities eat up time, preventing the achievement of the "next level" you're seeking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    People are under-utilized and under-valued

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Manager  in  Johnson City, TN
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Manager in Johnson City, TN

    I worked at Kennametal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Employees 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 ManagementAdvice

    Realize 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.

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

    Engineer moved into sales

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Set own schedule, stress free, existing accounts,

    Cons

    Commision based, travel required, average products,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Base salary to be more competitive with mfg positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    preventive maintenance

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    Former Employee - Preventive Maintenance  in  Solon, OH
    Former Employee - Preventive Maintenance in Solon, OH

    I worked at Kennametal as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    able to work with my schedule for school

    Cons

    have nothing negative to say

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Manufacturing Development Program

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kennametal

    Pros

    good salary, good program, a mutinational company, a good industry

    Cons

    not in a big city, hard to communicate

  10.  

    Great for manufacturing industry experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kennametal full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Best compensation in the Indian manufacturing industry

    Cons

    Unclear policies and product related training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Generally a good company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kennametal full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Some great people
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    Cons

    - Little technology advantage, company success depends on manufacturing environment
    - If not based in Latrobe or a long-time employee, difficult to move ahead
    - Lots of HR/employee talk but little real action

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to de-centralize.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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