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KMT Waterjet Systems Reviews

Updated Aug 13, 2019

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  1. "KMT Great Company"

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    Former Contractor - Electrical Engineer in Baxter Springs, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at KMT Waterjet Systems for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Latitude to do what you love to do, while being challenged. Great managers who love to give you the tools you need to succeed in a collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Economy of Scale. Small market cap of company prevents a lot of opportunities for product improvements and R&D that larger companies can have.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up guys you really get what it takes to keep good technical people. Thanks for creating an environment of trust and encouragement.

    KMT Waterjet Systems2017-07-24
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Good Company That Lost Its Mojo"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at KMT Waterjet Systems full-time

    Pros

    We were on the cutting edge of a lot of things for the waterjet industry - technology, marketing, manufacturing, product development, etc. Salaries were competitive and there were many long-term employees when I started. This was a growing, creative company at one point.

    Cons

    New "management" was brought in about 3 years ago with the sale of the company. None of them came from the industry and have struggled since to 'get' machine tools, let alone waterjet. Most of these guys were former semiconductor or automotive guys who have followed each other around for years bleeding one company after another until the next sale and big bonus. They don't listen to those who have been there/done... that and instead lurch from one broken process implementation to another - hoping to stumble on one that works. In the mean time they've run off all of the good employees and largely replaced them with their cronies who look down on your for being loyal. Run the other way as fast as you can from anything Shape Technologies related. If you're thinking about buying these guys - don't, unless you get a huge discount.

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    Advice to Management

    Not too much to say to you guys - you don't get waterjet - you don't get basic organizational behavior - and you aren't structured for success. The only hope I see is for you to sell as fast as you can, then get out of the way.

    KMT Waterjet Systems2017-09-07
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Awful place to work."

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    Former Employee - Machinist in Baxter Springs, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at KMT Waterjet Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent pay. Air conditioned. Good amount of days off and paid holidays. There's really nothing else positive to say about this place.

    Cons

    If you go to work here.... You gotta play along to get along. You will not make it anywhere unless you are friends with upper management. Your work will not speak for itself and when somebody messes up, it will be your fault because you are not one of "The Boys". If you aren't already on them, you will be driven to take medications to handle the anxiety that comes with working here.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all the"pals" that work here and the people who are under qualified to be leading the charge and find leaders who are fair and qualified to be leading people.

    KMT Waterjet Systems2017-07-12
  4. "Quality"

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    I have been working at KMT Waterjet Systems

    Pros

    Great people and company with great products.

    Cons

    Carrying the load for other businesses in our group who offset our profits, goals set high enough to limit bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Reward groups who achieve.

    KMT Waterjet Systems2017-01-02
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Owned by bankers who know nothing about the business"

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    Former Employee - CNC Mill Programmer in Baxter Springs, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at KMT Waterjet Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some good people work for this company. It's located in beautiful Baxter Springs Kansas!

    Cons

    Pirate equity owns this company (American Industrial Partners) this is almost never a good thing as they have more than proved in this case. The people who have made this a profitable company are not valued in any way whatsoever. This is strictly about profit for the bankers. Nothing is given to those who do the work.

    Advice to Management

    You are between a rock and a hard place. There is nothing you can do to change this. This company will be just a memory a decade from now.

    KMT Waterjet Systems2015-08-15
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Really going down hill!"

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    Current Employee - Machinist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at KMT Waterjet Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Better than average pay...lots of holidays. Air conditioning is nice. The company is making money, so upgrades are happening.

    Cons

    Constantly changing and taking more and more from employees. You cannot come here and ever plan on making top pay. They do not promote from within. No cost of living increases and don't expect a raise for at least a year after starting.

    Advice to Management

    Need to treat employees like they mean something...most feel like nobody cares if they stay or leave.

    KMT Waterjet Systems2015-06-23
  7. "Tremendous potential; Headed in the Right Direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baxter Springs, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at KMT Waterjet Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, exceptional product technology, new ownership committed to being the best

    Cons

    Some legacy issues: operational shortcomings with quality & delivery, interdepartmental relationships. Both being addressed.

    Advice to Management

    Make some decisions and get moving.

    KMT Waterjet Systems2014-07-09
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Why would anyone want to work @KMT"

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    Current Employee - Laborer in Baxter Springs, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at KMT Waterjet Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Almost always 40 hours a week minimum. Better than average pay scale. Interest in the community.

    Cons

    Constantly changing ownership. With changing ownership, management/leadership also changes. Rarely ever promote from within. Always operating behind the eight-ball, never ahead of it.

    Advice to Management

    Work smarter, not harder!

    KMT Waterjet Systems2014-03-07
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Management on Track in Destroying the Business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at KMT Waterjet Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Anything that made this company great is slowly being eroded as time progresses. Only thing good at the moment is probably they pay their staff on time.

    Cons

    A management that has little humility; thinks that the customer depends on the brand rather than vice versa; feels they know better than the people on the front line; has zero direction but yet wants to assert absolute control; splurge on themselves while not willing to spend a dime on others.

    Advice to Management

    The business is heading for the dumps and leadership is the cause.

    KMT Waterjet Systems2018-06-20
  10. "Guter Arbeitgeber mit familiären Umfeld"

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    Former Contractor - Aushilfe in Bad Nauheim
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KMT Waterjet Systems for less than a year

    Pros

    Familiäres Umfeld und das Team

    Cons

    Unternehmensstruktur geprägt durch amerikanischen Investor

    Advice to Management

    Bleibt euren Linien treu

    KMT Waterjet Systems2019-08-13
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