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Kaydon Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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  1. "VP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kaydon full-time

    Pros

    Strong product positions with great cash flow generation. Greater benefits and global opportunities with the SKF buyout. More stability and Certainty for the business.

    Cons

    SKF is a great company but the management changes, turnover and fiefdoms are difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Value the legacy team members and leverage the great attributes of SKF without appreciating the strengths of Kaydon.


  2. "regional manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of upside selling high dollar specialty bearings in to multiple defense and aerospace Original equipment manufacturers. Small managable 3 state territory. Good benefit package.

    Cons

    Limited customer base. Four to Five days a week on the road. Tough with young kids, ideal for single person, or empty nester willing to try.

    Advice to Management

    New products should be developed to expand market segment away from miltary and aerospace. Need more opportunities to grow sales and need more products

  3. "No career ladder."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muskegon, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Muskegon, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Since the IT staff is way too small to handle the backlog, it is unlikely I will be laid-off.

    Cons

    Management has stated there will NEVER be any levels between "pee on" and Director.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what your employees are saying. Admit you are not perfect.


  4. "Poor leadership after move from NC"

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    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Longview Plant, SC
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Longview Plant, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice building and offices thanks to previous occupants of the building.

    Cons

    Processes are not engineered to produce good parts. Employees are not trained to make good parts. Managers are not supported. HR does not exist.

    Advice to Management

    Make your processes capable, train your employees and stop turning over managers.


  5. "Worst place I've ever worked"

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

    Pros

    The salary was decent and the time off program was good.

    Cons

    Working environment is terrible - the people and the building. It is very old fashioned in every sense of the word. Managers live in the 1970's and 80's where everyone was not treated the same. People have worked there for 20-30 years and have no interest in changing with the times. There are holes in the roof that floods on a regular basis. It's a real safety hazard.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and start over or move to a different state. The leadership at the Baltimore plant has their head in the sand. They know how badly people are treated and do nothing about it. They wouldn't because they treat their own the same terrible way.


  6. "Unbelievable Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Cleanliness, Great working environment, business growth

    Cons

    Learning how to setup and run machines


  7. "Regional Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - RSM
    Former Employee - RSM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kaydon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, great products, solid company that is heavily involved in military and wind energy farms, not your typical bearing company. High tech, high accuracy, solid products..

    Cons

    Travel is plentiful, niche product results in major economic swings, feast or famine, rotating upper management personal has caused some issues in compensation, ie paying out bonuses due for targeted sales campaign..

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Work you to death with little to no support to get the job done!"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Sumter, SC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sumter, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kaydon full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people on the shop floor are great, but only if you can earn their respect.

    Cons

    No support from upper management. The company is cheap and does not want to pay fair market value for good employees. They allow continue to allow incompetent employees to stay and to continue making mistakes. They do not believe in promoting within either.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest you start looking at your current employees for help on solving your issues. Bearing knowledge does not come easy and it has been proven time and time again that it is very difficult for outsiders with no prior bearing experience to be successful at Kaydon. I have seen a Material Science Engineer with a masters degree and a Aerospace Engineer with a masters degree both fail miserably and have zero success at Kaydon. One lasted a year and the other only 4 months before they left.


  9. "No Career Path"

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

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

    Pros

    Low stress. Low demands. Very few rules. Boss only micro-manages areas he thinks he is good at. Let’s me manage areas he doesn’t understand. Short drive to work.

    Cons

    Ancient technology. No opportunity for promotion. Infrequent and lousy raises and bonuses. Arrogant and condescending leadership. No contact with human resources.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Just because they earn a fraction of your salary does not mean they are stupid.


  10. "OK for the arorspace type of employee."

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Muskegon, MI
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Muskegon, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kaydon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Out of Automotive but old .

    Cons

    Poor train system that were old.

    Advice to Management

    Need new system to operate business.


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