Kennametal Reviews

Updated May 28, 2020

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3.5
67%
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79%
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Kennametal President and CEO Ronald De Feo (no image)
Ronald De Feo
79 Ratings
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  • "To much un-certainty with upper management(in 9 reviews)

  • "Plant manager, production manager, quality manager- all mangers incompetent, seriously(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Very good company"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager Raw Material Procurement in Latrobe, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kennametal full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great long term career company

    Cons

    No negative comments. Tough business with Chinese controlling W prices and supply.

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    Kennametal2019-08-21
  2. "Culture"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Kennametal full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A lot of planning environment. Counting on experts to plan the strategy

    Cons

    No execution. Plans could not move forward.

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    Kennametal2020-05-05
  3. "Mixed Picture"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Latrobe, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for development and advancement; generally competitive pay; committed to safety and ethics

    Cons

    Wildly cyclical business creates significant uncertainty; constant austerity mentality; tendency for decision paralysis; constant organizational upheaval and 'modernization'; rotating C-suite

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    Kennametal2020-05-07
  4. "Sales Rep"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training, Great culture, great pay

    Cons

    Big company, Changed CEO too many times in last 5 years

    Kennametal2020-02-12
  5. "Get everything in wiritng"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ASE 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good 401k and healthcare, but that's all

    Cons

    They like to change the structure a lot where it doesn't pay to be a sales engineer for them. I know someone that's bee here for 10 years and can't make 6-figures as a senior sales engineer

    Kennametal2019-12-17
  6. "It's been good so far although the culture is a bit relaxed and slow"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Senior Financial Analyst in Latrobe, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kennametal

    Pros

    Competitive salary, low cost of living and flexible hours

    Cons

    Culture, benefits could be better

    Kennametal2019-11-05
  7. "Overall Positive"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Solutions Architect 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule. Good Compensation. Plenty of Opportunity.

    Cons

    Culture. Lack of Accountability at times

    Kennametal2019-10-30
  8. "Insane hours and political culture"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kennametal for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive pay and pride in what they do

    Cons

    Benefits leave much to be desired

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    Kennametal2019-09-30
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Bad career move."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Operator 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Kennametal full-time

    Pros

    Compensation package is in middle of the road in today's environments.

    Cons

    Management lacking " leadership" abilities. Plant has had little or no consistency in leadership for 15 years which has made goals, objectives, etc. without focus/direction. A new management team every 18 months and typically same concern each time. Lack of machining and production knowledge, yet didn't learn in college to listen, develop people, develop teams - in general, didn't learn what makes a leader.

    Kennametal2019-10-15
  10. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Extrusion Operator 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Willing to teach if you was willing to put in the work and try

    Cons

    It has closed down many of its plant

    Kennametal2019-07-22
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