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Kennametal Reviews

Updated May 10, 2018
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Pros
  • Good working environment, I have heard that the compensation is also good and working here will give you alot of exposure (in 11 reviews)

  • Good Work Life Balance, High Technical Exposure, Food (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • To much un-certainty with upper management (in 8 reviews)

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

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Customer Service Rep manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kennametal full-time

    Pros

    Employees stay or have been with employer for many Year's. Have work from home positions available.

    Cons

    Main offices are out of reasonable driving distance

    Advice to Management

    Semi annual reviews need to be improved


  2. "It's a decent place to work, but going the extra mile will get you nothing."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wear products are consumable, so there's always a market to serve.

    Cons

    Performing at a high level gets you nothing unless the ENTIRE company does well in the same year (perhaps quarter) that you do something spectacular.

    Advice to Management

    Communism doesn't work in government, and it's not a good way to run a company.

  3. "HORRIBLE MANAGERS! HR does not have your back if managers break the rules!"

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in New Albany, IN
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in New Albany, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kennametal full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits. The health saving plan is worth it.
    Colleagues are great! If you happen to get a good manager you are lucky! Hopefully you will not lose them. Company vehicles are a plus. Most all expenses are paid also. Which is another plus. There are many employees that have longevity here. But they do state the company has changed dramatically.

    Cons

    Horrible management! Definitely not worth the efforts.
    Extremely too much paperwork. When they ask you to hand in paperwork it may be same day and have no time to finish it. Not good managing. When the managers have been there awhile they are able to treat their employees however they wish and get away with it!
    This is so unprofessional on so many levels!
    Can treat you as horrible or unethical as they wish!
    Does not matter to Kennametal’s HR. Seniority rules!

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers that actually know what they are doing product wise. Show respect for the employees.
    Actually care about what they are contributing to the company. Stop saying you are an ETHICAL company! This is a LIE! Stop having the employees take ethics test every quarter just for SHOW! What a joke!
    Everyone knows how horrible the employees are treated here. Pathetic!


  4. "Poor Management in critical positions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Latrobe, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Latrobe, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is pretty good..

    Cons

    Managers with no or little experience creates a halt in growth. No experience leads to numerous errors, sub-par training and it kills the morale. No/little support because the managers are incompetent in their fields and have the attitude that he/she does not have to know the jobs they are managing.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers that are experienced in managing in addition to a good bit of knowledge in the area that is being managed. Hire professional managers whom does not retaliate if you offer your opinions on how to make the job and environment more efficient. Listen to your employees and talk to your staff to understand the high turnover rates and what can be done to deter it.


  5. "Good workers, bad management"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kennametal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good workers who have pride in their work

    Cons

    Management that doesn't appreciate the workers,just "the numbers"

    Advice to Management

    Respect the workers and what they contribute, listen to them. They know how to run the machines and you do not. Should be a team effort,not a battle.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Definitely the best company I have worked for on my list"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Higher education funding
    Management adores you, if you're one of the best at what you do
    Flat level management or hierarchy

    Cons

    Majority of the workforce is aging and they lack zest to achieve something
    Less number of mid level experience guys in the structure

    Advice to Management

    Increase the number of mid level experience guys, so both new and old people can communicate and learn better. Currently there is a huge generation gap which creates communication gap


  7. "Stay Away!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kennametal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They give you a an ornament at Christmas.

    Cons

    Poor morale, no loyalty to employees, will suck the last bit of life out of you!

  8. "Applications Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Latrobe, PA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Latrobe, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, Pay, Benefits, Advancement

    Cons

    Very dependent on the stock market. If the stock price gets low you get laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Too many leaders and not enough people that actually do the work.


  9. "CNC set up/operator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CNC Machine Operator
    Former Employee - CNC Machine Operator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kennametal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good, competitive pay, good working conditions, good benefits. Safe place to work.

    Cons

    A lot of overtime, 7 day work weeks are common. No sense of direction or plan when it comes to what work needs to be done.

    Advice to Management

    Be more organized. Focus on planning. Find a way to reduce mandatory over time by creating more of a voluntary overtime culture.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities for anyone that wants to work hard and learn the product

    Cons

    Big company slow communications sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone with respect just never know when it might come back on you otherwise


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