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Kennametal Reviews

Updated October 21, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good Work Life Balance, High Technical Exposure, Food" (in 10 reviews)

  • "great people, good upword opportunities" (in 18 reviews)

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

  • "Though the top management is good and transparent but the lower managements play bad games with the employees" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Kennmetal - Great Place to work!"

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

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment, Work-Life Balance, Compensation, Career Opportunities (growth).

    Cons

    Benefits - But really not a con because the benefit cost falls in-line with all companies now.

    Advice to Management

    My advise would be to not change the interviewing process. This is a benefit to the company and the interested party because both needs to know if he/she would be a great fit!


  2. "manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good company, lots of upward potential to move up, and lots of learning opportunities

    Cons

    too many changes in top positions, and executive management is clueless in the industry

    Advice to Management

    learn, listen and observe your employees' struggles. there are a lot of good people working for you, help them to do better

  3. "Gurley plant"

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    Current Employee - Mill Operator in Gurley, AL
    Current Employee - Mill Operator in Gurley, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Haven't saw any downsides yet


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sales engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time

    Pros

    Large company with a good reputation helps to sell.

    Cons

    4 CEOs with different philosophies in 5 years

    Advice to Management

    Try to stabilize


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Just okay"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing in La Vergne, TN
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in La Vergne, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Descent pay. Ok vacation. Good coworkers.

    Cons

    13 days straight and 1 day off. You have to brown nose to get anywhere. Won't hire any temps permanently.

    Advice to Management

    Realize who your hard workers are and treat them right.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "ZERO Diversity!"

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

    I worked at Kennametal (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is good, Good Benefits, HSA

    Cons

    Zero Diversity!! In work environment, culture, management... you will see that only a certain type of person is celebrated. No clear processes anywhere especially HR. Constant audits which are not a good sign. Very high turnover, most people leave prior to 1 year of service, that will tell you something. Hiring process filled with many holes and no training available anywhere. Invest ZERO investment in talent development, most of the funding goes to filling the corporate officers pockets!

    Advice to Management

    Can’t teach an old dog new tricks - this company is set in their ways.


  7. "Good experience"

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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

    Pros

    Great people working there
    Experienced, professional company

    Cons

    Long interview process
    Response time a little long

    Advice to Management

    Keep everything the same, if possible quicker response time

  8. "QA Manager"

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

    Pros

    Tech orientated for this area

    Cons

    Career growth oppo is lacking


  9. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time

    Pros

    Good visibility and networking opportunities with upper management and open to new ideas

    Cons

    Training programs are not well defined


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Production Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kennametal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Local leadership and operators. Decent benefits, good pay.

    Cons

    Corporate direction. No work/life balance, no flexibility. Everyone has more responsibilities than their job title should have. Salary employees do not get overtime pay but in order to do the job well, it will require over 60 hours a week. Human Resources, Safety, and Quality managers are shared resources which puts more responsibilities on Supervisors and Engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Be more organized and clearly lay out each employee’s job responsibilities. To be more effective as a company, invest in employees and stop abusing the temp system. Headcount reduction should not be the only priority and you will never achieve excellence by using this current model. Indirect labor is important and skeleton crews on off shifts will only do enough to get by.


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