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Kennametal Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Good Work Life Balance, High Technical Exposure, Food (in 10 reviews)

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

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

  • Though the top management is good and transparent but the lower managements play bad games with the employees (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Latrobe, PA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Latrobe, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have no pro to offer

    Cons

    Poor health benefits
    Poor education benefit
    No career path guidance
    Performance reviews are pointless


  2. Helpful (1)

    "IT Management"

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

    I worked at Kennametal full-time

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    Tumultuous environment. Management strategies change with the wind. Culture is chaotic, employees are nervous and don't feel appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on a direction long enough for it to get traction. True change takes time.

  3. "cnc milling setup operator"

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    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Solon, OH
    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Solon, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    pays very well and good bennies

    Cons

    to much mandatory overtime,and lack of training

    Advice to Management

    none


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a great company"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Great location; relatively fair pay; most coworkers were great

    Cons

    Shaky environment/job security, which lead to the lack of a potential bonus; volatile industry; lack of educational opportunities/travel; constant change became very distracting; too many jobs are outsourced

    Advice to Management

    While Kennametal was a stable company with a great reputation at one point, that has definitely changed over the past few years. All of the restructuring and layoffs have completely changed the working environment, and not for the better. Employees with the most knowledge (and naturally, highest pay) were shown the door, leaving the younger and less experienced employees scrambling for resources with nowhere to go. Ron DeFeo may be a very honest guy when it comes to the future of the company, but I do not think he has the slightest idea of what will happen to the industry over the next few years, and imagine there will only be more mass layoffs.

    The day-to-day work here was manageable, but don't even think about asking for opportunities for career growth. First of all, the organization has been so flattened that there are no opportunities unless you are willing to relocate or change departments altogether. Second, in order to learn about the company and make yourself a better employee, you'll need to look outside of your immediate group. Simply asking for help won't do you much good, because the small number of people who are left after the last big layoff are too swamped to help out. And forget about traveling--there's no way that will get approved due to cost.

    One of the things that bothered me the most personally was how Kennametal preaches innovation and diversity, but management does not practice what they preach. The competitors, despite the same market conditions, usually have the upper hand and continue to dominate.

    I can't speak of other locations, but at mine, there was a lot of backwards thinking--including racism, ageism, etc. I truly worry for the future of this company. They tried to move to Pittsburgh to attract young talent, but I did not witness a single real attempt to attract and retain progressive-thinking millennials. You can only lay off so many baby boomers before you're left with a skeleton crew.


  5. "Design Engineering"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solon, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solon, OH
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible and interesting work, and varies day to day

    Cons

    Current Manager cannot help with work, spends a great deal of time on personal business

    Advice to Management

    Hire old team lead back into manage group


  6. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time

    Pros

    Great people scattered throughout the company.

    Cons

    Corporate streamlining/outsourcing has left many locations without reliable soft resources like HR and IT support, accounting and EHS

    Chaotic business structure: clear divide between the cutting tool business and everything else

    Bloated reporting and performance metrics that dont work well with the different kinds of products made

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees regardless of how high on the ladder they are. Make efforts to boost morale instead of pushing harder and reward people for putting in the extra effort instead of expecting everyone to give 150% 100% of the time.


  7. "Too much to do, too little time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Everyone is very smart and dedicated.

    Cons

    Not the best people to work for. Too much micro-managing from people that don't know what is going on.

  8. "Manager"

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

    Pros

    I worked with really good employees

    Cons

    there is significant leadership turnover.


  9. "Inside Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Latrobe, PA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Latrobe, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some training but not enough training

    Cons

    Keep changing their minds, no consistance


  10. "Home of union fiefdoms."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Greenfield, MA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Greenfield, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Kennametal as a contractor

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, mostly. Interesting mix of machines from the last 100 years. Lot of good tribal knowledge in long time employees.

    Cons

    Some maintenance individuals are lazy or just insecure, and spend more time trying to protect "their" domains and activities than actually work to repair down equipment. Individuals in question spend more time hiding behind the union rules and required break times. If the individuals were actually useful, they would have moved on to better jobs a long time ago.

    Also an OSHA visit would probably end up shutting down the facility for a couple of weeks to fix the multitude of safety issues related to the leaking oil systems and electrical violations.

    Usual union politics. Senior members twist rules to get easier jobs while better qualified members get paid less.

    Advice to Management

    Bite the bullet, pay better wages to get motivated employees.


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