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Kennametal Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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Ronald De Feo
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Pros
  • Great people, laid back and friendly atmosphere (in 13 reviews)

  • Good money for the area, good benefits, decent time of with rotating schedule of twelve hour shifts, unlimited overtime (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Initially the work life balance is a bit disturbed (in 6 reviews)

  • To much un-certainty with upper management (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great People"

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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

    Have had great personal development. Great people

    Cons

    Nothing to share that is a con


  2. "Press Operator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, set schedule, good pay for area

    Cons

    Corporation controlled, lack management, no room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    There is a difference from skilled operators than regular operators.


  3. "Not a great place"

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company used to be good in past but not anymore

    Cons

    micromanagement,biased management thoughts,no career path but some continue to grow regardless of the skillsets

    Advice to Management

    Please hear voice of employees and not to suppress others contribution to the organization


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  5. "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.


  6. "Needed a change"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Rogers, AR
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Rogers, AR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay was good, work was mostly steady

    Cons

    Its a carbide plant very dirty work conditions. Little room for advancement and those who advance from the shop floor often find themselves back on the floor or out the door. layoff are frequent and seniority does not matter. 5, 10 20 years, no difference.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the security of working there. Make it a fun place to work. The way it was 10 years ago.


  7. "Good or bad it's all about you"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Latrobe, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Latrobe, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Kennametal (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    No stress, no responsibility. If you know very little but pretend to know everything and keep bluffing. This is your dream place.

    Cons

    If you know a lot and try to speak based on facts, this is your nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    Live in your dreams. Good luck.


  8. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kennametal full-time

    Pros

    Culture, people, compensation and good robust systems

    Cons

    slow and too many old people in top management makes company very slow in taking decision which the sole reason why company sales have declined in the recent past


  9. "HR Analyst"

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

    I worked at Kennametal (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    nice people, good production. Even the biz is not good for recent years, I would still think this is a good one to work. Not the top level, of course, but it's a good one.

    Cons

    lots of changes recently, org restructure, people left recently


  10. "Kennametal INC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time

    Pros

    The salaries are competitive at Kennametal

    Cons

    The extended work hours make for a difficult work life and personal life balance


  11. "Zufriedenstellender Arbeitgeber"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fürth, Fürth, Bayern (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fürth, Fürth, Bayern (Germany)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gehalt, Kollegen, Arbeitszeit und die Entfernung zum Heimatsort.

    Cons

    Häufige Änderungen an der Aufbauorganisation.

    Advice to Management

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