Blount International Reviews

Updated July 20, 2014
Updated July 20, 2014
20 Reviews

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Joshua L. (Josh) Collins
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  1.  

    Blount has a lot of potential if they get the right management in plave

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blount International full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits package. Lots of overtime.

    Cons

    No one gets in trouble very often for not doing their job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell people to stop talking and do their job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great place to work, in an old school manufacturing company.

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    -Feels like a family at work, people really dive into the work, great company in the Pacific NW, with a great reputation.
    - Great experience
    - Josh Collins is a great asset to the company along with most of his senior leadership team.

    Cons

    - Old Boy style progression of employees
    - The product amount to limited growth in a commodity market, and efforts to break into to new segments has been lackluster. Efforts to grow through acquisitions have been hit or miss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Think long term, and look for competitive strategies regarding investment in manufacturing excellence. Management is too focused on short term solutions, and the progressive managers are ostracized, and isolated.
    - This company has so much potential to be truly world class in a lot of aspects, but needs world class talent in the middle ranks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    My experience here has been demanding, confusing, and unfruitful after two years of service.

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    Current Employee - Parts Puller/Packer  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Parts Puller/Packer in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Your base pay gets bumped up pretty quickly after your first year, and the overtime is abundant. Their 401k is unlike any other company I have been with. They have excellent benefits and good people to work with.

    Cons

    1. You top out pretty quickly here. There are individuals here who haven't received any raises for over a decade. After year one, you are stuck in your pay grade.
    2. Policies change without notice here.
    3. The turnover ratio here is high.
    4. Associates are not held accountable in their actions at all in there work. If you can get away with just doing a little, then you can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have spoken with associates from Blounts' all across the US and have heard great things. Here in Kansas City they remind us of our P4 beliefs and ethics, but falls flat on action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    A challenging and great place to work

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Comp/benefits. Great teammates that really care about the quality of work that they do as well as the products they manufacture and sell.

    Cons

    Work/life balance
    Missing processes in many if the different areas including planning, logistics, accounting, project management, and Admin in general. Plenty of opportunity for improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep recruiting and retaining top notch personnel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good experience.

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Machinist  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Maintenance Machinist in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    They pay pretty good money for maintenance personnel. and benefits aren't bad.

    Cons

    They just shut down another plant in the area and over 200 people just got laid off. I am in chain maintenance and i am one of the layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont make promises you cant keep.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I was hoping for a good career move and now I just have to move.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Blount International full-time

    Pros

    Job Security. Good employee discount.

    Cons

    Too much manditory OT with no end in sight. Managers are only concerned with end of month and end of quarter numbers and not the OT impact on emloyees. Micro managing at its best. HR issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    OT should be dropped and Headcount needs to be increased. This would save the company money and increase their capacity. A plant manager that has experience in running a big facility needs to be brought in to turn around the KC location. The currrent management does not have the knowledge or experience to get this location to the next level. Listen to the employees sugestions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blount International full-time

    Pros

    Blount is a great company that provides employees with plenty of opportunities for advancement and training. Compensation is better than most comparable descriptions.

    Cons

    The company is large and with that comes bureacracy. Even with the current emphasis on lean, continuous improvement, and change, there is still a culture that embraces "this is the way we've always done it" - but that's changing rapidly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue doing what you're doing. Changing the culture takes time - it's working.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fnatastic company to work for with very nice coworkers; fun and nice benefits.benefits

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    Current Employee - Corporate Accountant  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Corporate Accountant in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    The various people you get to work with and in my position that's a broad cross-section. Excellent benefits. Excellent work hours: flexible. Since it's a manufacturing company "you" are actually making something. A very broad array of employment needs. Excellent and nice management.

    Cons

    Slow upward mobility: people like the place and tend to stay a long time. I've been there over 6 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a broader spectrum of advancement opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    it was wonderful until we bought companies and decided to move. NOW no one knows what the hell is going on. T

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    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Blount International

    Pros

    was wonderful before the move. pay ok

    Cons

    you won't get promoted for hard work. if you can plant your lips on someones ass then it might happen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    your workers make you or break you. and now you are broke

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Don't like the environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blount International

    Pros

    They offer good benefits. They have employee events, like Ice Cream Wednesdays, costs 0.75 per scoop, and yearly picnics and other things like that.

    Cons

    No bonus plans. I have never met more rude people at the manager level and above since I started with this company. Everyone is waiting to stab someone in the back. I haven't worked here long, and don't intend to for much longer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop encouraging the atmosphere of politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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