Blount International

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Blount International Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
25 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leadership
    Current Employee - Leadership

    I have been working at Blount International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Quality of the place and structure to work (equipments, tools, etc), people relationship, listen people

    Cons

    Resistance to change, long term employees consider too much changes in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on track to assure the future of the company. Give more empowerment to leaders and remember to consider cultural differences between countries

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Keep looking, this is not a place for long term growth unless your a gluten for punishment!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    pay, and good people below Vp level

    Cons

    All Management should be retrained on ethics and emotional intelligence. This company has done a terrible job in the past 12 months at hiring above the Vp level. They have hired from companies that are known for their abusive tactics to motivate (more like de-motivate/scare) employees to perform.... Large amount of talking out the side of their mouth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the "Cancer" from your organization that you have recently hired and replace with Management that cares about the skilled staff. I can see a large amount of your talent "mass exiting" in a short time. Work Life balance is horrid. Worst I have ever seen in my career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Blount cares and listens to their employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    I feel engaged and my opinion matters. Our CEO, Josh Collins is engaged and leads with humility. I like that we are focused on continuous improvement and strive to create a cohesive global team. There is great communication within the organization. I really enjoy attending our Kaizen report outs every week and I like that these are video conferenced globally and recorded, and that all employees are invited and encouraged to attend.

    Cons

    I do not have anything I don't like at Blount.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to engage with your employees and listen to our opinions. Keep the lines of communication open.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Blount International full-time (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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  7.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A challenging and great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Blount International full-time (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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Machinist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Maintenance Machinist in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Blount International full-time (more than an 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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