Blount International

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Blount International Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
24 Reviews
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24 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good experience.

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst place I have ever worked

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Engineer in Portland, OR

    I worked at Blount International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent salary, good benefits. There are some good people working there who are loyal to the company but are very upset with the direction that management is taking the company.

    Cons

    Company is top heavy with multi layers of VP's, managers, and supervisors. Marketing and engineering are full of do-nothing, rude people who have no experience in the forestry industry. Engineering, marketing, and sales used to be staffed with knowledgeable people who was brought up through the ranks in the company. They are the people who grew this company and got them where they are today. Now it is filled with people who know nothing about the industry, continuously play political games and care nothing about other people. Blount is understaffed in areas where there are bottlenecks but continue to ignore this in favor of adding managers and supervisors in areas where they are not needed and slow progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house. Trim the marketing and product engineering departments and get back to work. Reduce the amount of endless, non-productive meetings and get rid of anyone without prior experience in the forestry industry. Managers do not listen to the people who made the company what it is. Focus on the core product and sell off all of the companies that are draining profits. Promote from within....take a hard look at who is performing and who is draining the company of resources and stalling progress. Communicate with employees....you could learn a lot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great co-workers, okay management that is leaning toward stockholder focus

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blount International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers at all levels. Everyone is pretty willing to help with projects, as long as you are careful about understanding that they have other things to work on in addition to what you are asking of them.

    Cons

    During my employment the upper management got more and more vocal about how the employees are the most important asset of the company, but their actions showed that their real concern was about stock price, and spinning soft market conditions to look okay to major stock holders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down on acquiring new business units and focus on getting the organization moving in the same direction. Stop playing a numbers game with shipments to try and keep the stock prices up, it only ends up hurting the company the next month, and frustrating everyone with the rollercoaster of activity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 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
  6.  

    Great company

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    • 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
  7.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Accountant in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Corporate Accountant in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Blount International full-time (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
  8.  

    Sinking ship

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Distribution Center Supervisor in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Distribution Center Supervisor in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Blount International full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There was no upside to the job. There was no structure, The goal for the day was always changed dureing the day.

    Cons

    The company is bleeding out with temp labor. Their communication to mamgement staff is lacking. They have no foundation to build up the comapny. All their management staff was hired after they bought 3 companies and moved to a new building. They had no plan in place on how they wanted to complete a move let alone 3 new acquisitions. After 8 months into the move they still have 0 standard operating procedures and are basically winging it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To build your policies and procedures and manage your people through them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Purchasing Department is total chaos

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Buyer in Portland, OR

    I worked at Blount International as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    They give free bagels and bananas

    Cons

    Too many chiefs, not enough Indians

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your Directors are not micro managing staff, allow them to communicate freely and not be so paranoid when their team is trying to ressolve issues. Hire experienced staff, and put the kabash on Managers and staff making fun of others in the work place who have physical impairments. Make sure your Management team knows not to swear at other staff members and belittle them in front of others. When someone in the department makes a mistake it should be a learning experience, one particular Manager sends e-mails to everyone letting them know you have made a mistake, too much backstabbing. Lastly, the training program really is terrible for new hires, and hiring interns doesn't help in getting work done right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves 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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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    Somewhere to get a paycheck

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blount International

    Pros

    The salaries are decent and the health benefits are good so those are good points.
    There are chances to move around and up for some people.
    They are one of the few companies that still offer employee events like a company picnic and Children's Santa Party.

    Cons

    The company is very old school (think 1950s) in its approach to structure and the management of people.
    Over the years (I was there 13+) I saw the morale head down fast, and now most people are only showing up to get a paycheck.
    Communication between management and the general workforce is poor at best, and the main source of information is gossip.
    There is a strong atmosphere of politics and it truly matters who you know, more than what you know when trying to gain a new position. Sadly this has allowed a significant amount of nepotism into the workforce which only further drives down the morale.
    There is little meaningful employee feedback or resolution of known personnel issues by management, this leads to a general mistrust of both leadership and fellow co-workers making for a very eat or be eaten environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be stronger decision making skills at all levels of the company from the top to the bottom. When there are far more meetings than decisions made from those meetings an environment of ineffectiveness sets in and this is what has happened over the years. During my employment there I attended no less than 6 group meetings about the same problem, lots of conversation and even some flow charts and instructions to resolve the matter resulted. This was followed by management (on several levels) deciding something different or not requiring jobs to be done only to have another meeting to figure out what the problem was all over again, and I know there has been at least one more set of meetings on the same topic since I left. Make a decision and move forward with it having purpose in your movements, if you find out it is wrong later admit the shortcoming resolve to a new approach and follow it.
    Also there needs to be better communication at all levels of the company, the rumor-mill should not be the primary form of communicating what is going on to the masses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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