Blount International Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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  1. Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Blount Structure offered to people, open to listen, people is the priority, business diversification in last years, opex Investments and incentive.

    Cons

    No clear meritocracy in place and compensation system, resistant to change from several employees, too much concentrated in Headquarters decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep in the track to assure the long term outstanding company you are leading


  2. Helpful (1)

    This is a very political company.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukie, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukie, OR

    I worked at Blount International

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is good, and the benefits are good. These are pretty much the only pros I can think of about this company.

    Cons

    The employees at this company will stab you in the back if you're not watching out for yourself. It's a very 'kill or be killed' environment.


  3. 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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Good People, Bad Decisions

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Blount has fairly competitive salaries, good benefits, great people to work with, high percentage of long term employees, and ongoing education opportunities if you are seeking an associates or bachelors.

    Cons

    Lack of flexibility with work schedule, poor advancement opportunities, horrible communication/collaboration between departments, extreme low percentage of women in management positions, knee jerk reactions in decision making leading to frequent failure

    Advice to Management

    This company is management heavy with a bunch of yes men. Listen to your little people, they do all of the work and have great insight on long term goals.


  6. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    - 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    My expereince at Blount International was less than I expected it to be.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiter
    Former Employee - Recruiter

    I worked at Blount International full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Both the assigned work schedule and the compensation offered are excellent for those individuals wanting/needing day shift/regular office hours for working by.

    Cons

    Available options for communication with members of the ET. , Department Managers, and Staff, are poor to weak at best. Resources offered to perform job duties with were scarce, in some instances incomplete, and overall inadequate for the end user.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more, talk less, exercise an open door policy, and practice professional business etiquette when in the presence of others.


  8. Ok enough, but limited advancement opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blount International

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solid, regular work, good benefits, open to improvement and change. Good working culture with a desire to meet and exceed goals.

    Cons

    Management can be rigid and often misunderstand feedback as complaints. There is not much room for advancement unless you curry a lot of favor for years. Even with a combination of experience and education, you are likely to be passed over.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize talent when you have it and cultivate that.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Could be a great place!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukie, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukie, OR

    I worked at Blount International full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Huge cafeteria. Huge and modern workout room. Great team of people.

    Cons

    My direct manager was really nice, and very helpful. Unfortunately, s/he isn't the type of person one can share stuff with. S/he redirected it and attempted to relate a personal view or story.

    Advice to Management

    Share the 'me' time. Really listen to your subordinates. Play nice.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Somewhere to get a paycheck

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blount International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Worst place I have ever worked

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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