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Benchmade Knife Company Reviews

Updated May 15, 2018
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  1. "Best of the best"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Benchmade Knife Company full-time

    Pros

    High quality, competent, and passionate people. Excellent management.

    Cons

    None at this time. Great company.


  2. "They don't care about employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Benchmade Knife Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They have good free coffee

    Cons

    They are known for firing a bunch of people in October so they don't have to pay profit sharing. They continually work people on overtime with no plan to resolve the issues. If you complain about anything you are fired. New employees are not made to feel welcomed. Temps are treated horribly. Management doesn't care and does not want to hear if workers are being sexually harassed. They also lie about benefits. They only reimburse for schooling if they want you to take a class and you have to get permission from a manager.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within your company and get rid of the people that are causing all the drama and are just horrible human beings.

  3. "Great Family Owned Business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Benchmade Knife Company full-time

    Pros

    Benchmade is very adamant about how important the company culture is and prides itself on feeling like a family. However, the turnover rate and longevity in a few of the key positions does not support this. They offer great benefits, that are commonly only seen with family owned businesses, and are constantly striving for improvement.

    Cons

    There is a hierarchy throughout the company that does not allow for an open door policy. While they are striving to improve processes and encourage growth of it's employee often times I found my ideas to be placed on the back burner as there were always more important goals to be accomplished throughout the company. A change in process could take years depending on the backing from key people within the company. They appreciate fresh ideas but rarely take them and often take offense to those who "go against the gran".


  4. "Open, honest and integrity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oregon City, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oregon City, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Benchmade Knife Company full-time

    Pros

    I haven't been with Benchmade for very long but I have to applaud the Leadership team and management for their honest and openness about where the company is headed and some of the challenges that we are facing. It's refreshing to be treated as a competent adult rather than a child from a company that you work for.

    Cons

    Sometimes pretty significant changes are made and that information is shared in a timely manner with the entire company.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to remember that communication is the key to the success of any growing business and even though we are running at 100's of miles per hour on a daily basis don't assume everyone knows that there have been or will be changes coming.


  5. "The company is not as it seems."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Benchmade Knife Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There were passionate people who really care. Benefits, perks.

    Cons

    Company has been struggling year after year with meeting deadlines, on time delivery and quality is visibly suffering. Leadership team has become arrogant and does not lead by example. HR team is openly communicating confidential health, personal and salary info about other employees.

    Advice to Management

    Look at what is really going on inside the company and get your products to your customers on time.


  6. "A great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Operations Associate in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Operations Associate in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Benchmade Knife Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management was nice and pay was good

    Cons

    None, they were very good to work for

    Advice to Management

    None, they are doing a good job


  7. "Great product, but with that said it is difficult to move up in the company."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oregon City, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oregon City, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Benchmade Knife Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits..... Which include product discounts and 401K

    Cons

    Lower management is very short sighted.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work at!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Love the open, positive corporate culture and support for new ideas.

    Cons

    Rapid growth will require greater maturity in processes.

    Advice to Management

    Stay cool and happening! Create an action plan to be the best place to work in Oregon.


  9. "Few professional opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Company culture, management, quality product, pride in company

    Cons

    Inability to advance, small company, many jobs require technical certification

    Advice to Management

    If someone driven to succeed completes education to advance in your company, this person is not to be ignored.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Benchmade Knife Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company culture is great! The owners have done a great job of creating a family oriented culture, where everyone is appreciated and is working toward a common goal. Employees are passionate about the work we produce, and feel appreciated by management. Benchmade is very transparent and treats all employees (from top to bottom) with equal respect.

    Cons

    The company is seeing a lot of growth, which is great, but we could improve on better process improvement and tracking.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep the company culture as it is, and keep producing great products!


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