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Blount International Reviews

Updated March 6, 2017
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Pros
  • Offered good benefits, including a profit share that went towards 401k (in 9 reviews)

  • Good people to work with, on average relaxed atmosphere (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • There is something to be said for taking care of your most important asset, people (in 3 reviews)

  • Old Boy style progression of employees (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Continuous Improvement Coordinator/Employee Services Supervisor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Continuous Improvement Coordinator/Employee Services Supervisor in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Take good care of their people. Lot's of opportunities for driven hard-working individuals. Recognize strong talent. Above average compensation.

    Cons

    Horizontal alignment in Manufacturing leadership is lacking, but getting better. Performance management a little on the weak side.

    Advice to Management

    Create a clear vision and expectations that the manufacturing team can work towards, and address those that refuse to work toward the common goal.


  2. "little mobility ok benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Night Auditor in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Night Auditor in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blount International (More than a year)

    Pros

    decent benefits, but they rarely let you use them

    Cons

    difficult to get to get promoted or get a raise

    Advice to Management

    say thank you every once and a while to the people who really built your company


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Supply Chain Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Suppy Chain Intern in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Suppy Chain Intern in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Dynamic team to work with.
    -Lots of free Food.

    Cons

    No cons. Absolutely a great place to work


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  5. "Overall Working experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - SAP Consultant in Portland, OR
    Current Contractor - SAP Consultant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blount International as a contractor

    Pros

    nice place and well-being at work, nice mates

    Cons

    no meetings with Management being contractors, once in a while would be good.

    Advice to Management

    keep in touch with contractors as well


  6. "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Portland, OR
    Current Intern - Intern in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Blount International as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everybody is very friendly. People answer interns' questions. Also, the office has some 3D printers. The company got me set up on their databases and were very helpful in teaching me how to use their systems. The company gave us really cool tours of their manufacturing floor and of a distribution center. Also we had the opportunity to sit in on Kaizen events; we even received LEAN training while we were there and it was so fun.

    Cons

    Sometimes employees at Blount can be very busy and will not get back to interns very quickly on an email. Still, I had the chance to use my waiting time to be proactive on my projects or learn other things from all the experts in the office.

    Advice to Management

    When you try to be a one-stop shop provider, your supply chain complexity gets a bit out of control. Also, it's really important to integrate new acquisitions' information systems and record important process knowledge. I would also challenge management to improve their marketing efforts of some of their fantastic and innovative products such as their battery-powered self-sharpening chainsaws.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Blount"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Utility III in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Utility III in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blount International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay. Lots of overtime. Not much else to say really. Wish there was more to say in the pros section but there isn't.

    Cons

    Poor management. Unclean. Unsafe. Safety issues aren't fixed until an injury occurs. Machines poorly maintained. Employees do not work hard. Massive office politics. More is expected of hard workers. Management incites employees to spread rumors and fight.


  8. "Blount International"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blount International (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The companies leaders are aligned with the companies mission.

    Cons

    I haven't found any major issues.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!

    Blount International Response

    May 25, 2016 – Blount Representative

    Thank you for your feedback. We are happy to hear you are enjoying your employment with Blount International. We continue to strive to create a respectful environment where all Team Member ... More


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Blount really is a great company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blount International full-time

    Pros

    I've worked here for more than 20 years, and it has been a great place to work. One of the reasons I've stayed so long is the number of smart, committed people who work here. I feel like I learn something new every day. The international aspect of the company, for its size, is fantastic. It's easy to connect with Blount employees around the world (Brazil, China, Canada, Belgium, Germany, etc.) The CEO and COO are visible and believe in what they are doing. They are accessible, and personally connect with people in every area of the company. The changes they are making are exciting, including improving Blount's use of SAP, an increased focus and commitment to management training, and building a continuous improvement culture through policy deployment. Some of the more negative reviews sound like individual experiences that are unfortunate but not the norm. There are many, many people here who are working very hard for all the right reasons. Perfect? No, but no company will be. There are a lot of people who have worked here for a very long time, and talented new people are joining the company and bringing new energy and ideas. I believe this is a great place to be for my career.

    Cons

    No company is perfect and change is always difficult. No doubt there are certain departments where the growing pains have been more challenging and there has been turnover. The company needs to have more women leaders in key positions (something they are working on). 2015 was a very difficult year in terms of financial performance, which makes everything more challenging. The move from public to private will cause a lot of uncertainty until that is resolved.

    Advice to Management

    Look for areas where the company message isn't consistent, and make the adjustment. Insist on realism and consistency at the top. Keep listening, keep communicating, recognize and reward the best and the brightest.


  10. "Blount"

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

    I have been working at Blount International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Blount is a great place to work

    Cons

    Staffing levels over the last few years has been variable.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on track. Continue to try to minimize production variation and impact to people.

    Blount International Response

    Sep 23, 2015 – Blount Representative

    Thank you for your candid feedback. We are pleased you are enjoying your employment with Blount. Keep up the good work.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "The supervisors"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Battle Ground, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Battle Ground, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blount International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay good benefits. Awesome gym with new equipment. Huge cafeteria with a outside vendor food service. Lots of great employees working here

    Cons

    The supervisors, job advancement getting points for being sick. The management don't see the hard working employees they see the lazy employees. Job uncertainty one year busy the other year lay offs

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your employees like dirt. Respect them and they will respect you. There has to be something done about the way supervisors are towards people.

    Blount International Response

    Sep 23, 2015 – Blount Representative

    Thank you for taking the time to share your comments. We wish you were happier with your current management. We continue to strive to create an environment where all Team Members feel they are ... More


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