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Updated January 23, 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. Helpful (2)

    "Blount"

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    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Poor leadership"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Eagan, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Blount International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Long term and dedicated employees. Passionate about the product they sell and supporting customers

    Cons

    Leadership change after ownership change was disastrous. Leader determined by relationship with CEO rather than skills. Not what you know but who you know.

    Advice to Management

    Develop leaders not yes men.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Machinist"

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    Former Employee - Machinist in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Machinist in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are the only thing that makes you stay.

    Cons

    Supervisors treat people like dirt. You're either a good old boy or a dog. They actually laugh about what they do to people.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the "Stanford experiment?"

    Blount International Response

    May 25, 2016 – Blount Representative

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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Discriminatory toward good old boys"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Coordinaor in Mosinee, WI
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Coordinaor in Mosinee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Do not care to comment to positive. Few things were positive for me.

    Cons

    Good old boy network. Friends get promoted. Others don't. Not positive environment.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Blount"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits (health, 401k, savings plus).

    Cons

    Unacceptable behavior from managers is just fine with this company (HR presence almost nonexistent). Those bad people use others to move up in the company and take all of the credit. Because of this tolerated behavior, most of the good people leave. They like to preach about how their people are most important in the company but it doesn't show. Also, annual pay increase for the people actually doing the work is 2% or less. Lots of greedy people who will use others to get what they want.

    Blount International Response

    Aug 28, 2015 – Blount Representative

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We are sorry you weren’t happier during your time at Blount International. Creating an environment where all associates feel they are respected ... More


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Very sad"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A global company with a lot of potential, a lot of great talent throughout the organization, one of the best Continuous Improvement programs I have witnessed in the industry, the CEO (Josh Collins) leads by example and takes the time to know every employee.

    Cons

    While the rest of the company is positioned to succeed, Blount's supply chain is struggling. Horrible hiring practices has led to filling management positions based entirely on "feel" and not solid education / skills / experience. The morale in the supply chain is the lowest seen at any company I have worked for. Communication is nonexistent and favoritism is played on a daily basis. They have lost a lot of good talent this year due to the ignorance of poor leadership and poor project execution.

    Advice to Management

    Effective Communication and Change Management will do wonders.


  8. Helpful (4)

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

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    Current Employee - Parts Puller/Packer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Parts Puller/Packer 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

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Not a good experience."

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Machinist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Maintenance Machinist in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Dont make promises you cant keep.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Worst place I have ever worked"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Engineer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Purchasing Department is total chaos"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Buyer in Portland, OR
    Former Contractor - Buyer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They give free bagels and bananas

    Cons

    Too many chiefs, not enough Indians

    Advice to Management

    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.


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