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Updated April 12, 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. "Was pretty good"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked with amazing people who I truly miss...

    Cons

    They shut my location down...so yeah.


  2. "little mobility ok benefits"

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    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)

    "20th century business in 21st century market"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blount International full-time

    Pros

    Steady work with a company that desires to do better. Good coworkers. Good growth opportunities both for a career and within the company. Okay tools.

    Cons

    Pace of change was slow relative to other industries. Information and resources were silo-ed like many large organizations. ERP architecture struggled to deliver meaningful analysis. Pockets of conservative workplace culture did not match generally diverse environment.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, Blount does okay. Get the ERP right as soon as possible. Dig one level deeper in the financial analysis and review controls. Respect for tenure is admirable, but risks complacency and a lack of urgency.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Bad Place To Work"

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

    I worked at Blount International full-time

    Pros

    - Can't think of any.

    Cons

    - Management treats employees like dirt.
    - Senior management had no clue and ignored valid improvement ideas

    Advice to Management

    Bring in good people and make effort to retain and train them

    Blount International Response

    May 25, 2016 – Blount Representative

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We are sorry you weren’t happier with management during your time at Blount International. Creating an environment where Team Members ... More


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Milwaukie, OR
    Former Employee - Engineer in Milwaukie, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    International company with multiple global manufacturing locations. Decent opportunities for changing roles. Decent cross location communication.

    Cons

    Disjointed strategy that lacked consistency. The direction that trickled down was not well understood a couple of layers down. People were touted as key but many instances of acting in the opposite manner.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on real change and fewer more focused objective.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Manufacturing Supervisor III"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Supervisor III in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Supervisor III in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are very nice. When I started working there in 1998 it was very family friendly and the company would do a lot of family events to encourage focus on family and its commitment to providing for the entire family.
    Education support. I have been able to earn a Bachelor degree in Business Administration because of help from this company.

    Cons

    Newer management has shifted the focus from taking care of it's people to a focus on the bottom line often alienating the people who work in the trenches for them. There is something to be said for taking care of your most important asset, people.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just talk about respecting people, go out into the trenches and spend time with them so you can honestly look for ways to improve the way they do their jobs. Allow your supervisory team to have a smaller span of control so they are better able to spend time in the game with their team to help them be more successful. As managers, come out to the floor and build some trust with your team members by being available to them.


  8. "Quality Assurance Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work. Co-workers friendly. Good hours

    Cons

    Overtime all the time. Disconnect between management and the rest of the employees

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to find and hire talented, dedicated people


  9. Helpful (1)

    "The supervisors"

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    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


  10. "Production Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Ability to make a difference and stand out, competitive benefits package, friendly staff, healthy veteran management force.

    Cons

    Misalignment of upper level management, Occasional RIF's and production rate fluctuations, beginning to be less loyal to veteran employees, frequent organizational changes that are poorly communicated.

    Advice to Management

    Promote success, listen, lead, learn, understand the business, communicate the direction and plan for your organization.

    Blount International Response

    Aug 28, 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


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Could be a great place!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukie, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukie, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.

    Blount International Response

    Aug 28, 2015 – Blount Representative

    Thank you for your feedback. We are happy you enjoyed your time working at Blount International overall. We are sorry you did not feel you were listened to by your manager. We continue to strive ... More


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