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Blount International Reviews

Updated February 24, 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. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Offered good benefits, including a profit share that went towards 401k.

    Cons

    Project Ownership wasn't clearly established.

    Advice to Management

    Hire good Project managers.


  2. "Great place to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work for!
    Good training system! They offer great workshop for lean manufacturing. I learned a lot from the company.

    Cons

    None that came to my mind


  3. "Great people, but the company is changing"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Long history, developed processes, experienced and dedicated people, good benefits, excellent training

    Cons

    The company culture and benefits have been changing the past several years


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Blount"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a very diverse group

    Cons

    Not very stable at the moment

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Overall Working experience"

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    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


  7. "Blount International"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, good work life balance, fair compensation, encourages professional growth

    Cons

    Slow to change, constantly in flux, little vision for the future, little opportunity for growth within the company itself.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "BLOUNT was a great place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Cost Accountant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Cost Accountant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blount International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent people work there; Hard working, dedicated, and friendly/helpful. I worked there nearly eight years. Fantastic experience, and enjoyed several promotions. Good pay. Standard to better-than-standard benefits. On-site gym. Great campus, easy location to get to in the Portland metro area.

    Cons

    Every company has challenges and/or challenging areas. At BLOUNT, one would be upward mobility. Others I'm sure might come up with more, but for me, this was about the only negative for me.

    Advice to Management

    Are you hiring the right people to manage various areas based on skill set and appropriate experience, or are you hiring/promoting managers and others because of personal connections?


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Blount really is a great company."

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    • 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. Helpful (1)

    "International CSR / Team Lead Coordinator / Continuous Improvement Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - International Customer Service Representative/TL Coordinator/CI Specialist in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - International Customer Service Representative/TL Coordinator/CI Specialist in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blount International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity for education and advancement, continuous improvement culture, and the amazing people.

    Cons

    Very business oriented, not a small company by any means.

    Advice to Management

    Work with your team members, don't expect that one management style will work well with all.


  11. "Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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


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