Blount International

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Purchasing Department is total chaos

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Former Employee - Buyer in Portland, OR (US)
Former Employee - Buyer in Portland, OR (US)

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

Pros

They give free bagels and bananas

Cons

Too many chiefs, not enough Indians

Advice to ManagementAdvice

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.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1.  

    it was wonderful until we bought companies and decided to move. NOW no one knows what the hell is going on. T

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Blount International

    Pros

    was wonderful before the move. pay ok

    Cons

    you won't get promoted for hard work. if you can plant your lips on someones ass then it might happen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    your workers make you or break you. and now you are broke

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Somewhere to get a paycheck

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blount International

    Pros

    The salaries are decent and the health benefits are good so those are good points.
    There are chances to move around and up for some people.
    They are one of the few companies that still offer employee events like a company picnic and Children's Santa Party.

    Cons

    The company is very old school (think 1950s) in its approach to structure and the management of people.
    Over the years (I was there 13+) I saw the morale head down fast, and now most people are only showing up to get a paycheck.
    Communication between management and the general workforce is poor at best, and the main source of information is gossip.
    There is a strong atmosphere of politics and it truly matters who you know, more than what you know when trying to gain a new position. Sadly this has allowed a significant amount of nepotism into the workforce which only further drives down the morale.
    There is little meaningful employee feedback or resolution of known personnel issues by management, this leads to a general mistrust of both leadership and fellow co-workers making for a very eat or be eaten environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be stronger decision making skills at all levels of the company from the top to the bottom. When there are far more meetings than decisions made from those meetings an environment of ineffectiveness sets in and this is what has happened over the years. During my employment there I attended no less than 6 group meetings about the same problem, lots of conversation and even some flow charts and instructions to resolve the matter resulted. This was followed by management (on several levels) deciding something different or not requiring jobs to be done only to have another meeting to figure out what the problem was all over again, and I know there has been at least one more set of meetings on the same topic since I left. Make a decision and move forward with it having purpose in your movements, if you find out it is wrong later admit the shortcoming resolve to a new approach and follow it.
    Also there needs to be better communication at all levels of the company, the rumor-mill should not be the primary form of communicating what is going on to the masses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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