Klein Tools

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Klein Tools Reviews

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Thomas R. Klein
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    Good Career, Long term stability & great products

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Lincolnshire, IL

    I have been working at Klein Tools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Been with Klein Tools for 14 years. Seen a lot of changes, some "good" some I have to question, however taking into account the company has been profitable for 150+ years, I feel our direction is positive. Klein Products are one of the most respected brands in the tool industry with all hand tools and safety equipment still made in the USA. Current management is focused on long term growth and stability

    Cons

    Like any smaller, family owned business there are concerns with family members being groomed for positions they may not be qualified for, hey if you have problems with that I guess you should move on - it is "their" company after all. Lots of focus on moving the company's manufacturing plants to a central campus operation in Texas has caused a considerable amount of disruption and dissatisfaction among all employees, salaried more so than hourly. The move to Texas appears to be a good long term business strategy, however there are a lot of short term pains that must be endured and a lot good, key employees are either bailing or getting left out in the process. Like a lot of smaller companies the health benefits have taken a hit with rising out of pocket expenses and co-pay increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the brain drain currently underway from the company. We are losing years of experience just walking out the door because of a lack of guidance and decision making by senior leaders. New engineers walk into their job's with little to no guidance or direction, becoming frustrated with what they had perceived to be a dream job quickly turning into a nightmare all because of a lack of leadership at senior levels, especially within the engineering sector.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Klein Tools Interviews

Updated Oct 29, 2014
Updated Oct 29, 2014

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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockford, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rockford, MI
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Klein Tools in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    Was contacted by HR person, set up initial interview, was called back for subsequent team interview, received offer, made counter offer, counter offer accepted, went for physical and was hired 1 week later

    Interview Questions
    • Why are you leaving a job paying more money to come to work for Klein?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    they made an offer via an emailed offer letter. I countered with an offer request 10% higher annual salary and one additional week of paid vacation. they accepted
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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Website www.klein-tools.com
Headquarters Lincolnshire, IL
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1857
Type Company - Private
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Competitors Danaher, Facom

Five generations of Kleins have had a grip on Klein Tools, a maker of non-powered hand tools. The company's products can be found in the tool pouches of professionals in the construction, electronics, mining, telecommunications, and general industries. (Klein makes their pouches, too.) Its lineup includes cable cutters, chisels, drill bits, hammers, pliers, saws, screwdrivers, wire strippers, and wrenches. Klein also sells diagnostic equipment, occupational protective gear, and specialty chemicals. Products are distributed worldwide and sold by tool retailers and building... More

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