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Updated Jun 17, 2014

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1.9 8 reviews

43% Approve of the CEO

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Thomas R. Klein

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14% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    I have learned a lot regarding what works and more importantly what does not work in the business atmosphere.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company will help you understand multiple aspects of a company that still manufacturers a lot of it's product in the United States.

    ConsThe company needs to Lack of leadership in at mid-upper management positions. Lack of leadership and company vision from top management. A once a year address at a company pic-nic by the CEO who is not highly involved in decisions is not sufficient. Top management should be involved and approachable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBreak down the silos and allow departments to work together. Yes men and women can only take a company so far. Autonomy is needed to allow both your employees and your company to grow.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sales (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat product to sell, Tool of choice in the Electrical Market. Very quick shipping and high order fill rate.
    Most of the core items are Made in the USA

    ConsHorrible management, Very backstabbing environment. High turn overrate among sales staff. Managers micro-manage field sales staff. No one in management has much experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompensation is poor if you are not hitting your quotas, which are set unreasonably high each year.
    Let your sales people sell instead of writing reports all the time

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    good place to work over all

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood co-workers to work with

    ConsNo communications from thetop management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Toxic Atmosphere. Not the place to work if you want to advance.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Lincolnshire, IL

    ProsPeople are mostly nice to you (to your face)
    Nice office (HQ).
    Interacting with manufacturing facilities is actually a pleasant experience.
    The company is apparently profitable.

    ConsMisguided / unfocused management.
    Lack of central leadership/goals.
    Greed is rampant. Focused on numbers, not on products.
    God help you if you don't make your numbers.
    Toxic atmosphere.
    Lack of industry experience at corporate level.
    Moving to Texas in several years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI get that the family owns 100% of the company, but every day is a new slap in the face for so many reasons. Weed out incompetence and self-interested people who don't deserve to be there anymore. Develop strong central leadership structure.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Klein Tools little know "termite" aka. Management problem is getting worse.

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) Skokie, IL

    ProsIf you are not seeking career advancement or fair pay.

    ConsManagement doesn't know how to manage and adopt ways to make employees responisible for writing their own job function procedures until something goes wrong and then the management points the finger at the employee as the culprit. When in doubt or in trouble, blame the employee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company needs a stronger structure and more positive culture in order for it to be more profitable. Too many managers don't care about doing their jobs and micromanage. As a result, employees are not properly instructed and managers hide the damaged products or don't check the final product being shipped to vendors or CR. Too many planners don't know their jobs and get paid to walk around and do nothing but cover their mistakes until it snowballs. CR laughs at how poorly management performs and runs thier departments.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wish they would have moved to Indiana, rather than Texas

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood products and good vision by upper management

    ConsFamily owned business, limited movement to top positions

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet some outsiders lead

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Product, American Made, Easy Sell

    ConsPoor Compensation, Back Stabbing Senior Management, Micro Manage, Alot of undermining decisions. New employees, "Watch Yours Backs"

    Advice to Senior Management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Just like being back in High School: cliques, backstabbing, childish political games

    Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsIndustry respected products. Products mostly made in USA. Nice headquarters building. Pretty good health plan. Employee discounts on company tools.

    ConsNot well managed at any level. It is never about what you do or what you accomplish, it is all about who your friends are and who you are aligned with. Backstabbing and politics are rampant. Turnover is very high. They fire employees if someone in the "in crowd" decides they don't like someone, and when they do get rid of people, they try to fight unemployment claims. They even contract with some legal firm to try to prevent people they get rid of from collecting benefits.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBeing in the family doesn't mean someone is qualified to run a company. Let the family run the board, but hire CEO's from the outside who actually have a proven track record of guiding and managing a successful corporation! Klein is far from the only family owned company that has had this issues, and others have resolved many problems by hiring outside upper management. Learn from these other companies instead of doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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