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Klein Tools Overview

Lincolnshire, IL
1001 to 5000 employees
1857
Company - Private
Manufacturing
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Klein Tools was founded in 1857 by Mathias Klein. The company is still family owned and operated by Mathias Klein's descendants to the sixth generation.

Since its founding, Klein Tools has been an innovation leader in the hand tool industry ... Read more

Mission: We will continuously pursue world leadership in the design, development, production and marketing of quality products and services that satisfy the needs of trade professionals and others who use tools to do their jobs.

Company Updates

  • Klein Tools announced the acquisition of the General Machine Products Company (GMP) business based in Trevose, Pennsylvania. Learn more at http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQtNe

    Klein Tools Acquires General Machine Products Co. in Trevose, Penn. | Klein Tools

    Company continues to invest in U.S. manufacturing June 7, 2017 (Lincolnshire, Ill.) - Klein Tools today announced the acquisition of the General Machine Products Company (GMP) business based in Trevose, Pennsylvania. Klein Tools acquired substantially all of the business assets of GMP, with no further specifics of the asset transaction terms disclosed.

  • Klein Tools announced new results from its annual “State of the Industry” survey, with input from more than 600 union and non-union electricians. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQBsO

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Klein Tools – Why Work For Us?


Since its founding in 1857, Klein Tools has been an innovation leader in the hand tool industry. In the past decade we have accelerated our innovation trajectory, with the launch of game changing new product lines including:

  • Electrical testers and meters
  • Datacom tools, connectors and testers
  • Tradesman Pro tool handling solutions
  • Illumination products

We reject the conventional wisdom that hand tools are "commodities" and continue to invest aggressively in maintaining world class quality and the development of innovative new products. Through our rigorous cycle of end customer feedback, product design, prototype development, extensive lab testing, and field testing to product launch, we pride ourselves on our reputation in the marketplace for delivering durable, innovative, hand tools that meet or exceed customer needs. Whether we’re optimizing an existing product, developing another new product line from scratch, or commercializing our products in a new market or country, we never lose sight of our commitment to our customers that Klein stands for quality.

Going forward, we plan to accelerate investment in innovation fueled growth even further. In order to do so, we are strategically focused on attracting and developing highly motivated individuals on the Klein team. If you...

  • share our commitment to quality in everything you do
  • want to be part of a winning team that beats the competition by exceeding our customer’s needs through outstanding service and innovation
  • are a results oriented individual with a high sense of urgency

...then we highly recommend considering a career with us at Klein Tools.


Learn more about our history here

Like other American businesses, Klein's business is built on foundation values of safety, integrity, and teamwork. Without these values, nothing else matters. Klein Tools also holds four key distinguishing values that we believe set our business apart from others in our industry: Quality, Customer Obsession, Innovation, and Ownership.


Quality: Quality is the foundation on which Klein's brand is built. Quality applies not only to the tangible product we deliver to our customers, but also the service we provide them.

Customer Obsession: We start with the customer and work backwards to develop our product. Although we pay close attention to competitors, we obsess over customers.

Innovation: We expect and require innovation. We are externally aware, look for new ideas from everywhere, and are not limited by "not invented here".
 
Ownership: We think long term and don't sacrifice long-term value for short-term results. We act on behalf of the entire company. We never say "that's not my job".
 
 
 

Join Our Team...

Since 1857, Klein Tools continues to be a world-class manufacturer of premium quality hand tools for professional tradespeople. We pride ourselves on producing innovative products that are durable enough to withstand the often grueling jobsite conditions our customers face. Because of that, we are the #1 choice of professional electricians.

It is our highly-trained, highly-motivated workforce that allows us to maintain our reputation for superior innovation and quality tools. We are always looking for like-minded individuals to join our Klein "family."

Klein engineers set their standards above the rest. We leave no stone left unturned and take pride in the fact that our products are the most durable and reliable products on the market. Professionals rely on our tools day in and day out in order to get the job done. The fact that Klein products can take a beating and stand the test of time is a direct reflection of our dedicated and detail-oriented engineering team. What else sets us apart?

Diversity of Work: We design and manufacture a wide variety of products and are exposed to everything from steel forging and stamping processes to printed circuit boards and injection molding. 

Cutting-Edge Tools: With the latest sketch monitors and 3D printing technology literally within arm’s reach, we can quickly prototype several design iterations at a moment’s notice. 

Project Ownership: Engineers aren’t confined to a specific product component or singular stage of the design process. Our cradle-to-grave design and development approach is something that sets us apart from most consumer product manufacturers. This philosophy allows us to take a deep dive into each and every product design and minimize the risk of overlooking critical details. From concept sketches to evaluating functional prototypes or rigorously testing the finished product, Klein engineers have the unique privilege of experiencing every aspect of product development. 

End-Customer Focus: We have dedicated field specialists at our disposal who focus entirely on facilitating strong end-user feedback and understanding. Whether we need to get on a jobsite or discuss ideas with customers in one of our monthly voice of customer sessions, valuable connections are readily available.

These distinguishing elements allow us to both improve current products and create innovative new products that address the needs of our dedicated end customers. Managing a project from start to finish is no small feat, but the solace of knowing that we’ve made someone’s job a little easier and seeing that finished product on the shelves of one of Klein’s distributors makes it all worth it.

At Klein Tools, our employee's health and well-being is the backbone of our company. We work year-round to bring our employee's choices in health, wealth and wellness benefits that best support them and their family.

Retirement Savings and Investment Plan

Klein Tools offers a competitive 401(K) savings plan with a company match to help you build your future. Our plan includes a wide choice of customizable investment options so that you can choose an investment combination that best meets your needs. At Klein, we also have a profit sharing plan that is distributed on an annual basis to eligible employees.

Health, Dental and Vision Benefits

Staying healthy means obtaining quality health care for you and your family. Klein Tools offers competitive choices for valuable health care coverage including a dental plan, a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) medical plan and a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) medical plan. Plus, when employees enroll in a Klein Tools medical plan, they automatically receive prescription drug benefits.Klein also offers a voluntary vision program that includes an extensive network of providers and offers flexibility based upon where you choose to access care.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

Klein Tools offers the option of Flexible Accounts. Employees can choose to participate in Health Care and Dependent Care FSAs to set aside pre-tax dollars for eligible out-of-pocket health care and dependent care expenses.

Wellness Program

Klein Tools is committed to helping you and your families live healthy lifestyles. Participants enrolled in a Klein Tools medical plan have access to a wealth of confidential and complimentary wellness resources, programs and services for support in reaching health improvement goals.

Klein Tools also has an incentive program that is dedicated to providing awareness, education, and support of a healthy lifestyle. Participation in this program allows employees an opportunity to pay a lower rate for the Healthcare Plan for adopting a healthier way of life.

Life, Accident and Disability Insurance

Life insurance is an important part of your financial well-being, especially if others depend on you for support. In addition to basic life insurance, Klein Tools offers accidental death & dismemberment insurance as well as short-term and long-term disability coverage. Employees may also elect to purchase supplemental life insurance and dependent life and accident insurance.

Tuition Reimbursement

At Klein Tools, we believe that continuing education is an essential element for the success of our employees and our business. We offer tuition reimbursement for approved undergraduate and graduate level college degrees at accredited institutions.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

To help provide support and resources for everyday difficulties, the Employee Assistance Program is provided to you and your household members at no cost. Free, confidential counseling and referral services are available to all Klein Tools employees and their families as well as a variety of online tools and information to help you take charge of your well-being.

Employee Referral Program

Klein Tools Employee Referral Program encourages our valued employees to refer qualified candidates to current and future career opportunities within our company. If the candidate is hired and remains employed with the company for an allotted period of time, the referring employee is eligible to receive a bonus.

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

    Pros

    A lot of product design opportunities while the company is expending the product lines. Executive management level is supportive. Market compatible salary.

    Cons

    Less benefits compared to public companies.

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Klein Tools Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Klein Tools (Chicago, IL) in May 2017.

    Interview

    Casual and conversational interview. They do not have a checklist of interview questions so just be yourself. You do not have to be previously part of the industry to earn consideration. They want energetic individuals who will be a good ambassador for Klein's quality reputation.

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Klein Tools Awards & Accolades

  • Best Corporate Image or Public Relations Event - Bronze Stevie Award, American Business Awards (the Stevies), 2017
  • Small Employer of the Year, Texas Workforce Commission, 2016
  • Pro Tools Innovation Award, Pro Tool Reviews, 2016
  • MarCom Gold Level Award, Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals, 2016
  • Excellence in Marketing and Communications Award, IMARK Group, Inc., 2016
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