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Klein Tools Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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  1. "Growth Opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Lincolnshire, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  2. "Industry Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer in Mansfield, TX
    Current Employee - Buyer in Mansfield, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Klein Tools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive Salary & Benefits
    Generous Health & Wellness Incentives
    Family-Oriented
    Highly Focused On Safety & Security (Ryan Harkness is a true leader)
    Continually Invests In Equipment & Employee Training

    Cons

    No cons at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage Open Communication With Employees
    Flexible Schedules (if position allows)


  3. "Company as Whole"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mansfield, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mansfield, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Klein Tools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Corporate is always available and willing to help
    Healthy work environment
    Employee Attitudes about Safety are positive
    Friendly management
    Employee morale is extremely promoted
    Safety 1st
    Support is ALWAYS available if needed

    Cons

    not applicable to this review.


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  5. "Good company to work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Lincolnshire, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Klein Tools full-time

    Pros

    -Company is growing fast
    -Brand is recognized and very well positioned in the industry
    -New 'Test and Measurement' group is quickly becoming a solid contender in the industry.
    -Lots to learn: The wide number of products manufactured by Klein offers a unique opportunity for the 'curious' engineers to get involved and work on multiple products.

    Cons

    -Growing pains: Company is growing fast, but at times it may feel as a smaller company. Company is aware of this, and is trying to implement new tools and best practices to reduce this gap.

    Advice to Management

    Company has a bright future! Leadership is very engaged. Keep communication open and do your best to become an employer of choice to retain your talented team members.


  6. "Excellent, Real, Family-Run Business"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Mansfield, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Mansfield, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Klein Tools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -great work/life balance
    -dedicated to manufacturing quality products
    -values their employees
    -growing fast
    -financially stable
    -non-bureaucratic
    -opportunities for advancement
    -excellent health care plan

    Cons

    -must be able to keep pace with the fast-changing and growing environment


  7. "Stable, family owned with a strong brand"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mansfield, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mansfield, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Klein Tools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - strong brand
    - consistent, solid growth
    - clear vision
    - lots of opportunity for personal growth and development
    - politics are not bad
    - the founding family still runs it and cares about the company and its employees

    Cons

    - headquarters are in Illinois (high taxes and horrible weather)

    Advice to Management

    Do not lose focus on long term growth and brand strength.


  8. "Thoughts from Klein Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Executive in Lincolnshire, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Klein Tools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Growing - the Klein family and leadership team is committed to investing in growing the business, especially through new product development. Company growth creates lots of career opportunities.
    - Financial health - Klein Tools is conservatively managed from a financial standpoint with very little debt, which enables aggressive investment in people, R&D, and cutting edge manufacturing processes.
    - Mindset - Klein thinks long term and strives to avoid sacrificing long term value for short term results. Klein is very customer focused, their #2 value after Quality is "Customer Obsession."
    - Intense - Klein is committed to winning as a team and beating it's competition day in and day out by exceeding customer needs.
    - Improving- In just the past year Klein leadership has improved communication and taken a much larger interest in engaging employees. Leadership started holding town halls, published its values, and has been listening to employees more - making little improvements around the office such as adding water filters etc.

    Cons

    -Communication - I did not give Klein five stars because communication from leadership can be improved. Klein has made strides in this area recently, holding town hall meetings a few times a year starting a year ago and publishing its Values as well in the past year.
    - Intense - I'm listing this as a con as well since Klein is not for everyone. Don't be fooled by the cushy "family" owned business appearance. Klein is not a place where you can get a job and then fog up the mirror. Klein is obsessed with winning and expects everyone on the team to contribute with a strong sense of urgency.
    - Candid- this can be a pro or a con depending on how you look at it. Like my last point, Klein is not for everybody. Klein employees and leadership tend to cut to the chase and don't beat around the bush much.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on improving communication of company vision, values and performance and employee engagement will continue to improve in parallel.


  9. "Team Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Mansfield, TX
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Mansfield, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Klein Tools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Food and free coffee, union free (for now), plant management is good at times, newer buildings, popular brand, 4 day work week

    Cons

    High turnover, ZERO job security, Klein Family involved in everything you do, HIGH benefits, Corporate HR is sneaky and walks people out, people are not valued

    Advice to Management

    Do not allow corporate people in the plants....have no idea what it takes to run successful operations.

    Klein Tools Response

    May 23, 2017 – HR Manager

    Thank you for sharing your feedback. Please reach out to your local HR or email hr@kleintools.com as we’d like to better address your concerns. We want to make sure you have all the tools you need to ... More


  10. "Meh"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Mansfield, TX
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Mansfield, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Klein Tools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent Pay
    Benefits
    Easy, relaxing job
    opportunities to move around

    Cons

    No real to chance move into a decent job
    Large number of lazy employee's
    Over restcritive rules and policies

    Advice to Management

    Try to identify the employee's that want to move up the ladder and have the prior experience. Instead of just promoting whoever you like the most.


  11. "Poor management of employees and their talent."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Commodity Manager in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - Commodity Manager in Lincolnshire, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Klein Tools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company has strong reputation in their field. Many lineman and electricians swear by their Klein Tools. 158 years of family owned/managed business.

    Cons

    Executive level positions lack the leadership skills to empower the employees to lead change and perform at a high level.


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