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Updated November 12, 2017
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Klein Tools Co-CEOs Mark Klein and Tom Klein Jr.
Mark Klein and Tom Klein Jr.
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Pros
  • You will meet some good people within the company (in 3 reviews)

  • Great company with great people (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is very unapproachable (in 6 reviews)

  • Klein doesn't offer any work flexibility to work from home (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Growth Opportunities"

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    • 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. "A Good Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering in Lincolnshire, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working environment. People are helpful and approachable.
    Benefits are not too bad.
    Business outlook is good, and the company is growing.
    Office is in a good location; no problems with traffic.

    Cons

    Got none at this time.

    Advice to Management

    It is vital that the company has the right talent to keep up and ensure continued growth.

  3. "Learn, Grow, & Longevity"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Information Systems & Compensation Supervisor in Lincolnshire, IL
    Current Employee - Human Resources Information Systems & Compensation Supervisor in Lincolnshire, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Klein Tools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Klein is a place where you can learn a lot and be supported through training opportunities. You will also get opportunity to work with many levels of the organization that I believe you wouldn't get an opportunity to at a larger organization. You have the opportunity to own projects and see them from start to finish which is exciting.

    Cons

    Klein doesn't offer any work flexibility to work from home. They need to trust their key employees and reward and recognize them. There is room for improvement. Benefit cost also keep rising and looking at how to be more creative with new benefit offering would be exciting (i.e. School loan repayment program).

    Advice to Management

    Offer employees who have shown their work ethic and good performance to work from home. Continue to communicate to all levels of the organization. Also, having Vice Presidents/Presidents walk on the floor where the tools are made and thank employees would go a long way and it only cost time.


  4. "Good company, great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Klein Tools full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, good chemistry among the departments, very nice building to work in.

    Cons

    Too close to fast food, I got fat working here.


  5. "manager"

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    many opportunity to develop knowledge and skills through the job. work and life balance

    Cons

    too many politics, and no specific chain of command.

    Advice to Management

    need to focus on fist line team leads and operators. Many of them are not well trained or qualified for the jobs


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Better Opportunities Out There"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincolnshire, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office space, some great co-workers, and a few decent benefits.

    Cons

    Klein Tools is an established company with some nice family values, however, if you're not a Klein you shouldn't waste your time. There are some great people who work at Klein but sadly their hard work goes unnoticed because management takes credit for their ideas. Overall the management team (managers, directors, VPs, and above) is made up of a fairly lazy group of men who sit back and burn out their team members with unrealistic goals and timelines. The HR department is sadly stuck in the stone age and they haven't made any necessary changes to keep up with the employment trends. Yes, they added a ping pong table to appeal to the millennial crowd, but how about adding more valuable benefits that employees will appreciate (student loan assistance or work from home). No vacation time is given during the first 6 months of employment and then it's accrued after that and almost impossible to plan ahead. This leads to additional burn out and turn over. They have unlimited sick/personal days but the second you take one it's automatically assumed you're either lazy or on a job interview and after, you're watched like a hawk. At the end of the day, Klein's culture doesn't promote a healthy work/life balance or sufficient growth opportunities due to poor senior management.

    Advice to Management

    It might be time to reevaluate the core values of Klein or you will continue to lose talented employees.


  7. "overall great"

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    Current Employee - Level III Machine Operator in Mansfield, TX
    Current Employee - Level III Machine Operator in Mansfield, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    laidback easy work, and steady

    Cons

    i dont care for anti tobacco policy, nor the health insurance

  8. "Nice people, questionable leadership"

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    Former Employee - Customer Support in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Support in Lincolnshire, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers and descent benefits

    Cons

    Supervisor would call you out in front of everyone instead of speaking to you one on one. A little disrespect and belittlement occurs. Top management/HR only hears what your superior says about you with no chance to respond.

    Advice to Management

    Seek input from employees if an incident occurs not just assume that the employee was in the wrong.


  9. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Klein Tools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    An opportunity to get well rounded experience. You will meet some good people within the company.

    Cons

    Poor management and leadership. They don't really care about their employees, only what you can do for them. Compensation is lower than industry averages. Never a clear direction and they constantly changes their minds while contradicting previous decisions made.

    Advice to Management

    Start actually caring about your employees and don't just say you do. Unless your last name is Klein, this company will use you and throw you out.


  10. "Family ran for 160 years"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Klein Tools full-time

    Pros

    Klein tools is a very large company but they will not make you feel like a little fish. You should have easy access to upper management and there is a team atmosphere. You will be working for a company that is well liked and known in their industry.

    Cons

    In my experience, Klein wants you to be a self-starter. If you need to be micro-managed, this is not the place for you.


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