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Northern Tool + Equipment Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
47 Reviews
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  1.  

    Job from hell!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Cashier in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good benefits.....wish i had more to say

    Cons

    low pay, low raises, watching people go into management that were not hired form within the company....bummer not a job to grow with. Management is terrible! too cozy, think they are to good to "work" with the other employees....god complex.
    spp upsales turned ridiculous in jan.2014....more of a mentally stressful job than anything. cheaply made merchandise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs an update, protocol also a bit on the ridiculous side. Main thing to work on as a company is go through your stores and separate all the family members that work together, it's not fair to everyone else ex. death in family....store is short handed and management wont do anything about it. the store i worked in there were 5 family members working together.....its 2014 people! i would never recommend this job to ANYONE! I don't even like the fact i have to give this review a star to be rated. Oh and watch your personal information, the corporate headquarters gave mine out to another party with out my consent!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    just okay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    the customers are always bringing good questions. most co workers are great.

    Cons

    Management is stuck in the mire of old school thinking. can't not listen. spineless

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be honest. listen to understand not listening to reply

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very poor management and merchandising

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. A decent place to work for the first few months then the new store manager got there and after that it was all down hill.

    Cons

    Poor pay. More junk than tools. Selling SPP above & beyond doing anything else of to the point of losing your job. Poorest store manager in the country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try hiring a store manager that doesn't make a new hire ready to quit after the first week. Also having one that doesn't make customers mad on an almost daily basis and not firing an ASM that customers actually like and come back to see would be a tremendous help. FYI I was employed for 5+ years so I did notice a few things. Unfortunately in the USA a manager is a dictator because you can say nothing negative towards one or else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Northern Tool's is a difficult place to work with no opportunities to grow at there Manufacturing Facility.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Faribault, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Faribault, MN

    I worked at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time

    Pros

    They offered great opportunities for a work-life balance with half days every other Friday. There is a diverse array of products that come out of that facility.

    Cons

    There is no opportunity for advancement. Most individuals who have been there have been in the same position for 5+ years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on improving opportunities and growing employee knowledge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    not trustworthy

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    Former Employee - Loader in Fort Mill, SC
    Former Employee - Loader in Fort Mill, SC

    I worked at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    very affliated with having fun with workers for there hard work.

    Cons

    challenged to the maximum for hard work that is brought upon yourself from heavy lifting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make work easier for workers who are keeping the company standing and give workers a chance to be hired again after termination.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    If there was a zero it wouldn't even deserve that!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchandiser
    Current Employee - Merchandiser

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lets see I can only think of one pro and that is the hours.

    Cons

    This is the worst job you will ever have in your entire life. If you want to get paid less to do all the work. Managers don't know how to do anything and just complain about doing anything at all, they just sit in the office all day and talk. You do all the work, which is another thing, they just swamp you with work. Constant Planogram changes and trucks never ends. when you have only 2 people braking down and putting away truck and changing the store around you never have time to stock or clean up. They pay the sales people more than the merchandisers and the sales people just stand around all day. Then when you have a day off the sales people create more work for you by not knowing where anything goes or selling displays with box stock available. The people at coorperate are so clueless or anything sending trucks the day before audits of same days as inventory. Or the 'ordering' What a joke that is they put things on sale and send you a bazillion of something that sits around and then they send hardly any of what people want! Some days you spend half your day appoligizing to customers for being out of product. And From what i hear the managers get money for buying lunch each month Yea How bout 1 time a year you get a free lunch!! Then you get 1 review a year and the dont even really review your job, and what they do review of your job they just say you did ok! so they don't have to go the extra mile to get you 50 cents!! Yea thats right 25 cents a year raise!! That is pretty sad! When coorperate sends out like 4 flyers a year about all the parties they have there!! What a crappy place to work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do something!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    HORRORS!!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management
    Current Employee - Management

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary for managers is adequate

    Cons

    Low paid workers, managers who care about nothing but butt-smooching their superiors, Store Mangers who play favorites, rampant sexual harassment without ANY consequences, Regionals who are clueless as to what happens in the stores, and managers who work ONLY 6am til 2pm and have no idea what goes on with the business. Assistant managers are required to do everything in the store to make the manager look good and never get one iota of credit! Cashiers have to have a manager sign off even for an even exchange or return of a 99 cent item! NOT a family friendly atmosphere as they constantly say in interviews....you NEVER see your family with this company. Your PTO disappears when you request a regular day off.....managers arbitrarily use up your time without your permission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit making announced visits....regionals and managers are in cahoots to MAKE you think everything is running smoothly. Managers start working what the SOP calls for one night per week and one weekend per month!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Horrible and lazy management. Always passing the buck and never fixing problems.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Employee in Charleston, SC

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A few decent people here and there. Work and home life pretty fair most of the time. That's about it

    Cons

    Pretty much everything, horrible pay, shitty raises, awful management from store and corporate levels. Breaks non existent, like pulling teeth to get your OWN paid vacation days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees run this store, maybe you should start listening to those people instead of doing nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Run away From This Company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Hours for retail management is great, usually not over 45 hours.
    Other than that it pays the bills. The hours required is the biggest plus.

    Cons

    The company is very unprofessional. This includes upper management and HR. It is a company where unless you are the store manager the ASM will very seldom speak to you or the other employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unload the upper management and dead weight lower management and bring in professional managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Assistant Store Manager - What a complete let down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get a paycheck and amazingly hard to find local benefits!?!?

    Cons

    The head honcos in corporate don't give a rat's ass about the individual employees who allow them to make an ok living so they can only be available during bankers hours. On the retail end of it, if you're lucky enough to get unfairly(out of pure desperation) promoted to store manager, you get to take weekends off, work very few hours, and rely on your assistants to work double shifts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow some balls, except some responsibility, and take action! Give your sales people a reason to keep selling and force your store managers to show up and, I don't know, manage their stores.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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