Northern Tool + Equipment

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Northern Tool + Equipment Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
12 Reviews
3.0
12 Reviews
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Donald L. Kotula
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They offered great opportunities for a work-life balance with half days every other Friday (in 5 reviews)

  • One of these core values is to HAVE FUN (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Buyers have no clue what sells in each market and solicits minimal feedback from the store mangers before making purchasing decisions (in 2 reviews)

  • This includes upper management and HR (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Basic retail type environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment

    Pros

    More freedom than some of the larger stores. Managers at our specific store are great, work well with employees.

    Cons

    Company does not give sales commission to part time employees but expects the same amount of work as full time employees. No real reward for working, no sense of accomplishment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More benefits to employees would lead to lower turnover rate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Moving in the right dirrection for inventory quality and level control

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Fort Myers, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Fort Myers, FL

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

    Pros

    Training has been improved a lot

    Cons

    District Management unprofestional to alid back on being politcally correct. insulting in front of customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a more serious look at Florida District Management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was a job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Placement Lead in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Product Placement Lead in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    Pay is okay. Met great customers. Enjoyed potlucks and co workers.

    Cons

    Will not promote from within. Upper management treated lower hired help with no respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    I have been with the company over 6 years.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's an easy job. Other workers make it fun

    Cons

    Low pay, low raises
    Management thinks they are too good to help out on the register.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher more workers. So much money has walked out of the door because we're short handed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for But no opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier
    Former Employee - Cashier

    I worked at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly staff great company to work for if your in college and wonderful customers.

    Cons

    favoritism hours raise and fall almost every quarter really small room for opportunity only if your cool with management.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Average staff and products overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Ocala, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Ocala, FL

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

    Pros

    Customers are fun and pleasant

    Cons

    poor hourly rate and commisions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Fast paced productive, challenging company with little room for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Material Handler in Fort Mill, SC
    Former Contractor - Material Handler in Fort Mill, SC

    I worked at Northern Tool + Equipment as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Basic distrbution set up as in any company ,with various departments to explore,with reasonable pay rates

    Cons

    Heavy equipment being shipped out with cause for ability to operate multible types of lift trucks and some manuel labor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to take in consideration of how heavey some of the product is when evaluating ones productivity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall,it's not a bad place to work; you just have to have patience and be able to be an engineer for customers.

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

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment

    Pros

    You learn various tricks on how to do different projects from customers, as well as learn about different tools.

    Cons

    There's too much push on selling the warranties. Also, maintaining 1/3 of the store is not an easy task, while also having to manage customers; answer phone calls; and assist cashiers during discrepancies. The computers associates use are also slower than a speeding snail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be too pushy with the warranties. Also, fix the computers' speed; they are a hindrance to sales.

  10.  

    Decent if you can handle poor operations

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in South Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in South Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Decent hours with great health insurance

    Cons

    Ancient computers, poor management and commission is a joke

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to keeping employes happy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Gained a lot of experience, but advancement was hard to come by.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Burnsville, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Burnsville, MN

    I worked at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    fairly flexible about work schedule, low pressure, good people, cool products, growing, family owned company

    Cons

    pay is on the low side, health benefits are pricey, vacation policy is extremely weak, they don't put much value on employee career development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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