Northern Tool + Equipment

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Northern Tool + Equipment Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
44 Reviews
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    Warehouse and merchandising part time as student

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    Former Employee - Merchandising Team in Murfreesboro, TN
    Former Employee - Merchandising Team in Murfreesboro, TN

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

    Pros

    Great environment, friendly coworkers, awesome management that worked very hard and didn't mind helping out when someone needed, flexible scheduling. I was never micro managed and was trusted fully to complete tasks without anyone breathing down my neck.

    Cons

    Pay wasn't great, but what to expect as a part time student doing a job that any monkey could do?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

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    A Great Company to Work for that is headed in the right direction.

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Life balance is a real policy within the company. Management WORKS every third Sunday. You really leave at a decent time for your family, All employees have weekends off on a steady rotation and schedules are 3 weeks out for more life planning. Pay is better than average retail and bonus potential for sales team and management is regularly attainable as well as cashiers getting opportunities to increase their pay with achievable competitive incentives. Solid benefits with just a lot of cool stuff to sell.

    Cons

    Not too many....Sometimes the traffic is slow which could affect sales at some sites and make the days seem longer. HR may make you feel as if their talk doesn't match their walk, but the regional managers help to clean up any deficits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay is fair for the process oriented environment. Be prepared to follow a regimented routine to assist daily productivity. Assistant Managers run the stores with the Store Manager overseeing the entire process. As always focus on hiring the best and train up to make them better.

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    Great work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Northern Tool Corporate has great work/life balance and truly values their employees. Needing flexibility for family reasons is easily granted. The position expectations are realistic. The company's core values truly define the culture.

    Cons

    They can, at times, be resistant to change and are not always accepting of new ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push your management team harder at the corporate office. They can accomplish a lot more and still have the work/life balance they have today. Set deadlines and keep them.

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    Good company culture, lousy pay.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The corporate culture is great and they seem genuinely interested in their employees. New stores are opening every year, so there's always options for transfers on the retail end. Store culture is purely dependent on the Management's ability to make a positive culture and hire the right staff that gels together well. If you live in, or want to move to MN, corporate is 10 minutes outside the cities, and seem to really have fun there still. Number of opportunities are at a normal level.

    Cons

    $30k is the standard salary for an ASM. Depending on your experience, you'll be abe to get closer to $40k, but you had better bring your persuasive skills with you that day! Compared to ASMs at say Home Depot ($60-70k/year), it's almost robbery. Store manager can start around $50k depending on experience, store size, most importantly your bargaining skills, and if they're desperate. Sales employees start at $10/hr (1% on profit margin on sales under your name if you're FT), everyone gets spiffs on service/warranty plans sold. Can at least double your second paycheck of the month if you are consistent and the sales are there for the store.
    Company advertises tuition reimbursement for FT associates. That may just apply to corporate employees, because they won't approve it for retail store associates and the stores don't seem to "flexible" when it comes to you getting consistent time to actually attend school full-time. On the retail side, it's the perfect "retail trap" if you don't have a good exit strategy planned. The company culture is very dependent on the each store's management's abiliity to create/maintain one that aligns with the company as a whole. Corporate needs to step in more and make sure there is still some "fun" left before Northern Tool becomes just another mindless retail store that numbs everyone's brains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees more, give them options for a better work/life balance and keep the culture fun and light. Make sure the employees will work well together and don't keep people until after the 90 day period if they aren't doing their jobs, aren't retaining knowledge and processes, and are just plain creeping other associates (and customers) out. They alienate everyone else, and create a horrible work environment.

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    Good Environment

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Woodbury, MN
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Woodbury, MN

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

    Pros

    Retail managers lead by example.
    1 hour lunch.
    Top to bottom the management is very human.

    Cons

    Pressure to sell warranties ad nauseum.
    Perpetually shifting inventory into new configurations based on plan-o-grams created outside of the building with no exceptions possible. Occasionally making no sense for a particular location but no exceptions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys are doing just fine.

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    Northern Tool

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnsville, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnsville, MN

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment

    Pros

    Laid back culture, flexible working options, lots of access to Sr. Leadership

    Cons

    Small company with limited advancement opportunities.

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    Northern Tool is a great place to work, but it's a small company with no room to grow.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Burnsville, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Burnsville, MN

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment

    Pros

    Best place I've ever worked for balancing work and real life. When it's time to go, better get out before they lock the doors. From what I've heard, even the distribution centers and corporate offices are the same way.

    Cons

    It is a relatively small, privately owned company. That means there are very few opportunities for advancement once you hit a manager position. They are there, but they are very rare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The insurance benefits are about average in coverage, but the rates are significantly higher than other places I worked. I had BCBS of MN at my last job with the exact same coverage. When I started here my insurance costs more than doubled. This year they cut out some life insurance benefits to keep the rates the same. How about getting the rates down to a more acceptable level?

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    ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment

    Pros

    great hours fun place to work

    Cons

    can be unorganized sometimes clutter

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