Northern Tool + Equipment

  www.northerntool.com
  www.northerntool.com
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Family Company with great management

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Current Employee - Cashier in Murfreesboro, TN
Current Employee - Cashier in Murfreesboro, TN

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

Pros

Pay is great and everyone at my store is a big family. Hours they are open are wonderful too...not too late or too early!

Cons

Can't get benefits as a part time employee and stores are so small that if someone is sick or fired....you end up working for them.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

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    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
  2.  

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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