Northern Tool + Equipment

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Northern Tool + Equipment Reviews

Updated July 21, 2014
Updated July 21, 2014
35 Reviews

2.7
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Donald L. Kotula
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  1.  

    Average staff and products overall

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Ocala, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Ocala, FL

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

    Pros

    Customers are fun and pleasant

    Cons

    poor hourly rate and commisions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very poor management and merchandising

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time for 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
  3.  

    Great culture, great core values

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Northern Tool is growing fast but still maintains a small company culture where you feel like an asset, not a corporate cog. Management sets high expectations and gives you the tools to achieve them. This company has a great work/life balance and puts a priority on family. Northern Tool lists 6 "Core Values" as its foundation. One of these core values is to HAVE FUN! We are given opportunities to have fun and encouraged to do so. What more can I say?

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Northern Tool loves it's managers

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Takes great care of management on all levels. Great perks, wonderful benefits and they are instated quickly.

    Cons

    Inventory receiving program could be a lot more tight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Store level management - focus on working ON your business more than IN your business. Delegate your work and show much appreciation for all of your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fast paced productive, challenging company with little room for growth

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    Former Employee - Material Handler  in  Fort Mill, SC
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Fort Mill, SC

    I worked at Northern Tool + Equipment as a contractor for 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
  7.  

    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 for less than a 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
  8.  

    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 for 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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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 for 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
  11.  

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

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    Current Employee - Merchandiser
    Current Employee - Merchandiser

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment part-time for more than a 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

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