Northern Tool + Equipment

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Northern Tool + Equipment Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
38 Reviews
2.7
38 Reviews
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Donald L. Kotula
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  1.  

    Great work/life balance

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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 less than a 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for But no opportunity

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    Former Employee - Cashier
    Former Employee - Cashier

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

    just okay

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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 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Very poor management and merchandising

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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 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
  7.  

    Great culture, great core values

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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