Northern Tool + Equipment

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Northern Tool + Equipment Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
44 Reviews
2.9
44 Reviews
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  1.  

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It was a job.

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    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
  3.  

    Part time/FT

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    Former Employee - Product Placement in Murfreesboro, TN
    Former Employee - Product Placement in Murfreesboro, TN

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

    Pros

    Good Company to work for.
    Flexible with school and military service.
    Good starting pay compared to other small retail jobs in the area.

    Cons

    Not the Job for a lazy person.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I have been with the company over 6 years.

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    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
  7.  

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    Job from hell!

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Cashier in Knoxville, TN

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

    Pros

    good benefits.....wish i had more to say

    Cons

    low pay, low raises, watching people go into management that were not hired form within the company....bummer not a job to grow with. Management is terrible! too cozy, think they are to good to "work" with the other employees....god complex.
    spp upsales turned ridiculous in jan.2014....more of a mentally stressful job than anything. cheaply made merchandise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs an update, protocol also a bit on the ridiculous side. Main thing to work on as a company is go through your stores and separate all the family members that work together, it's not fair to everyone else ex. death in family....store is short handed and management wont do anything about it. the store i worked in there were 5 family members working together.....its 2014 people! i would never recommend this job to ANYONE! I don't even like the fact i have to give this review a star to be rated. Oh and watch your personal information, the corporate headquarters gave mine out to another party with out my consent!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    just okay

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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 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
  11.  

    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Customers are fun and pleasant

    Cons

    poor hourly rate and commisions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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