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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    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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    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 (more than an 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
  3.  

    Northern Tool loves it's managers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time (more than an 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
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    Family Company with great management

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnsville, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnsville, MN

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

    Pros

    Flexible, fun work culture. Executive team is very friendly and down-to-earth. Good pay and benefits. Work life balance. Excellent training programs available.

    Cons

    Smaller organization so not a lot of room for upward advancement, but a lot of opportunity available to grow your position outward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing, you treat your employees well and make us feel valued.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I have Truly enjoyed working here at Northern Tool

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

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

    Pros

    Great Benifits , Great Hours, Great People

    Cons

    Systems are kinda of out dated but they are working on changing that

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great family friendly company who offers flexibility and work life balance.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Office in Burnsville, MN
    Current Employee - Corporate Office in Burnsville, MN

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment

    Pros

    Family friendly company who offers a lot of flexibility and work life balance. Managers empower employees to do best work. Very fun work environment. Core values are: Know Your Customer, Provide Value, Act With Integrity, Empower the Individual, Be Entrepreneurial, Have Fun. The company definitely lives by these values. The Kotula family is amazing!

    Cons

    Smaller company (400 employees at corp HQ) so not a lot of options for moving up the corporate ladder quickly, however you definitely are able to grow in your positon and take on more responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing! One thing I have noticed is that I don't think all department heads live by the core values as much as others and certain areas might be a bit more rigid than others. I absolutely love my department, management team, etc. and hope that others have as great of a mangement team as my group.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Warehouse and merchandising part time as student

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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    Great work/life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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