Northern Tool + Equipment

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Northern Tool + Equipment Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
52 Reviews
2.9
52 Reviews
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Donald L. Kotula
29 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They offered great opportunities for a work-life balance with half days every other Friday (in 5 reviews)

  • One of these core values is to HAVE FUN (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Buyers have no clue what sells in each market and solicits minimal feedback from the store mangers before making purchasing decisions (in 2 reviews)

  • This includes upper management and HR (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Part time/FT

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Placement in Murfreesboro, TN
    Former Employee - Product Placement in Murfreesboro, TN

    I worked at Northern Tool + Equipment part-time (more than a 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
  2.  

    Great culture, great core values

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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 (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
  3.  

    Northern Tool loves it's managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 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
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  5.  

    Family Company with great management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 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
  6.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 a 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time (more than a 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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.  

    More good than bad things about working here

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Burnsville, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Burnsville, MN

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Long term business focus with less short term frantic movements. Friendly people.

    Cons

    The corporate office building is old and run down. No in-building option for lunch so I end up leaving for fast food every day. Most people have crappy old computers with single screen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a better office space. Give everyone better computers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great company to get you started off right.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    The people (co-workers and management) are great to work with. There's great opportunities to earn more money. Always adding incentive programs.

    Cons

    It's hard to grow within the company. It can be done, but it takes a lot of time and patience. This biggest issue is you need your Supervisor behind you. If your Supervisor doesn't believe your ready then you are not going anywhere. Which can be hard to overcome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put in a strategy that allows people to move to the next level once reaching certain goals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Decent job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northern Tool + Equipment

    Pros

    They have decent pay and decent hours

    Cons

    unexpected mandatory overtime at the end of shift.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

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