Northern Tool + Equipment

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Updated April 5, 2015
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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. Helpful (1)

    Mediocre work with a great work-life balance.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northern Tool + Equipment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers are great, flex-time is nice, everyone leaves at 4pm on Fridays. No expectation to work late.

    Cons

    Large disconnect between upper management. There is tuition reimbursement but management doesn't approve the use of it. The company has no drive to stay up to date with technology and trends.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employees to learn and improve at their own job.

  2. OK place to work at, hard to keep motivated, without knowing what to strife for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible hours and easy to plan your life around work.

    Cons

    If your not "In" kiss your chances of moving up away.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and hear your employees.

  3. More good than bad things about working here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Get a better office space. Give everyone better computers.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Don't get hurt there. They will terminate your employment right away.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assembly in Faribault, MN
    Former Employee - Assembly in Faribault, MN

    I worked at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are ok but hard to pay for with how much you make.

    Cons

    Treat you like a slave. Poor pay and bad management.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like you would like to them to treat you. Get a plan of attack to get things done instead of going with spare of the moment.

    Northern Tool + Equipment Response

    Feb 26, 2015Talent Acquisition Partner

    We take our reviews on Glassdoor very seriously. We take pride in the safety of our employees and by no means do we ever terminate an employee because of an injury. We are sorry about your experience ... More

  6. Helpful (1)

    Basic retail type environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    More freedom than some of the larger stores. Managers at our specific store are great, work well with employees.

    Cons

    Company does not give sales commission to part time employees but expects the same amount of work as full time employees. No real reward for working, no sense of accomplishment.

    Advice to Management

    More benefits to employees would lead to lower turnover rate.

  7. Helpful (1)

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Helpful (1)

    Horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Cashier in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Northern Tool + Equipment part-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The store is not open late at night.

    Cons

    Stores need to have more staff because if one person calls off it affects the whole store. My coworkers were nice but some of the managers there had serious personality issues and will harass and belittle you for anything they can. I had enough of my assistant manager I decided to quit on the spot one day. The pay is terrible as well especially if you're a cashier. I would not recommend this job to my worst enemy.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate needs to stop cutting corners and properly staff the stores. Also upgrade the computer systems. This company really pinches pennies and you can tell.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Sales/ customer service

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    generally good coworkers. learning about new things all the time. interesting customers....

    Cons

    Managers are not there to help. talks both sides of their mouths. Big company small minds running it.

    Advice to Management

    learn to schedule staff. Be honest with employees. don't take employees for granted. cutting staff only leads to customer dissatisfaction and staff being over taxed trying to cover the loss.

  10. 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 Management

    Keep it up.

  11. Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechandise Planner in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Mechandise Planner in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Northern Tool + Equipment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working culture. Friendly staff/co-workers.

    Cons

    Too much flexibility for day to day. Horizontal company.

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