Northern Tool + Equipment

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Northern Tool + Equipment Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
50 Reviews
3.0
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  1.  

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

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    • 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 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
  2.  

    Great work/life balance

    • 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 (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
  3.  

    Job from hell!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Cashier in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time (more than a 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
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  5.  

    I have been with the company over 6 years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Great company to work for But no opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Average staff and products overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

    Pros

    Customers are fun and pleasant

    Cons

    poor hourly rate and commisions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great culture, great core values

    • 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 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
  9.  

    Very poor management and merchandising

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time (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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Fast paced productive, challenging company with little room for growth

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

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