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Northern Tool + Equipment Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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Pros
  • The company supports work life balance and gives employees the opportunity to work hard and play hard (in 12 reviews)

  • Family owned company, great customers, decent benefits (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, no commission, zero opportunity for advancement (in 6 reviews)

  • The hours suck for part time people like myself and can't get a second job because of the schedule "me working every Saturday" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Cashier"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier in Corpus Christi, TX
    Current Employee - Cashier in Corpus Christi, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good, far better and more than many other companies. The employees are cool pretty damn cool

    Cons

    You must know a lot about hand tools, trailers, garden tools, generators, compressors, some about clothing, using a cash register is a plus

    Advice to Management

    None

    Northern Tool + Equipment Response

    Dec 12, 2016 – Human Resources

    Thanks so much for you review! We love hearing from our retail stores and are so glad you are happy!


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Avoid this IT Department if you are a Senior RPG Software Developer."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior RPG Software Developer in Burnsville, MN
    Former Employee - Senior RPG Software Developer in Burnsville, MN
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    If you consider a paycheck a Pro...then this job is for you.

    Cons

    Managers are over payed OLD RPG Programmers. If they do not like you...they will walk you out the door. This is a Sink or Swim shop...so swim at your own risk. Absolutely NO communication between management and subordinates. I went to ask a programmer a question one day and found out that they had quit over a month ago...are you kidding me?

    Advice to Management

    Hire some REAL managers that have some people skills.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "An extremely TOXIC work environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - N/A in Burnsville, MN
    Former Employee - N/A in Burnsville, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A paycheck / and medical benefits though not the best in the world. . .

    Cons

    Everyone has a personal agenda to become the great butt in charge. Throw you under the bus is the best example of how day to day work is at Northern. Family owned and claim to be so oriented don't believe it a lie. Spare yourself the misery of working for them. Spent 7 years working there gave over an extra 1 - 2 months a year in overtime and on call. Love to work you to death stay away from this company.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of management who prefers suck ups rather than those who actual does the wry.


  4. "Assistant Store Manager - What a complete let down"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get a paycheck and amazingly hard to find local benefits!?!?

    Cons

    The head honcos in corporate don't give a rat's ass about the individual employees who allow them to make an ok living so they can only be available during bankers hours. On the retail end of it, if you're lucky enough to get unfairly(out of pure desperation) promoted to store manager, you get to take weekends off, work very few hours, and rely on your assistants to work double shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Grow some balls, except some responsibility, and take action! Give your sales people a reason to keep selling and force your store managers to show up and, I don't know, manage their stores.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Run away From This Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Hours for retail management is great, usually not over 45 hours.
    Other than that it pays the bills. The hours required is the biggest plus.

    Cons

    The company is very unprofessional. This includes upper management and HR. It is a company where unless you are the store manager the ASM will very seldom speak to you or the other employees.

    Advice to Management

    Unload the upper management and dead weight lower management and bring in professional managers.


  6. "Horrible and lazy management. Always passing the buck and never fixing problems."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Employee in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A few decent people here and there. Work and home life pretty fair most of the time. That's about it

    Cons

    Pretty much everything, horrible pay, shitty raises, awful management from store and corporate levels. Breaks non existent, like pulling teeth to get your OWN paid vacation days.

    Advice to Management

    Employees run this store, maybe you should start listening to those people instead of doing nothing.


  7. "HORRORS!!"

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    Current Employee - Management
    Current Employee - Management
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary for managers is adequate

    Cons

    Low paid workers, managers who care about nothing but butt-smooching their superiors, Store Mangers who play favorites, rampant sexual harassment without ANY consequences, Regionals who are clueless as to what happens in the stores, and managers who work ONLY 6am til 2pm and have no idea what goes on with the business. Assistant managers are required to do everything in the store to make the manager look good and never get one iota of credit! Cashiers have to have a manager sign off even for an even exchange or return of a 99 cent item! NOT a family friendly atmosphere as they constantly say in interviews....you NEVER see your family with this company. Your PTO disappears when you request a regular day off.....managers arbitrarily use up your time without your permission.

    Advice to Management

    Quit making announced visits....regionals and managers are in cahoots to MAKE you think everything is running smoothly. Managers start working what the SOP calls for one night per week and one weekend per month!

  8. "If there was a zero it wouldn't even deserve that!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Merchandiser
    Current Employee - Merchandiser
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Northern Tool + Equipment part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lets see I can only think of one pro and that is the hours.

    Cons

    This is the worst job you will ever have in your entire life. If you want to get paid less to do all the work. Managers don't know how to do anything and just complain about doing anything at all, they just sit in the office all day and talk. You do all the work, which is another thing, they just swamp you with work. Constant Planogram changes and trucks never ends. when you have only 2 people braking down and putting away truck and changing the store around you never have time to stock or clean up. They pay the sales people more than the merchandisers and the sales people just stand around all day. Then when you have a day off the sales people create more work for you by not knowing where anything goes or selling displays with box stock available. The people at coorperate are so clueless or anything sending trucks the day before audits of same days as inventory. Or the 'ordering' What a joke that is they put things on sale and send you a bazillion of something that sits around and then they send hardly any of what people want! Some days you spend half your day appoligizing to customers for being out of product. And From what i hear the managers get money for buying lunch each month Yea How bout 1 time a year you get a free lunch!! Then you get 1 review a year and the dont even really review your job, and what they do review of your job they just say you did ok! so they don't have to go the extra mile to get you 50 cents!! Yea thats right 25 cents a year raise!! That is pretty sad! When coorperate sends out like 4 flyers a year about all the parties they have there!! What a crappy place to work!

    Advice to Management

    do something!!


  9. "not trustworthy"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Loader in Fort Mill, SC
    Former Employee - Loader in Fort Mill, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    very affliated with having fun with workers for there hard work.

    Cons

    challenged to the maximum for hard work that is brought upon yourself from heavy lifting.

    Advice to Management

    make work easier for workers who are keeping the company standing and give workers a chance to be hired again after termination.


  10. "Northern Tool's is a difficult place to work with no opportunities to grow at there Manufacturing Facility."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Faribault, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Faribault, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northern Tool + Equipment full-time

    Pros

    They offered great opportunities for a work-life balance with half days every other Friday. There is a diverse array of products that come out of that facility.

    Cons

    There is no opportunity for advancement. Most individuals who have been there have been in the same position for 5+ years.

    Advice to Management

    Work on improving opportunities and growing employee knowledge.


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