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Harbor Freight Tools – Why Work For Us?


In 1977, Harbor Freight Tools had a mission to make it easier for working people to get the best value possible on top-quality tools they could trust. Now, more than 35 years later, that mission has made Harbor Freight Tools one of the largest tool and equipment multi-channel retailers in the United States, with over twenty-five million satisfied customers taking advantage of our low prices and satisfaction guaranteed.

Harbor Freight Tools is committed to invest in and build "best practices" in everything from retail to inventory, e-commerce, technology and merchandising. As such, Harbor Freight Tools continues to seek out top-tier talent at all levels, looking for high-energy professionals and creative problem-solvers who seek an environment which supports, nurtures, and properly compensates individuals who demonstrate the capacity to be top performers at their respective levels.

Harbor Freight Tools is a large company with a start-up feel that provides a collegial and collaborative culture dedicated to high achievement. We are committed to support and promote people based not on politics, but on their relative contribution, skill set and accomplishments. Harbor Freight Tools is dedicated to generous pay for performance compensation and long-term careers. We also find that people who can combine personal accomplishment, leadership and a true commitment to teamwork thrive at our company.


Eric Smidt and his father started Harbor Freight in 1977 in North Hollywood, California. Originally called Harbor Freight Salvage, the company began in a small building as a mail-order business. The first Harbor Freight Tools retail store opened its doors in 1980, and in 1985, Eric became president of the company. Since then, Harbor Freight has expanded with over 500 stores as well as growing its catalog, direct mail and ecommerce business. In 2001, Eric was listed as one of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneurs of the Year.

In addition to operating Harbor Freight Tools, Eric Smidt supports multiple charitable organizations, including Children's Hospital Los Angeles, University of Southern California, UCLA and Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, a non-profit charter school manager. Eric also serves on the boards of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Portland Art Museum. He is also a licensed jet pilot with over 30 years of experience.



At Harbor Freight Tools, our mission is to be America’s leading provider of high quality tools at the lowest prices available.

Core Principles

Excellence in Execution: We succeed by staying focused, getting things done and sweating the details

Continuous Improvement: We constantly strive to improve

Collaboration: We find solutions as a team

Doing the Right Thing: We treat everyone fairly, reasonably and with respect

Humility: We keep our egos in check

Frugality: We spend every dollar wisely

Community: We believe in giving back

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Harbor Freight Tools offers an extensive benefits package to its employees, in addition to competitive base pay and bonus.

Health and Wellness

Comprehensive, affordable health care coverage is one of Harbor Freight Tools' many offerings. We offer the choice of a PPO or HMO in many locations, as well as a number of programs that help make it easier to stay healthy as well as maintain a positive work / life balance.

Health coverage includes:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Prescription drug
  • Life insurance
  • Long term/short term disability

Other Benefits

Harbor Freight Tools understands the challenge to balance a busy work / life schedule. For that reason, we also offer the following additional benefits to our employees:

  • Paid Time Off
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • 401k Plan with a discretionary company match
  • Employee Discounts
  • Legal Services Plan


Employee Discount Programs

HFT Merchandise

All employees are immediately eligible to receive a 20% discount on purchases from out retail stores, up to a maximum of $1,500 per 12 month period. Goods purchased must be for the use of the employer or immediate family member, and not for resale or commercial use.

Third Party Products

Harbor Freight Tools has partnered with Beneplace to deliver a valuable employee discount program. Through Beneplace, all employees have access to a variety of discount programs, including; automotive, travel & entertainment, consumer products, health & wellness, financial services, insurance, electronic equipment, home, garden, and cell phone discounts.


Harbor Freight Tools (HFT) Employee Emergency Relief Fund

The HFT Employee Emergency Relief Fund provides disaster relief and emergency assistance to employees of Harbor Freight Tools and their families who require financial assistance due to a catastrophic event or a personal crisis.

HFT has made an initial contribution to open the Fund and will match employee contributions going forward on a dollar-for-dollarbasis. Donating is Easy & Tax Deductible.

One of HFT’s core principles is “Community,” which means that we believe in giving back.

Contributing to the Fund is something that we can all be proud of. Helping those in need is something we can be even prouder of. 


Lowest Prices Anywhere
The thing our customers like best about Harbor Freight Tools is that they won’t find better tools for lower prices anywhere else! And isn’t that what it’s all about? Harbor Freight offers to beat any competitor’s delivered price within one year from your date of purchase, even if it’s an advertised special. 

Convenience, Value, Quality
Shopping at Harbor Freight Tools has always been as easy as picking up the phone, or stopping by one of retail stores nationwide. With our safe, secure web site, finding the best values on top-quality tools is even easier! You can’t beat Harbor Freight Tools when it comes to convenience. Orders placed online are processed and shipped within 1-2 business days and delivered right to your door, usually by FedEx®.

100% Satisfaction Guarantee
If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with any item purchased from Harbor Freight Tools, you may return the product within 90 days for a full refund or replacement, whichever you prefer. 

The Lifetime Harbor Freight Warranty on Hand Tools
We’re so sure you’re going to love the value you get with each and every one of our hand tools, we offer a Lifetime Hand Tool Warranty! You’ve got to be able to trust the hand tools you work with, and that’s why Harbor Freight’s lifetime tool warranty for hand tools gives you the peace of mind to go ahead and order all the hand tools you need from us. This Harbor Freight Warranty is one of the strongest in the business, and one of the main reasons for millions of satisfied customers!

Tools for Schools, South Carolina (2013)

“Vocational training in public schools has been neglected and underfunded for far too long. We want to help our public schools train the next generation of plumbers, carpenters, electricians and mechanics. With our tools in these South Carolina classrooms, we can help thousands of students work their way toward meaningful, higher paying careers." ~ CEO of Harbor Freight Tools




Los Angeles Unified School District (2012)

"For far too long, vocational education has not been given the attention and funding it deserves. At a time when a well-trained workforce is essential to compete in the global economy, the United States too often falls short. Harbor Freight Tools wants to help turn the tide, and we're starting with the LAUSD where the budget for their Career Technical Education programs is just one quarter of what it was just two years ago." ~ CEO of Harbor Freight Tools


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    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Harbor Freight Tools (Houston, TX).


    When asked to come into the store for the interview, I sat down with a manager on duty. She seemed very friendly and nice. She proceeded to ask me some questions about myself and then told me what to expect. She also gave me an idea of how a day in there goes.

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LAUSD Adult Schools Recognition , Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 2013

Additional Info

Website www.harborfreight.com
Headquarters Calabasas, CA
Size 10000+ Employees
Founded 1977
Type Company - Private
Industry Retail
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

With over 600 stores and over 25 million satisfied customers, Harbor Freight Tools continues to grow, but we're still family owned and for over 3 decades our mission has remained the same: deliver an incredible assortment of great quality tools at the lowest prices.

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