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From an IT view, challenging and learning.

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Former Employee - MIS  in  Calabasas, CA
Former Employee - MIS in Calabasas, CA

I worked at Harbor Freight Tools full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Top quality IT members, sharpest team I have ever worked with.
Dress code was relaxed and comfortable.
Owner would engage everyone the same, open and honest, always smiling.

Cons

The business is 40+ years old and shows it in the lack of ability to mature into a modern world. People do things in their daily work without knowing why, just "it has always been like this". There is no enforcement to change or mature process. The quasi IT business architects are mostly self serving aspiring exec's with no IT maturity what so ever and attempt multimillion dollar projects with a trial and error methodology. Every top level project in the last two years has tanked due to upper management's lack of support to tried and true IT methodologies.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stand back and look at what is being done to your company by the business architects, let the professional IT people guide the IT initiatives as they know best. The business architects have proven they have a single goal in mind - an executive office somewhere and HFT is only a rung on their ladder! Words spoken to me clearly and loudly!

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Harbor Freight Tools

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reasonable work for a friendly company

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    Current Employee - Head Pricing Coordinator  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Head Pricing Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful management and co-workers to work for. Straight forward working requirements.

    Cons

    The computer softwares are antiquated. Having to work 5am every Monday because of lack of dedicated receiving staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The computer systems and software need to be brought into the 21st century within a reasonable amount of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    The business model is employee churn

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    Current Employee - Corporate  in  Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Corporate in Calabasas, CA

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    As an employee there are no pros

    Cons

    Abusive tyranical leadership. "The emperor wears no clothes" I have watched so many really good executives crash and burn. As review and bonus time comes each year it is the same story cut cut cut..find any reason. Recruiting is in a tough spot trying to find replacements. With each generation of new leadership rercruiting, the pool is diluted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you should leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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