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some good some bad a lot of in between just beware

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Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Oklahoma City, OK
Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Oklahoma City, OK

I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools full-time

Pros

nice vacation time, decent schedule, decent management team at the store level. always something to do so can never get bored. always something different everyday. decent co workers one or two bad apples. making progress to improving daily operations but can get a little bit to much micromanagement

Cons

lack of space in the backroom is a constant problem, to much micromanagement on small stuff. lack of communication with the stores about changing product, part/full time ratio is awful has done more harm in the store level than good. harder to retain employees when they only get 25 hours most per week if lucky. SRR can be an effective program but a bit to much on the forcing the store to complete it before it can get on with other major tasks. high volume stores have a more difficult time just trying to get the basics done leaving many store specific projects to be put on hold for months before the time or man power can finally be found to accomplish them and SRR takes away what time is typically available to accomplish the tasks off hours.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

change the part/full time ratio one or two more full time employees can make a huge difference. improve the truck shipping from the DC's to many items arriving at the stores damaged or destroyed. pallets look like they was just slapped together with no care. send a store what it needs not just what is taking up space if we have 300 of an item and we sell 50 per week and it is not going to be on sale within the next month do not send another 200-500 of the item just seems pointless.... continue to improve technology to improve all around everyday business functions. treat your employees with respect and show some care. improve the training programs and create new ones for new and current employees to better assist in development. communicate a little more with the stores with some of the changes that goes on with the merchandise.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's ok, the benefits have declined and the company has drastically changed over the years.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Head Cashier in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Assistant Head Cashier in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is excellent. Moving up the ladder is easy. Make extra from spiff/commission from selling ESPs, and ITC memberships. Management staff is willing to work with the associates.

    Cons

    Customer base is composed of poor, classless, uneducated, smelly, old and mexican customers. The POS register system is based from the early 1980s and won't be upgraded until Mid-2013. The old registers have many issues that will slow the register lines down. Holiday pay use to include 13 holidays back in 2006, now only covers Thanksgiving and Christmas. High employee turn-over rate due to limitation is hours thanks to the 20/80 rule (20% full time, 80% part-time). Hiring manager will hire incompetent slugs that will waste the company's time will take a while for HR to fire that employee even though we live in a "fire at will" state.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring idiots.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 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 (less than an 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
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