Harbor Freight Tools

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3 people found this helpful  

Good first sales job

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Former Employee - Cashier in Bellevue, WA
Former Employee - Cashier in Bellevue, WA

I worked at Harbor Freight Tools part-time (less than a year)

Pros

Real low pressure, definately has a small shop feel. You can easily befriend your managers and customers will sometimes know you by name. Sales goals are fairly easy to meet because of the no nonesense esp's and the high customer loyalty. Pay is competitive and raises will come twice a year if you earn them.

Cons

Needs more staff! traffic is unpredictable even during weekdays so you will have a massive rush of customers for hours with only a cashier and a manager on the floor. Also there are absolutely no full time jobs outside of management.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

try to keep a third person (preferably one with cashier duties) as backup, customer service and facing/store duties every night until close or at least an hour before close.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    You should work somewhere else!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Manager in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    If you work here you will get a paycheck, accrue PTO time, and get to work around tools. You will learn from the customers.

    Cons

    What was once the best place to work for has become an abyss. The founders son is not concerned with the associates and their families welfare (his father was, and is). The son is only concerned with lining his pocket and amassing wealth. If you work here, you will have a job. Not a job you can count on keeping.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company to a good person who cares about people and their families.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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