Harbor Freight Tools Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    well after 90 days they didnt give anybody raises

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    Former Employee - Unloader and Stocker in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Unloader and Stocker in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Harbor Freight Tools part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    the team I work with was the best in san antonio

    Cons

    trying to make us lie to the customer about the products they carry. not everything was junk but most tools there were junk just being honest

    Advice to Management

    stop pocketing the bonuses and give it to the employees that deserve them like the stocking team at the store on military and 410 because when I was there we were beating out all of the other teams

  2. Helpful (5)

    Hard work is rewarded, but office politics dampens the good cheer of the corporate community.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Calabasas, CA

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting growth and lean employee resurces means that all contribute to the bottom line.

    Cons

    Despite a core principle of collaboration and team work, jealousy and back-biting among the top leaders keep the possibility of attaining it nearly impossible. It is a gossipy, juvenile atmosphere with grown ups having tantrums and the their direct reports following suit.

    Advice to Management

    Emotional, humiliating exchanges keep a terrible cancer in this company from the good health its employees deserve. Profane language should not be used and even encouraged among the leaders in your company. It creates a layer of hostility that undermines the loyal dedication asked of each employee.

    Harbor Freight Tools Response

    Mar 23, 2015HR Liason

    Hello, thank you for sharing your thoughts here. We greatly value our employees' input and can tell that you sincerely care about the company and its direction. We are also gratified by your ... More

  3. Helpful (3)

    Cashier. Sales associate.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Commission. Paid time off. Extra hours.

    Cons

    They ask too much from you. They always want to you sell and sell. Sometimes customers get annoyed and cashiers are the ones to take the backlash because we have to ask them so many questons. Management is mediocre to say the least. They're always in the back and hardly in the front, so when you call them for help in the front they take forever.

    Advice to Management

    Be better at your job.

    Harbor Freight Tools Response

    Mar 23, 2015HR Liason

    Thank you for your input. We appreciate your candor and are happy to hear you enjoy the perks and benefits that come with your position. We also appreciate you voicing your concerns and we'd like to ... More

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  5. i had wonderful experince

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Harbor Freight Tools

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    you got the best co-workers and the mangers are cool

    Cons

    theres a lot of tools to remember

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great associates, flexible hours, good managment, raises sometimes, lunches/breaks

    Cons

    Hours given,location,not helpful, better for first jobs, not clear

  7. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work need, but management could be better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools as an intern (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun place to work. 90% of the time, and it's very laid back atmosphere, but there's just not enough communication among the leadership team and the Associates

    Cons

    Communication assignments and validations need to be improved

    Advice to Management

    management needs to be more involved with the Associates take more time to describe job responsibilities and be willing to teach instead of demand. Life is still a democracy is not a dictatorship

  8. Don't work here

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Norman, OK
    Former Employee - Cashier in Norman, OK

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It was mostly young people

    Cons

    It was very boring work. Customers were rude and management was not great.

    Harbor Freight Tools Response

    Apr 7, 2015HR Liason

    Hello, thank you for taking the time to submit your input, although we would have liked to have gotten some more constructive direction. We hope you find a more fitting place of work and wish you ... More

  9. Helpful (1)

    Horrific

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Replinisher in Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Replinisher in Pocatello, ID

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is nothing good about working for this company, at all.

    Cons

    Crappy hours, worse pay, horrible management, no safety, no training.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to actually train your employees, and get rid of the people who don't know anything about tools.

    Harbor Freight Tools Response

    Apr 7, 2015HR Liason

    Thank you for your input, although we are surprised you were not able to find a single pro comment to offer about your experience with the company. As many other current and former employees have ... More

  10. Helpful (2)

    100% Harbor Freeight

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Bowling Green, KY
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Bowling Green, KY

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools part-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Accumulated sick and vacation time even for part time people.
    Crew and Assistant Managers are great.

    Cons

    I sure it depends on store but work/life balance is horrible. If you aren't 100% dedicated to Harbor Freight you will be given flack for it. Upper management is a complete joke. Their expectations for a "McJob" are ridiculous. All they care about is selling their junk warranty and membership plans, you will get tired of hearing it.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the GM and/or realize people have lives and other responsibilities other than the company.

    Harbor Freight Tools Response

    Mar 23, 2015HR Liason

    Thank you for sharing your feedback. We are happy to hear you enjoy the perks and benefits that come with your position. We're also gratified to hear how much you enjoy working with your team. It ... More

  11. Helpful (2)

    Terrible environment. Very derogatory district, regional and corporate staff.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None I can think of.

    Cons

    Not a place to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to your roots. Treat people as assets.

    Harbor Freight Tools Response

    Mar 23, 2015HR Liason

    Thank you for sharing your input, although it concerns us that between the camaraderie of coworkers, generous benefits and comfortable work environment at the store, you were unable to find a single ... More

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