Harbor Freight Tools

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  1.  

    Well Rounded

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    Current Employee - Pricing Coordinator in Duluth, MN
    Current Employee - Pricing Coordinator in Duluth, MN

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

    Pros

    paid vacation, sick time, commissions for part timers. Ability to move up in the company easily.

    Cons

    Some typical retail issues, customers not knowing what they want and expecting us to have it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure there are no micro managers in the store that can bring a team down.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good/bad

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier

    I worked at Harbor Freight Tools

    Pros

    Amazing schedule flexibility ask off get off.
    Good pay starting at 8 bucks

    Cons

    No way to move up unless someone quits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More positions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Leadership positions are paid unfairly

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    Current Employee - Assistant Head Cashier in Dothan, AL
    Current Employee - Assistant Head Cashier in Dothan, AL

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools

    Pros

    Great store great customers. Company works well with flexibility

    Cons

    Company relies heavily on selling protection plans on most tools and gets in the way heavily of doing your job with customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your leadership team ex...head cashier ,assistant head cashier a better rate of pay for the responsibilities that are expected of them! After I was hired on I read reviews that these positions had the highest turnover rate for my area and now I know why!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome company to work for always have something to do always busy at all times.

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Downey, CA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Downey, CA

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers great management cool environment to work in..paid holidays vacation and sick time.

    Cons

    Short breaks only 1 10 minute in 8 hour shift..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need Crooss training for driffrent areas for all associates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Better when it was in Camarillo

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    Former Employee - IT Function in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - IT Function in Camarillo, CA

    I worked at Harbor Freight Tools

    Pros

    When HFT was in Camarillo under the old regime it was a bit unorganized but a great place to work with people that had been there since company started 1968. They offer 2 weeks vacation from scratch and good benefits. Pay is typically a bit low but one can quickly advance if working hard.

    Cons

    Now when company is in Calabasas it is more cut-throat and hard work. Most of the executives and many good-with-people managers were all fired to leave room for a new generation of outsourcing and cut-throat approach. Some IT people on salary were made to work mandatory Saturdays and long days without any extra compensation. You may have 3 managers in one year as people are getting hired/fired right and left. Some people were fired after 25 years without even a thank you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to be more of the people's company in the same spirit as the stores and customers expect and bring back hot dog day. Happy employees is what made this company so great. Now it's becoming just another Walmart.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Love my job!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Head Cashier in Port St Lucie, FL
    Current Employee - Assistant Head Cashier in Port St Lucie, FL

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The crew I work with is amazing! Like a family

    Cons

    The pay is not enough to live on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Floor Clerk

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    Former Employee - Store Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Store Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great place to work!! Excellent management!! Great teacher and mentors. They really push you to succeed....

    Cons

    Bad store location. Low sale at certain times of the year which would cut into working hours!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to the district manager to work with store managers and store staff!! Every store is different!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not your typical retailer

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Miamisburg, OH
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Miamisburg, OH

    I worked at Harbor Freight Tools

    Pros

    Not a bad retailer to work for. More laid back than most of the big box retailers.

    Cons

    Used to give all major holidays off and took them away. Inside Track isn't that good of a bargain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put some hours back in your stores, stop selling household things that truly are not relevant to being a tool store, I.e. Kites,puzzles, dog toys.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Retail Cashier. I worked the cash registers and also helped customers find items in the store.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Cashier in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Retail Cashier in Sarasota, FL

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

    Pros

    I liked working there because they were a very busy business and it made the time go by really fast. Also the place was full of things to do while on your shift so there was never any down time. I also liked working with the different customers and making them feel welcome and also helping them with finding items in the store.

    Cons

    The challenges of working there are how busy it is and how you have to multitask everyday. You have to be able to answer the phones while cashing people out at the registers and it can become really overwhelming. Also they didn't really give a lot of hours to work with so that was a downfall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some advice to the management would be to don't cut peoples hours right before christmas because that's when people desparately need money. Also if you know a manager is stealing ESP's you should immediately fire them so that it does not happen to anyone else. Make sure you don't just leave one person on the register while its busy just so you can not do anything else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Dishonest company and hard work

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Austintown, OH
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Austintown, OH

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

    Pros

    Able to work in one location and some of your fellow employees are very nice.

    Cons

    Stores are poorly staffed,upper management morals lacking,and expected to physically carry and handle very heavy motors,cranes,etc. You are expected to go to other stores and physically build and merchandise them with half of the help inexperienced and just taking up time and space and not really joining in building the store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff your stores'have managers that have high morals and ethics and district managers that have backbone and appreciate their assistant managers and trainees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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