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Harbor Freight Tools Overview

Calabasas, CA
10000+ employees
Company - Private
Home Centers & Hardware Stores
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
In 1977, when Harbor Freight Tools was started as a small family-owned business, we made a commitment to provide working people with great quality tools at the lowest prices. And for over 40 years, Harbor Freight Tools has done just that. From hand tools and generators, to air ... Read more

Mission: Our mission at Harbor Freight Tools is to deliver value to the hardworking by providing high quality tools at the lowest prices.

Company Updates

  • It's only through our people that we can achieve more every day. Harbor Freight teams across the country donated our entire supply of personal protective equipment items to front line hospitals with 24-hour emergency rooms. These much-needed supplies included N95 masks, face shields, and nitrile gloves. We wanted to thank our associates for coming together during the toughest of times and embracing our Core Principle of Doing the Right Thing.

  • COVID-19

    At Harbor Freight, we value the health and safety of our associates and our customers above all else. We aggressively clean and sanitize our stores regularly, limit the number of customers in our stores at any given time to allow for social distancing, and provide associates with masks and gloves, consistent with the CDC's guidelines. Thank you to our associates - for helping customers find the tools to get the job done, sending product to our stores, or helping us do what we do best.

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Harbor Freight Tools – Why Work With Us?

Dear Prospective Harbor Freight Associate,

At Harbor Freight Tools, we are passionate about one thing: making great tools affordable for our hardworking customers. We’re looking for great associates who share that passion.

I started the company with my dad when I was 17 because we saw the opportunity to provide hardworking Americans with quality tools at affordable prices. I loved the idea of delivering value to folks whose work I respected in fields like carpentry, welding and auto repair.

Today, we are still a family-owned company, and we treat our 20,000 associates like family. We have great benefits, flexible hours that allow you to have a life outside your job and opportunities for career advancement.

We are growing rapidly—we’re opening two new stores every week and introducing hundreds of new products every month. We need great associates to join our family. I hope you’ll consider a career at Harbor Freight Tools.


Eric Smidt

President and Founder

Harbor Freight Tools

Your Talent, Our Tools

Harbor Freight Tools believes in supporting the communities where we live and work through monetary donations, our tools and through company-sponsored volunteer efforts led by our awesome Harbor Freight associates.

The Harbor Freight Tools Associate Emergency Relief Fund is a charitable organization providing emergency assistance to associates of HFT and their families who require financial assistance due to a catastrophic event or a personal crisis.

Harbor Freight made an initial contribution to open the Fund and currently matches associate contributions on a two-for-one dollar basis. One of Harbor Freight's core principles is “Community,” which means that we believe in giving back, and that is why we encourage each of our associates to give what they can to help those in need. Every year at the corporate office we host "Splash for Cash" an opportunity to generate funds by bonding with your fellow associates.

“…the recognition that all positions get for their accomplishments creates an incredible working environment where associates of all positions can continue to grow!”

Kellie Baldonado, Store Manager

“The recognition coupled with the ability to grow as a leader with new stores opening all over the country, I go to work with an excitement I have never felt before. I can't wait to see what's in store for me next!.”

Jess Dixon, Store Manager

"I have always felt that what I do in the company has been recognized and appreciated.”

Sandy Alpaugh, Store Manager

“Our leaders are genuine, they care about our team, they care about the development and encouragement of everyone around them and I wake up every day and I can’t believe my luck that I get to work at a place like this.”

Deb Miller, District Manager

“Harbor Freight is a great place to work because it is a company consistently trying to do the right thing whether it’s competitive market wages, better pathways to promotion, or a great customer experience.”

Fred Bartel, Store Manager

"We always do the right thing - whether it's maintaining our insurance premiums and keeping the coverage up or closing our stores early or doing the right thing in bonuses.”

Darlene Walsh, District Manager

Harbor Freight Tools is committed to invest in and build "best practices" in everything from retail to inventory, Ecommerce, technology and our associates and their growth and development.

Harbor Freight Tools Reviews

  • "Great company"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Equipment Operator in Moreno Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Equipment Operator in Moreno Valley, CA
    Positive Outlook

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


    Great pay and you get promoted quick


    None as long as you keep to yourself

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Harbor Freight Tools Photos

Harbor Freight Tools photo of: A Team Meeting
Harbor Freight Tools photo of: Assisting a Customer
Harbor Freight Tools photo of: Just one example of the teachers and students who have benefited from Tools for Schools
Harbor Freight Tools photo of: Giving the Hardhat Award
Harbor Freight Tools photo of: Splash for Cash Fundraiser - Corporate
Harbor Freight Tools photo of: Silver Hammer Awards, honoring our Associates
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Harbor Freight Tools Interviews



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Getting an Interview




  1. Featured Interview

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    Stock Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Harbor Freight Tools in May 2019.


    Interviewers were respectful, quick, and cut to the chase. All questions were relevant and to test if you were truly the right candidate they were looking for to fill the position.

    Interview Questions

    • Out of all the other applicants, why you?   6 Answers
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Harbor Freight Tools Awards & Accolades

  • LAUSD Adult Schools Recognition, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 2013

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