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Les Schwab Tire Centers Overview

Headquarters Bend, OR
Size 5001 to 10000 Employees
Founded 1952
Type Company - Private
Industry Retail
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Les Schwab Tire Centers began in 1952, in a town called Prineville, Oregon, where our founder, Les Schwab, started out with one small tire store. From the get-go, Les recognized anybody could sell tires; it was earning customer trust that takes real effort and ... More

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Les Schwab Tire Centers – Why Work For Us?

Doing the Right Thing Since 1952

The friendly greeting you get when you visit Les Schwab Tire Centers isn’t a gimmick. It’s how we do business, and always have. Sure, we’ve grown, but our aim is still to be like a hometown neighbor—reliable, valued, trustworthy.


Creating Customers for Life

It all began in 1952, in a little western town called Prineville, Oregon, where an enterprising young man named Les Schwab started out with one small tire store. From the get-go, he recognized that anybody can sell tires: it was earning customer trust that takes more.

Hometown Values

Les’ vision for his company was built on principles that still guide what we do.

  • Give honest advice on what’s really needed.
  • Do the job right the first time.
  • Stand behind all you do.
  • Share in the success with employees.

Hundreds of Locations

This service ethic is what’s behind the growth Les Schwab Tire Centers has enjoyed over the course of more than 60 years. With over 450 locations, we’re one of the largest independent tire dealers in the country. And we’re like no other.

We never lose sight of our core values. As Les used to say, “Our business is earning your trust.”


Les Schwab believed in old-fashioned hard work, doing the right thing by customers, and loyalty to his family, his employees and the community. These values were built on very humble beginnings. Born in 1917 in Bend, Oregon, Les lived in logging camps and went to school in an old railroad boxcar. His parents died while he was still a teenager. After high school, Les married Dorothy Harlan, who was his loving wife for the next 70 years. He was working as a circulation manager for a newspaper in Bend when he made a decision that changed the course of his life. In 1952, Les bought a small tire store in Prineville, Oregon, a little western town in the heart of the high desert.

Les believed in going above and beyond for his customers. He knew treating customers fairly was the right thing to do, and he committed everyone in his shop to it from the start. Word started getting around. At the same time, Les treated his employees as partners. He provided them training and opportunities to grow and succeed, both financially and personally. By creating customers for life and well-trained, satisfied employees, Les built his business from one store to hundreds of locations across the western United States, making Les Schwab Tire Centers one of the largest independent tire businesses in the country. And even today, more than 60 years since the company was founded, many employees have been with Les Schwab for 20, 30, or even 40 years.

Although Les passed away in 2007, his vision remains at the core of the company’s culture: give people more for their money…reward employees for their expertise and hard work…earn people’s trust and everyone benefits. Today, the 7,000+ employees of Les Schwab Tire Centers are proud to carry on this legacy.




For more than 60 years, Les Schwab Tire Centers has taken Pride in Performance, providing superior value and building customers for life. People choose Les Schwab because they trust our service and our values. We don’t just sell tires; we do the right thing.

We’ve gone from one store and one employee—our founder, Les Schwab—to more than 450 stores and over 7,000 employees today. Our secret? Success is a two-way street. Our employees deliver World Class Customer Service. In return we provide them with generous benefit programs. Everyone wins.

If you’re a hands-on person, we’ll help you build your expertise. If you want to lead, we’ll grow with you. Our longstanding approach is to promote from within (meaning every Store Manager started as an hourly employee, too). After two years in a Sales & Service position, you’ll be eligible to apply for our management training program. Graduates can go on to become Assistant Store Managers and eventually Store Managers (even our current President of Operations started out as a Sales & Service employee).

Our unparalleled profit sharing and benefits package is designed to reward you now and into your future. You won’t find another one like it.

  • Retirement program
  • Medical benefits
  • Dental benefits
  • Life insurance
  • Employee bonus program
  • Vision benefits
  • Vacation pay
  • Retiree health plan

We're looking for people who share our goal: creating customers for life through friendly service done right the first time. Join our team.



Les Schwab Tire Centers is an equal opportunity employer, and as such we do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, marital status, veteran status or any other legally protected status.

Our commitment to diversity goes beyond the basic requirements of the law. We strive to create an environment where everyone is welcome by treating all individuals, customers and employees alike, with the utmost respect, dignity and courtesy.

Les Schwab Tire Centers are located in communities both large and small across several of the western states and we are committed to being an active and responsible part of each community we serve. We believe that employing individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives enhances the quality of our service and helps to strengthen our relationships within the community. For us, offering a welcoming, inclusive environment with opportunity for all is just the way we do business.

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    A company that takes care of its employees.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Manteca, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Manteca, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Les Schwab Tire Centers full-time (More than 10 years)


    Benefits Retirement Profit sharing Those willing to work and live up to a higher standard are rewarded. Teach great business lessons


    To progress does require moving

    Advice to Management

    Continue to visit the stores and listen to the people on the front lines.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Les Schwab Tire Centers.


    Came into hiring managers office got hired on the spot. Very friendly well train on the job. Fast pace. dirty environment. Lots of staff to help you get caught up. Full time makes 11. 30 an hour. Interview was easy even if you have no experince. You will have to learn quick or your time at les schwab will be limited. Very fun to learn to new techniques and other rewarding things when helping a customer.

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Les Schwab Tire Centers Awards & Accolades

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  • Oregon Top Work Places, The Oregonian, 2014
  • Heart of the Community Award, Hands On Greater Portland, 2013
  • Oregon Top Work Places, The Oregonian, 2013
  • Top Work Places, The Oregonian, 2012
  • Integrity Counts Honoree, Northern Idaho, Better Business Bureau, 2010
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