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Harbor Freight Tools Corporate Employee Reviews

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Pros
  • Company is growing very rapidly so always something new to handle (in 29 reviews)

  • Paid time off is available even for part time (in 55 reviews)

Cons
  • awful hours not a good work life balance (in 26 reviews)

  • Sometimes upper management can be indecisive (in 45 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Get Entry Level Experience And Then Get Out"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Current Corporate Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Current Corporate Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not Many. Benefits package is okay if you're lucky enough to be a permanent employee. Some departments have better morale and camaraderie than others. Building is in a nice community area.

    Cons

    Long hours, very poor compensation. The pressure is on to work 10-12 hours a day, even though 'overtime is not authorized'. Many employees are hired as in-house temps to avoid paying benefits. No advancement. Yearly surveys to 'improve' the morale situation in the company but nothing changes because upper management feels that they can just get new employees, if the current ones complain too much. Constant turnover, people abruptly quitting or being fired. Management will recruit and locate middle-to-upper managers and abruptly fire them in less than six months. Recruited managers are often unqualified for their positions and are set-up to fail from the start. They do this to not pay them what someone truly qualified in that role would cost the company. Upper management brought in incompetent consultants to streamline internal processes that changed nothing and ended up costing the company more money while trying to fix all the problems with the changes.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring consultants as a way to milk the golden calf. There is no magical formula that will increase your profits this way. You only end up with burned out, angry, and alienated staff. Recruit solid people and pay them what they are worth. As long as you mistreat and overwork employees, they will not stay and you will continue to spend more money on the hiring process for the same results.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Stressful environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Current Employee - Corporate Employee in Calabasas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Solid company financially. Not the usual public company concerns.

    Cons

    They brag about how "different" they are, like it's a good thing. This is egomaniac central with high high high turnover. You have to like old school, top down, micromanagement to like this place.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up to the 21st century. You have smart people with really poor people / leadership skills. Get them some formal (outside) training.