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Harbor Freight Tools Reviews

Updated July 13, 2018
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Pros
  • "The company is growing fairly quickly so there are lots of new position" (in 31 reviews)

  • "Competitive pay and paid time off as well as great benefits" (in 69 reviews)

Cons
  • "Not always a good work/life balance" (in 40 reviews)

  • "Upper management is very negative to employees "below them"" (in 55 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Love this place"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistics Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Logistics Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really great company. If you work hard, they notice. They really take interest in their employees when they are doing a good job been with the company for a few months and have already been promoted twice. Like I said great company has some great benefits and if you're a hard worker it gets noticed

    Cons

    I really have nothing bad to say

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job keep it up!

    Harbor Freight Tools Response

    Jan 4, 2018 – Employment Branding Specialist

    Wow, thank you so much for your feedback, we're happy to hear you're having a great experience with Harbor Freight Tools!


  2. "Harbor freight"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment and good pay

    Cons

    Hours can be changed randomly

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

  3. "Cashier"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I like to look at all the deals on tools and help people

    Cons

    It's far from where I live

    Advice to Management

    Provide people with cups if they don't have them


  4. "Good Experience Gained"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harbor Freight Tools full-time

    Pros

    Learning all aspects of retail management

    Cons

    Negative work/life balance. Overnight shifts, called in on days off, hours cut during slow periods.


  5. "Sales Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Vacation, customers, pay, team environment

    Cons

    Work life balance, not enough weekends off,


  6. "Senior logistics"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Logistics in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Senior Logistics in Lincoln, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Just a great place to work meet a lot of good people and work with fun Toy's

    Cons

    A lot of heavy lifting though.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  7. "Sales Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools part-time

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Kind Coworkers
    Lots of available hours

    Cons

    4 AM trucks
    Irregular hours

  8. "Began great. Left due to bad management."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Supervisor in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - Sales Supervisor in Mobile, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay
    Vacation time is crazy.
    Fast Pace

    Cons

    Each store is ran differently.
    Bad quality product.

    Advice to Management

    I started at one store and excelled at my position. Was truly in my mind on my way to store management. Moved due to my partner changing jobs. Went to a failing store and no ability to change things.


  9. "Alright workplace"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, both coworkers and customers. Training is quick and all necessary information is given when needed.

    Cons

    Don't get to check if your register was counted right. Management can be either indecisive or to busy to assist with mandatory tasks (such as overrides on the register) Sales are almost too often and coupons are not always clear.

    Advice to Management

    Make coupons simpler and allow checking of own registers... everything else is usually up to location management to work on.


  10. "Sr. Logistics/ Logistics Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Logistics Manager in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement
    Pay
    Benefits
    They care about there employees
    Pto

    Cons

    Part-time
    Hours as a new employee


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