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Harbor Freight Tools Reviews

Updated February 26, 2017
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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
  • These tend to effect work/life balance very badly (in 25 reviews)

  • Goals set by upper management were sometimes unrealistic (in 44 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (13)

    "Great place to work in any role!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - District Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - District Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I have been with the company more than a year and have had lots of opportunity for development. They look to internally promote for every position before going outside.

    Cons

    There are occasional weekends required around big events, but it is a lot of fun since the events are crazy busy.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to grow the company at the pace you are and great people will continue to come here to work. Best place I have ever worked!

    Harbor Freight Tools Response

    Aug 18, 2016 – Director of Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for sharing feedback and we are very excited to hear this is the 'best place you have ever worked,' that is AWESOME! We have a great team here at HF and thank you and your store teams for ... More


  2. "sales assoc."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Carpenter in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Carpenter in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    friendly place, close to home, like the store, would be a good job

    Cons

    none that I know of


  3. "Logistics supervisor"

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

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

    Pros

    Goos work environment for people.

    Cons

    Schedules can be hectic and confusing some times.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good company overall"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The managers are really cool and for the most part are helpful and not always watching your back. Very laid-back environment that is fun unless it is really busy. Most of the customers are repeat customers so they are enjoyable as well.

    Cons

    The district managers scare everybody at the store. They demand a lot out of employees and managers which creates a bad work environment. They create unrealistic measures for stores to achieve.

    Advice to Management

    First and foremost, pay more money to warehouse workers. The turn around rate in that department is insane and the only way to keep them is to pay that position more money. When the warehouse work is finished and organized, it makes everything else easier and better for the cashiers and floor people.


  6. "Being here isn't work, it's fun."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Constantly striving for more from employees, PTO as soon as you start, flexible scheduling, fun environment, always more to learn about the merchandise, lots of room for advancement.

    Cons

    The store I work in doesn't have enough people, the advancement opportunities aren't always in the same area.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being awesome, and thank you for letting me work for your company.


  7. "Sales Associate Position"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Plattsburgh, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Plattsburgh, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great incentives for selling memberships and replacement plans.

    Cons

    Lots of cleaning involved for sales associates.


  8. "Easy going. Good benefits."

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

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits Promotions done within usually.

    Cons

    Some over nights can be tought


  9. "Review of Harbor Freight DC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Moreno Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Moreno Valley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of room for expansion. This means that there were plenty of opportunities to move up.

    Cons

    They were not very flexible with work schedule. I wanted to go back to school but they did not allow me the flexibility that I needed.


  10. "Great Job"

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

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, Great company to grow with.

    Cons

    The amount of labor hour's that each store is given each month is very hard to work with.


  11. "Store manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Dyersburg, TN
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Dyersburg, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harbor Freight Tools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have 10 year's experience in management and Retail and Sales and Customer service Come first

    Cons

    I always love a challenge for all things and love working with Customers and Up Sales and Teamwork and I am very dedicated to my store and my job

    Advice to Management

    Customer service come first and clean store and stocked Store , Keep the Sales High quality , And Good hard worker and Got 10 year's experience in Management and Retail and Sales and Promotions , Get a long with everyone, Don't miss work or call in and will Work Doubles and Out too Cross the Finish Line with the Up Sales and make sure we have everything for our Customers on the shelf at all time and talk to your Customers and Offers too help your Customers and Greet all Customers with a Smile .And Thank them And Ask them to come back . And if it look like they having a bad day try to make them Smile and Enjoy shopping with the Company and ETC,



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