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On average, employees at Harbor Freight Tools give their company a 2.8 rating out of 5.0 - which is 30% lower than the average rating for all companies on CareerBliss. The happiest Harbor Freight Tools employees are Store Managers submitting an average rating of 1.7.

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2.8
Average Rating
(based on 15 Harbor Freight Tools Review Ratings)
Company Culture
2.4
Growth Opportunities
2.4
People You Work With
3.7
Person You Work For
3.3
Rewards You Receive
3.0
Support You Get
2.7
Way You Work
2.5
Work Setting
2.9
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Harbor Freight Tools Employee
in Worcester, MA

"I actually love my job. It is very challenging and expect to work extremely hard for what you get."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 2 / 5
Support You Get 2 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 4 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 3 / 5
Harbor Freight Tools Employee
in Casa Grande, AZ

"The work is easy. The only real problem is they only give 10 to 20 hours per week."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 2 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5

Company-Industry Rating Comparison

2.8
Harbor Freight Tools (17)

4.2 Highest Rated in this Industry is National Sales Co. (12)
2.8 Lowest Rated in this Industry is Harbor Freight Tools (17)
3.5 Average of All Companies in this Industry (2,208)
Inventory Analyst
in Tarzana, CA

"HFT is a great place to start your career. Diligence and dedication will take you places... usually to a better company!"

Person You Work For 3 / 5 People You Work With 2 / 5 Work Setting 2 / 5
Support You Get 2 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 1 / 5 Way You Work 3 / 5
Harbor Freight Tools Employee
in Calabasas, CA

"Complete lack of management. Managers only manage their own careers. There is an on-call rotation but in reality you're on-call 24/7. No training unless you want to pay out-of-pocket and use your own vacation time. This is where careers go to die. Complete good 'ol boy shop. If you're not outside friends with your manager you have no career path. You're a chair warmer."

Person You Work For 1 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 2 / 5
Support You Get 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 1 / 5

Average Harbor Freight Tools Ratings in the Past 3 Years

Year Salary
2010 $3
2011 $2
2012 $3
Harbor Freight Tools Employee
in Calabasas, CA

"If you value your career at all don't go here. The managers only manage their careers and anyone below senior management has no voice. If you're just looking for somewhere to warm a chair this might be for you if you can stand it. No training. Careers go here to die."

Person You Work For 1 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 1 / 5
Support You Get 2 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 1 / 5
Database Administrator
in Calabasas, CA

"After a brutal reorganization, there's better management but plenty of stupid"

What do you like about working at Harbor Freight Tools?

"There's a start-up vibe with more stability than you'd find in a company that is launching. Pretty good access to VP level leadership. Most of the leadership isn't set in their ways and some projects can get done quickly."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Go in with both eyes wide open and don't burn any bridges behind you. The revolving door spins pretty fast here."

What don't you like about working at Harbor Freight Tools?

"There's a horrendous amount of inefficiency and waste. Top performers go unrecognized and unrewarded while while ineffective loose canons get promoted. Lots of wheel-spinning and very unstable at the top."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Recognize people who perform and move them into positions of greater responsibility."

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 2 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 2 / 5 Way You Work 2 / 5
Senior QA Analyst
in Calabasas, CA

"Good and rewarding."

What do you like about working at Harbor Freight Tools?

"Culture and team spirit are paramount at Harbor freight tools."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"None other than be truthful, smart and smile a lot."

What don't you like about working at Harbor Freight Tools?

"Sans planning, Harbor freight tools always shoots then aims, then reacts."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Plan and execute, no more shoot then aim. Consider those who are making planned decisions, not knee jerk reactions."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 4 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Assistant Manager
in Pembroke Pines, FL

What do you like about working at Harbor Freight Tools?

"there was absolutely nothing that I liked about this job or company"

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"only take the position for the short term and definitely keep looking for better"

What don't you like about working at Harbor Freight Tools?

"micro managing district manager, poor support from corporate, poor inventory management, difficult hiring procedure"

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Remove district manager, more hours for store. more control at store level for inventory levels, easier hiring process"

Person You Work For 3 / 5 People You Work With 1 / 5 Work Setting 2 / 5
Support You Get 2 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 1 / 5 Way You Work 1 / 5
Graphic Designer
in Oxnard, CA

What do you like about working at Harbor Freight Tools?

"Made enough money to keep a roof (apartment) over my head."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Be sure to have a low IQ and a high sense of importance if you are interviewing for upper management. Never expect to be promoted. HFT seems to only hire from outside."

What don't you like about working at Harbor Freight Tools?

"Inept upper management constantly making unneccessary changes. Unable to make a decision and stick with it. Idiot coworker made life miserable."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"If you can't make up your minds then leave the decision up to the worker. Have far less meetings with committees. Nothing great was ever created by committee."

Person You Work For 3 / 5 People You Work With 2 / 5 Work Setting 2 / 5
Support You Get 2 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 1 / 5 Way You Work 1 / 5
Fraud Prevention Specialist
Person You Work For 3.5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 3.5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3.5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 2 / 5
Company Culture 3.5 / 5 Way You Work 4.5 / 5
Store Manager
in Clinton Twp, MI

What do you like about working at Harbor Freight Tools?

"Not a thing anymore. Everything of value was taken, one at time and year after year."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"They will paint a pretty picture for you and as soon as you come on board its nothing but a runny oil painting."

What don't you like about working at Harbor Freight Tools?

"No communication. Everything is keep hush hush. The left hand has no clue what the right hand is doing."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Leave. The people that built this company need to come back. If not that, follow their vision."

Person You Work For 2 / 5 People You Work With 3 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 1 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 1 / 5 Way You Work 1 / 5
Cashier
in Vestal, NY
Person You Work For 3.8 / 5 People You Work With 4.6 / 5 Work Setting 4.1 / 5
Support You Get 4.4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4.6 / 5 Growth Opportunities 2.3 / 5
Company Culture 2 / 5 Way You Work 4.6 / 5
Store Manager
in Hidden Hills, CA

What do you like about working at Harbor Freight Tools?

"Anything that anyone liked about this company was taken away over the years."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Take this job as a last option but get out as soon as you find something else."

What don't you like about working at Harbor Freight Tools?

"Upper management which includes DMs, RMs, VPs and CEOs plus their pawns."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Terminate the top 1% and bring back the people that built this company."

Person You Work For 2 / 5 People You Work With 3 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 1 / 5 Rewards You Receive 1 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 1 / 5 Way You Work 1 / 5
Outbound Operations Manager
in Newark, CA
Work Setting 2 / 5 Support You Get 3.1 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2 / 5
Growth Opportunities 3.9 / 5 Company Culture 2.1 / 5 Way You Work 1.1 / 5
Director of Marketing
in Castaic, CA

What do you like about working at Harbor Freight Tools?

"I liked the opportunity that this company gave me."

Person You Work For 4.3 / 5 People You Work With 3.7 / 5 Work Setting 4.1 / 5
Support You Get 3.9 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2.2 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3.6 / 5
Company Culture 4.3 / 5 Way You Work 3.6 / 5
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