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Harbor Freight Tools Assistant Store Manager Reviews

Updated 11 Sep 2020

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Harbor Freight Tools CEO Eric Smidt
Eric Smidt
92 Ratings
  1. "Great place to work."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harbor Freight Tools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Solid corporation. They are very good with their associates. Training and compensation are well above average. Work life balance.

    Cons

    They usually promote managers from outside. Please try to promote more from within . It’s great for morale

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    Harbor Freight Tools Response

    Director of People and Culture

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. Harbor Freight is dedicated to training and promoting internally. Our goal is to be a great place to work and that means learning as we grow and improving every step of the way. Thank you for your hard work in New York and we wish you the best in your future career endeavors!

  2. "best company ro live and breath by"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Talk about living up to its core principles. The company lives and breathes its core values in every deciaion in makes, from do the right thing, community, frugality, excellence in execution, collaboration everything done within the company is done with these values in mind. The company is privately owned by eric schmidt and he is absolutely the best owner a company could hope for. A huge heart, a lot of compassion and empathys.

    Cons

    There are none, i love my job and my company

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    Harbor Freight Tools Response

    Director of People and Culture

    First, we want to thank you for trusting Harbor Freight with your career for over 10 years. We appreciate you for taking the time to share your positive experience with us and we couldn’t agree more. We wouldn’t be able to accomplish all that we do without hardworking associates like yourself. We’re glad to have you on the team and appreciate all that you do!


  3. "Good Company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Evansville, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good culture, good pay, can achieve work life balance

    Cons

    Lots of tasking little hours

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    Harbor Freight Tools Response

    Director of People and Culture

    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. Please know that we are always working hard to continuously improve as we grow. In fact, Harbor Freight has reviewed our current processes and how we could improve in this area. We value our associates, their ideas, suggestions, and becoming a great place to work. Thank you for your continued hard work in Evansville, IN!

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Use to be great"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Carrollton, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harbor Freight Tools full-time

    Pros

    Pay was good with quarterly bonuses

    Cons

    Went from great place to work into complete micro managing and family became 2nd

    Harbor Freight Tools Response

    Director of People and Culture

    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. At Harbor Freight, we value people above all else. We value who you are, what you’ve experienced and how you see the world. We believe our differences make us stronger. Our goal is to be a great place to work and that means learning as we grow and improving every step of the way. Thank you for your hard work in Carrollton, TX and good luck in your future career!

  5. "Pretty Good for Retail"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Privately owned company so not so much BS as in big box publicly traded retail stores. Upper management seems to care about its employees and has a solid review structure. Generous bonus package based on base salary and store performance (paid quarterly). Solid standard operating procedures makes merchandising and operations as easy as following instructions. Generous paid time off (but you'll have to plan it out). Employee discount. 401k with 3% salary matching. Pretty consistent salary increases (1/year @ 3% average)

    Cons

    Lots of heavy lifting! "Frugality" core principle lends to extra work at mgr level and below (i.e. Inventories x 1/year are self executed) Development is important to company but path from SM and higher is elusive and not well supported by most District Managers (read; you must way out perform your level, or be a good ol' boy) HFT is a formerly small business that may be growing too fast for it's own good: starting to feel 'Big-boxy' without the forethought.... ever increasing focus on metrics and new changes w/out planning it out. If you get an old store, prepare for facility challenges to include off-site warehouses, dark, old lighting/flooring/shelving. (They're putting all their money in to new stores and new programs and forgetting the store that got them there)

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    Harbor Freight Tools Response

    Director of People and Culture

    Thank you for taking the time to share your detailed feedback with us. We would not be able to accomplish all that we do without hardworking associates like yourself. Please know that we are always working hard to continuously improve as we grow. Harbor Freight Tools is dedicated to training and promoting internally. In fact, we have reviewed our current processes and how we could improve in this area. In our efforts to become a great place to work, we value our associates and their ideas. We greatly appreciate your continued hard work in Omaha, NE!

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Don't Mirror Others"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harbor Freight Tools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Room to grow Great core customer base Benefits are good for retail and affordable

    Cons

    Current direction on staffing and scheduling 6 day work weeks for events that really don't require it.

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    Harbor Freight Tools Response

    Director of People and Culture

    Thanks for sharing your feedback with us. At Harbor Freight we pride ourselves on creating a welcoming environment where our associates have the opportunity to flourish and succeed. One of our Core Values is “Continuous Improvement,” which means we constantly strive to improve. We wish you all the best in your career journey!

  7. "Great Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Paid Time Off, Sick Time, Holiday Pay, Benefits Savings, Fantastic medical/dental/vision coverage. Does the right thing.

    Cons

    Very Physical working environment, not for the weak.

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    Harbor Freight Tools Response

    Director of People and Culture

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us and for your continued hard work. We’re glad to hear you are enjoying your benefits and appreciate your suggestions and ideas. Looking forward to watching you grow with the team!

  8. "Great company with great vision, but greater to some than to others."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harbor Freight Tools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Health Benefits & cost, Paid Time Off, Employee Discount

    Cons

    Existing Manager Base Pay, Regularly fails to provide resources to meet its own company expectations, Human Resources cares more about hourly employees than management. Tremendous amount of misinformation and misdirection given before final direction and expectations are provided. Has tendency to draw customers in for advertise products that are not yet available.

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    Harbor Freight Tools Response

    Director of People and Culture

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. At Harbor Freight, we believe in Continuous Improvement for our stores, and your comments allow us to achieve this. We encourage associates who have questions or concerns to reach out to their HR Partner or our HR Hotline for additional support. We wish you the best for your career path!

  9. "nice place"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Associate in Sioux Falls, SD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Harbor Freight Tools full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    friendly people to work with

    Cons

    nothing to complain about with this company

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    Harbor Freight Tools Response

    Director of People and Culture

    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. Harbor Freight is committed to building a great place to work, and our hardworking associates help us achieve that goal. We wish you the best on your career journey!

  10. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Eatontown, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harbor Freight Tools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Nice people overall great place to work

    Cons

    Salary could be a bit better

    Harbor Freight Tools Response

    Director of People and Culture

    Thanks for sharing your feedback with us. We’re very happy to hear that you enjoy being a part of the team! We greatly value our people, and one of the ways we show that is by providing a healthy work-life balance and great work environment for all of our associates. Thank you for all of your continued hard work, and we wish you the best on your Harbor Freight journey!

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