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Harbor Freight Tools is a discount tool and equipment multichannel retailer, headquartered in Calabasas, CA, which operates a chain of 1,000 retail stores in 48 states and offers more than 5,000 tools and accessories. The large company employs over 20,000 people with a start-up feel that provides a collegial and collaborative culture dedicated to high achievement. They continue to seek out people who are creative problem-solvers and committed teamworkers. Harbor Freight Tools is dedicated to offer long-term careers in retail, distribution center, quality assurance and corporate with a total rewards program including medical insurance, health savings account, dental and vision, life insurance, legal assistance, 401 (k), time off programs, flexible schedules. Additional perks might include food & water delivery, grocery delivery, membership programs, AT&T Wireless, and sports discounts.

Company - Private
$2B to $5B
Large
Multiple locations
Retail - Building Material & Supply Companies
1977
What departments Harbor Freight Tools employees work at?
DepartmentsRatio
Sales Managers & Supervisors25.7%
other occupation23%
Transportation Managers & Supervisors9.7%
Cashiers9.7%
Management - Other7.6%
General and Operations Managers6.8%
Administrative5.7%
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9 months ago
I’m interested in working for this company. I’m very dependable hard working and knowledgeable about all kinds of tools
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Professional experience

How many years of experience do Harbor Freight Tools employees have before joining?
Years of experience at Harbor Freight Tools: Newcomers: 20%, Experiencers: 12%, Experts: 17%, Veterans: 51%. Harbor Freight Tools employees have 8+ years experience on average before joining.
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Where did Harbor Freight Tools employees work before joining?
Retail - Building Material & Supply Companies
Large size
Niche Retailers
Large size
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What industries did Harbor Freight Tools employees work in previously?
Industry Background: The most typical industries of Harbor Freight Tools: Niche Retailers, General Merchandise Retailers, Food & Beverage Retailers, Retail - Building Material & Supply Companies, Clothing Retailers. Harbor Freight Tools employees most likely come from a Niche Retailers industry background.
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Where did Harbor Freight Tools employees work before joining?
Past employers' size at Harbor Freight Tools: Small: 17%, Medium: 7%, Large: 76%. Most Harbor Freight Tools employees have previously worked at large companies.
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Educational background

What did employees at Harbor Freight Tools study?
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Where did employees at Harbor Freight Tools study?
California State University-Channel Islands
California State University-Northridge
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Employee data

How long do people stay in a role at Harbor Freight Tools?
Time employed at Harbor Freight Tools: <1: 11%, 1-3: 31%, 4-8: 46%, 9-13: 9%, 14-20: 2%, 20+: 1%. Most Harbor Freight Tools employees stay with the company for 4-8 years which is the same as the industry average.
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How does Harbor Freight Tools rank for age & gender diversity?
Gender ratio at Harbor Freight Tools: 70.3% Male and 29.7% Female. Age ratio at Harbor Freight Tools: 16-20: 1%, 21-30: 43%, 31-40: 29%, 41-50: 17%, 51-60: 8%, 60+: 2%. Harbor Freight Tools rates - 14.3% less female than the industry average. Most Harbor Freight Tools employees are 21-30, which is below the industry median age range.
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What are the top roles at Harbor Freight Tools?
Top roles of Harbor Freight Tools: Store Manager, Cashier, Sales Manager, Logistics Manager, Manager. The top role at Harbor Freight Tools is Store Manager.
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Store Manager
Cashier
Sales Manager
Logistics Manager
Manager

Career advancement

How does Harbor Freight Tools rank for career advancement?
Career advancement at Harbor Freight Tools: low. Harbor Freight Tools ranks low for career advancement which is same as the industry average.
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What companies do Harbor Freight Tools employees go on to work at?
Future employers of Harbor Freight Tools: Advance Auto Parts, Dollar General, Lowe's, Staples, The Home Depot. People who work at Harbor Freight Tools most typically go on to work for the Advance Auto Parts.
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Advance Auto Parts
Dollar General
Lowe's
Staples
The Home Depot

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Sale Manager
Berlin, MD - June 19, 2024
Great place to work
5.0
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5
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
5
Work-Life balance
5
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
It’s a great place to work and everyone works together. The store manager wants you to grow and will help you alone the way.

Pros and Cons
The manager team want you to win
Can’t really say anything
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Sales Associate
Madison, WI - May 11, 2024
Decent job overall.
3.6
Ratings
3
Professional growth
3
Salary & Benefits
3
Work-Life balance
4
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
Great work place environment. And decent pay as well. The team I worked with was really close and like family; they always managed to make my shifts fun and engaging. If I needed help or a refresher on anything I. Particular, they made no fuss in helping. And they teach you how to do a multitude of things to prime you for a higher position if you’ve proven to have done a good enough job, such as pricing, closing, and end of the night cash handling.

Pros and Cons
Good culture and work life balances, OT
None that I can think of.
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February 2, 2023
Fun and career oriented job
3.0
Ratings
4
Professional growth
3
Salary & Benefits
2
Work-Life balance
3
Recognition & Support
3
Culture and Values
Everyday is different. Very upward career friendly. Management at your store makes or breaks your job! We had a good store manager. Downside is your schedule is always different. No late nights though!

Pros and Cons
Occasional free lunch, casual dress, discounts on tools
Changing schedule
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All around support employee
Bakersfield, CA - October 11, 2022
Part of an awesome working team.
5.0
Ratings
5
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
5
Work-Life balance
5
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
Retired from the oil fields here in Bakersfield ca. Pro tool Inc for 9+ years. After finally payed off back child support of 29 years, it’s finally my turn to enjoy being in your employ.

Pros and Cons
To work in what I love to do.
There isn’t any.
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Supervisor
Salinas, CA - May 22, 2022
Expect more out of the hard workers
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1
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3
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1
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1
Recognition & Support
1
Culture and Values
Left due to favoritism. Manager stopped talking to me my last 6 months. I was not one of his favorites that worked with him at is old store so I was expendable.

Pros and Cons
Pay is ok
Too much favoritism. It’s like high school. They have a A team and B team
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Senior Customer Service Representative
Aiken, SC - December 1, 2021
Worst place to work!
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1
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2
Salary & Benefits
1
Work-Life balance
1
Recognition & Support
1
Culture and Values
Benefits and pay were ok could have been better. No overtime which was horrible. As a cashier you are confined to a small space for hours with nothing to do when slow. Management was sub par at best. Manager was always degrading and never paid any compliments to the employees. Wanted everyone to do everything he could think of before he even asked. Never had consistent hours or even shift so work life balance was horrible. Asked to work extra but would make you clock out. Never did this as a violation of law. Was fired for reporting the manager to corporate and they backed him up. Went to eeoc and waiting for my review with them. Do not work here!

Pros and Cons
There are none
Overworked underpaid and belittled.
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Assistant manager
Westminster, CA - December 1, 2021
Tools for your family
3.2
Ratings
2
Professional growth
4
Salary & Benefits
2
Work-Life balance
3
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
Great place to work and meet different people and have a great time at the time You can be there for a while and then not move to different places and location There is no movement for a assistance manger to get to the next level

Pros and Cons
Discount and time off
No break and no relief
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Logistics Associate
Valdosta, GA - September 26, 2021
Tool store- great for people who like diy projects & contractors
3.0
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3
Professional growth
3
Salary & Benefits
4
Work-Life balance
2
Recognition & Support
3
Culture and Values
This was a different opportunity for me to try out. The logistics of the backroom were really no different from the backroom operations when I worked at Toys R Us. The backroom would get very hot during the summer and there was no way to use scanning equipment to scan products in or out of the bays. Also, the store staff would have to do the inventory for the entire store, the company didn’t use Regis or any other company.

Pros and Cons
I opened early mornings; therefore I was able to complete tasks before customers came inside.
low volume store, limited options for internet sales, backroom ventilation system very hot
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Sales Manager
McComb, MS - July 16, 2021
Good pay the rest not so much
3.2
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3
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
2
Work-Life balance
3
Recognition & Support
3
Culture and Values
The pay was good the job is fun The crew it’s good to work with but upper management just was not there After almost 2 years I gave up due to too much e-learning and not enough help

Pros and Cons
The pay and benefits
Upper management it’s too much time writing people up
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Sales Manager
July 3, 2021
Politically motivated and always under the microscope!!
3.0
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3
Professional growth
4
Salary & Benefits
4
Work-Life balance
2
Recognition & Support
2
Culture and Values
I loved my job! I did my job well. I enjoyed the chall news and the customers. The manager was hard to follow as his boss changed her mind and thought process Everytime she walked in the door She never allowed hiring from within, seemed to only bring in people that would push her agenda and help her to relieve the store of hard workers that didn't think like her Never did we discuss with anyone higher than our manager what we felt as we were unable to communicate with the DSM unless it was in a fashion to run the store in her passive aggressive nature. She preached follow sop, but threatened write ups because the sop apparently didn't go to her standards. Made the job so much harder than needed. Extreme turnover due to lack of recognition and ability to grow with the company.

Pros and Cons
Customers, many staff are exceptiknal
No chance of growth, quick turnover, lack of upper corporate involvement
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Retail Associate
May 3, 2021
Productive work environment
5.0
Ratings
5
Professional growth
5
Salary & Benefits
5
Work-Life balance
5
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
I worked at Harbor Freight for 2 years and absolutely loved the experience and enjoyed everything I learned

Pros and Cons
Friendly co workers
Rude customers
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gender breakdown at Harbor Freight Tools?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
gender ratio is 29.7% female, 70.3% male.
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When was Harbor Freight Tools established?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
1977.
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What industry does Harbor Freight Tools operate in?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
Retail.
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What’s Harbor Freight Tools’s yearly revenue?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
$2b to $5b, i think
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are my chances high for career advancement at Harbor Freight Tools?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
no, chances of career advancement are low.
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What’s the average length of tenure at Harbor Freight Tools?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
Typically 4-8 year(s).
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what kind of companies did Harbor Freight Tools employees work for?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Large companies before Harbor Freight Tools.
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who are employees usually hired by after leaving Harbor Freight Tools?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Advance Auto Parts, Dollar General, Lowe's, Self Employed, Staples, The Home Depot, Tractor Supply, Walmart.
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Where did employees work before joining Harbor Freight Tools?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Lowe's, Office Depot, Sears Holdings Corp., Staples, Target, The Home Depot, Toys "R" Us, Walmart.
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How old are Harbor Freight Tools’s employees in general?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
21-30.
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Where did most of Harbor Freight Tools employees go to school?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
California State University-Channel Islands, California State University-Northridge, Moorpark College, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Phoenix-Utah.
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I love working in uniform. I'm not sure if a company requires a uniform or if one should dress casually.
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11 months ago
Oh yes, this company has openings for your dream position, so apply now.
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11 months ago
I started working at this company last week, and they do offer uniform employment, therefore feel free to apply for the desired position.😊
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I hope this company's owner would host a weekly pizza party.
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11 months ago
No, he cannot due to the exorbitant expense.
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11 months ago
instead of every week, why not every day?
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I'm forty years old. I'm not sure if I'll be hired by this company.
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10 months ago
Why not just apply for the position here?
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10 months ago
To get hired by a corporation, you must have talent.
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Is there pet insurance offered by this business?🙋
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10 months ago
There is no option for pet insurance.🥴
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10 months ago
At this business, pet insurance is not an option.
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I have business in evening, so after they hire me, I'm not sure if they'll let me switch from the evening shift to the early shift.
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11 months ago
Later, you can alternate between morning and evening shifts.
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11 months ago
I tried, but I was unsuccessful.😋
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Due to its problematic past, one of my friends claimed that this company is not a suitable to work.
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A year ago
No, this business has a clean record.
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A year ago
I don't trust those who only promote unfounded rumours.😳
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I've heard that this business doesn't have a peaceful environment.🏦
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11 months ago
You must come here so that you can fulfil your needs.😊
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11 months ago
However, this place has a pretty calm atmosphere. I'm not sure how you learned about our business.
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I'm not sure if this company allows employees to receive advance payments or not.
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A year ago
I was unable to pass.
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A year ago
One can have it if difficult situation.
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I don't know if they provide life insurance or not.
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10 months ago
There is health insurance available, but not life insurance.
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10 months ago
There, you can purchase dental, vision, health, and disability insurance, but not life insurance.
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I've heard they don't raise salary on a consistent basis.😧
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11 months ago
it seems you learnt a wrong news
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11 months ago
the company where is used to work previously had no pay raise option so i left it and joined this one so this company raise pay on time🕐
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How much time do they take for the clearance of any employee who has resigned from the job?
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11 months ago
5-6 weeks in clearance
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11 months ago
For me it was all done in 4 weeks 😊
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I'm not sure if this business offers health insurance.👩
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11 months ago
Oh certainly, you may also get vision insurance in addition to health insurance.
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11 months ago
It's a fantastic firm where you can obtain all essential advantages.
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Wow! The employees work wonderfully together i.e. cooperation among them. It's company's best feature.
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10 months ago
Oh absolutely, it is the ideal organisation where you can observe employee cooperation.😳
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10 months ago
This factor is apparent in the nature of the staff members who work here, as I can attest because I am also employed here.
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I've heard that they employ ex employees of The Office Depot.
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11 months ago
I misunderstood it as well, but when I appeared for the interview, they hired me immediately.
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11 months ago
They don't discriminate when hiring anyone.
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At this company, remote jobs are not available.😞
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11 months ago
This company offers remote jobs, however there are just a few of them available.
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11 months ago
I waited but was unable to seize this chance.😀
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Do they offer any employee discount?
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A year ago
jbh Nooooooooo🤷
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A year ago
I don’t know exactly but I think yes... As one of my friends was saying that
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Can I purchase any electrical instrument from the market on behalf of the company?
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11 months ago
Yes but with exra intrust rate🥴
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11 months ago
Yes but it is better to not choose this as they charge double if you use the company name😐
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What is the vaction policy here?
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A year ago
Unfortunately, we do not get vacation days.😍
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11 months ago
3 after being employed more then 1/2 years only..
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I'm not sure if they provide employees a tuition reimbursement programme or not.🙂
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11 months ago
no they dont at all🤬
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11 months ago
unfortunately they dont.
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I'm not sure which retirement plan this employer provides.😨
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11 months ago
401(k) and 301(k) plans📰
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11 months ago
matching only the 401K plan
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The store manager, according to my neighbour, plays a crucial job at this business.😳
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11 months ago
In addition to this post, other positions also have an equal role.
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11 months ago
Every position has a role for the business, although the majority of customers use this service
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I'm not sure when they'll make their fresh job announcements.
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11 months ago
visit their website, where they just posted new jobs.
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11 months ago
They always provide, thus there is no specific time.
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I have a dental problem. I'm not sure if this business offers dental insurance or not.
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11 months ago
i think it doesnt have any importance😕
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11 months ago
i wish they would provide another benefit instead of it
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I've heard, they don't hire anybody with a background in science.😀
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10 months ago
It is based on experience rather than education.
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10 months ago
however they didn't inquire about me in this manner.
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According to one of my friends, there are no chances for career advancement at this firm.
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11 months ago
I had several opportunities, but I chose not to take them.
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11 months ago
🥴It's only a rumour, so don't be frightened.
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Anyone have knowledge about this company's sick day policy?
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11 months ago
The company's policy about sick days is to not grant them, hehe
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11 months ago
What information regarding the sick policy do you seek? Actually, they have outlined the prerequisites for taking sick days off and the maximum number that can be requested.🥰
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According to my cousin, the duration of employment at this company is very brief. idk if this is really so.
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A year ago
wrong absolutely wrong
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A year ago
it's not really so because i'm working here and i assure you that you can work until you get tired😮
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One of my friends claimed that this company employs people with 4 to 5 years of relevant experience.📄
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A year ago
I am one of them and came to this organisation with 7 years of prior expertise.
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A year ago
Yes, but they also hire people who have less experience.😳
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Can someone move from the position of sales manager to the one of General Manager?
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11 months ago
Certainly, one may do so with ease, but the position you are applying for must be open.
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11 months ago
Almost one month time took me to get hired here🌝
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I've heard that they don't offer refreshments during breaks.
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A year ago
I like coffee and snacks.☕
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11 months ago
they provide a variety of goods I believe you have inaccurate information regarding this industry.
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Is there any negotiability in the salary packages they offer to employees?🤪
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11 months ago
No they have fixed salary packages
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11 months ago
No bro and don’t try this trick at all
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How long is their probation period for new employees?
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11 months ago
2-3 month approx
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11 months ago
For me it was 2 months after that I was a permanent employee there😎
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I've already used up my sick days. I am unsure if I will be able to take any additional sick days.
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10 months ago
depending on the circumstances If you really need, you may go.
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10 months ago
I got approval once I had Corona
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I'm not sure if they offer relocation options to employees that live distant from the workplace.
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A year ago
however, the majority of those who travel to work by public transportation
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A year ago
If you have a problem, they will move you to the nearest branch.🏣
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I need to build a house and am unsure if this business offers mortgage loans to employees, so I applied to this business.😣
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10 months ago
Find a bank rather than a corporation to work for, in my opinion.
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10 months ago
No, this opportunity is not available at this company.
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How strong is the company management?
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11 months ago
Very very strong teams and management and their success story is because of this management😌
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11 months ago
No one can beat their management👌
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How many positions at this company may one apply for?😕
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A year ago
only the positions for which you are qualified may be applied for.
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A year ago
for 2 to 3
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I'm not sure if they provide hard-working staff any form of commission.💹
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11 months ago
how many benefits you want
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11 months ago
its not a standard benefit soo i dont think it as a necessary one😕
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How many shifts are offered at this business?
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A year ago
morning and evening 😋
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A year ago
except night shift
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This company offers contract or permanent employment.
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11 months ago
You are hired on a temporary basis at first, then permanently.
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11 months ago
Once your three or six month probationary period is up, they hire you on a permanent basis.😕
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I've earned a bachelor's degree. I'm not sure if I should apply for an internship or a job with this company.😏
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11 months ago
I applied for an internship programme first.😕
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11 months ago
I believe an internship is a better choice.
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Does anyone have received any health benefits or any other benefit from the company?
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11 months ago
yes bro they give health card and card for purchasing devices on intrust😛