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AutoNation Reviews

Updated Jul 13, 2014
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3.4 185 reviews

76% Approve of the CEO

AutoNation Chairman and CEO Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson

(132 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Besides the miserable work environment, there's actually some nice guys there(in 9 reviews)

  • Overall, this is a good company that could be a great company once again(in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Expected to work very long hours including nights, weekends & all holidays but xmas & thanksgiving(in 16 reviews)

  • Change the pay plan to screw the salespeople (even more(in 9 reviews)

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    Beware, very deceptive promises and misleading statements by management

    Body Shop Estimator (Former Employee) Mobile, AL (US)

    ProsDecent discount on a new car if you can afford one working there. It's a job, if you are desperate.

    ConsHorrible hours, outdated computers and tech, you can't make the money management promises you when they want you to come work for them. 7 people held my position in about 18 months. They are the Walmart of the car business, but not in a good way.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTell people the truth. Most people wont work 50 hours a week for $350. Worst job I ever had!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    not rewarding

    Finance Director (Former Employee) New Port Richey, FL (US)

    ProsVery large corporation with fair benefits but very shallow on people skills. Very slow to react to market change and no respect for the individual

    Cons. Micromanaged at all levels right down to timing hoew long it takes to answer voice mail. Only interested in numbers not people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Applicants Beware

    Service Technician (Current Employee) Houston, TX (US)

    ProsIt's easy enough to get hired and hard to get fired unless you are completely incompetent. Even then, you may get away with it.

    ConsLong hours(70+hours/week)
    Favoritism runs rampant
    Impossible to get promoted based on merit, you have to know someone high up or kiss a lot of butt.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote from within. Stop letting managers hire their friends instead of advancing the people that work the hardest for you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Low quality of life with excessive work hours.

    Sales Consultant (Current Employee) Fort Lauderdale, FL (US)

    ProsPotential to grow with company

    ConsVery low pay plans. I was the top performer in my dealership and made the same amount of money that an average employee would make at privately owned dealerships. Expect work hours to exceed 55 hours per week and your personal life to suffer. Most long term employees are divorced and unable to manage family life. Management mostly varies by dealership, but expect to deal with managers that love yelling at their staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a manageable work schedule for staff with 40 Hour weeks. Better [pay plans.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sucked dry and cast aside

    Auto Technician (Former Employee)

    ProsCamaraderie among fellow technicians, feeling of belonging in the ranks; pleasant physical environment; possibility for advancement opportunities with AutoNation (only for those unaffected by politics and favoritism at individual dealership level)

    ConsIncompetent/inexperienced supervisors; favoritism determines hours and thus income; dedication and hard work rewarded with exploitation and diminished quality of life; constant harassment/retaliation of various types unchecked and even encouraged by management, lack of acknowledgement of competency; constant depreciation and fault-finding by supervisors threatened by confidence; low hours resulting in 12 hour days netting poverty-level paychecks

    Advice to Senior ManagementGiving dedicated, long-time, highly competent employees a chance at promotion instead of placing less-qualified favored individuals would go a long way toward increasing morale, and in turn dealership profits. Enforcing HR rules would help with that. Integrity in management ranks enforced by upper-level (dealership) management would cement the loyalty of valuable employees and ensure a core staff providing top notch service while reducing turnover. It wasn't always like this but in recent years it' appears to have become the norm to minimize labor costs by deliberately causing turnover, which impacts negatively on the customer.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Waste of my time due to no room for advancement

    Accounting (Former Employee) Fort Lauderdale, FL (US)

    ProsExcellent benefits and the pay was average

    ConsNo room for advancement if you are not dating someone in the company

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop sleeping with subordinates

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pay Sucks!!!

    Sales Consultant (Former Employee) Tampa, FL (US)

    ProsGood inventory, nice facility. As with any organization the worker bees are usually nice to work with, but as usual you always get a few incompetent managers that ruin the overall work environment.

    ConsPay is horrible, over 50% of sales staff are making around minimum wage for 50 to 65 hours a week (6 day/wk schedule). Pay is based on a percentage of the gross profit, but these days the gross is so low you end up with a "mini" (usually $50 to $200 depending on which dealership you work at). Only money to be made is selling used cars. The corporate bean counters have made sure that only a few will slip thru and make a decent living, and the rest will get paid as little as they can get away with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide some pay equity. Why should CEO Mike Jackson make $30+ Million, and his two underlings make $15+ Million per year and the sales staff (the people that move the product that's responsible for the future of the dealership) get to sweep up the crumbs !?! It's because of companies and Executive Management like this that the United States is in a downward spiral !

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Money's no good.

    Sales Associate (Former Employee) Valencia, CA (US)

    ProsYou get to drive nice cars, dress nice, always meet new people & sell cars. Learn a good amount about the cars you sell.

    ConsPay system is horrible. They don't pay you what you deserve. Benefits are a joke. The Chevy dealer in Valencia always gave away all the profit in a car just to make a deal so we as salesman wouldn't make enough to hardly survive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPull your heads out! Create a pay system that actually benefits your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    They only want "yes managers"

    Auto Parts Consultant (Current Employee) Fort Lauderdale, FL (US)

    Prospeople are great to work with

    ConsHave made less every year for the past 5 years, They will rearange your pay so you make less. Even though they say they are giving you a raise. Management is not allowed to disagree with corporate even if the idea is not good.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow for disagreement on ideas that came from corporate. Accept ideas from the "rank and file".

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Salespeople are replaceable.

    Sales (Former Employee) North Canton, OH (US)

    ProsIf you know your inventory and can be strong and hold gross in the deal you can make some money,

    ConsChange the pay plan to screw the salespeople (even more.) Log your commission on your own and keep an eye on it. They will skim cash off of it for anything they can think of. We were given spiffs on aftersale products but were always paid late for it. Almost like they want you to beg for it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe car business is one where managers are often promoted based on factors other than the fact that they might be a good manager of people. Hire qualified people and treat them better than dirt.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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