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Advance Auto Parts Reviews

Updated 29 October 2014
Updated 29 October 2014
710 Reviews
2.8
710 Reviews
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Advance Auto Parts CEO and Director Darren R. Jackson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you know nothing about cars you can learn a lot (in 14 reviews)

  • Good benefits, fellow employees are good to work with (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management doesn't seem to show enough appreciation for store employees (in 68 reviews)

  • Detached upper management who would rather use fear through sharklike district managers than encouragement (in 27 reviews)

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  1.  

    Amazing.....!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advance Auto Parts

    Pros

    Great detailed information about auto parts, I ll be visiting you more frequently, here is
    very interesting information.

    Cons

    No Advice...because u dida great job in every work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PleasePostRegularly.............!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    AAP is a good place to work if you can live with the low wages.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Parts Pro
    Current Employee - Retail Parts Pro

    I have been working at Advance Auto Parts full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    My supervisor and those higher on the ladder have demonstrated interest in me, my training, and my advancement. Scheduling has been flexible. The company-supplied training is helpful.

    Cons

    The wages are extremely low. I work full-time, but I qualify for medicaid and SNAP. I work hard for my bonuses, but they are not big enough to make a difference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make profit sharing or bonuses available to all hourly employees who have been with the company at least three months. As things stand, non-management employees are expected to work to get their supervisors bonuses.

    I would make bonuses more dependent on team results than they are now. You call us team members, but provide incentives to work against each other if a good sale is possible.

    Integrate the store-based and Internet-based systems. You make me look bad a couple of times per week with the current system. You also use the Internet to remove potential bonus money from my hands and then expect me to to serve Internet customers just as well as retail floor customers.

    Pay a living wage. If you really want service to be our best part, compensate the people who provide it adequately.

    You have work to do to demonstrate that the company's values (serve, inspire, grow) are consistent with the emphasis on developing a sales culture. Let's develop a service culture.

    Get your eyes off AutoZone. Everyone knows that they are dirtball company. Do not compare to them.

    Improve the technology. Our computer system is slow and inflexible. Give us keyword search for everything on the retail floor in the EPC. As it stands, I have to go to the AAP website to keyword search retail items. Our internet connection is slow, and it is an awkward multistage process to find an item and determine if it is in our store or not. Use Summit Racing's website as a benchmark, and then try to better it.

    If you want us to sell performance parts (Edelbrock, Holley, Mr. Gasket, etc.) give us technological tools to do so (see my previous comment about Summit).

    The AST training is good, but if you really want to sell to the hardcore car guy/gal as you say, then we need to step it up even more. At least RPP's, CPP's, AGM's, and GM's need more hands-on training and experience. Perhaps partner with a local community college to provide shop-based experiences.

    Lengthen battery warranties. A lot of people use battery warranty as their key indicator of quality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Has pros and cons, like any job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Sales, MVR, Key Holder
    Current Employee - Retail Sales, MVR, Key Holder

    I have been working at Advance Auto Parts part-time

    Pros

    As a college student, who has worked in the automotive aftermarket since high school, it is a decent place to keep up to speed on the business. Generally work around my school schedule, and are lenient with conflicts. I am an engineering student, at the senior level, so I have lots of project meetings to attend.

    Rewarding to help people in need

    The pay is ok, but it has stalled after 5 years, because I am at max for my position without the ability to move up in position.

    Cons

    Constantly short staffed

    The ignite system is a joke, it is a good way to get rid of very good employees. Worse yet, because of that, it has promoted the hiring of ill-qualified candidates.

    Ignite has also made it more stressful for employees who can't control everything. For instance, if I originally sold a remanufactured caliper, and it locks up, the return is taken out of my numbers. Rental tools being taken out of your sales figures is a joke as well.

    The district leaders, very seldom IF EVER, have a clue about the "front lines" of working in a store.

    As en engineer I have to understand how P&L works, it blows me away how many store level, upper level management members are lost in that subject.

    The overall hiring process now days is a joke. I work next to people who absolutely have no idea about the parts business, or vehicles in general.

    I have been with the company for 5+ years now, and did not get my "five year appreciation" plaque I had been looking forward to. Doesn't sound like much, but it meant something to me to hang that on my wall. I never got it, and WONT be getting it either because I was put in the system as "seasonal", despite working nearly full-time for five years (35+ hours/week). How is it a company this large doesn't keep up with hours worked?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how P&L works

    Company needs better hiring practices

    You're missing out on people that could do wonders for this company, by not paying them enough or by overworking them (short staffing).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    none

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advance Auto Parts full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    good company to work for.

    Cons

    They have to many Hippocrates who pass judgement.

    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Doesn't care about your family life

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Parts Pro in Carrollton, KY (US)
    Former Employee - Retail Parts Pro in Carrollton, KY (US)

    I worked at Advance Auto Parts full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Descent co-workers. Good discount. ..............................

    Cons

    Didn't care about my family issues enough to cut me a break on attendance b.s. Wife broke had to stay home full-time to care for her and baby. Company denied my FMLA request because I was 8 days short of one year anniversary. Then decided to severe ties of employment. What a crock of bull.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to have a heart. Its not just all sales figures and profits. And give off holidays for gods sake your employees have families too you greedy basterds.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Delivery driver

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Delivery Driver in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I have been working at Advance Auto Parts part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, good advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Lots of micro management, paycheck is in form of debit card

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to individuals needs, don't make promises you can't keep.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company to work for!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL (US)

    I have been working at Advance Auto Parts full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great emphasis on company values. Company and regional leaders really care about the growth and development of the teams. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Salaries for store team members could be more competitive. Benefits are not up to par compared with other companies of same volume.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Advance is no Google

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager

    I worked at Advance Auto Parts full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They really have made customer care a priority.

    Cons

    Advance is years behind in the software that is used. Many merchandising and register task could be improved with the expanded use of the LRT's.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company at the corporate level overall. Grew so fast that they added too many indirects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager in Roanoke, VA (US)
    Current Employee - General Manager in Roanoke, VA (US)

    I have been working at Advance Auto Parts full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good business with lots to improve. Will be better now that it is relocating to NC

    Cons

    Too many indirects make it harder for the directs to run a profitable business

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Transition member, too soon to know enough

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advance Auto Parts full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    So far limited communication with Management has been pleasant and professional.

    Cons

    Often feel as if I've been "lost in shuffle" with the recent acquisitions of other companies.

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