AutoNation Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
219 Reviews
3.8
219 Reviews
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Cons
  • We do work long hours; however that is to be expected in the Automotive Industry (in 19 reviews)

  • Change the pay plan to screw the salespeople (even more (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sucked dry and cast aside

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Auto Technician
    Former Employee - Auto Technician

    I worked at AutoNation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Camaraderie 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)

    Cons

    Incompetent/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 ManagementAdvice

    Giving 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Waste of my time due to no room for advancement

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    Former Employee - Accounting in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Accounting in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at AutoNation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and the pay was average

    Cons

    No room for advancement if you are not dating someone in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sleeping with subordinates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Pay Sucks!!!

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    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Tampa, FL

    I worked at AutoNation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Pay 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 ManagementAdvice

    Provide 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 !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Money's no good.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Valencia, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Valencia, CA

    I worked at AutoNation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Pay 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 ManagementAdvice

    Pull your heads out! Create a pay system that actually benefits your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    They only want "yes managers"

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    Current Employee - Auto Parts Consultant in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Auto Parts Consultant in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at AutoNation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    people are great to work with

    Cons

    Have 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 ManagementAdvice

    Allow for disagreement on ideas that came from corporate. Accept ideas from the "rank and file".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Salespeople are replaceable.

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    Former Employee - Sales in North Canton, OH
    Former Employee - Sales in North Canton, OH

    I worked at AutoNation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Change 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Destroyed a great dealership

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    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Dallas, TX

    I worked at AutoNation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    My dealership had a team of experienced, hard working sales people. We enjoyed working together until AutoNation bought the dealership group.

    Cons

    They want you to be a dumb robot. You are trained to recite a word track for most customer discussions. The payplan was cut deep. It's like the Wal-Mart of the car business. I tried to stay a full year after the acquisition to give AN a chance. Could not take the $50K drop in pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are losing many good people. Looks like you simply don't care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Audi Las Vegas - Audi Autonation

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    Former Employee - Sales in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Sales in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at AutoNation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Any AutoNation Dealership has access to the entire inventory of used cars

    Cons

    Poor Management
    Big Corporation Style
    Very Poor Salary Structure
    Poor Benefits
    Employees are numbers!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    AutoNation: Shared Service Center - Too many politics, very outdated.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AutoNation

    Pros

    The Shared Service Center is in a prime location of the DFW area; easy access and very nice area to work in.

    Cons

    The politics of the management staff prevent progress from being accomplished in this office. The technology is outdated and numerous upgrades are needed but the knowledge is not there. The work ethic is very poor and the quality of the work staff is below average. The pay is relatively low and the culture of this office is ridiculous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Shared Service Center needs a complete overhaul. A full audit needs to be done to honestly reveal how much damage this office is causing to the overall goal and mission of this company. Structure needs to be put into place and the staff needs evaluation, especially the current management team. If not, I would not be surprised to see this office closed within the next 4 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horribly run company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at AutoNation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are no pros about this company that can be given. Not a company I could ever recommend to anyone.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, add on continually job responsibilities without additional compensation and in some cases no training. Poor compensation and benefits as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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