AutoNation Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
203 Reviews

3.5
203 Reviews
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AutoNation Chairman and CEO Mike Jackson
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Financial Services  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Financial Services in Orlando, FL

    I worked at AutoNation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people you work with everyday

    Cons

    Lots of hours
    Pressure from upper management
    Micro management in some stores
    Daily reports
    Scheduling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live life more.. quality of life goes a long way.. work is not living

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

    Beware, very deceptive promises and misleading statements by management

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    Former Employee - Body Shop Estimator  in  Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Body Shop Estimator in Mobile, AL

    I worked at AutoNation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Horrible hours, outdated computers and tech, you can't make the money management promises you when they want you to come work for them. 7 people held my position in about 18 months.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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Loved it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AutoNation

    Pros

    great money until we got downsized

    Cons

    management sucks - middle management that is. Mike Maroone and Jackson are great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fire everyone

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    not rewarding

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    Former Employee - Finance Director  in  New Port Richey, FL
    Former Employee - Finance Director in New Port Richey, FL

    I worked at AutoNation full-time

    Pros

    Very 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    SSC Supervisor

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    Former Employee - SSC Supervisor  in  Irving, TX
    Former Employee - SSC Supervisor in Irving, TX

    I worked at AutoNation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Steady employment in a rocky automotive economy. average (just below average) pay for similar jobs in the auto industry. Once you get in you probably will never be fired regardless of job performance.

    Cons

    Daycare type environment, use of publically posted daily job performance for individuals and groups, severe micro management from the top. Management treats the under performers and top performers the same. Same pay, same benefits, same growth potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect and allow them to preserve their dignity while taking pride in a job well done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    All this company cares about is money

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    Current Employee - Receptionist  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at AutoNation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Easy job
    Nice Cars
    Nice co-workers
    Laid-Back enviroment

    Cons

    No raises
    Customers can be difficult
    Poor management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Applicants Beware

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    Current Employee - Service Technician  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Service Technician in Houston, TX

    I have been working at AutoNation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Long 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 ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within. Stop letting managers hire their friends instead of advancing the people that work the hardest for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Low quality of life with excessive work hours.

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    Current Employee - Sales Consultant  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at AutoNation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Potential to grow with company

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Create a manageable work schedule for staff with 40 Hour weeks. Better [pay plans.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sucked dry and cast aside

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    Former Employee - Auto Technician
    Former Employee - Auto Technician

    I worked at AutoNation full-time for 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
  11. 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 for 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

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