AutoNation Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    IT Department Hostile

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corp Associate in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Corp Associate in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at AutoNation full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Certain folks , but very few

    Cons

    Overheard IT admin assist , talking about dept changes. According to comments made " in with the new, out with the old" IT PARTNERS beware!! November is just around the corner. Buckle your seat belts its going to get bumpy....Update your resumes who knows what changes are yet to come. Its not what you know, but who.

    Advice to Management

    Whats one to say , when their actions speak louder than words.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Worst company in the Automotive business EVER!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Financial Services in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Customer Financial Services in Orlando, FL

    I worked at AutoNation full-time (More than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you have no talent but are a YES Man or a politician you will fit right in!

    Cons

    They are ONE WAY in every aspect of the term. They will cut your pay plan every other month, incorrectly calculate your compensation in their favor by "mistake". NO bonuses for a good job, but they will find ways to take money from you if there is any excuse at all. Managers with no experience are put in the highest positions that they are not qualified for degrading the level in which you are able to do your job after they are done cutting you out. The definition of micro-management. There are far too many managers, district managers, regional managers, corporate HR, corporate trainers and many other unnecessary managers to make the company top heavy so they can pressure the people who produce more than anywhere else. They constantly want you to change things but don't give you the tools or the backup to do so. Benefits are horrible, you would pay less for insurance without an employer, they contribute nothing and do not care about you in any way.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the amount of upper management and corporate managers, they do nothing except collect a check and look at reports. Quit trying to reinvent the wheel and trying to turn the car industry into Wal-Mart because your service and quality will reflect the same.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Beware, very deceptive promises and misleading statements by management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Body Shop Estimator in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Body Shop Estimator in Mobile, AL

    I worked at AutoNation full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (2)

    not rewarding

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Director in New Port Richey, FL
    Former Employee - Finance Director in New Port Richey, FL

    I worked at AutoNation full-time

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Applicants Beware

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Technician in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Service Technician in Houston, TX

    I have been working at AutoNation full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (1)

    Low quality of life with excessive work hours.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at AutoNation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (3)

    Sucked dry and cast aside

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Auto Technician
    Former Employee - Auto Technician

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Waste of my time due to no room for advancement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounting in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Accounting in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and the pay was average

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Stop sleeping with subordinates


  10. Helpful (6)

    Pay Sucks!!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Tampa, FL

    I worked at AutoNation full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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 !


  11. Helpful (1)

    Money's no good.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Valencia, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Valencia, CA

    I worked at AutoNation full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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