AutoNation Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
219 Reviews
3.8
219 Reviews
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Pros
  • Also, the opportunities for advancement and promotability (in 8 reviews)

  • Autonation Toyota provides a great work environment (in 12 reviews)


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.  

    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

  2. 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 (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
  3. 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 (less than an 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
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  5.  

    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 (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
  6.  

    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 (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
  7. 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 (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
  8. 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
  9.  

    The IT Department is plagued with lots of bad managers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AutoNation full-time

    Pros

    The pay is decent and the people can be nice. If you don't speak out against anything, you'll survived. If your Hispanic, you will have no problems moving up the Corporate ladder within IT, your chances are better if you're Cuban and more so if your a Cuban female.

    Cons

    The company is plagued with poor management from the CIO, to the Director, down to Managers. Even HR is a joke. Your more likely to move-up and stay employed if you have sexual relations with someone in management and trust me as a female you will experience some form of sexual harassment. Unfortunately, there isn't much cross training as no one want to provide you with any knowledge as fear that you might steal their position. Promotion is not based on merit but on who you slept with, how well you can kiss butt and where you were born. Policies are also created on the spot to affect individuals rather than a team or the company. There is a lot of "you rub my back and I'll rub yours" along with "I got your back if you have mines." If your not in the circle, you may be left out in the cold. A lot of micro-management. Too many to continue

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house, starting at the top and then work downwards. Policies should not affect one but all. Managers should learn to direct, provide feedback and correct subordinate. Need to promote more within and promotion should be merit based.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company but managers need leadership training.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AutoNation

    Pros

    Benefits good pay plan for sales consultants.

    Cons

    Long Hours Open on Sunday. poor leadership displayed by front line managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Frontline managers need leadership training

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    They treat you well, lots of employee perks.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AutoNation

    Pros

    Bagels every Friday and always bowls of fruit every morning. Free Starbucks coffee. Environment is respectful most people seem happy with their jobs. There isn't too much pressure, but you are expected to produce in a timely manner. The expectations are reasonable. Not too much politics considering it is a large corporation.

    Cons

    Compensation is on the low end of the median and there is very little upward mobility. The only time anyone gets promoted is when a new department is opened and those generally get filled with outsiders.There is a layer of management missing (weird to say I know), but most people report to a director who has no time for managing. There are times when it would be good to have a manager to go to for guidance. However, its also nice that there doesn't seem to be much micromanaging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote a few people to managers and look for promising candidates from within for management positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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