CARQUEST Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
151 Reviews
2.8
151 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Working with Great People, learning the parts business to better Help the customer's (in 6 reviews)

  • Good place to work with good people that care (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Arizona Carquest stores are going under especially Tucson due to upper management (in 14 reviews)

  • long hours, expected to put work first (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Love it!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at CARQUEST part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Productivity based pay raises..
      No matter who slumps, the computer knows.

    Cons

    Haven't found any yet. Everyone is great!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    QA/TESTING

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Working in CARQUEST was a great experience was just a 3 months project

    Cons

    Great Opportunity working as a Tester

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great working with the team

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great employees and atmosphere!!

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    Current Employee - CARQUEST DELIVERY TEAMMATE  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - CARQUEST DELIVERY TEAMMATE in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at CARQUEST part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great quality in the products, customers, and the employees with opportunities open to you for advancement if you just take the time. They are very flexible with you if you put forth good work everyday.

    Cons

    Stores tend to get very dirty if they are not kept clean and the really busy days seem to put some people on edge. The pay could also be better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very Good learning oppertunity

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    Former Employee - Network Field Engineer  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Network Field Engineer in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Work was interesting, meaningful, fun.

    Cons

    None........ I have no complaints.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
  6.  

    Worst retail company I have EVER worked for in 25 years

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    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

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

    Pros

    If you're at an actual CARQUEST location the business hours are good and you get a company vehicle with limited use .The Advance locations are a different story on the hours and no vehicle.

    Cons

    antiquated and redundant computer processes
    HORRIBLE upper management
    unbelievable amount of paperwork
    benefits are terrible ( high cost with little coverage and only 1 week vacation for the first few years of employment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advance Auto Parts has their work cut out for them after this acquisition. CARQUEST has many long term upper management members who believe their company rules the auto parts world. I think they forgot they were going bankrupt because of the way they do business. Leaders are dishonest and no one at the corporate office will take responsibility for anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It was a great experience in sales interacting with people

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    Former Employee - Sales and Delivery  in  Logan, UT
    Former Employee - Sales and Delivery in Logan, UT

    I worked at CARQUEST part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You get a lot of client interaction, which is beneficial. Also, the relationship between co-workers was always great. There is opportunity to grow in the company and gain leadership positions.

    Cons

    Recently hours were cut back because there was not enough revenue. The hours seemed to be everyday for a short period of time which made it very hard to find another job to subsidize the income.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Absolute Weakest Management Team I have ever seen

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CARQUEST for more than 8 years

    Pros

    They paid you, not enough, but they did pay us to work

    Cons

    The weakest team of leaders I have ever seen....From the CEO down through the VP Leaders. Focused on lining their pockets at the expense of everyone else. The SVP team and above is loaded with Greedy weak no ethics leaders that could care less about the long term standing of the company and the team. They got their payout and impacted the lives of a lot of associates along the way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I were Advance I would come in and replace the entire staff from VP and above and start over. This team was involved in all of the mess over the last few years and no one in the company has confidence in any of them. If you clean house you can start anew and try to regain their confidence.

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

    Political and Unsteady

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    Former Employee - Software Development Manager  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Software Development Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at CARQUEST full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Product discounts are very nice if you are able to take advantage of them. Company stock offer was nice when it was available.

    Cons

    Very political environment. This may change since the company has been bought by Advance Auto, but having the right family name and connections was the key to advancement during my time there. The CARQUEST market approach is dated and a major reason for them having to sell, the transition to Advance will carry the common challenges of any corporate merge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management would be to embrace the Advance Auto Parts model much more and to start recognizing people for their efforts more than their name.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    eh, its a lot of work on your body, and not very much to grow within in the company

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    Former Employee - Warehouse  in  Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Warehouse in Bakersfield, CA

    I worked at CARQUEST part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    its a job, and it gets the bills paid. The are alll about safty. and you do get your breaks. it is a must, which is great because i have orked for other companys where you do not. they expect more from you .

    Cons

    its hot, everything is dusty, they expect you to constantly keep up with the scanner at very fast pace. you are all by yourself. just ppicking and pull items in the aisle in the same routine over ans over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spoil your employees more. its a hard job and we where always number 1. you know your getting money from that, because of us. doesnt hurt for you to give us a free lunch, or maybe even a thank you gift.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Confused operations

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at CARQUEST full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive pay, decent location close to restaurants and other locations to get things done on breaks. My boss was supportive.

    Cons

    Not an environment of cooperation, making it difficult to get your job done. Many systems seem cobbled together as individuals have come up with their own solutions to problems. Disparate systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I witnessed a meeting with many senior level management in it, and none of them were willing to make a decision. That kind of culture won't help you get things done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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