Car Toys Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
28 Reviews
2.9
28 Reviews
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  1.  

    Like a family

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Car Toys full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great co-workers, great benefits, awesome office

    Cons

    Turnover, always realigning, management often not aware of cause/effects to change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Stable job, decent pay, but wayyyy too much stress and no work life balance.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Car Toys full-time

    Pros

    Pay can be pretty decent. Ability to progress through the company is strong. Stable business to work for, won't go under. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Company software and computers are outdated making it tough to smoothly help customers, corporate and field positions are disconnected and fight with one another. Work life balance is non-existent especially for salaried positions. High stress levels and extreme pressure to hit all sales goals. Heavy work loads that are unrealistic for one person to complete. Inconsistent store standards from store to store and aren't held accountable to get back to baseline standards. Not enough applicants which causes premature and almost desperate promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and actually take action on the field workers ideas. These people have the best ideas to help the company and make it better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    General Manager

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    Current Employee - General Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - General Manager in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Car Toys full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent family feel environment, Great manager compensation and bonus plans. Good opportunity for advancement based on your results. Very result driven company.

    Cons

    Family work life balance is hard. Your voice is hard to make it to the decision makers. Your results are not all ways appreciated or undervalued.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun environment especially if audio is your passion.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Tigard, OR
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Tigard, OR

    I have been working at Car Toys full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Employee discounts and opportunity for decent pay.

    Cons

    Scheduling can be stressful and opportunities beyond store level are all in Bellevue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strive for the old family culture that CT used to have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Size does matter, the bigger they got, the less fun it became. Stressful. Never satisfied.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Car Toys full-time

    Pros

    Consumer Electronics and Cellular is fun gear. Highly aggressive sales people can make decent money. Installers are the best left in the field and can make good money. Company has several sister's to soften the declining industry of Car Audio.

    Cons

    Really went from a fun small company to an impersonal corporation. Low pay for a lot of salespeople. Limited advancement even IF you make it into the "good ol boy club." Dated systems, open too many hours and 363 days a year. Not consistent with their policies. Disconnect between corporate and the field. Leadership and employees are fragmented with little "Team Spirit." Everything is priority ONE!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Downhill

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Car Toys full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Relaxed dress code, and cool environment (car audio)

    Cons

    Pay became less and less over the years. Pay is commission based, but base pay for radio installation decreased significantly and there was no pay for warranty work (even though Car Toys was paid by the manufacturers).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn better management, top down, and pay your top people better instead of decreasing pay.

  8.  

    Change is necessary - Listen to the worker bees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Car Toys full-time

    Pros

    Small company atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff and co-workers.

    Cons

    Upper management operates in a bubble. They are not in touch with the people doing the work and do not take their advice to heart and act on it. Executives are stuck in the past way of analyzing data and making decisions. They are reluctant to change the old ways of doing business and to consider new alternatives.
    Management style is top down and dictatorial, with blame quick to be dished out, but guidance and support lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with the people closest to the work, listen to their ideas, complaints, and suggestions; take them to heart and make appropriate changes.
    Be open to new ways of doing business.

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

    Fun Company to work for!

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Car Toys full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great coworkers willing to pitch in when needed, atmosphere can be easygoing, support from some higher level management. Recognition from other departments for assistance. A great appreciation for hard work through company events. Great products and employee discounts.

    Cons

    No work/ personal balance during busy times. Raises sometimes same across the board, regardless of performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more appreciation to all employees in all areas of the company. Better understanding of other departments duties and time constraints.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Could Be a Great Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Car Toys full-time

    Pros

    Some great earning potential for sales positions

    Cons

    Have to work holidays and weekends
    Only one week of vacation to start
    Managers are pretty much allowed to walk all over employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just put people into management positions because they can sell. Some of your "Managers" have so little technical knowledge and/or experience as a manager that they drive good employees out

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    It has been a fun ride and a great foundation for a career

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Manager in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    The company is always evolving and striving to improve. I couldn't have asked for a job that was more fun to grow up in professionally. I am sure that there are few companies that offer better compensation for a job this fun.

    Cons

    Diminishing profits in electronics creates an instability in pay, which usually moves in the direction of lower income/bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose the small company mentality. The family atmosphere makes showing up every that much better. However, as the company has grown, it seems like we are all becoming "just a number."

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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