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CarMax President, CEO, and Director Tom Folliard
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Pros
  • The best thing working at CarMax was the work life balance if you are a Manager (in 28 reviews)

  • Part time is better than full time because you don't have to go to all the meetings/huddles (in 38 reviews)

Cons
  • The work-life balance in IT is significantly oversold (in 25 reviews)

  • actions of others like sales consultants will sometimes fall on you although you had nothing to do with it (in 52 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great college job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at CarMax part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Good pay for part time.
    Business experience
    Opportunity to move up

    Cons

    Competition
    Dealing with difficult customers
    Leaving later than expected

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to lie about other dealerships. Give us the facts and the tools to overcome those issues.
    Focus on who is hired for management. I witnessed some deserving individuals get passed over for some who hid but made their numbers look good.


  2. Helpful (5)

    Great pay and benefits cannot overcome the lack of consistent training. Management is NOT stable.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY

    I worked at CarMax 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

    Other department staff is usually nice. Good pay and benefits if you get into the right area. Very nice facilities to work in for the most part.

    Cons

    Poor follow up on training by some mentors. Unclear expectations overall when management changes. Race and sex play a huge part in disciplinary action. If you aren't a car guy/gal you won't make it if you succeed regardless of how hard you try or improve.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let race/sex influence how you administer disciplinary action. Have regional staff follow up on those in training rather than waiting until the last minute. Managers need to be clear in what you expect of your trainees because not everyone in your position has the same level of expectations.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Retail company that puts customer service first.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Office Associate in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Business Office Associate in Louisville, KY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    team building for employees. customer service first. opportunities to grow with the company. chances to transfer to different positions and locations

    Cons

    retail hours and retail environment. long hours. working weekends.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    Management is full of incompetence

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY

    I worked at CarMax

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    An amazing business concept that works very well.

    Cons

    Sales has an extremely high turnover rate.
    Benefits are ok, but for a Fortune Top 100 Places to Work... the benefits are pathetic.
    Management typically does not have automotive industry experience.
    Diversity, diversity, diversity, it is nearly shoved down your throat.

    Advice to Management

    Regional management team needs more unannounced store visits to actually witness what the store is really like.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Carmax is very competency based focused w/ a huge amount of difficult feedback. Ifs fun p if you know your role.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer In Training in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Buyer In Training in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at CarMax

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Direct feed back is good when you come from a job history that had little or no feedback. They are always treating employees to lunch. Work as a team, its not all on you, if you are a good team member.

    Cons

    The feedback is very direct and sometimes harsh. At times you had too much feedback. Confidence is a big key as a buyer. If you have too much negative feedback and don't know how to process it, you can spiral downward quick. You have to be on your toes and have an answer good or bad. if its bad you will know! Being in an office with all managers at times you get advice from all over the place. It sometimes feels like several people are running the show.

    Advice to Management

    Feedback is good, but I needs to come from one place. At times there are too many people running the show!


  7. Helpful (7)

    A Great Place to Work ... 'Work' being the key... for a short time. Carmax is not a career!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Manager in Louisville, KY

    I worked at CarMax

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of great people, non-managerial employees enjoy work and have fun, learn a lot about cars (makes, models, trim levels, etc.) Great job for college students looking to make decent money and work part-time, opportunities for advancement are available (but lead to nothing). Benefits are good.

    Cons

    AVOID ANY ADVANCEMENT INTO MANAGEMENT! Management is a complete mess, everyone micro-managing each other, extremely stressful and pay is based on what you made prior and you receive a very small increase in pay when you are "promoted". Half the day is spent in meetings that are a waste and take away from valuable time that could be spent training associates and helping customers.

    CARMAX IS RUN LIKE A TYPICAL BIG BOX RETAILER. Every department is run poorly and inefficiently. People are fired for ridiculous reasons, things that aren't their fault because they literally turn any issue into a corporate investigation. Nothing is handled on a store level by the 15+ managers that are there everyday. Looking back, it's ridiculous and I can't believe I worked there as long as I did!

    Advice to Management

    LOL, dunno how you can get Corporate to help much of this...


  8. Great!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Office Administrator in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Business Office Administrator in Louisville, KY

    I worked at CarMax

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is wonderful to work with always positive and helpful. Great training and communication in the office and other departments. There are always opportunities for growth if desired.

    Cons

    Perception issues with some management

    Advice to Management

    stay helpful and always available


  9. Helpful (1)

    CarMax is a great place to start a career and continue your growth with a top notch company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at CarMax

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    CarMax has the largest sales of used cars in the country. CarMax cares about there people and continues to train you while you are there. You can continue your education and CarMax will help pay for it. The sky is the limit there is no stopping where you can go with the company. They are expanding at a great rate and have all kinds of positions were you can advance to become a better person and continue to grow and advance with a leader in the industry.

    Cons

    It is a retail store so you do work when other people are off. So weekends and nights are required.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to strive to be the best at there jobs. Always remember were they came from and were they started with the company.



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