Copart Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
120 Reviews

2.9
120 Reviews
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Jay Adair
2 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's your average 8-5 job but yeah you do overtime during the busy season just like any employee would (in 7 reviews)

  • Copart is virtually a recession proof job, as long as people drive cars (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management is absolutely clueless about how to successfully run a used car purchasing program (in 9 reviews)

  • Sometimes there are long hours, but that's to be expected in just about any job (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Nice place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications  in  Fairfield, CA
    Former Employee - Communications in Fairfield, CA

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

    Pros

    Growing company, good company culture (in theory if not practice), constant striving to make technology and market placement better, which leads to enthusiasm from portion of workforce that wants to be with growing company.

    Cons

    Management always takes care of management first, with little regard to affect on labor -- including big company move from Texas to California.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really believe what you say you believe. It's obvious that key company values are all secondary to profit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Copart Response

    Aug 6, 2014Vice President Human Resources

    Thanks for being willing to recommend us to a friend!

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    ERP implementation timeline unrealistic

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fairfield, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CA

    I worked at Copart for more than a year

    Pros

    Solid IT work group. Good business model.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations of ERP conversion. Layoff of the wrong people at the wrong time.
    Disappointing benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people who are/will be doing the actually work.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    A billion dollar company struggling to operate like a billion dollar company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Copart full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Challenging work environment at the Yards and at Corporate office. Hard working respectful environment. Executive leadership has risen through the ranks and has a clear understanding of the business. Unique business model. Copart is poised for US and international growth and is financially solid.

    Cons

    Corporate office personnel are very scared after a series of layoffs scaling back certain business areas. Credible Fear of more reductions in force is now sickening the corporate office work productivity and the physical health of some employees. Some leadership seem to be embracing a "when they're down kick 'em harder" mentality to do more work with less personnel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate has reached a tipping point after the last series of layoffs. Some understandable. But, in 10 years I've never seen it so bad. Personnel, new and old, are so scared of future layoffs that industry leading professionals who love Copart are close to leaving. If you plan to keep people or lay people off please communicate these expectations honestly and early. People feel like they're not valued. Our word is our bond. It is much better to lay out clear expectations than leaving your employees in fear and affecting productivity and your bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Copart Response

    Aug 4, 2014Vice President Human Resources

    Thanks for your post. I'd like to take a moment to address the concerns you noted in your "cons" section as there has been a great deal of change in the Corporate office over the past year or so ... More

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Copart, a Java centric shop needs to shed it's lackluster big dopey company image.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Fairfield, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fairfield, CA

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

    Pros

    Good support from co-workers. Pays on time. Engineering management has there act somewhat together.

    Cons

    Commute not the best. Java centric shop so if you develop with something else you are on your own. Unrealistic project dates etc. Not invented here syndrome...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Copart needs to shed it's lackluster big dopey company image. Engineering needs to be modernized by using Agile methodolgies etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Copart Response

    Jul 23, 2014Vice President Human Resources

    As you probably have seen, we're taking steps to make sure employees DO get more engaged and that their ideas for improving our company are heard. If you haven't had a chance to attend any of our ... More

  6.  

    Love it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Copart full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay, the hours, work life

    Cons

    personal growth, time off policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work-life balance, personal growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Copart Response

    Jul 23, 2014Vice President Human Resources

    THANKS!

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    No clue of future technology direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Can't think of many pros. Couple of genuine folks in IT management but no power to change anything.

    Cons

    Expectation to work overtime without being compensated. No paid time off for first year. No flexibility of working remotely. Constant change of direction causes confusion and loss of productivity. Rude and unprofessional behavior from ERP director and false promises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to figure out the end goal and cost involved before hiring full time employees for projects. If are not certain then bring contractors and avoid firing full time employees. Ruined multiple people's lives by their lack of direction. Top execs need to empower their managers and directors to give them more decision making power.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Copart Response

    Aug 28, 2014Vice President Human Resources

    Thanks for taking time to post and I am sorry to read of your dissatisfaction with your experience while employed with Copart. I can truly appreciate your frustration in the fact that the decision ... More

  8.  

    Anonymous

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Copart

    Pros

    -company culture
    -HR Department
    -GM's are great

    Cons

    Micromanagement
    Top Heavy
    No open door policy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Copart Response

    Jul 23, 2014Vice President Human Resources

    Thanks for your review and for the props of the HR Department! I noticed you mentioned a lack of an open-door policy in your "Cons" and would welcome a call to discuss how we do make an effort to ... More

  9.  

    Toxic, hilarious, unprofessional

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Copart full-time

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    All the worst work environment/experience attributes will be experienced in a single day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None that I can think of

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Senior Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Copart

    Pros

    The projects were exciting and challenging. I met many talented and dedicated peers, in the process gaining knowledge of various platforms that integrated with the AS/400.

    Cons

    Many different managers that did not have the same common interest. Moving HQ from California to Texas left many hard decisions for most employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technology Leader

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Technology Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    I can't really say anything pro about this company outside of the fact that they have a pretty good hold on the marketplace for what they do

    Cons

    1) horrible CEO
    2) horrible CMO
    3) runs the corp office like a junk yard
    4) continues layoffs - can't seem to get it right
    5) has a horrible reputation out in the work marketplace
    6) horrible benefits
    7) totally inexperienced senior management team
    8) treats all employees as dispensable resources
    9) ton of nepotism within the upper ranks
    10) no bonus outside of VP or higher levels
    11) no vacation for entire first year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Copart Response

    Jul 24, 2014Vice President Human Resources

    I was sorry to read that you were unable to find anything "pro" to say about your time with Copart, and after reading your post I wanted to attempt to address a few of the points you raised in hopes ... More

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