Dealer Tire Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
27 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was a great company, but has gotten away from its core values.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Dealer Tire full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People are helpful and work together as a team for the most part.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance, unrealistic and ambiguous goals, stale and outdated value proposition, favoritism. Morale has gone down over the past year or so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow field associates to collaborate and share best practices more. Get away from the check the box company that it has become. Lower prices because the value proposition that got Dealer Tire to where it is has gotten stale and is no longer that unique.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Big Promises Little Reward

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dealer Tire full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The training that is provided is great, they take the time to explain everything you need to know about the products. The health insurance and other insurance that are offered are good. The corporate office does have the feel of a smaller company where everybody knows everybody. You are given a company car if you work out in the field, and you can use that car for personal use if you would like. For anybody that is fresh out of college the benefits and the pay are great.

    Cons

    There is a rather large disconnect between the home office and the employees out in field positions. The employees working at the home office enjoy 40 hours a week of work. If you are in the field for most territories you can expect about 25-30 hours a week in your car driving. On top of that you are expected to be at dealerships for 30 hours a week. Then to finish it off you are expected to work at home to finish up all of the reports for the day, week, and month. Next the management. Middle management is only concerned about one thing and that is them advancing their own career, don't expect to move up in the company. They are always adding new and "better" positions, but they are lateral moves from the position that you had to make you feel like you are moving up when you really aren't. Like was said before, for anybody that is fresh out of college the benefits and the pay are great. However, if you have sales experience it would be best to look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get realistic with sales goals, and get in touch with your employees. The company as a whole cannot really sign any more new contracts with OEMs, stop thinking that you can maintain the same amount of growth that was had over the past years. Will you grow, yes, but trust your employees to do their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Watch out! Starts great but can turn pretty quickly.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Dealer Tire full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Parking, the bonus is decent, interesting building layout/artwork

    Cons

    Certain departments are full of snakes. Watch out for Program Management - leadership is horrible and the underlings follow right along. They will back stab you at any given minute and seem to control everything. EDI - a small team of 2 people (at the time). One person was great, the other was a mess and played the martyr. It is run on JD Edwards that no one can seem to make work correctly for any length of time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    unorganized, unprofessional and slow

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    Former Employee - Whse  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Whse in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Dealer Tire full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    like being back in the marines, boot camp was easy compared to a day at DT in Kansas City, Missouri

    Cons

    poor organization, no breaks allowed which is against Federal and State law, stems from poor manangement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a better manager in there, who is more realistic with goals and what people are instead of the robots he thinks they are!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    very well

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    Former Employee - Assistant Warehouse Manager  in  Elkridge, MD
    Former Employee - Assistant Warehouse Manager in Elkridge, MD

    I worked at Dealer Tire full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    was a very good employee

    Cons

    until inept management took control

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    know the tire business company and locally and inventory control before taking the reigns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cheap, cheap, cheap!!

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Manager in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Dealer Tire full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Market pay, some nice people. Nice bonus program although not well structured for various employee levels.

    Cons

    Really cheap company. The leadership is constantly crying about the cost of health care. HR is clueless about putting together a total rewards program that aligns with the amount of work is required of "associates". Very poor benefits and rewards to employees. Directors are not a that level and there are a lot of egos. No development or career growth, there are like 10 layers if titles because there is no real career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some real leadership in place. Wipe out the director layer and start clean with competent leaders. Quit being so cheap to your biggest assets, your "associates".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Watch Out - There are snakes in the bag!

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    Former Employee - Outside Account Manager
    Former Employee - Outside Account Manager

    I worked at Dealer Tire full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits were good but laid out to "Hopefully" keep you interested in wanting to work there. Company Car and allowances were favorable.

    Cons

    Poor leadership with no real industry experience. How some got to be quote "Partners" in the company is questionable and the OEM's should pay close attention to this. Perhaps they are and or will soon find out more as things continue to erode and the chatter grows. Dealer Tire needs to understand that the OEM calls the shots, not the other way around!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Wake Up" and stop buying into quick fix sales programs and let your teams (what's left of them) do what they can to salvage the business. Your ego's ALL got way too big and the company seems to have forgotten where they came from................

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Any port in a storm

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    Current Employee - Outside Account Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Outside Account Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Dealer Tire full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Set your own schedule as an account manager, lots of great people. Good training program. Company car and liberal expense account to spend on clients.

    Cons

    No work life balance at all. The expectation is that you spend your days mostly at dealerships and evenings are spent with the massive amounts of admin and contact reporting. Travel is mostly expected to be on your own time so if you have a large territory you will be clocking a lot of hours. They will tell you that this is not a "check the box" type of company, but you will only advance or get rated highly if you are a great box checker, regardless of how good your sales numbers are. If you have the right managers and connections to Cleveland staff you can advance in the company, but outsiders have a tough time. Great place to be during the rough years of the automotive downturn as they were able to grow rapidly (mostly by adding new OEMs). But growth has slowed and the formula is getting stale. Many sales personnel are getting burnt out. Many middle managers were promoted because they were such great box checkers and then they become the ultimate micro managers. There are also some really great division and regional managers so it all depends where and who you work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your field personnel when they have new and innovative ideas. Try to apply the core values of the company to the entire organization, not just home office personnel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Join if you dare

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Dealer Tire full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not too many right now!

    Cons

    Politics. Incompetent Sales "Partner", way too aggressive goals for current business landscape and no reward when you pull your weight as others are rewarded for less growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would say this, this company has always gained successes based on the hardwork of the employees not the decisions of the executive leadership, not referring to the founders here. They knew this to be fact. We need to get back to hardwork and dedication by all! Making good people quit and cutting bodies ain't gonna get it done.

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

    Corporate Arrogance is Alive and Well at Dealer Tire

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dealer Tire

    Pros

    Competitive salary, automotive industry, and some great co-workers.

    Cons

    When I started, I thought I had found a great fit for my career I quickly realized that behind this organization's strong culture and values, there is a very ugly side to Dealer Tire. if you want a work-life balance, forget it. Responding to emails after hours is a competition as to who can respond first. The arrogance of upper management prevails over the entire organization. Be prepared to suck up to those above you if you want to move up, as your abilities and accomplishments will not be enough. Your social life - dinners, holiday gatherings, and weekend golf outings, are all expectations if you have any career ambition. Antiquated vacation time policy, lack of work-life balance, and back-stabbing office politics are the among the reasons why I left, and have never looked back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is not the darling as you think it is. Get in touch with what is important to your employees, if you even care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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