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A Horrible Place to Work

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Commercial Driver  in  Memphis, TN
Current Employee - Commercial Driver in Memphis, TN

Pros

- 20% Discount on *most* parts
- Decent paycheck and sometimes decent hours
- Some of your coworkers can be really awesome people
- It feels really good when you help a customer and they are polite and thank you for your time and effort. Unfortunately,this is a rarity at Autozone
-As others have said, use this job as a stepping stone.

Cons

First off, let me warn you that if you work at Autozone you can kiss any social life you had goodbye. It will strain your friendships and relationships since you will basically live at the store because they are so understaffed. When customers start asking you if you ever go home, you know you have a problem. The hours are ridiculous, like opening at 6:45 on a Saturday and closing at 10 pm on a Monday. You'll love your early morning rides into work seeing every other business in town closed as you pull into the parking lot. You will be chronically understaffed and expected to fill in at a moments notice if somebody calls in sick. You will work tons and tons of Fridays and Saturdays. You'll be begged by your friends to get another job so you can do things again. Your wife will get angry because you can't get any time off to take that weekend trip to Atlanta you want to do. If you have friends like mine, you'll eventually be almost "written off" because it is always assumed that you'll be at the "Zone" when anything interesting happens.

When you do get time off, it will be because your hours have been cut due to "poor sales". If it rains or snows, if your not selling enough grease packets or for whatever reason not many people are coming through the door, you can kiss your schedule and paycheck goodbye because you'll start getting sent home. As a part timer, you are completely expendable to Autozone. You'll learn to loathe bad weather because it means your paycheck is about to get sliced up.

Your value to Autozone is based solely on how many "extra items" you sucker customers into buying. These items range from little packets of grease, felt pads for battery terminals to whatever "checkout challenge" item has been placed at the register. It doesn't matter if you end the day having sold a $2,000 engine, if you don't have any tally marks by your name for selling packets of grease on the score sheet, your ass is in trouble. This can range from a verbal butt-chewing to having your hours cut -- which is particularly despicable. You will also be pressured by management to slip the grease packets into customer's bags and charge them for it when they aren't looking or fool them into thinking the grease is included in the price or that you have to buy the grease if we put a battery on your car.

Management will often try to "boost morale" by having phony contests with your sister stores to see who can sell the most "extra items" where the only reward for your day of hard work and tricking customers is silence or maybe a verbal "attaboy" ---- rarely, if ever, will you earn any kind of financial or material reward for selling a lot of stuff. If a reward is given out, its usually to your store manager.

Customers can range from downright rude to utterly stupid. The nice polite customer who properly thanks you is a rarity. People will expect you to have the knowledge and skills of an ASE Certified Mechanic and get angry at you for not being able to give them free advice that they should rightly have to consult and pay a mechanic for. Don't worry, you'll get chewed out for this too as these customers will almost certainly fill out the customer satisfaction survey and give your store poor marks on "Being able to diagnose the customer's problem".

Advice to ManagementAdvice

My advice to management is simply to stop this inane focus on selling "extra stuff" the customer neither wanted or asked for. People who are barely scraping by and purchasing our cheapest set of brake pads do not have the extra $3 for two packets of grease. When a woman scrapes every last penny out of her purse to pay for that radiator hose she desperately needs its kind of insulting to try to sell her a $5 "checkout challenge". It is also disgusting to cut your employees hours because they didn't manage to sell enough to the grease packets.

If you want to improve employee morale, productivity and store happiness here's what you need to do: start looking at other companies with happy employees. Google, Amazon, Zappos. There's no strict, rigid military-like dress code complete with merit badges. Employees are relaxed, able to blow off steam and tend to get way more done. At Autozone we are constantly looking over our shoulder, constantly pressured to sell-sell-sell or get punished and have to go home worrying about paying rent, know the company won't stand behind us if a customer gets angry, and have to continually be reminded that when push comes to shove Autozone will throw you under the bus rather than lose a few cents off its stock price. You need to work on this.

Start talking to long-term employees, and NOT ones who work in the corporate office. I mean the ones that have been on the frontlines in a store for 20 years. As a hub driver, I met lots of these people and they are full of stories about how GREAT and AWESOME Autozone used to be back in the day. Nearly all of them are disappointed at what the company has become and wouldn't recommend anyone to start working here. You can make it like that again if you just take your heads out of your rears and start getting honest feedback from your people and acting on it.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Money hungry, doesn't give a crap about employees or customers, garbage company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Parts Sales Manager  in  Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Parts Sales Manager in Columbia, SC

    Pros

    The only pro is that working for this garbage company made me appreciate the job i have now and the time i have to spend with my family so much more.

    Cons

    Everything
    The hours were HORRIBLE
    The shifts were up to and very frequently 11 and a half hours long with an hour break one hour in with no other break
    Severely understaffed so a lot of times it would be one person running the whole store, commercial included
    You work EVERY single weekend and never see your family
    Forced to work every Sunday morning even though i asked off so i could go to church but the people who didn't go to church were off every Sunday
    They think negative reinforcement and threatening to fire you actually work for motivation
    They honestly do not a FLIP about the employees or customers.
    Every day we were threatened to be fired if we didn't make people come in the store and buy stupid WITTDTJR. which was actually not what it took to do the job rite.
    The products they sell were the cheapest junk they could get from the lowest bidder which wad constantly being changed by another Chinese company that offered it cheaper
    Was called the Twilightzone due to brain dead management.
    Store managers were reported to district managers for lying to customers to get them to buy that periods focus item or any item but the district manager told us to stop sending him complaints
    Store managers would ignore customers and avoid work
    One particular manager lied about knowing items were in the store to set up employees and got 3 people fired, one who had worked there 1212 years, another who was probably the best, most knowledgeable person ever to work there.
    Terrible pay with the biggest slap in the face raises ever. Average of about .12 cents an hour per year
    Would promise promotions and opportunities but never deliver
    The only reason i gave them one star on the following is because there wasn't an option for less
    I laughed so hard at the part about values
    The turn around rate is unbelievable due to poor management
    You get trapped because of the terrible hours its hard to find another job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Stingy Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Parts Sales Manager  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Parts Sales Manager in Raleigh, NC

    Pros

    Depends on your personal store

    Cons

    Poor management, crappy pay, horrible perks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire competent people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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