CARQUEST

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Unfortunate

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Manager in Raleigh, NC
Current Employee - Manager in Raleigh, NC

I have been working at CARQUEST full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

There seems to be pockets of talented people throughout the organization, but their ability to make substantial contributions is often limited by the "old guard" who continues to proclaim that they've "...been in this business for 30 years...".

Cons

Sadly, CARQUEST is living in the stone age. This once great company started by a passionate innovative entrepreneur has stagnated. Ironically, a lack of the same type of innovation that started this company is what has led to its current state. Complacency abounds as the company sits on the success of our founder, expecting it to carry us into the future.

An almost exclusive focus on cost cutting has resulted in flat business growth the last 5+ years and an environment where the appropriate resources to simply maintain are lacking. Mired in mountains of spreadsheets and reports, serving the customer has taken a back seat. This approach has been demoralizing to the employees and the poor results attest to it. The company has been dying a slow death for awhile and the purchase by Advance just validates that. (If CARQUEST was truly successful, they would be acquiring Advance, not the other way around.)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Now that Advance has purchased CARQUEST, it's time to shake things up. Don't accept the status quo anymore, INNOVATE. Grab the same passion that Owen Sloan had years ago and rebuild the company. Take risks, make mistakes, go after the competition where they breathe. Listen to the people closest to the work. Focus on increasing sales and capturing new customers, not simply cutting costs. There are no guarantees here, but at least you'll position the company for the fight ahead.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
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    Fantastic

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    Current Employee - Counter Person in Leesburg, VA
    Current Employee - Counter Person in Leesburg, VA

    I have been working at CARQUEST full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    People are very Friendly, very interested in assuring family time & work time are close to equal. Management is very concerned with your opinion.

    Cons

    The starting pay could be higher, more thought should be given to prior experience and what you are bringing to the table.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase starting wages

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hope Advance will be more friendly to distribution workers

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at CARQUEST full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I really can't think of any

    Cons

    flexability in your work schedule

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look at the "teammates" and the job that they really do, DC teammates are working hard and not getting any of the perks that corporate teammates do. Worked on Christmas Eve and only got paid the hours worked not like corporate who had it off and was paid for the whole day

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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