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Current Employee - Manager  in  Raleigh, NC
Current Employee - Manager in Raleigh, NC

I have been working at CARQUEST full-time for 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
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Approves of CEO

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    Former Warehouse/Production worker

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CARQUEST

    Pros

    Friendly Co-workers. Company got sold to a more solid Auto Parts Carrier (Advanced Auto Parts)

    Cons

    No way of moving up in the company. Pretty much a dead end job. Management has really changed and don't listen to employees suggestions. Does not pay enough for the amount of work you do. No appreciation for how hard you work everyday. Company got sold to a more solid Auto Parts Carrier (Advanced Auto Parts)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and what they have to say. Appreciate your hard working employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Former Store Employee

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    Former Employee - Counter Person
    Former Employee - Counter Person

    I worked at CARQUEST full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not many pros here...but the paychecks didn't usually bounce.

    Cons

    I would be hard pressed to name a company that thinks less of it's employees than CarQuest......I don't think they even qualify as dirt under managements feet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To many chiefs and not enough indians. Stop expecting pencil pushers to understand the nature of this business..that's what's killed this once good company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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