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Current Employee - Senior Database Developer in Phoenix, AZ
Current Employee - Senior Database Developer in Phoenix, AZ

I have been working at DriveTime Automotive Group full-time (More than 3 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

I love working at Drvietime. It is mostly a young to middle age crowd in the IT department. This lends itself to lots of energy and excitement about what they are working on. I am in the twilight of my career of 30+ years of working in one way or another with databases. I started just over 3 years ago at DriveTime when I got tired of traveling for my old job and I have not regretted the switch yet.

I love being a mentor and trainer of the young database developers and now and then they teach me new tricks as well!! I also get to use the skills I have honed over my many years in the field doing what I love to do, making things faster and better for accessing data.

I have never been bored at DriveTime. There have been times I have been stressed from a bit heavy a schedule, but I found my leader understanding when I needed to flex a bit to keep my sanity. And the heavy schedule is not constant. DriveTime does a good job of encouraging you to have an outside life (compared to what I experienced in other companies).

I love using KanBan to manage work. So much better than writing weekly status reports for a boss that never read them. Instead we do a quick 5-15 minute stand up each morning to understand where projects are at and what is next to work on.

The main office uses a very open environment. That took a couple of weeks to adjust too, but now I would not trade it for anything. I love how if I am feeling tired in the morning, just walking into the energy of the office rejuvenates me.

I have never felt freer to share my thoughts and feelings with management than at any other place I have worked at in my long career. Another reviewer warned against doing that implying you would get fired. I have not seen that to be the case in almost 4 years. However, management does not suffer incompetent workers for long. If someone is not or cannot do the work, then yes they are let go. Far better than what I have seen in other places I have worked at where they kept the people and everyone else had to pick up the slack. One place I worked at took over a year to document how a guy would play video games all day long instead of working. DriveTime would have given the guy a couple of warnings and then walked him to the door, all within at most a couple of months. Personally, I prefer the DriveTime way.

I have also not seen any type of cronyism. I don’t do golf or watch sports or go to bars like a lot of others at work, but I have not felt my lack of shared outside activities with management has affected my standing at work. They respect me for my abilities in the work place not my chumming up with them after work.

One of my favorite management things at DriveTime is how thin the layers are. Between me and the CEO is just two layers. And he knows my name, what I look like and stops by to chat. I even feel like I could go talk to him if I needed to about anything. At one time I worked at GM and trust me the CEO there did not even know I existed. I have found I like working for a smaller company.

We get state of the art technology to work with. Two very large screen monitors at our desks to use with our speedy laptops. There are huge monitors in conference rooms you can use to share your desktop during meetings. We have lots of white boards, some even on wheels. We are up on SQL Server 2012 though we still have some old 2000 and 2008 to migrate off of. We each get a mobile device for free. And the office has the newest versions of MS software.

Last, I am a woman and even though it seems that the IT field in this part of the US is heavily male dominated, we have four ladies in the database developers group (out of 13 total) and are treated with respect and I have not felt any favoritism affecting the members of our group.

I would recommend working for DriveTime. Trust me the grass is not greener in other companies.

Cons

Sometimes I feel like management is like the dog in UP when it sees a squirrel while talking to the man and boy. They need to learn to not always chase after the next shiny thing just because it is new.

Advice to Management

Allow us to devote time to doing cleanup after putting in new features. Technical debt needs to be paid or it will cause more problems long term.

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at DriveTime Automotive Group full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and a decent salary. Most of upper management seems to listen.

    Cons

    Too many meetings. Way too touchy. They promote collaboration and being outspoken in words, but their actual philosophy is more along the lines of "do what we tell you and don't say anything contrary to your lead's opinion on the subject." Basically if you work there just be prepared to keep your mouth shut and do whatever it takes to get the job done regardless of whether or not its the "right way" to do it. I was not that kind of person.

    Advice to Management

    Actually vet your technical leadership before letting them lead a team.


  2. DriveTime is a great company to work for-excellent benefits!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Advisor in Columbus, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Advisor in Columbus, GA

    I have been working at DriveTime Automotive Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Comfortable work environment, a relaxed dress code, business model geared towards the customer's experience rather than sales.

    Cons

    There are days where you may work a 12 hour shift and not get time to eat lunch because you are so busy.

    Advice to Management

    Our CEO Ray is a really personable man.


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