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Good opportunity for recent grads who aren't afraid of hard work

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Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Chantilly, VA
Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Chantilly, VA

I worked at Enterprise Rent-A-Car full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Full health benefits and 401k (w 3% matching) after 60-90 days
Recession proof industry
No previous training necessary, all you need is a bachelors or 5 years commission sales experience
Fun people to work with
Good management training
Able to move to different departments of the company if you don't like rental
Good discounts for personal rentals

Cons

Long hours and you work on Saturdays
You're an hourly employee until you get promoted, then you are salary and commission in management
You have to wash cars in your suit
Good customer service is not for the faint of heart, so be ready to bend over backwards and work hard
Rain, sleet or snow, you go into work. Very rarely does Enterprise close
All the family will come out of the woodwork for rental hook ups

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't just preach work life/balance, actually put it in practice and don't let your employees get burnt out.

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    Definite opportunity to excel, but work/life balance & industry practices leave a lot to be desired

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    Former Employee - Management Assistant
    Former Employee - Management Assistant

    I worked at Enterprise Rent-A-Car full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    ERAC provides your average college graduate with the tools to making a living & craft a career on little more than hard work, perseverance, salesmanship, & self-motivation. If you're the type of person who can put on the blinders & hustle toward financial/ managerial goals 7-9 years down the road, than this is a prime position. Corporate will provide you with a detailed business model & if you consistently execute, while keeping your head down, then you'll certainly be successful.

    Perhaps more than most companies, ERAC upper management is filled with executives who started at the bottom & steadily climbed the ladder, showing loyalty along the way. You don't need an MBA, specific bachelor's degree, or defined interest to make it big here...you must be competitive, enduring, & acutely focused.

    Also of note is the opportunity to truly impact those under you once you progress into a management position. I wouldn't pay much attention to the claims that ERAC "gives you the tools to run your own business," but it certainly does afford you the chance to captain a team & help others along while furthering your own career.

    Other pros...
    -Work hard, play hard mentality
    -Rapid promotion for deserving candidates
    -Respected training program
    -Easy interview process
    -Lasting friendships

    Cons

    The simple truth is that the rental car industry is exhausting and infuriating. You will be worked to the bone accommodating a largely hostile clientele. You'll be a slave to market demand, doing what the customer wants when he/she wants it & tolerating constant complaints...it's a cycle that begins to gnaw at your happiness. Closing time finds may find you drained & in a bad mood.

    Another thing to consider is that the branch office environment can be wholly unprofessional...ironic considering the company prides itself on a conventional, clean-cut approach.

    Other cons...
    -Strictly enforced business-formal dress code...yes you do often wash/ vacuum cars in a full suit or heels
    -Long hours (I worked plenty of 7:30AM-7PM days...fairly normal for right out of college but consider you're running around all day)
    -Underpaid
    -Customer Service Industry...frequent conflict between customer expectations & ability to deliver
    -Work Saturdays...Sundays at some locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's imperative Enterprise admit that positions in local branch offices need not require a college degree or formal attire. Customers don't expect these things & such requirements work to attract college grads that are better served in industries where they can leverage their analytical skills. Management trainee requires little more than mindless following of directions. The truth is that a motivated high school grad will probably do better than a college student wishing he/she had put their degree to better use.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Business Bootcamp

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    Current Employee - Manager In Training
    Current Employee - Manager In Training

    I have been working at Enterprise Rent-A-Car full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Learn all aspects of business.
    Looks great on a resume.

    Cons

    Low pay
    Zero social life
    Working for the car rental industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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