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UNITED RENTALS..only interested in Stocks and their Stock Options!!!

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Former Employee - Service Tech IV  in  Chico, CA
Former Employee - Service Tech IV in Chico, CA

I worked at United Rentals

Pros

If you are an out-going person and like working with equipment and the people who use them, you will gain alot of contacts working here. If you are blessed with a managment team that gives you direction and allows you to get involved with every aspect of operations, as I have, you will gain knowledge and skills that will carry you through more possibilties that you can imagine. The best part is if you are a mediocre worker, and are employed there just for a paycheck, you only have to show up on time and do the minimum to keep you job... until you die or get let go for reasons that have nothing to do with you. Oh, and if you are let go, down expect ANY NOTICE.

Cons

You will learn how to get around micro-management so that you can actually help the customer and do the job that keeps the doors open. You will have to justify every minute you are on the clock which will slow down your productivity. You will be asked to get something done immediatley and then be bogged down in red tape. You will have to work with people who create an un-safe work environment, until, after months, they are fired. You will have to deal with your daily priorities being changed every fifteen minutes. You will have to deal with management's daily attitude swings. You not be able to trust anyone..expecially human resources to side with you in any conflict. If you start at a bottom position, you will have to be taught "on the Job" and take the consequences for inefficiency or bad desicions. You will only be praised during store meetings. You will have to eat alot of corporate propaganda, or what I call BS. No matter what anyone says, you will only be making a wage, pay for your own retirement, (if you are lucky), and health insurance. No other incentives will actually come through for you. The best part you can look forward to is deteriorating health due to MAJOR daily stress. So, when the day comes you have worked four hours and you feel it was like ten hours....it's time to move on.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get rid of Kneeland. Most people don't know that when UR got hit with the fourteen million dollar fine from the SEC, he was the CFO. Now he's the CEO and the company is going down the tubes FAST! See the correlation? Go back and look at the way US Rentals was run. It should be the model that should be STRICKLY adhered to. Look back in RER magazine, ther was an article about the owner of a major rental company that retired but still held the majority of the company. After a couple of years, he noticed his income declining. He went to the headquarters and found those running the company built a huge bureaucracy that was eating away at major profits. He fired all but four VP's all the way down to the Store Manager. He then made himself available to those managers if the vice presidents were not helping them. That company recorded the largest turn around and increase in profits since it's beginning in six months...A LIE? Check it yourself. Just like today's government, if you never hear any critisism, you are not getting the whole picture! Finally, "CORPORATION" is the number one most filthiest word in the english language today, cwatch the news, and same-o-same-o is not helping build good relations with the customers you are ignoring but expect to get money from.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    fear and loathing reign supreme

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager  in  Modesto, CA
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Modesto, CA

    I worked at United Rentals

    Pros

    The rental industry in general is highly competitive. If you enjoy competition you'll love this industry. Uniteds' benefits generally speaking were in line with other competitors. Massive and never ending turnover even when times were good allowed for advancement.

    Cons

    The three worst things you can do in this company. 1) Have an original idea 2) disagree with anyone in a position above you no matter how much thought, logic or common sense went into the disagreement. 3) Guaranteed corporate suicide would be to disagree with anyone above you and be right.

    Overall this company has performed when times are good and failed beyond belief when times are not. Those that ventured outside Uniteds conventions when times were bad and succeeded were done away with not copied. Most of the damage being done today to united is by the incredible lack of leadership at the mid level by people so afraid and so far over their heads they refuse to make decisions. The rest is done by talented former employees that went to competitors that allowed them to put good ideas into action.

    Simply put, getting promoted at United means you don't ever ever listen to anyone below you. There were people in position to know that waved red flags all over the place back in early 2006 predicting the timing and degree of this turndown right to the quarter that it happened and supported it with facts that were demoted and eventually dismissed because of it.

    I advise any talented individual considering employment here to look to Uniteds competition instead, in the short run you will have much less fustration and in the long run more happiness and opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its way past time and probably too late to be of any help but you need to spend almost all of your time out of Conneticut and in the field to see whats really happening to you and why it is. Shut up and start seeing and hearing. Quit the bs initiatives and get back to the people that are succeeding in spite of you and see if it can't be duplicated elsewhere. Take a hard look at your mid management and get rid of the ones that are not making decisions, let no one fly under the radar. Learn how the market has changed first hand, see that your sales force has seriously been depleted of talent. Learn from the few good ones left and rebuild with the process that's made them successful. You need to change now!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a corporate atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  DFW, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in DFW, TX

    I have been working at United Rentals

    Pros

    United has great medical and dental benefits. You have opportunity to move up as long as you have a degree and know someone.

    Cons

    The benefits are more expensive for hourly employees versus salaried employees. You have to make a great first impression otherwise you are doomed for your career. In order to get a decent pay raise, you have to leave and come back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    United needs to learn to work better together. Aerial rules the company and until they are in the same districts and same regions, there will always be conflict.

    Disapproves of CEO
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