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Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
34 Reviews

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  1.  

    A strong company that continues to grow.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Writer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    This company (the division I worked for) looks for professionally skilled, responsible people who initiate solutions that work toward making the company more efficient.

    Cons

    The challenges at this company aren't 'Cons', but rather opportunities for professional growth among this busy group. If you're someone who's willing to contribute to their ideals for greater organization and management, and willing to show yourself as expert in an area of need, you'll be valued and supported as much as possible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work for those that understand a corporate machine.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Administrator  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - IT Administrator in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Company has made great strides in becoming up to date with technology. Culture is conservative, but VERY friendly. People come first not just in talk, but in practice. Management is not oblivious. Most employees are very driven and very loyal. Promotion from within is very likely. Many diverse areas of work and is somewhat easy to move to a new position/department.

    Cons

    Things change slowly (large corporation). More red tape than is needed. Slower to adapt to new technologies. Sometimes does not understand when to kill a project and start over. Career development can be tough to get from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep treating people the way you want to be treated. There is a reason people work there so long. You guys are a monolith in the market, put some innovation into the space .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Safe, stable, and fun environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Administrative  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Administrative in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Let's clear some fog from other reviews. Regardless of the company, there will always be those who feel entitled or more valuable than they actually are. Consistent, accurate work is rewarded. I've personally witnessed several people move about within the company, from position to position. I also know of several corporate employees who were once NAPA store associates. Anyone that says there's no movement within the company isn't looking or lacks the aptitude to fill a position.

    There are several physical corporate locations that are under the GPC umbrella; I'll comment on 3100 in Wildwood. A former IBM building located in a wooded area with covered parking and access to Chattahoochee natural trail system. There's a small cafe open for breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Beverage coolers are located on all building levels and are stocked with sodas and juices (this also includes the HQ building).

    401K and health benefits are excellent and there's no shortage of options to choose from.

    Salaries are competitive with any other Fortune 200 company. If you're offered a position, most of us know that this is the time to negotiate salary and PTO options. Being corporate, annual reviews are precise and timely. Annual bonuses, if applicable, which are comprised of company, department, and personal goals, are also precise and timely. Pay increases are generally based upon annual reviews and are reflected annually.

    For those considering an IT position, you'll be glad to know that the majority of the teams are full of talented professionals. There are exceptions to every team. Depending on department/group, you'll most likely receive new computer hardware and the option to either select a mobile device (iPhone or Android) or use your own and receive a stipend.

    Pending project timelines, 40+ hours a week is not unheard of, although this stands mostly anywhere. There's great flexibility in work schedules but the policy seems to float between managers. Some of us work from home 2+ days a week. Comp time is also given to those who work outside normal duty hours. Training opportunities for professional certifications are available on an annual basis but out-of-state course requests will be denied.

    Cons

    GPC is definitely built on older principles and values. This isn't necessarily a negative blow; check the stock prices and annual profits since the late 50's. That being said, the "slow and steady" mentality is applied to all groups which can prevent creative thinking or disruptive innovation from taking root. I do believe this is slowly changing and will continue to develop as the younger generation replaces 30+ year employees.

    Depending on your manager/director and their management style, this may or may not be the place for you. While some managers and their employees are very continent, others are living a nightmare. To this degree, upper management within the VP, C, and E levels lack a lending ear.. This mentally wears the good, competent employees to the point of exhaustion, then resignation. Seeing people move about in the company, I've also seen people remove themselves entirely from the company due to poor management.

    No jeans with the exception of Fridays. <- This makes no sense to me...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, loosen up the tie a bit, and most importantly, have fun.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Accounts payable

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    Current Employee - Accounting  in  Duluth, GA
    Current Employee - Accounting in Duluth, GA

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Salary caps, No position growth, no bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managament is great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employees are treated extremely well.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Operator  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Computer Operator in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    Good pay. Longevity. Security. Great supervisors. My experience here has been great. The health insurance is good. What makes this particular position really amazing is the people you work with. Most of the employees have been working with the company for more than 20 years, which says a lot about the company.

    Cons

    The site itself is not a good building. The building was built in the early 80's and shows it. They do take good care of the place but without a budget for upgrading the facilities there is not much they can do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to upgrade the facilities as you get the budget.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Mostly great experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Current Employee - Operations Manager

    Pros

    team atmosphere, local management is exceptional, advancement opportunities, focus on customer

    Cons

    senior management is disconnected, HQ culture is jus the opposite of the field - not concerned about customers or employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your managers in the field

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company and great people. As long as you can handle it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    People are good here. As long as you are the type of person that can handle tough customers.

    Cons

    Upper management can be very picky and bully's if they don't get their way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people more. Help them with their decisions instead of making it your way or the highway.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    One of the last major corporations where employees are people, and not just numbers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Loyalty to employees
    Financial Stability
    Well managed
    TONS of career opportunities
    Perfect atmosphere for the RIGHT person to drive change
    Develops GREAT leaders

    Cons

    Antiquated culture is very change resistant
    Data issues make it difficult to accurately measure business results
    Little accountability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture needs to do a better job embracing change.
    Expectations should be clearly defined, and employees should be held accountable for results.
    Increase investment in IT and Analytics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Steady, but improving

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company will never blow your doors off, but is very consistent.

    Cons

    Slow to adapt. C-suite and 2nd level execs think they have control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tactics don't make strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Proud to have been an employee

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Family atmosphere
    Long career opportunity
    History in marketplace and reputation
    Financially stable

    Cons

    Too many band aids on systems
    Will talk the talk about changing or adapting to market, won't walk the walk
    Lack of respect and unwillingness to consider new ideas around strategy
    Lack of communication about opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be who GPC is, a strong competitor with employees who love the company, it's history. Embrace change as a way to maintain position and grow.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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