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Updated February 13, 2015
Updated February 13, 2015
43 Reviews
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  1.  

    Credible

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    Former Employee - President in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - President in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Genuine Parts full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Conservative consistently ethical shareholder focus.

    Cons

    Risk averse to getting out of comfort zone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of comfort zone

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Overall a great company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Genuine Parts full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great management, good pay and the company has great respect for work/life balance. If you need to take time for something, GPC is always willing to work with you.

    Cons

    Quotas can be very demanding at times, and everything at GPC is about quotas. In the sales side, can be very long grueling hours just to close deals. Lots of travel required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Genuine Parts Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genuine Parts

    Pros

    Independence is encouraged, but not without giving light to the benefit of teamwork. Room to grow and move up within position.

    Cons

    Training leave much to be desired at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase more hands-on training, not just for the job title, but also for software usage for business efficiency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not a good environment

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer/Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Developer/Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Genuine Parts full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits and package are very good.

    Cons

    1) Conservative managers
    2) No remote options
    3) Too much supervision
    4) Management lacks technical knowledge

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outside Sales. The best company I have ever worked for! The best in the business and second to none in the industry.

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    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Mesa, AZ

    I worked at Genuine Parts full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great products. Great factory support! Fantastic upper management support. All around the best company around. Full product lines. You have a product for every customer you call on. From Balkamp to Undercar.

    Cons

    I have worked for NAPA at different times and I do not have any issues with the company for all the years I was with them..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company - hard work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Genuine Parts full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very conservative company. Financially sound.

    Cons

    Very conservative company. Slow to invest in current technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    OK place for 2-3 years

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Genuine Parts full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I have worked for GPC for seven years in their Shared Services IT department. Compensation is OK. Flexible time. Work from home (one day a week). Location is good.

    Cons

    Every year in the past 4 years I have been thinking of leaving, but because of some personal reasons I am still with them. I know that by default women in the technology industry are not appreciates as they ought to be, but GPC is horrible in this regard. Obvious discrimination in terms of salary and promotions, and when management is confronted they can't give you any answers. No career growth opportunities. Everybody is talking about change, but nothing is changing. 2 weeks of vacation unless you have been with the company for 7 years. No diversity except for the contractors. Management/Company is stuck in the 70s.

    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Warehouse Stocking Clerk

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    Current Employee - Stocking Clerk in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Stocking Clerk in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Genuine Parts part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Pay is decent for a warehouse stocking job
    -Flexible scheduling

    Cons

    -Work is mundane and extremely boring
    -Standing and on your feet for hours on end

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old company that is stuck in the 70's. Does not like change

    Current Employee - Bookkeeper in Norcross, GA
    Current Employee - Bookkeeper in Norcross, GA

    I have been working at Genuine Parts full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The hours are good and there is not much overtime during month end.

    Cons

    Compensation, Company culture is awful

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed bag for IT

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    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Current Employee - IT Manager

    I have been working at Genuine Parts full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I'll borrow from some previous posts - as GPC has several different divisions and operations under its corporate umbrella, my feedback focuses on those at 3100 Wildwood in Atlanta. Among other groups, 3100 houses IT for the largest division, automotive parts (NAPA) and Shared Services (focused on network infrastructure).

    This is a very conservative, stable and well-performing company that has been in operation close to a century. As previously mentioned, salaries appear competitive with other Fortune 500 companies, and I agree that the time to negotiate salary and PTO is during the hiring process. The company pays a regular bonus to certain employees based on company and division performance (it is not tied to any individual metrics). Benefits and 401k are in line with other large companies; although, be prepared to wait 90 days to become eligible (not something that's clearly advertised during the hiring process). Work life balance really depends on the group or project that you report to and can vary widely with some groups working multiple weekends.

    If you're in an area of IT like Supply Chain, Financials (JDE, PeopleSoft), Business Intelligence, infrastructure, there are a lot of good and worthy projects as the company runs on its ability to manage parts distribution to its Distribution Centers, NAPA stores and other partners. For better or worse, the company had a culture of promoting from within, which means many employees have spent most of their career at GPC, or they're part of a recent wave of hires over the last 2-3 years. Although this has provided a pool of very tenured and knowledgeable employees on the business, the company is out of step with many current best practices especially with regards to IT and slow to change.

    Cons

    For those looking for an IT role in digital, ecommerce, application development, get clarity on what you will be working on and make sure it's a fit or think twice before joining . The company is years behind the competition, industry and best practices in this space and has outsourced the majority of this work to 3rd parties (especially the most interesting and engaging work). Most of the roles advertised in these areas tend to be focused more on operational and support activities rather than on designing and developing great applications and solutions. There appears to be little support for bringing more of this work in-house and IT spend and investment as a percentage of revenue seems low to comparably sized companies.

    On the people side, senior management has tried to make some strides in changing the culture and updating the processes, but this too has been a mixed bag. Corporate still wears ties, and it was only recently that jeans were permitted on Friday's only for IT. A one day a week work at home policy is being trialed for IT, but the process has been overly regulated out of fear of abuse which leads some to think that senior management doesn't trust it's managers or employees. The mix of career GPC 'lifers' and recent hires makes for a somewhat strange culture. Furthermore, the performance management process is a shambles with no clear direction on performance expectations, transparency of ratings, mentoring/coaching and training. Several quality people have recently left the IT organization due to poor leadership and management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your IT organization as a strategic asset and encourage innovation and change. Loosen the reigns and trust your employees to do the right thing. Train your mid-level managers on how to mentor and develop their people and provide clear and consistent expectations for performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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