Genuine Parts Reviews

Updated June 10, 2015
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  1. Genuine Parts Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genuine Parts

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

    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 Management

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


  2. Helpful (1)

    Not a good environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and package are very good.

    Cons

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


  3. Great company - hard work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very conservative company. Financially sound.

    Cons

    Very conservative company. Slow to invest in current technology.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    OK place for 2-3 years

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Warehouse Stocking Clerk

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  7. Helpful (1)

    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


  8. Helpful (4)

    Mixed bag for IT

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Current Employee - IT Manager

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Mostly great experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Current Employee - Operations Manager

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Listen to your managers in the field


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

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

    I worked at Genuine Parts full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    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 Management

    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 .


  11. Helpful (1)

    Safe, stable, and fun environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Administrative in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Administrative in Atlanta, GA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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



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