Gulf States Toyota
3.8 of 5 10 reviews
Houston, TX 1000 to 5000 Employees

Gulf States Toyota Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014

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Toby N. Hynes

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89% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great job with good pay..

Installer (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Gulf States Toyota full-time for more than a year

ProsGood Pay, great benefits, plenty of room for raises, a lot of hours

Conssome times the hours can be overwhelming

Advice to Senior Managementbe more involved in what the employs

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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great products, arrogant executives

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Gulf States Toyota as a contractor for more than 3 years

Prosthe product quaility really drove our sales

Consthe leadership team took a lot of credit for the work of others, notably the toyota folks who created/desgined the great products

Advice to Senior Managementrealize you are the sales arm, you didnt build it

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Healthy business but executive leadership is hobbled by ownership.

Manager (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Gulf States Toyota full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat work/life balance, perks (vehicle program) and friendly culture.

ConsExtremely cheap/frugal company so almost impossible to get funding for necessary projects.

Advice to Senior ManagementPush back on ownership and stop trying to save money today so we are prepared for tomorrow.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Awesome experience

Senior Manager (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Gulf States Toyota full-time for more than 10 years

ProsPerks, benefits and constant training. Their pursuit for perfection is incredible.

ConsNew management, from CEO to VP's changing a life long tradition of family values with pure business and no regards for any of the values that have been instill for generations. Its a new era at GST.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to work

RECEIVING ASSOCIATE (Current Employee)
Sealy, TX

I have been working at Gulf States Toyota full-time for more than 5 years

ProsPay is decent for warehouse workers

ConsNo opportunity for advancement, no training programs

Advice to Senior ManagementGive others more opportunity to develop more skills, more training

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Evolving Culture

Operations Manager (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Gulf States Toyota full-time for more than 10 years

ProsCompensation and benefits great atmosphere to work in. Lots of focus towards hourly employee. Discount prices on new vehicle purchases

ConsLong hours, schedule fluctuates, you never know if you are working weekends or holidays. Business is driven by constant fluctuation on product arrival factory demand.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not too much to complain about

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Gulf States Toyota

ProsNice people; Good perks; Decent pay

ConsThey do not treat all their employees equally. There are definitely second class citizens

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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To use a car analogy, underneath the shiny paint, there's a whole lot of rust.

Marketing Department Lead (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at Gulf States Toyota full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe official company culture driven down from the top is outstanding and the offices are very nice, with a full gym, cafeteria and, of course, a Starbucks cafe. Private, covered parking with 24-hour security makes you feel a lot safer walking to your car at night. The organization in general is full of very nice people.

ConsA lot of waste, which I assume happens a lot in a private company. It seems as though they are trying to address this by eliminating "redundancies" which makes for a bit of an uneasy feeling when the person sitting next to you doesn't come back from their "one on one" meeting.

Overall, the executive culture is a fiefdom. The kings stay in their castles, and the pheasants stay in the fields. If considering a position, make sure you get the salary you will be happy with, as 3% annual off base is the norm.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart weeding out the yes-men; they are holding you back. The company could benefit from some thought leadership and better mid-management. The yes-men are more concerned about their careers than developing their teams.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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toyota one of the better car brands to withstand bad economy

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at Gulf States Toyota

ProsToyota is one of the best performing car brands.

ConsPoor reputation of car industry

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue the family events-good morale builder

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It was great in the beginning, but the feeling wanes down

Oracle Developer (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at Gulf States Toyota

ProsVery good management, and good career oppurtunities and handsome pay package,Consumer spending and interest rates drive demand. The profitability of individual companies depends on the volume and mix of cars and services sold. Large companies can offer a wider selection of cars and have advantages in marketing, purchasing, and finance. Small companies can compete effectively by offering superior customer service or serving a local market. Annual revenue per worker averages $600,000 for new car dealerships and $700,000 for used.

Conssometimes miscommunication and lack of Recognition from the senior management and lack of vision in implementing Projects

Advice to Senior Managementnone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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