Interstate Batteries

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Interstate Batteries Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
54 Reviews
3.6
54 Reviews
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Scott Miller
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits like 401k but I wasnt there long enough to use it (in 7 reviews)

  • Great people to work with in all the branches i visited (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The long hours which results in time away from my family and less time to reccuperate (in 3 reviews)

  • Entrenched upper management that is nearly impossible to manage up (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fantastic products an employee can feel good standing behind.

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

    I have been working at Interstate Batteries full-time

    Pros

    Great marketing department creates eye catching graphics for inside & outside of the stores. Loyal customers and many return customers with great stories about the number of years their car batteries have lasted.

    Cons

    The work is challenging. The product knowledge is extensive & can take sometime to absorb. Physically demanding work that takes place in the heat or cold - depending on the location.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Interstate pros and cons

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

    I have been working at Interstate Batteries full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Interstate rewards performers.The pay is great if you are motivated and have drive. It is very easy to get promoted if you are successful. The opportunity here it's great. Most senior level management started as a warehouse worker, or route driver.

    Cons

    Performance is constantly pushed. So much that there is constant pressure to do more and more. When your doing something good you get patted on the back for a short time, then your expected to do even better. This cycle never ends.It doesn't matter how good you are...You can do better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adhere to the Christian principles the company was founded on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Steady hard work

    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Interstate Batteries full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sales commission is favorable if you work hard you can earn plenty. Brand name recognition helps too as many car dealers, auto shops etc. use their batteries or are familiar

    Cons

    The work can be physically demanding, and also mentally draining. Sometimes batteries fail either because of a factory problem, or user error and you have to deal with upset customers when the problem is largely out of your hands

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits and vacation time are poor compared to other companies. Though the pay is good, the poor benefits detract from working here

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  5.  

    Great company, great values, that value their employees.

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

    I have been working at Interstate Batteries full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interstate Batteries is a very relaxed environment, where team members are important, family is important, works gets done, but fun is always just around the corner. Benefits are very good and affordable.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can seem like their a couple too many bosses and not enough workers. Sometimes best practices should be implemented instead of what works or has always been done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A Complete Charade...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - B2B Account Manager in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - B2B Account Manager in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at Interstate Batteries full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, tried to develop incentive programs even if a bit childish

    Cons

    Awful Corporate culture, unrealistic unattainable goals, work environment (new call center may be improvement), ridiculous lack of room for growth opportunity, shady business practices amongst nationwide stores that supposedly operate on "Christian values" - not helping the customer or the phone agent who is affected middleman.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and see the big picture, learn to embrace ideas other than your own. Develop people and examine integrity amongst your nationwide locations to empower the individuals who could help growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not All Locations Are Equal

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

    I worked at Interstate Batteries full-time

    Pros

    Corporate initiatives are uplifting and encouraging. It is evident that at the executive level this company really does care about the character and success of each employee.

    Cons

    Unfortunately corporate initiatives are not always embraced at the individual locations. The result can be very deflating for employees at one of these locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a closer look at those locations that seem to constantly challenge corporate policies and complain about any new corporate initiatives. Their concerns may be valid and perhaps clarification of corporate decisions may resolve the conflicts, or maybe they do not agree with the corporate vision. If the latter, perhaps a parting of ways is necessary.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Does not live up biblical values

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Interstate Batteries full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good co-workers, casual dress, good funding for things that you needed.

    Cons

    This company claims to be a "Christian" company and follow biblical values. As a Christ follower I can tell you that the way they operate is offensive and completely contradictory to the bible. The only thing this company cares about is making more money. Working under their leadership that was constantly chasing the next opportunity to make money was one of the most stressful experiences of my life.

    Everyone in the IT department was stressed all the time. They expect their employees in IT to work 60+ hour weeks on an ongoing basis, jumping from one crisis to another. Quite often they would bring people in a room and not let them out until the issue was resolved. Most of the time these issues were not critical and it would be 10pm at night when everyone was allowed to leave.

    This place sets such a bad example for Christianity that I worry the impact it has on non-believers would be that the outrageous hypocrisy would turn them away from Christ. All of the “secular” companies I have worked for in my career were better than Interstate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow biblical principles. Here are a few -

    Proverbs 23:4 - Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.

    Matthew 6:24 - No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

    Ecclesiastes 5:10-12 - Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owners except to feast their eyes on them? The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether they eat little or much, but as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    IABC Orlando and Daytona Beach

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Daytona Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Sales in Daytona Beach, FL

    I have been working at Interstate Batteries full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Love the people and the stories. The customers and their stories are great, but you have to be inviting and open. It allowed me to get to know vehicles and keep working on them after being laid off from the automotive industry during the crash. Work environments are small and everyone seems to get along, as long as you work hard.

    Cons

    Management takes on a lot of responsibilities and people don't often stay long enough to help take over those responsibilities. The new computer system we waited years for is still substandard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For my store manager, keep it up, you're doing great.
    To corporate, you need to be more accommodating to franchises that have both IBS and IABC. The way you price things just to go from one side of the counter to the other is transparent and wrong.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Possibly one of the most enjoyable times I've had working a summer job.

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

    I worked at Interstate Batteries part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    People there are fun to work with. Very family oriented (If you know someone who works there you have a better chance of a job there). More likely to hire younger workers either just out of high school or currently in college.

    Cons

    Depending on location can be boring. Prefers to hire younger workers. Can be physically demanding at times (Batteries are heavy!). More likely to hire younger workers either just out of high school or currently in college.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very positive.

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

    I worked at Interstate Batteries

    Pros

    I enjoyed the work-life balance and the upper management.

    Cons

    I have nothing negative to say about the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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