Lia Auto Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
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  1. Great place to work, love it here.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Manager
    Current Employee - Customer Service Manager

    I have been working at Lia Auto

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice people, exciting business, great managers, great Holiday party.

    Cons

    Can be a stressful career field.

    Advice to Management

    N/A.

  2. No idea how to motivate employees. Burn through employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Northeast, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Northeast, NY

    I have been working at Lia Auto full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice showroom. Comfortable environment for customers. Big inventory. The sales people and most of the office staff at the dealership.

    Cons

    Dealership managers spend an inordinate amount of time sending instant messages and sharing facebook and youtube videos with each other. They browbeat sales people even when the salespeople are successful. They have no idea how to motivate with an occasional kind word. Their compensation structure very convoluted.

    Advice to Management

    Show some respect for your employees. Train people better and treat people with respect. Don't tolerate or promote racial or ethnic slurs.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Save your soul and find another job.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Internet/BDC
    Current Employee - Internet/BDC

    I have been working at Lia Auto full-time

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

    Pros

    the hours of the dealership are good, no Friday or Saturday nights and short Sundays. Easy to get a job, no HR nonsense just nail the interview. Finish your work for the day and then sit around waiting for phone calls or emails to pop up doing nothing.

    Cons

    Favoritism beyond belief, management will feed their favorites leads and then hold you to the same same standards except you weren't handed 5-10 free deals a month. "Working" your pay plan to make as much money as possible while skirting the edge of what is ethical is encouraged. On site office employees are horrible people who treat everyone like garbage. Everyone walks on eggshells around certain lower level office employees because of their attitude and verbal abuse, which is tolerated by HR because they are friends. Toxic car sales culture where taking advantage of people is the norm. Tricking people into coming into the showroom regardless of if they can actually buy a car is promoted by management. Flyers mailed out targeting poor and uniformed customers, who we are then told to lie to to get in the door, so we can sign them up to loans with huge interest rates for managements profit. Most days I come home feeling like I need a shower and to go to confessional.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair. A level playing field for everyone should be the norm. All employees should be held to the same standards of behavior regardless of if they are your friends or not. Find a pay structure that does not reward taking advantage of customers.

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  5. No point

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Lia Auto full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Time off was easy.

    Cons

    Their policies are downright stupid.

  6. General Manager at two of Lia dealerships

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager in Enfield, CT
    Former Employee - General Manager in Enfield, CT

    I worked at Lia Auto full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The owners give their GM's some freedom to do their jobs, but dealing with the comptrollers and office managers is a different story. I really like Bill Lia Sr., even though he is moody and unpredictable. Michael Lia is a great guy and easy to talk to. Even though I was fired by Bill Sr., I still like the man. I got a call from the comptroller the week after they fired me to go back, but I really had no interest.

    Cons

    Very unpredictable in the sense that I saw many managers get fired over very stupid and petty things and it happened to me too. Working for them is fine but not for a long term proposition. The firings come very fast and you will not get any warnings of any kind. They expect loyalty but they don't give it.

    Advice to Management

    Give your upper management some sense of security specially if they are doing a good job and keep Bill SR. away from them. His moods can be very disruptive and destructive.

  7. Overall a very good experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Receptionist & Cashier in Enfield, CT
    Current Employee - Receptionist & Cashier in Enfield, CT

    I have been working at Lia Auto full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot about the car business and was able to delve into the "office" portion of the car sales business that I know will be valuable when looking for another job at other dealerships. Office manager was very nice and easy going, got along with her splendidly.

    Cons

    Upper management was a bit uptight and "entitled". Was not always comfortable going to them for help and or questions. Intimidation is not the best way to deal with employees, in my opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Realize all employees, no matter what level they're at, are human beings and deserve respect.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great People, Crap Management

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Northampton, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Northampton, MA

    I have been working at Lia Auto full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    People are great, generally sells a good product, strong emphasis on consumer satisfaction

    Cons

    Incompetent corporate management, bad policies, pay could be more aggressive and commission more transparent

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to micromanage employee behavior. You're only creating greater agency problems and employee dissatisfcation

  9. Nice Dealership, micromanaged

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Albany, NY

    I worked at Lia Auto full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    nice employees ,and a beautiful facility with great product

    Cons

    management doesn't trust anyone to do their jobs

    Advice to Management

    One size does not fit all

  10. Helpful (1)

    Long hours very stressful no satisfaction.

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

    I worked at Lia Auto full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good place to ruin your family life.

    Cons

    Salary plus bonus but bonus is not based on sales like the rate sheet says that you sign it is based on gross profits on those sales.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be a bit more employee sensitive. Honesty would go a long way. Much further than sarcasm.

  11. Love The Job, @nd Generation owners getting involved and was heading towards dysfunction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Manager in Enfield, CT
    Former Employee - General Manager in Enfield, CT

    I worked at Lia Auto full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The Lia Family are great people, but unfortunately Corporate people were very hard to deal with. Could never understand why Lia Family tolerated this

    Cons

    Corporate management very jealous of sales Employees earnings

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people Better

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