National Automobile Dealers Association

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National Automobile Dealers Association Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    It was good while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Financial in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Financial in McLean, VA

    I worked at National Automobile Dealers Association full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent hours, proper pay, some good management

    Cons

    Low moral, ignored potential, not a lot of stability. Any incentives for employees were taken away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look with in the company for growth into the future. Value the employees and their ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very Old School. Run away.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Automobile Dealers Association full-time

    Pros

    - Convention time is hectic but exhilarating if you like fast-paced environments.
    - Excellent benefits package.
    - It is possible to stay for decades in your role.

    Cons

    - Does not attract younger employees.
    - Constant restructuring.
    - Executives and HR leadership do not care for employees. They only have their own interests at heart.
    - Pay is below average for the area.
    - Minimal potential for promotion because most employees stay forever.
    - Unqualified managers who erode employee morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review those in some leadership positions. It is really unfortunate when people get promoted into positions because they're able to do their current jobs, especially when they're unqualified for/ not capable of being effective leaders. These people should be given better management training or removed from those roles.

    I give the organization another 20 years before it implodes if it continues on its current path.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Stuck in trying to preserve the past instead of leading and shaping the industry

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in McLean, VA

    I worked at National Automobile Dealers Association full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits (although decreasing over time) and location is convenient to shopping & restaurants if you can handle the traffic

    Cons

    Building voted ugliest in VA - old, poor repair, elevators break often, leaks
    Salaries way under typical for market area and no pay for performance so most just don't bother performing
    Leadership is non existent - no vision for present or future, poor communication with employees and with members; few good old boys run the place (poorly)
    No advancement/professional development opportunity
    Board of Directors are disconnected with business today (most are semi retired) and use their position for personal agendas rather than representing their members
    Politics are worst I've ever experienced
    Lack of training, no empowerment, no openness to improving

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a sound strategy, communicate frequently (including listening), reward the talent and performance and hold others accountable for not performing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Considering the performance of the car industy recently I would reccomend looking somewhere else.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I worked at National Automobile Dealers Association

    Pros

    Good benifits including 401k, health insurance, and a decent amount of sick and vacation leave.

    Cons

    Multiple rounds of layoffs within the past year. Boring work setting where evereyday of work is doing the same task with no change. Poor management and upper management that rarely communicate with employees. Little to no room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to create a more enthusiastic work environment and offer some sort of an incentive for employees to perfom better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Financial Planning

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Automobile Dealers Association full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    had benefits, health, gym memberships, 401k

    Cons

    not much in the way of advancement

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

    Could be better...

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

    I worked at National Automobile Dealers Association

    Pros

    The benefits, while reduced over the years, are still pretty fair overall. The company size allows you to meet a number of people who work there. Parking is free at HQ. Friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    This is all based on 5+ years of working at NADA. Salaries are uncompetitive and always have been. Despite the low wages for the area, NADA has money to blow on servers they never used. This stems from poor management. Upper management (executive leadership) is aloof from the company and never visits the rest of the floors, preferring to stay in their office. Middle management (department heads) lack the training to effectively set budgets and refuse to empower the lower management levels, instead holding them responsible for issues but never giving them the authority they need to be taken seriously. Lower management is left to pick up the pieces with little training, no authority, little to no control of budgetary items, and little respect from employees.
    Employees are treated as children who cannot be trusted to do the right thing and are consistently micromanaged by all levels of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in training for all levels of management to include budgetary, communication, project management, etc.. Empower your lower level managers to make decisions and back them. Allow lower management levels to have budgets that they keep and run. Institute flex time, a free benefit, while ensuring that staff are appropriately scheduled to service client calls. Be more involved with your staff by walking around and greeting employees at times and less involved with micromanaging everyone unless they require it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Painfully Old-School

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Automobile Dealers Association

    Pros

    --Employees are given more vacation time than at other professional associations.
    --Lower-level employees had their own offices in some departments.
    --Travel benefits are generous. Employees stay in very nice hotels when they have to work at the convention or make other trips.

    Cons

    Things may have changed since I left, but when I was there:

    --The culture was so outmoded that it was ridiculous. It was extremely hierarchical, with managers invariably bowing to the will of higher managers and the board of directors.
    --The dress code (no jeans! ever!) was much more formal than at other associations.
    --Telecommuting was never, ever allowed.
    --Flexible scheduling was never, ever allowed--despite the terrible traffic in the Tysons Corner area.
    --Pay was not commensurate with workload.
    --People, at least those in my department, were not happy. There was no real reason for the stress level to be as high as it was, but it was quite high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's 2010. If the culture hasn't changed in the last few years, it should. Younger employees understand that the workplace "rules" of the past have no meaning anymore, and you will not be able to retain them if you don't try to catch up with other organizations that have adapted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Compliance Analyst
    Former Employee - Compliance Analyst

    I worked at National Automobile Dealers Association

    Pros

    Great people. Plenty of opportunities to move around in the company. Lots of vacation days.

    Cons

    Compensation could be a little better. Work day is not flexible. 8:30 to 4:45. Don’t be late or leave early.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I enjoyed my years at NADA. Management is doing a good job. Maybe offer some flexability in the work day. Traffic is terrible in Tysons.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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