Sewell Automotive Reviews

Updated March 9, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great place to start a sales career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Sewell Automotive

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

    Pros

    People, Pay & Benefits, growth

    Cons

    Work-life balance is a struggle in this business. Also, no changes in pay plan over time as incentive to stay around...to make more you have to sell more.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your best people in order to keep them around.

  2. Best company to work for in the automotive industry.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Sewell Automotive

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

    Pros

    Great pay. Great people. The perks and benefits are unlike any other. Free car, gas, and insurance.

    Cons

    It is hard to find work-life balance, but you are well compensated for your effort. You do have to work hard. It's frowned upon to take your weekday off

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. The support from management is awesome.

  3. Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Sewell Automotive full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Competitive environment, salespeople get a demo, great company to work for

    Cons

    Pay plan is outdated, needs to grow slowly enough to maintain culture

    Advice to Management

    Don't grow too fast.

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  5. ECH

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

    I worked at Sewell Automotive full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Fast paced on fast days, slow on slow days.

    Cons

    Management sometimes has their heads up their @55es but it's fine 95% of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, not just the ones that kiss @55 all day.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Managers, if your not in a click, your not in!

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

    I worked at Sewell Automotive

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

    Pros

    Great Pay, some good employees

    Cons

    Culture is promoted heavily however its all propaganda. Its the do as I say and not as I do mentality. Be aware, its not your performance that gets you noticed, its who you can throw someone under a buss and come out looking clean. Repairs on used cars are not quality and the cheaper the better.

    Advice to Management

    Re-Read the Carl Sewell book and live by what you promote.......

  7. Helpful (1)

    Investment in you

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

    I have been working at Sewell Automotive full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    The company truly cares about their associates well being and future.

    Cons

    You must work hard, put in the hours and have tough skin to make a good career in this business.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in your people's development, they are key to your future.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Great conservative company with poor benefits

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

    I worked at Sewell Automotive full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great job to experience professionalism and gain sales/customer service experience. Good values: puts the customer first. Will teach you good sales and customer service experience.

    Cons

    I would consider this company a stepping stone to another career unless your career goal is to be in auto sales. Advancement is very politically motivated and Sewell will outside hirer before consider promoting from within, in most cases. Only company I have heard of with sales "assistants" which implies training to advance them to sales associate once they prove they are ready. This is usually untrue, they will work them on unlivable wages as long as possible. Unless you are in school or have no college degree, do not apply for this kind of position. Be prepared to stay in the position they first hire you for your whole career (long or short). Very motivated to outside hire rather than within.

    Advice to Management

    Work on advancing careers from within the company, not outside hires. Re-evalutate a lot of the management, many do not belong their in the position.

  9. Great company for some

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inventory Management Specialist in Grapevine, TX
    Current Employee - Inventory Management Specialist in Grapevine, TX

    I have been working at Sewell Automotive full-time (more than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Flexible schedules
    - Freedom to work without constant pressure from management
    - Good team attitude

    Cons

    - Narrow mobility
    - Serious communication issues
    - Passing the buck
    - Lack of accountability - many problems seem to fall to the wayside only to rise again

    Advice to Management

    Remind employees that they are valuable and the work they do is appreciated. Try to utilize their talents and abilities to the fullest.

  10. Great job out of college.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Service Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Service Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Sewell Automotive full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Office Culture is outstanding. Hiring process is on point. Sewell hires the best and brightest. Excellent pay for 1st job out of college. Training is great, continuing education. If you are in it for the long haul its a great opportunity.

    Cons

    Work-life balance...you spend a lot of time at work. Its a tough industry to be in. You cant have thin skin. Customers can be overly demanding and get you on the smallest things which in turns effects your income. Home office only sees numbers at the end of the day. You can be on point and be putting in 110% but at the end of the day customers have to fill out a survey and give you a perfect score to be acceptable to home office. In many peoples eyes, perfection does not exist, always room for improvement. I agree with the improvement factor, however, when it effects your income it can be frustrating when you do your best and perform at a high level only to have the customer give a negative review because they are having a bad day or disapprove of the product.

    Advice to Management

    Constant innovation! Keep giving tools for the staff to succeed. Roll up your sleeves and get dirty!

  11. Helpful (3)

    Politics, long hours, favoritism

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

    I have been working at Sewell Automotive

    Pros

    Income potential
    Demo program and gas allowance

    Cons

    Politics and favorites: be one of the managers boys or a good looking young female to get paid well and or move up.
    Long hours: kiss the family and life good bye
    Crowded lots: no room to do anything on the lots
    Poor inventory systems: from looking up cars to finding them it is a joke.
    WAY TOO MANY SALES PEOPLE: Flooding the sales floor has no positives.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like your customers. Quit the poltics this isn't D.C. Have a fair bone deal rotation instead of feeding the favorite sales people it lowers morale. Hire more managers instead of sales people. Have a better inventory system and more porters. Management is slowly turning Sewell in to the typical car dealership.

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