I worked at Car Toys full-time (More than a year)
I can tell you this, the particular store I worked at (HUMBLE, TX) created some of the absolute best work environment that you could imagine. I miss that place. I miss the management team in the store, I miss the coworkers I had, and more. If there were a rating for how my days went by... ABSOLUTELY 5 *****. This may have a huge factor by having the particular store manager I did, Brent Janak. That man is the absolute best boss possible. Not only did he motivate me to drive sales all the time, he is a man of pure customer service, hard work, and reliability... Which is rare.
There truly is little reward for performance. The pay is not great. This company loses quality- career worthy employees due to this. I myself was a heavy hitter and I did not want to leave. However, I am now somewhere that rewards me for that. That is also why I doubled-tripled my income by leaving. Its unfortunate. Management above a store level do not have the ability to relate, nor understand situations. They seemed to always handle them in a cliche matter. The most upsetting factor to me would be that due to the company not having the opportunity to establish a career with Car Toys. Anything above a SM is not feasible, and the company does not explore new avenues within the industry to create jobs. I know of a pathway right now that Car Toys does NOT utilize that could potentially put jobs across the country. However, no one even has the interest in hearing me.
Advice to Management
Stop being complacent. At this pace, from a overview prospective, Car Toys will never be more than what it is today.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Car Toys (Seattle, WA) in July 2014.
Phone screening with recruiter, phone interview with hiring manager, panel interview with colleagues and cross departmental managers. Phone interview with recruiter was about 1-15 minutes, with the hiring manager about 30 minutes and the panel was about 1-1-1/2 hours
Recruiter calls with the offer. Talked through it. Then came back with acceptance. Offer letter was sent and was to be returned within 72 hours.
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