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Gulf States Toyota Overview

Houston, TX
1001 to 5000 employees
1969
Company - Private
Retail
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Even good ol' boys buy foreign cars from Gulf States Toyota (GST). One of only two US Toyota distributors not owned by Toyota Motor Sales (the other is JM Family Enterprises' Southeast Toyota Distributors), GST distributes Toyota, Lexus, and ... Read more

Gulf States Toyota – Why Work For Us?


GST and Toyota, 45 years of progress.

Gulf States Toyota, Inc. (GST) is one of America’s most successful private companies and one of the world’s largest private distributors of Toyota vehicles and parts. Learn more about our history

Distributor of new Toyota vehicles and parts

Founded in 1969 in Houston, Texas, GST is one of the world’s largest independent distributors of Toyota vehicles and parts. GST serves all of the Toyota dealerships in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.

We team up with Toyota Motor Sales USA and over 155 Toyota dealerships in our five-state region to meet the rising demand for Toyota vehicles and parts.

Associates at the GST corporate office help support the business, with a focus on upholding the Toyota brand. GST’s corporate associates provide support and direction to dealers and field associates with the goal of delivering a superior partnership.

The Parts Distribution Center (PDC) is responsible for distributing Toyota vehicle parts to the dealer network. The parts distributed from the PDC range from engines and transmissions to nuts and bolts.

The Vehicle Processing Center (VPC) is responsible for accessorizing all Toyota vehicles distributed to the dealer network. Our processing operations are widely recognized as one of the finest and most efficient in the industry. The accessories installed at the VPC include, but are not limited to radios, navigation systems, alarms, up-graded wheel packages, side molding, spoilers and luggage racks. Additionally, we perform State and quality based inspections ensuring customer satisfaction.

GST Training Centers provide technical training support for the ongoing development and certification of technicians.

Proud of where we work
We live our values every day

At GST, we don’t just talk about our values, we live them. Our values-driven culture sets us apart from other companies. Our work environment is known for integrity, accountability, teamwork and career development.


We value our Associates.

Our #1 asset is our associates. We are people that partner and collaborate for the common good of our company. GST is committed to the development of our associates and providing opportunities for building a career. We provide our associates extensive training resources to help them reach their maximum potential and conduct monthly rallies to keep them informed.

To attract and retain top talent, we offer competitive salaries and have a Pay-for-Performance compensation strategy that drives a culture of excellence. Additionally, all eligible associates receive an annual discretionary bonus that rewards their individual and team performance for attaining their personal and the company's shared goals and objectives.


We strive to deliver Customer Satisfaction.

Our highly skilled associates help us provide value to the dealerships in our region and deliver the superior quality that Toyota drivers rely on.

We regard our Suppliers as essential team members.

Our associates maintain strong relationships with Toyota Motor Sales USA and our suppliers by collaborating with them on a daily basis to ensure that our customers, Toyota dealerships and Toyota drivers, receive exceptional customer service.

We are accountable for the Quality of our work.

Every year all GST associates are encouraged to submit nominations for the Robert P. Surginer Award for Quality. Named after one of our former associates, this award is presented to the individual or team whose behavior exceeds the expectations of our values and leverages this behavior resulting in significant improvement in quality, service, productivity or profitability.

We demonstrate Integrity in all we do.

Our associates are personally accountable for doing the right thing, which means not only measuring our actions by what is legal, but also by the highest standard of ethics.

We provide Leadership as a company and as individuals.

We are dedicated to achieving excellence through the loyal efforts of talented and enthusiastic associates. We lead through competence, innovation, teamwork and an eagerness to excel. Every year all GST associates are encouraged to submit nominations for the GST Innovation Award which is presented to the individual or team who initiates projects that help GST grow or become more competitive.

We create an environment of Fun and Pride.

Work Hard. Play Harder. We provide a work environment that challenges each of us to excel in all we do. We play hard and embrace the necessity for having fun. Associates frequently participate in activities to drive fun and pride in the workplace, such as ice cream socials, holiday celebrations, blood donation drives, community service events and fundraisers, all-associate day celebrations and Ride N' Drive events. Ride N' Drive events are an opportunity for our associates to experience new Toyota vehicles first-hand. It's no secret—we are extremely proud to be a part of this organization.



Join us and Let's Go Places

We recognize that top talent is often the difference between good and great business performance. For us to continue to do great work in our growing company, we’re searching for the most talented individuals to join GST.

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    I have been working at Gulf States Toyota full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good company to grow with.
    Family-oriented culture
    Associates are highly valued

    Cons

    The work schedule affects work/life balance negatively

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    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Gulf States Toyota in August 2010.

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    I felt very comfortable. I did not feel any pressure but I did notice that there was not a lot of diversity.
    It seem to have that good ol boy feel

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Gulf States Toyota Awards & Accolades

  • America's Largest Private Companies, Forbes, 2009
  • America's Largest Private Companies, Forbes, 2008

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