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Updated August 23, 2017
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  1. "Senior Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cox Automotive full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance is great

    Cons

    There is constant change at the company


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Worried"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cox Automotive full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance? I guess. Can't think of any pros.

    Cons

    Don't agree with the integration efforts.

    Advice to Management

    Have you heard of "Darden Industries" (they own Olive Garden, and many other restaurant chains). No one on the road knows Darden industries, but everyone knows Olive Garden. That is because Darden Industries went out of their way to maintain the integrity of the individual brands they own. Cox Auto is doing the opposite.

    When your premise for acquiring brand name companies is to maintain the brand name, what is the point of integrating the individual brands and diluting the efficacy of each of them. There is a perception of a very volatile automotive industry and some impending threat at the upper management level of Cox Auto and all of the layoffs and cost cutting measures to better align towards some integration across the brands looks great on paper but in reality is a mistake. If the goal is to have a Cox Auto product line then aren't you cannibalizing the very brands you own?

  3. "Amazing company!!"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Manhattan Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Manhattan Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cox Automotive full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Top notch engineering team. Culture is very inclusive and allows employee growth. Chance of working on wide variety of software engineering problems.

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the great work.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Lots of opportunity but being able to navigate power structures & politics is a must"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cox Automotive full-time

    Pros

    Main Cox Company Culture is a good one in terms of valuing people, being sustainability minded and giving back to the community
    Benefits are very good
    Time provided to volunteer
    Good on-boarding program

    Cons

    Cox Automotive is made up of multiple acquisitions at different levels of integration so for some units, the Cox Company culture is an aspiration at best

    Work facilities vary greatly, some excellent, some are not so great.

    Advice to Management

    Cox Automotive's most senior leadership has a good message and good intent, the challenge is that the loop doesn't get closed on programs intended to improve management. For instance, there was a program that gave training to management on Crucial Conversations, Change Management, and recognizing and reducing bias in decision making. The only problem is, there didn't' seem to be any accountability for managers to practice these skills and enable their teams with them. With out this, the value is largely lost.

    Leadership needs to be good at accepting accountability for failures. I frequently saw corporate communications strip out all content of messages where managers wanted to take accountability for a failure. If you want people to be accountable, leadership / management needs to model it first.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting competitivly paying company"

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    Current Employee - Director in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Director in Burlington, VT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cox Automotive full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work shoulder to shoulder with very smart people, looking to transform how cars are bought owned and sold

    Cons

    As we get bigger we are less nimble, the auto industry is headed for a downturn and Cox is having to refocus to be competitive


  6. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cox Automotive full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth, great coworkers, awesome benefits.

    Cons

    Large company makes it difficult to get things done sometimes -


  7. "Cox is a great company with great values."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cox Automotive full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Largely, the company has some truly great values with exceptional employees.

    Cons

    I really have few cons about the company overall. I have only found one source of negative feedback. Hopefully in time, that source will be exposed and removed.

    Advice to Management

    Require a thorough psychological and basic management skills pre-screening process for externally hired managers while paying close attention to the management candidate's
    previous employer's culture and reputation. If their previous employer(s) is/are not one(s) that you would consider working for, then realize that this managerial candidate may not be a good fit for your company, no matter how well the resume "appears".

  8. Helpful (1)

    ""Support""

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    Current Employee - Support in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Current Employee - Support in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cox Automotive full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is more than minimum wage.
    Laid back environment.

    Cons

    No real training.
    No direction.
    Lack of communication.

    Advice to Management

    Train your employees properly so they feel useful and know what they are doing.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "great company!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cox Automotive full-time

    Pros

    great benefits, smart people

    Cons

    politics and recent acquisitions are changing the landscape and not for the better

    Advice to Management

    take a holistic approach rather than reactionary to the market.


  10. "Cox Automotive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cox Automotive full-time

    Pros

    I have no PRO comments to make at this time

    Cons

    You bust your butt, and you are one that gets layoff. However, the lazy, piece of crap leader keeps their job after they destroy the business. Cox Enterprise has changed so much in10 years. At one time Cox Enterprise was known as one of the top places to work, but after so many layoffs, removal of the pension the company is a shadow of its former-self. Shame !!!! Shame !!!! to all the "leaders" at Cox Auto and Cox Enterprise.


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