AutoZone - Corporate office in Memphis ok, upward mobility difficult. The corporate office is dedicated to their 5K stores. | Glassdoor
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"Corporate office in Memphis ok, upward mobility difficult. The corporate office is dedicated to their 5K stores."

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Current Employee - Project Manager in Memphis, TN
Current Employee - Project Manager in Memphis, TN
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at AutoZone full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Good place to start a corporate job, to learn one type of corporate culture (they require you to shout a cheer and pledge before most meetings)
Location of office in downtown Memphis on Mississippi River
Free downtown parking
At a certain grade level, benefits package is great--Bonus, 401K, stock options, etc.
The corporate office is very dedicated to the retail stores, require "store dress" uniform day every Monday, otherwise business casual. No casual Fridays.
There are many long-time AutoZoners, people who have been working there for 20-35 years, which can be a good thing and a bad thing.
The corporate office really emphasizes employee recognition for a good job.

Cons

The internal depts are not integrated, don't use SAP, ERP, etc. to tie systems together. Systems are mostly home-grown and patched together.
The internal depts act as silos, independently, so communication can be tough. There's a lot of "old-school" thinking.
Upward mobility difficult, like to move senior management laterally to develop them but difficult to execute anything with constant movement
Pay is below corporate averages for similar jobs in other places

Advice to Management

Lateral senior management moves only hurt the employees under them. If the expectation is to review, do gap analysis, develop plan, implement, and review, then give us that time to execute without changing senior management, because you inevitably have to start over with a new strategy each time.
There should be a lot more collaboration among departments.
The pay should reflect the job requirements.
The company should upgrade their systems to catch up to the 21st century.

Other Employee Reviews for AutoZone

  1. "There is little room to move up withing this company."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Parts Sales Representative - Customer Satisfaction in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Parts Sales Representative - Customer Satisfaction in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AutoZone part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoy working with people.

    Cons

    The managers think they have more power than they really do.

    Advice to Management

    quit your job so other people can take over where you have failed.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Don't do it..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Manager in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AutoZone full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I can only share from my experience at the Store Support Center...paid holidays, great location downtown, free parking, ability to park for free during special downtown events (plays, NBA games, etc.), decent pay for white-collars

    Cons

    Pieced together/outdated infrastructure, too many long-term AutoZoners that don't embrace change, culture and values are lip-service only, not enough diversity in the ranks (mostly middle-age, affluent, white males), benefits are super expensive for store AutoZoners, no work/life balance, managers who aren't bullies by nature tend to leave within 3 - 4 years, ridiculous cheer you are made to do at every meeting

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking like the millionaires that you are and put the good of your front-line and mid-level AutoZoners first, share company profits instead of pushing people to do more with a lot less, recognize that your business model is set up to fail: adding more stores to a crumbling infrastructure where AutoZoners feel undervalued is a recipe for disaster

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