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"Hard Work, Little Appreciation, Repetitive and Unchallenging"

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Former Employee - Buyer
Former Employee - Buyer
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Good place to start, they give you building blocks you can apply into other companies. Work is not that hard once your in the rhythm. Your peers make working there great, not the management.

Cons

Lots of weekends, inflexible schedule, some power abuse at the top, and everyone above you waves the carrot but there always moving it away.

Advice to Management

Promote those who work hard, those who are educated, those who want to grow and actually DO what you expect of them and take on more responsibilities.

Other Employee Reviews for CarMax

  1. Helpful (6)

    "Not the best place to grow your career (Home Office)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Great people

    Cons

    Very difficult to move up because the organization is extremely flat.
    Pay is below average for Home Office (they believe the great work life balance makes up for that, I would not agree)
    Very inflexible in regards to work from home or telecommute (this is virtually not an option except to put in over time)
    MAP (management assessment program) is a waste of time. Forces Home Office employees through a process that really should only apply to the field

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that there is talent within the Home Office in addition to the field. Seems like the only way to move up in the company is to go to the field. You could gain equal experience by working on projects in the field without ever having to work at the store full-time


  2. Helpful (5)

    "It's good if your expectations are low"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategy Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Strategy Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, small company so you can own your work, nice vacation policy.

    Cons

    Absolutely no career movement (be happy with the level you come in at because chances are you will not move regardless of how much additional responsibility you take on), low pay comparable to other companies in the area, little work flexibility re: working from home (still think work must be done at your desk), do not promote from within.

    Anyone coming in should know that in order to be promoted you must go through MAP which requires 1) presentation to senior leaders about your CarMax resume 2) series of behavorial interviews and 3) a case. You have to be invited to MAP and cannot apply for open positions above your level if you are not MAP certified. Ridiculous considering behavioral interviews are an indicator of potential behavior for the unkown - and as a current employee you have a track record to stand on. This is why it is harder to get promoted than to get the initial job - it takes less hurdles to come in the door then it does to move up

    Advice to Management

    Value engagement and career development because eventually the turn over and word of mouth about CarMax will catch up with you in your recruiting. It's the culture that powers the company and it is suffering - morale is low.


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