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Genuine Parts Company Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated Nov 1, 2019

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3.9
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Genuine Parts Company President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Donahue
Paul Donahue
28 Ratings
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  • "Old School upper management unwilling to change(in 16 reviews)

  • "Old school environment, need more work remote days(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Safe, stable, and fun environment"

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    Current Employee - IT Administrative in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genuine Parts Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Let's clear some fog from other reviews. Regardless of the company, there will always be those who feel entitled or more valuable than they actually are. Consistent, accurate work is rewarded. I've personally witnessed several people move about within the company, from position to position. I also know of several corporate employees who were once NAPA store associates. Anyone that says there's no movement within the company isn't looking or lacks the aptitude to fill a position. There are several physical corporate locations that are under the GPC umbrella; I'll comment on 3100 in Wildwood. A former IBM building located in a wooded area with covered parking and access to Chattahoochee natural trail system. There's a small cafe open for breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Beverage coolers are located on all building levels and are stocked with sodas and juices (this also includes the HQ building). 401K and health benefits are excellent and there's no shortage of options to choose from. Salaries are competitive with any other Fortune 200 company. If you're offered a position, most of us know that this is the time to negotiate salary and PTO options. Being corporate, annual reviews are precise and timely. Annual bonuses, if applicable, which are comprised of company, department, and personal goals, are also precise and timely. Pay increases are generally based upon annual reviews and are reflected annually. For those considering an IT position, you'll be glad to know that the majority of the teams are full of talented professionals. There are exceptions to every team. Depending on department/group, you'll most likely receive new computer hardware and the option to either select a mobile device (iPhone or Android) or use your own and receive a stipend. Pending project timelines, 40+ hours a week is not unheard of, although this stands mostly anywhere. There's great flexibility in work schedules but the policy seems to float between managers. Some of us work from home 2+ days a week. Comp time is also given to those who work outside normal duty hours. Training opportunities for professional certifications are available on an annual basis but out-of-state course requests will be denied.

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    Cons

    GPC is definitely built on older principles and values. This isn't necessarily a negative blow; check the stock prices and annual profits since the late 50's. That being said, the "slow and steady" mentality is applied to all groups which can prevent creative thinking or disruptive innovation from taking root. I do believe this is slowly changing and will continue to develop as the younger generation replaces 30+ year employees. Depending on your manager/director and their management style, this may or may not be the place for you. While some managers and their employees are very continent, others are living a nightmare. To this degree, upper management within the VP, C, and E levels lack a lending ear.. This mentally wears the good, competent employees to the point of exhaustion, then resignation. Seeing people move about in the company, I've also seen people remove themselves entirely from the company due to poor management. No jeans with the exception of Fridays. <- This makes no sense to me...

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    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, loosen up the tie a bit, and most importantly, have fun.

    Genuine Parts Company2014-06-14
  2. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genuine Parts Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Work-Life balance Great Coworkers safe work environment

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growth job security depending on the department CIO is incompetent Old School upper management unwilling to change

    Advice to Management

    Bring in a CIO for Shared Services that understands IT instead of a Finance person.

    Genuine Parts Company2019-11-01
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  4. Helpful (5)

    "This is not a tech company, if you're in IT and want to be successful, STAY AWAY"

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    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genuine Parts Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Older stable company, only come here if you need something to hold you over until you're able to get a new job somewhere else.

    Cons

    Where do I start, this organization from an IT perspective is a mess. GPC makes a ton of acquisitions per year and forever these subsidiaries have been functioning on their own up until recently. The non tech GPC CIO made a mandate to integrate them to become a Global company. Only one problem, these subsidiaries still have their own executives and it teams which makes things difficult to get done. Our information security is a joke. The CISO knows nothing about security and the only reason he has the title is because of his white privilege. This organization has no diversity when it comes to upper management and executives. All of the people of indian decent are either programmers or developers. The majority of the white men are upper management leaders who are not really leaders but more dictators. This company wastes some much money on products they dont need. They will crucify anyone who they feel isn't GPC material. It's so many more than I am able to type so i will leave it at that.

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    Advice to Management

    Diversify your leadership, stop playing the gold old boys network game and learn how to treat your employees

    Genuine Parts Company2019-08-06
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company not so great middle management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genuine Parts Company full-time

    Pros

    The pay is awesome. The experience you gain will definitely help in the long run things change qt the drop of a dime so you have to be prepared.

    Cons

    Supervisors seem to have more impact on decision making than upper management. Makes the job harder not knowing who to prioritize.

    Genuine Parts Company2018-06-12
  6. Helpful (3)

    "High pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genuine Parts Company full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, ok benefits, job stability

    Cons

    Long hours, zero diversity in upper management, bad vacation policy (only 10 days/year, no rollover)

    Genuine Parts Company2018-06-08
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Many fails"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Genuine Parts Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People who work there are nice and hard working people.

    Cons

    Management lies to employees. Managers refer to employees as people they own. Often overheard managers saying "who owns this one" Male dominated environment, in order for women to advance they have to be flirty, wear short skirts and kiss the man's butt, very antiquated state of mind. Must be liked by the "Upper Management In Crowd", otherwise there is no room for advancement. You may be a great employee work-wise, but if one of them doesn't like your personality then forget about it.

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    Advice to Management

    Take some leadership training and learn how to treat people like people and not things you own. Learn how to manage a diverse culture, and learn how to be sensitive to people and their needs, not just use the veil of a Good 'ole boys culture.

    Genuine Parts Company2018-04-20
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Once solid company that is resting on its laurels"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genuine Parts Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Relaxed & friendly work environment, decent pay & benefits, solid company reputation, and low-stress. Hard work is rewarded. My supervisor and department managers were all excellent people.

    Cons

    -The company as a whole is slow to adapt to the changing market. -Many processes are antiquated and are executed a certain way because it's the way the company has always done it- not necessarily because it's the best way. -The field is given way too much say in decisions - and often times acts on an intuition-based whim - when the entire purpose of our department was to make data-driven analytical decisions to benefit the operation. -Upper management cannot stick with a strategic plan to save their lives. They are quick to abandon ship and change their minds at the first sign of trouble. - Company culture is somewhat resistant to progress, which is why NAPA is being outpaced by competitors.

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    Advice to Management

    Listen to your smartest people, and stick with a plan.

    Genuine Parts Company2018-02-14
  9. Helpful (6)

    "A Once-Great Company Heading Downhill Quickly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Duluth, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genuine Parts Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible work hours Occasional jeans days

    Cons

    Since upper management change in 2015, the company is only looking at the bottom line rather than the contributing factors or root causes. Mass layoffs and outsourcing are causing a steady decline in customer and worker satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the intelligent, mature workers who are there to actually get the work done and clean house of the ones who don't work and only cause problems. Promote people based on their abilities rather than based on their popularity.

    Genuine Parts Company2017-09-01
  10. Helpful (2)

    "From good to bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genuine Parts Company full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great pay and flexible schedule

    Cons

    Upper management is awful. Running the company in the ground

    Genuine Parts Company2017-08-05
  11. Helpful (3)

    "Rayloc"

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    Former Employee - Purchasing in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genuine Parts Company full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flex hours, discounts, pay is low side of scale, raises are far and few between, over workload per each employee

    Cons

    Employee turnovers, Management turnovers, upper management does not listen to employee's that actually do the work. Do not stick to promises made

    Genuine Parts Company2017-07-31
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