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Park Place Motorcars Reviews

Updated May 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits and the people are very friendly (in 5 reviews)

  • its a great company that stands behind its employees (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • When the cash flow is at a low for the techs no one is there to help you (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "The industry is the issue!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Automotive Technician in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Automotive Technician in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Park Place Motorcars full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I work with some of the coolest cars in the world, the company cares about its employees and tries to show that with yearly events and quarterly get togethers.

    Cons

    As a Tech you are subject to the ups and downs of work flow which is never good for your wallet, and it only worsens as more and more dealerships are opened meaning customers do not need to go to you they can take a shorter drive. When the cash flow is at a low for the techs no one is there to help you. You just suffer with your check that could be 20% lower than you are use to.

    Advice to Management

    The technicians should be taken seriously not like a tool everyone uses to get what they need, ultimately the client comes first but if techs don`t have some kind of guarantee to fall on when times are rough it will leave a sour taste in there mouth and urge them to walk away from the industry completely


  2. Helpful (5)

    "One of the best places to work in the car business - But it is still the car business"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Experience Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Experience Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    For sales:
    -Ability to make a great income
    -Getting to work with a great product
    -Professional atmosphere when looking at the industry as a whole

    Cons

    For sales:
    - Still the car business, and i stress this. No matter how high end the product or how good the company name - this is still the car business. You are only as good as your last months earnings.
    - This is a sales job, the commissions you make are your only form of income. The pay structure is not what it should be. Selling a $200,000 car and making $1000 is not okay.
    -Porsche survey system is broken.
    - The gap between management and the rest of the staff. Your ideas, concerns and desires are not heard or truly listened to.
    - Working every Saturday and being pressured to work on your day off.

    Advice to Management

    Improve on your relations with your employees. Care about them on a personal level, this job is hard enough as it is working every Saturday and spending so much time away from your family. Cut the BS with the survey system and actually look at the issues. Improve your pay structure.

  3. "Loyal Employee"

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    Former Intern - Corporate - Information Technology in Dallas, TX
    Former Intern - Corporate - Information Technology in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Park Place Motorcars as an intern (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    In the beginning all was great and growth looked good.

    Cons

    You have to know management. Promotion is based on who you know not what you know.

    Advice to Management

    Please don't destroy this company. Train people and give them option to use the training. Don't just look for you own benefits. Be a leader not boss.


  4. "Sales"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Park Place Motorcars full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Trying to implement a new One Touch sales process

    Cons

    Still have vestiges of old style back and forth price negotiation as a major pressure point

    Advice to Management

    practice actual training which values Customer first in all aspects of relationship


  5. Helpful (1)

    ""Experts in Excellence." The idea is right, The execution: A step above neolithic incompetency."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Valet/Greeter in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Valet/Greeter in Dallas, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Base pay is decent, but taxes and deductions eat it up quickly.

    -Good benefits, Incentives.

    -Often busy pace, There is always something to do.

    Cons

    -The hours and general scheduling if left alone can leave a lot to be desired, Often chewing up your whole day.

    -Promotion is seemingly possible, but unfortunately with as many deciding factors as there are in the automobile service, and sales industry, it is very easy to slip up and have that be the cause of getting passed over for a promotion or bonus.

    -The constant feeling of micromanagement is felt in just about everything that one as a Valet does. (The Greeters tell Valet's what to do, The Asst. Lead Valet tells Valet's what to do. The Lead Valet tells Valet's what to do, The Asst. Service Managers, or Service Advisors usually don't get involved, but their higher-ups, Service Managers will step in and tell Valet's what to do. Even the Service Director, and up on higher will tell Valet's what to do. )

     In short, there is almost as many management figures as there are Valet's, And at times it can be very disconcerting, and even irritating to go take care of a task and have 5 different levels of management ask/tell you about it.

    -The Asst. Service Managers at times can be lackadaisical in their response to a waiting client on the service drive.

    -As with any environment where there are many in the same position, there is the usual element of competitive smearing (Someone in your same position making you look bad in front of management or fellow peers), and gossip. Word gets to management quickly over any little quibble.

    Advice to Management

    -Allow one to take ownership over their work and perfect it.
    -Make promotion an even more attractive and attainable incentive, not just a carrot on a stick in front of the proverbial donkey.


  6. "Service Advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great culture and people, great product.

    Cons

    Management can be overwhelming at times.

    Advice to Management

    Don't overwork your employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Park Place Motorcars full-time

    Pros

    Good management in regard to the way employees are treated and good benefits for this type of company.

    Cons

    Major pay change, meaning cuts, while the amount of work required increased significantly.

  8. "Automotive Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Park Place Motorcars full-time

    Pros

    Great reputation in their market area
    Good benefits - health, 401k, etc.
    Very professional environment

    Cons

    No support from management - most client issues fall back on the techs, even if something related to their service advisor
    Management does consider any changes or suggestions that service department may have
    Technicians are required to be at work at all times during day, even though pay check does not require clocking in/out

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your service techs
    Remember that the service departments keeps the lights on


  9. "Great if you want to work in automotive retail sales"

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

    Pros

    Nice facilities
    Luxury car sales
    Good benefits, pay and training available for sales people
    One of the better auto dealership groups.

    Cons

    In management, company first, everything else next. Seen as a negative if not working on day off. Firing people for no job performance reason is a common practice for sales management at most auto dealerships.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the work/life balance for sales people in order to secure and retain quality people.


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