Year One Reviews

Updated Feb 19, 2018

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Year One President Kevin King (no image)
Kevin King
5 Ratings
  1. "A good solid comany."

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Braselton, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Year One

    Pros

    Great Place to work. Family oriented. Muscle car hobby lived by most employees. Cool Cars, great name, friendly people. great activities-car show in parking lot.

    Cons

    Due to downturn many customers have been unable to spend much money on their cars. This company relies heavily on buiding trades for customers. It will return.

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  2. Helpful (2)

    "What got you here won't get you there"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Year One full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is still a market for car parts.

    Cons

    Medieval leadership you might suspect as having a range of personality disorders Just watch the movie The Quick and the Dead. Management works just like Gene Hackman's character John Herod. The whole town is under his thumb. That's how staff feel about the management in this "company."

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    "Case study on how to ruin a company"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Year One full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Not much to say here... used to be a great place to work. A once upon a time great concept. Still a few car enthusiasts who have faith in Year One.

    Cons

    Mr Kevin King (president) needs to accept the fact that he was over his head. He has single handedly ruined and disgraced a once thriving company. His nepotism and lack of ethics and knowledge of basic economics and people management skills is evident and only a narcissist could be blind to this sad reality. Stop taking company resources for self gain. Don't you think we all know? Moral sucks and we are tired of your intimidation tactics. While other companies in the industry are moving forward and are doing well we don't have what it takes to take advantage of a good market. Primarily because of you and the unskilled family goonies that work for you who don't have a clue how to manage a company. We are going backwards on a growing economy. No stock, high prices and long back order times (because of no cash fluidity) is the trademark of your soon to be legacy. It is a classic study of how ignorance, lack of experience, vision and management skills will destroy a company. We all get the feeling you are using the company as a cash cow without respect for your employees and company future.

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    "Once fun, now just over and done."

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Year One full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Cool cars, some cool people. I had opportunity to meet people that otherwise I never would have, and I had a chance to work on some really neat projects.

    Cons

    Narrow minded management is short sighted and has lost track of what made the company great. Nepotism abounds, and if you're not part of the "boy's club" then you have absolutely no chance of advancement. With round after round of layoffs since the 2008 recession, employee morale is in the toilet and those who have managed to hang in there through all the layoffs have a very bleak future there. Countless dollars have been siphoned away from the main business and channelled into wasteful projects---like the Go-Nowhere Motorcycles. I also suspect that quite a bit of company money got rerouted into building the CEO and his relatives various mansions and assorted mountain/lake houses. Certainly company employees were involved in their construction whilst on the company dime. Should there ever be a comprehensive real audit of company fiances, the shady business practices would be shocking. This is all in addition to company executives that can't keep their pants zipped. The CEO and his cronies are all big on "family" atmosphere within the company. This is true...as long as you're one of the family with his surname. It's a miracle that this company has managed to last as long as it has and as it is I've heard that it's skating along on banana peels to stay open despite having bulging savings accounts. The CEO is a warehouse worker that should have stayed in the warehouse and out of the president's office.

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    "Grrrrrr"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Year One full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Generous time off once you have years of service. Of course you will need to use it to keep your sanity!

    Cons

    Very narrow minded. All ideas have to come from 1 or 2 people, everyone else is inferior or idiotic.

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    "The good days have long since past."

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Braselton, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Year One full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    If you like muscle cars, you will enjoy being surrounded by some pretty nice machines, especially at the car shows the company hosts during the summer and fall.

    Cons

    Management fails to realize the talent that they have working for them. Poor business decisions, seemingly made on a whim or because one person thought "it would be cool" (eg: creating YearOne Bikeworks and trying to charge people $35,000 because they would totally buy our motorcycle instead of from someone reputable like Harley Davidson), costing the company a great deal of money. The work environment went from enjoying the job to wondering if there were going to be any lay-offs on that particular week. The company seems to be in such a downward spiral, I'm not sure that there really is anything that can be done to bring the company back around. Especially with current management. The Year One Wheels were a hit, but that is where the innovation stops. There doesn't seem to have been any thought put into staying relevant in the marketplace.

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  7. Helpful (6)

    "The Slowly Sinking Ship"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee -  
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Year One full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The people. I worked with some outstanding people. At one point we were all a large family. Stubborn "leadership" has completely torn that apart though. The cars.

    Cons

    Poor staff management, poor money management, secrecy. Employees are expected to do the same job day in and day out. There is no motivation to better yourself or the company as a whole. There were hour cuts circa 2011 and there has been zero effort to reinstate the hours or motivation. There were then 10-13% pay cuts in 2013. The company has significantly lowered their overhead since 2011, yet there has been consistently selfish funding to certain projects. Executive management has lost touch with their employees. It is a company run by 5-6 individuals who continue to assume they know best over every person within the company. It is a stagnant work environment. Everyone is unhappy and everyone knows why, yet no one in management even attempts to correct or address it. Management's qualifications go as far as how well you know someone. Skills and successful experience are rarely considered. It is a very family-style business. There is no congruency and no stated mission or goal. Employees are often left with the sheets pulled over their head wondering how money is invested and how it will help the company grow. I devoted almost ten years of my life to this company with the idea that if I worked hard, I would be rewarded. I was slowly defeated of this idea and grew into the pessimistic employee that almost everyone within the company has become. No room for professional advancement, very low pay ceiling unless you are among the executive group. Poor to no benefits.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "A wild ride in the 1/4 mile... but with disappointing results."

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Braselton, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Year One full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Diverse customer base, opportunity to share in customers' experiences, small-town atmosphere

    Cons

    Limited marketing approach, overextended product line, dwindling returns

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    "Total Lack of Vision"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Operations in Braselton, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Year One

    Pros

    A great place to meet automotive enthusiast across the country and be involved in the vintage musclecar industry. A fun job with some unbearable exceptions.

    Cons

    The ownership has no idea of their customer and what he/she wants to buy or how he/she should be serviced. A lack of inventory causes huge customer service issues with angry customers. Nepotism is a problem here as well. Year One was one of if not the most respected companies in its market but seems to have lost vision. I hope Len comes back.

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  10. Helpful (5)

    "It's Good to Be King applies here."

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Braselton, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Year One

    Pros

    If you are an automotive enthusiast you will talk to customers with the same love for high performance vehicles.

    Cons

    Mis management runs amuck here, between the executives company cars (exotic and ultra expensive). Moral is non existent, management is by fear. Pay increases are non existent, upper management seems to have little business management experience and /or education. Investment into automation and technology is little to none. This organization lacks vision and lives by putting out fires.

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