Fun Job and it plays right into me going to an automotive school
Driver/Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Ashburn, VA – September 2, 2015
It's a fun place to work and I am learning a little about cars, I just want to do more with the NASCAR and automotive indrustry. I would like to stay at Advance Auto Parts but I need a better paying job because I am about to move out of my parents house fopr the first time.
I get to drive but I dont have to driver my personal car
At Advance the Management seems to bend the rules in the way that best fits them and seems to be very dishonest. The manager often times requires the assistant manager to clock her out several hours after she has already left, She also often falsifies records of hours for employees by creating a schedule to send to the district manager getting it approved, and then creates a completely different schedule. She gives low hours and refuses to work around schedules.
Sales Associate and Key Holder (Former Employee) – Hartsville, SC – May 16, 2016
Fun work place. Bosses were fun to work with but tended to push all of their work off on you. People came in with broken cars so it was difficult to deal with the public and their anger for having to spend money.
Retail Parts Pro (Former Employee) – Richmond, VA – May 14, 2016
Typical days would consist of helping customers find the right part for there project. A benefit from working on the front-line is the knowledge customers brought, when looking for a specific part. I got a chance to learn from them as much as I learned from upper management.
Manager on Duty (Former Employee) – Des Moines, IA – May 10, 2016
I had a rather favorable experience at Advance Auto Parts, largely due to my relaxed general manager. My distaste is with the company as a whole. There is absolutely no incentive to increase sales, outperform, or shine in anyway. The only, miniscule incentive was a credit card like rewards program that was discontinued.
I would do everything I could to talk customers out of buying batteries during winter, so that I didn't have to install them. The only raises that were available were dime raises at the end of the year, but there were often more variables that disqualified you than actually qualified you for that raise. I would happily tell customers to try the internet when they cringed at the prices, because the Internet was often 1/3 the cost. I purchased zero parts from advance during my tenure there. Not only because of the price, but because 50% of the parts we sold would be warrantied within 6 months.
Not only was the pay minimal, the incentive for automotive knowledge was non-existent. Hypothetically, if an employee had been there for two years, new hires would be paid 20 cents more regardless of knowledge and experience. It's a wonder why there is such a high turnover rate. Any employee lower than general manager is referred to in emails by their employees number, which is all you are at that capacity - a number.
My hours were flexible and I knew more about cars than the average person, so I stayed employed at Advance during my college career. I believe that this place's business model was to minimize costs in order to stay in the black. People are beginningmore... to find that giving your money to corporate America is the same no matter where you do it, so you might as well save some money. Advance isn't a terrible place to work but the business model is cancerous.less
Minimal pay, degraded by customers, no advancement, intellectually deficient superiors
General Manager (Current Employee) – Newport News, VA – May 6, 2016
Very political not a good place for a woman to work.Woman are subjected to harassment daily from customers and employees/employers. No chance for advancement if you are not part of the "the click". Upper Management does not follow their owns Standard Operational Procedures.
Counter Sales (Former Employee) – Maysville, KY – May 5, 2016
included counter sales, general housekeeping duties (sweep, mop, wipe down surfaces). Learned a lot about various vehicles, both by customer network and various other employees. There was no hard part to the job.
No job security, pay was awful for the work you do, no recognition, advancement was based on favoritism instead of hard work, you could get a better discount online than working there, commercial accounts got a bigger discount than employees.