Awful Place to work, stress levels are crazy high and the other employees are cut throat
Estimator (Former Employee) – Merritt Island, FL – July 17, 2018
Typically the day starts at 7am, then you're fed a line of garbage about how everyone is on the same page. Anyone who knows anything about cars, stay away. I was lured away from this company by one manager, given another after I started, nothing but jealousy ensued. Manager constantly keeps turmoil stirred up between all employees, and everyone else is scared to stand up to them even for whats right. Company is poorly run from the top down, stay away at all cost
They are like a typical company, They will keep family and lay off non family. The most enjoyable part of my job was leaving at 6pm. I did learn some basic detailing stuff their, Washing a car and cleaning the interior out, shining the wheels and minor buffing.
Estimator (Former Employee) – Milwaukie, OR – May 17, 2018
These guys promised me the world, and I fell for it hook line and sinker. I should have known better. I didn't last a month before moving on to another shop. Management literally was non-existent. The suites who hired me never returned emails of my questions or concerns after hiring me.
Gerber came through and bought up a couple small time shops with good reputations. Promised to revamp the stores. They put up new signs, but that was about it. When I left 29 days into my "career" I still had fender/bumper jobs waiting for paint... I took almost a $5000 cut in pay to waste a month of my time with these idiots.
No matter how many times I asked they wouldn't/couldn't give me a pay plan that showed what I was supposed to be getting paid.
Management, filthy store front, treated customers poorly, encouraged lying
Estimator (Former Employee) – Warren, OH – May 15, 2018
Gerber recently changed to commission based only for their estimators. This change was done without anyone's consent. Upper management doesn't not care about their employees at all. All they care about is numbers and and their bonuses that we don't get anymore. Gerber cares more about the customers than their own employees. Plus their benefits packages are through the roof with cost. Again they claim it's the best they can do. 600 a pay for a family package! If you want to work as a number only and not a person then get a job here. Don't waste your time they work their employees way to much, you will get no life at home.
General Manager (Former Employee) – Fayetteville, NC 28303 – May 10, 2018
They offered me great money. A bit more then I expected. Then I found out why. They promised me a great shop in a great area with excellent reviews. Moved me in from Louisiana to Fayetteville NC and stuck me in a shop with the worst yelp reviews I have ever seen 1/2 a star. The shop was stuck behind a pizza hut with no frontal view to the street.they put me in a shop that went through 8 GM's in two years and lost DRP's with in months of getting them. I quickly found that repair checks were showing that techs would hide incomplete and sub-standard repairs. This was the first shop I've ever worked at that I would tell friends and family to stay away from. I couldn't get out of there fast enough.
Great money and benifets
Really poor oversight and commitment to quality. Genral Managers will not be backed up by the corp.
General Manager (Former Employee) – Greenville, NC – May 7, 2018
My experience at Gerber is with mixed emotions. I joined this company as an Estimator due to having many years experience in collision repair. Less than two months in I was appointed as the new manager after the prior manager left . I wasant given any real training on how to perform as a Gerber manager other than the market manager spending a few days with me. A year into managing I had hired a completely new staff replacing everyone but the parts coordinator. Then upper management decided to do away with the repair planner position and cut one of the estimator positions. On several occasions I had to operate with no estimator at all. I was expected to turn more profit and money with less people!!!! It was insanity. I had my techs in one building and my CSR in another building and had to constantly walk back and forth between both buildings. Even with all the obstacles I loved the job. Then on the first day of the month after I worked all day on Saturday to close out the prior month and not having an estimator for a whole month the market manager walked in and stated they were letting me go!!! A shock to say the least. I was given a few short reasons for my dismissal but nothing that should have been a firable offense. If you want your heart broken then work for this company! The upper management knew I was short staffed and left me do my best with basically nothing to work with. I had high hopes for this job but never got the support I needed when I needed it. During this time I was working from 630 am to almost 930pm every night and then most Saturdays without evenmore... getting a thank you for all the time I had to put in just to stay afloat. If upper managment values there managers they certainly don't show it and will simply fire you if the center is not getting the revenue they set without taking into account the quality and quantity of the workforce you have. This company will allow customers to threaten you with harm and will roll out the red carpet for anyone that complains no matter how obvious the complaint looks to be a set up . The upper management micro manages the centers and then gets mad and blames you when things go haywire. I was put out with no warning and was crushed as I really did enjoy working there. If you want to be promised the world just to be used until they find your replacement, if you want to make a decent salary to all of a sudden be faced with the probability of loosing your house because you can't pay the house payment any longer , if you want to work with great group of managers in your market just to watch them either get fired or move on before they get fired, or if you just enjoy giving everything you have to the company just to be used and abused then this is the company for you. If you want to see extremely unnecessary turn over or if you lime working with technitions that basically run the show because management bends over backwards to keep even the worst techs then this is your company. If you don't want to deal with any of these issues then you will stay away! This could be a great place to have a carreer if upper management would simply realize they don't give there managers enough support and training in doing things how they want it done. They simply continue to give unrealistic goals and budgets without taking into account what you are working with. Like I said, I felt crushed, betrayed, abused and used. Think long and hard before you take a management job with gerber because they go thru way too many managers and its evident something is wrong in upper management. Even when you discuss poor performers with area mangers you are told to deal with it for a little longer because they have no replacements but when things go bad you are blamed for others poor performance and not offered any solutions for tbe issue.less
Collision Technician (Former Employee) – georgia – April 27, 2018
a typical work day was getting to work,and having a meeting for about 10 minutes. then out to fix cars. Waiting a week sometimes for parts to arrive, then hurry hurry hurry to get car out the door.I liked our manager, but he had quit and we didnt know it till his replacement walked in the door and announced "im the new manager". needless to say we were all suprised. that Friday, his last day at Gerber, my manager took me outside and told me i'm fired. Nice, huh?
Detailer/Porter (Former Employee) – Altamonte Springs, FL – April 21, 2018
If you're looking to get your foot in to the automotive body industry dont come here. They treat thier employees awfully. Always pushing and rushing thier cars instead of actually doing good quality work. There isnt much room to learn and advance in the bodyshop. The detailer position is awful. They only hire 1 per location and some locations are really busy. They'll expect you to clean up all of the customers messes in the cars as well as the messes made from the Collison work that was done on the cars perfectly in 30 minutes or less. Quality or quantity but you cant ever have both working there even though they'll expect it. They'll force you to work past 10 hours a day or 50 hours a week to get thier cars out, even though half of them will sit in the lot for 3-4 days after you clean it and then they'll tell you to reclean it for the customer. Not to mention this position is also considered a porter in some locations so they will pull you away from detaling to clean up toilets and drop and pick up cars. Everything is about money and numbers at Gerber, if you got a low rating for cleaning a car because the costumer was mad about the service. Forget it the estimators and office people start to treat you differently because "they lost money" cause thier commission based. All that for low pay and to be treated poorly. Definitely not worth the trouble.
Technician (Former Employee) – Florida – April 16, 2018
I worked for a small chain of shops until owner sold to Gerber. They came in with promises and high hopes. They did immediately install new compressors and repaired any equipment that needed service etc, so I’ll give them that. The health insurance was nothing short of a joke( they were self insured) Tons of great solid employees left due to corporate BS. I myself lasted about a year and just couldn’t take the upper management any longer. Some people think it’s a good place to work, because they have blinders on. Lots of people have/do/will see thru the smoke and mirrors and kick themselves for working for this company
Technician (Current Employee) – Elmhurst, IL – April 2, 2018
There is no sort of communication between management and the glass technicians. They attempt to over work the employees simply because of the time change and the fact that the sun is out longer. The management does not correctly balance personal life and work life properly.
They dock your pay for lunch even if you dont have the time to take one.
Estimator (Current Employee) – Michigan – March 27, 2018
The people that work in these shops are down to earth and majority of them know their stuff. They care about their employees and the work they produce. The corporate side of this business doesn't know their butt from a hole in the ground. Expectations of goals and profits are always set way too high each month. When you go over your goal and kill it there's no atta boys or a pat on the back.. they just send out another email about how we need to hit that same number or better the next month. They don't know the time and effort it takes to actually produce quality work and constantly push the managers, estimators and technicians harder and harder until they break and leave. Micromanaging at it's finest and it gets old quick. Customer is always right, even when they CLEARLY are not. Regional managers don't have your back when it comes to putting your foot down. All they are concerned about is lining their pockets.
Estimator (Current Employee) – Round Lake, IL – March 22, 2018
Gerber is great place to work. I love my co workers and the environment. It is hard to have a voice at times as the people above you do not always take the time to hear out your concerns. Overall great place.