Incompetent managers ruin what could be a good work environment
This place used to be a great place to work, very easy work and good people. I’ll speak mostly on the operations side of things & Inventory as those are where I have the most experience here. The last few years it has rapidly gone down hill and good managers fled, new ones came in and remaining bad ones got promoted.
The level of incompetence on a management level is honestly hard to comprehend. I myself wouldn’t believe it if I wasn’t there to witness it first hand. I’ll try and give a brief overview of the managers you’ll unfortunately have to deal with if you decide to work here.
Starting with the LGM, in my brief experience with her but shared with many other; she’ll tell you everything you want to hear to your face but ultimately do nothing she’s promised. Now this is where it starts to get hard to believe but this is all truth(who could make this up anyways?)
The operations manger is a gambling addict with a drinking problem(you can check his criminal records). He has on numerous occasions been at work smelling of alcohol. He has literally been seen drinking in the associate parking lot in his carmax demo car, as well as passed out in this car. These incidents have been reported by multiple people on several occasions but as you’ll learn if you work here the managers look out for each other meaning nothing was done. The way they look out for each other is like a little cult of stupidity. This operation manager is also rarely even at work, we guessed he maybe works
ProsNone anymore outside of the decent benefits
ConsIncompetent managers, don’t have correct tools for the job, consistently set up for failure, no flexibility in schedule, short or no notice in schedule change, unnotified pay cuts, targeting, lied to...etc
Sales Consultant | Naples, FL | Jun 21, 2019
CarMax: Great place to buy a used vehicle - HORRIBLE place to work!!
I can say that, as a very well-seasoned and successful salesperson, that Carmax provides excellent training and a very thoroughly tested and refined process for the discovery, progression and closing aspects of a customer interaction, throughout the sales process.
Unfortunately, where they fall on their face is just about everywhere else! To be fair, I am referring specifically to Naples and SWFL stores, so things may be a little different in other locations, due, in large part, to the very seasonal nature of our market.
Having said that, I firmly believe that Carmax's approach to "Commission-Only" compensation is categorically anemic, unfair, underwhelming, and is misrepresented at the very interview, when hired. It will take a long time (years) to earn a decent salary and not have to work every day -- all day! This compensation is structure is also completely and utterly at odds with it's highly touted "culture of integrity" that it promotes with all of it's associates, especially those in sales. This is because it foments the frustrations and motivations-by-desperation of an otherwise successful salesperson (earning commision-only) having to depend on all of the other apathetic departments, staffed by lackluster associates. Moreover, these associates, who are supposed to move the product (a used car) though the process and out the door, have absolutely no sense of urgency or performance initiative, other than just to get through the day and earn their own mini
ProsGood Sales-Training, Product and Process. Customers are generally happy by the end.
ConsHorrible compensation and work/life balance. WAY too much micro-management. A Corporate Minefield
Customer Consultant | Norcross, GA | Jul 28, 2020
Stay Away From the Customer Experience Center
I have former colleagues and friends who are employed with Carmax and they have always talked about how great the culture is. How the company does things for them and their families. How understanding the company is across the board and willing to help their associates not only in a time of need but give them the tools and resources they need to succeed and grow. While I can’t speak for the store locations I will say the CarMax CEC is not that. While the center is very much a part of Carmax the way business is operated is absolutely appalling. The majority of the management team were transferred from the stores and still have the mentality that they are at the store when it comes to conflict resolution with customers. When there is an issue they take the side of the stores over trying to right the wrongs done by sneaky store associates and reassure the CXC they have on staff. The HR rep is a complete waste of HR, in this case, it should stand for hardly reliable as she will listen to your concerns and tell everyone your business or refer you to the company website for guidance with your concerns instead of offering to help search and see what’s available to you as an employee. There is a female senior manager that is wildly unprofessional in that she uses profanity openly and makes inappropriate advances and comments towards associates making them completely uncomfortable. Another male senior manager is only concerned about one thing and that is Carmax. There are over 300 emp
Sales Consultant | Baton Rouge, LA | Feb 6, 2020
Misleading and Inconsiderate
Initially Sales Consultants were allotted 3 hours in "e-office" where consultants would accept "random" leads from potential car buyers. Afterwards we would work the floor and assist walking customers for another 6 hours. You were allowed 45mins for lunch but you are not urged to take a lunch. They rather you work 9hours straight which we would consequently have to do in order to have a chance at making a reasonable amount of commission.
The position is commission based with subsidy for Full-Time associates. Consultants are not paid a percentage of the vehicle price only a flat unit rate of $160.00 per unit. There is opportunity to reach a higher tear maxing at $200 per unit but it is comprehensive and you can easily fall back to the first tier.
For example, if a consultant is not able to make any commission during a 2 week period they would receive a check based on the average of hours they worked that pay period at a rate of 7.25. This averages to about $500. The catch is once you make commissions the following pay period you have to pay the $500 back from the pay period before. So essentially its legalized share cropping.
To add to that, if a customer ever decides to return a car within the 7day return policy, your commission is taken away no matter the reason (I just didn't like it or... it drives funny at 60mph) for return and without regard to what commissions you accumulated afterwards. Managers would make some effort to inform you of a return but many times
ProsAccess to wholesale vehicle purchased from walking customers before they leave for auction
Senior Sales Consultant | San Antonio, TX | Mar 25, 2015
Lack of Leadership
When I first started Carmax in 2004 I was very impressed with how well the company was run and felt good about the company's value and integrity. I thoroughly believed in the product and felt good about what I was doing. In recent years, Carmax has changed the quality standards on the cars and is not better than any other used car lot, may be even worse in some cases. It has become so corporate that their policies are getting in the way of selling cars and offering a quality product. Service after the sale is horrible and a lot of times it reflects on you. You are at the mercy of people that get paid by the hour and do not care if you are losing money because of them and do not treat the customer with the same importance that you do. As a Sales Associate, you are 100% commission but you are not the only person controlling your paycheck. There will be times when you have to either lose half a deal or come in on your day off because someone else didn't do their job correctly. I was also at a store where the women are treated like second class citizens and not looked at as leaders, which goes against Carmax's culture. If a woman speaks up or acts as an equal, they are looked at as if they are doing something wrong. I was constantly harassed by a sales manager there for 6-7 years because his idea of "respect" is to cower to him. He was constantly trying to get me fired after he asked me to be his boyfriend and I ignored him. The store is also very cliquish and if you a
ProsBenefits, good intentions from corporate
Consthere can be great variations of leadership from store to store
Associate | Albuquerque, NM | Oct 23, 2012
Keep your head down at CarMax... reality is harsh.
This company is very confusing. They claim to be about the employees and have a culture of communication and respect. I found this to be true - if you're a manager. Typically an average employee is better seen - working very had to appear busy even when it's a slow day, rather than heard. The company won't listen to any input that isn't from upper/senior management and treats you like another cog in the used-car profit making machine. Which is fine except they act like this job is a blessing and will make you rich and successful if you just put your heart and soul into it. I've seen people do just that, which just earns them extra stress, MAYBE a pat on the back, but definitely no pay raise.
Turnover is extremely high for both my department and the technicians. This was during a time of economic downturn folks, when people are desperate for work mind you. The management is so abusive and the work environment so demeaning that employees will do anything they can to get out. The management can be heard trash talking employees from every department when they meet in their office at all hours and pretend to have a "meeting". I have seen and heard this.
The company will spend thousands of dollars on sending in they're so called "experts" that tell us inefficient and downright WRONG ways to perform our job, yet try their best to hold back on promotions and benefits despite the used car sector experiencing growth and record profits. Literally all the experts do is babysit us, maki
Proslearning useful skills, can be interesting at times, every feetiw months we get a "free" lunch, perks of the job like test driving cars and fairly decent benefits
Consvery production driven, run top-down, management is out for themselves, typical corporate company, expected to put up with abuse regularly, holding out on (earned) promotions to make the store seem more profitable
Sales Consultant | Rochester, NY | Mar 1, 2016
Could be a lot better with better Management
A workday would typically start with checking on CCM to see if there is any customers to follow up with before hitting the UPs list.
Some Sales Consultants would frequent the UPs list and some would try and stay away from it. Job has too many rules and requirements of Consultants that it becomes stressful really, really fast.
You may see a Consultant one day, and they're gone the next.
Most of them were inexperienced as Managers and seemed to be either overwhelmed or on edge all of the time. Blames Consultants when sales numbers aren't being met, but takes credit when they are. Talks about Consultants behind their backs which creates a weird tension between management and consultants. If your numbers are a bit low, even if the traffic is down for that time you are blamed for it and threatened to be put on a ridiculous program that is just their way of scaring you and preparing you to possibly be let go at some point.
They claim people don't get fired often, but at least 5 Consultants were fired in the few months I was there. The training program is ludicrous and takes 30 days before you go "live" watching other consultants sell things like an extended service plan(which they track your sales vigorously on). They claim that they don't want you to be a pushy car salesman, but that is a ruse. They absolutely do, and when they think you may have a potential sale, they will make you pull out all of the stops on the customer which is in fact, pushy.
ProsFree food, some good fellow Consultants
ConsToo many to list, read the review
Sales Consultant | Woodbridge, VA | Nov 16, 2012
Fun at first
CarMax is a great company to work for. The values and culture are the foundation of what CarMax has become : The largest auto retailer in the nation. Employees used to be their main asset. A lot has changed lately.
There are a LOT of meetings that you don't get paid for. Attending a meeting on your day of is not mandatory, but is "appreciated". In other words, you are expected to show up.
Every morning and Sunday, there is a training that IS mandatory. You do not get paid for this time. Most of this training is endless repetition, up to the point where every one will feel like a little kid. Overkill is an understatement.
If you don't like role plays, CarMax is not for you.
Advancement to management ( is promised over and over again to all that are interested ) is sheer impossible. It is easier to enter management from outside the company than from within. Before you are eligible to a promotion, management will give you unrealistic goals to achieve and re-adjust those goals even if you have reached them.
Work / Life balance : If you want to sell a lot of cars, you better be there 7 days a week. Customers will call you on your time off and you better answer these calls if you want to keep the sale. You can make a reasonable living working 5 days a week, but usually only during summer time. Work weeks of 55 hours are no exception.
Not every CarMax store is the same. A lot depends on daily management. They pretend to be people managers, but in the end it is just about meetin
Prosco workers. benefits.
Conssenior management. direction of company
Sales Consultant | Costa Mesa, CA | Feb 3, 2013
I have enjoyed all my time at Carmax, but I feel that it is time to move on to other challenges.
For all this time Carmax has provided me a fun and productive workplace; I am certainly grateful for the opportunity to work here and for the skills I have learned. It is important to me that there is a social component to the work I do; I enjoy relating to and interacting with people. Carmax has provided such a friendly and supportive environment. While I feel that I have received a professional education here, the main thing that is missing – to me – is stability and certainty. I have a young family to support and encourage; it would be nice to work in a field where, at the end of each day, I can feel that I was successful in a product-oriented sort of way and that the office I work in is a better for the work I have done.
My typical workday starts at 9am with a morning “huddle” where my boss and my team make plans for the day, the next day, the week and the month. Next, I am either on the phone with or emailing my customers, scheduling appointments with them and encouraging a sale. After these tasks, I greet new walk-in clients and provide them with world-class customer service.
Carmax has been a great company to work for: throughout the day I practice teamwork and the ethic that is part of the culture here at Carmax; I plan my business day in the morning and during the day, I communicate with various departments and managers at all levels. The management here at Carmax has mentored me since my first day, and there is always a great team of experienced leaders happy to o
Prosi enjoy working in a team. training programs, they offer advancement in skills and experience. free lunches on the weekends.
Consthe inherent instability of car sales
Retail Sales Associate | Federal Heights, CO | Sep 14, 2020
Good people, degrading pay.
Don't work here as a salesperson unless you enjoy working for $15 per hour. Used to be a great place to work until they introduced a call center that takes away half of your commission on an estimated 80-90% of deals. You'll make about $160 per deal before tax if the customer doesn't want an extended service plan, that's WITHOUT a split deal. $80 for the split deals without an ESP. Extended service plans add $100 if you don't have to split (RARE). However, the ESP is easy to sell because it is a strong benefit for the customer at a low cost to them. They are way too corporate to care about your financial well-being if you're new. Don't get me wrong, the managers and most of my peers were great people, it's the people at the top of the company that don't care. I sold 18 vehicles my first 30 days here, with less than six months of sales experience because I worked hard, and made less than $4,000. When you go from making almost $2,000 one week, to $250 the next week, something is wrong and it's not your ability to sell. They certainly aren't as caring and as great to work for as they make it seem. It's a great place to buy a quality vehicle, but don't plan on making a sustainable, independent living working here unless you're in management or unless you've been on the sales floor for years. Some of the veterans are spoon-fed deals, some of them cheat the ups system by creating appointments for themselves from the most likely buyers in the CRM/Not using the ups list and just wait
ProsNice Peers, Free Lunch On Select Saturdays
Questions And Answers about CarMax
What is the best part of working at CarMax?
Asked Nov 28, 2019
President club is achievable and nice perks of having that
Answered Nov 28, 2020
Answered Nov 7, 2020
If you were in charge, what would you do to make CarMax a better place to work?
Asked Apr 13, 2017
Takes forever to get promoted. They want you to take the step to ask them *I feel likes it's begging* to move up however when you do, there is apparently a waiting list.
Remove all that and self promote more internal to the hard working associates that show the potential of adding and creating something beneficial to the company. Proper pay in departments and especially to their tendered associates that have been there for over 10 years. It's hard to find great individuals now and these days
Answered May 2, 2021
I would try to find a way to get rid of the "Good ole boys club" they have at Carmax. If you work at the Richmond Virginia, Short Pump store, you had better be in the club or you will be treated like garbage!! Carmax is a horrible company to work for. They are very dishonest people.
Answered Mar 6, 2020
How flexible are your working hours at CarMax?
Asked Mar 19, 2020
Reasonable if you are president club but starting out you’ll be working a lot of nights and weekends
Answered Nov 28, 2020
You have them the hours you could work and with appropriate paperwork they would accommodate.
Answered Nov 7, 2020
What is a typical day like for you at CarMax?
Asked Mar 19, 2020
Training in morning unpaid, taking customers on test drives, hoping they come prepared or buy that day. Ends with either a sale which is half paid now by CarMax or go home empty
Answered Nov 28, 2020
Taking calls, transfers and snake cart. Jokes from management and amazing people to help out if there’s a question.
Answered Nov 7, 2020
What is the most stressful part about working at CarMax?
Asked Jul 25, 2017
Answered Mar 10, 2020
Getting paid so little per car and constantly struggling to selling more.