Everyone complained when we were being run by the "Good Ol' Boys", Pitt Hyde, Tom Hanneman, Tim Vargo, etc. But, at least they kept their eyes on the prize. We started out with a goal to be the number one automotive retail chain in the country. That's what we did. Granted, the "good ol' boys" probably would have run us into bankruptcy with their ever increasing expansions, but they knew what to focus on.
Now look what we've become. We're selling swimming pools, silly string, and, God help us, luggage. We are no longer a retail parts store. We're turning into K-Mart and you can see how well they're doing! What's next? Swimsuits to go along with the pools? Toothpaste to go along with the toothbrushes? How about a travel agent to plan a vacation with your new luggage? Better yet, let's add milk, bread, condoms, and home pregnancy tests. That would make our transition into the laughing stock of the industry complete.
Does anyone remember when the walls had the AutoZone name painted on them and just underneath it said, "The Best Parts In Auto Parts"? Now the walls should read, "AutoZone...Your One Stop Shop For All The Crap You Would Never Want"!
I agree completey. The good old days were great until AZ became a huge company out of control through lack of restraint. But it sure was a lot of fun and pride back then. And even the first couple of years with the bread man weren't so bad. Good cutbacks at the SSC and in non-store function expenses paid off. Adding "parts" inventory to the stores paid off even more. But then.....greed hit. Once you have cut everything, and added everything parts related, you need to stop and focus on growing the business. That is where this train headed down the wrong track. Shareholder value was there and growing. But greed caused them to start cutting the only thing left, payroll. That caused a spiral of losing sales, cutting payroll, losing more sales, cutting more payroll. etc etc etc. Now the stores are full of
Everytime I go into one of the stores I get embarrassed for them.
Hell I just heard a couple of weeks ago that they aren't even cutting the grass at the stores now. No money in expenses to do it.
Sad, sad, sad. And only one person to blame. 123 Front st, Memphis TN 98109
6th floor, corner office.
Probably eating oatmeal...
I started working with AZO when they came to SoCal.
I had just graduated from automotive school,and was looking for a job that would be rewarding.I found AZO,and was very,very happy for couple of years,before mr cookie man took over.I had become a store manager,who was motivated and proud.
I took my store from last place in Wittdtjr to 11th place out of 54 stores,I set recored sales,and was meeting the challenge head on.
Then,the cookie man changed everything,and to add to the insult,he kept cutting hour.We started seeling HOMIES and playing cards and lots of junk.
Well,in august 2002 I left,went to to work at a Ford dealer as a drivability tech and now I make twice money and dont have to put up with such BS.
Autozone has become a joke,and Im glad I left.
I sold all my stocks when I left,and will never even there again.All my friends stopped buying there and from what i hear,business is going DOWN.so if i were u,i would sell,right now.
Take a look at Pep boys.We're selling the same crap also.Scooters( they are good for a 1 day sale-then returned defective) Friges,DvD playes,Grilles etc etc etc. AND returning automotive parts to vendor!!!
It must be a trend.
First the car business is a dirty business, there never were any good old days. Many wars were fought, wilderness trashed, and lungs damaged as the result of the car business.
When you go to a job you are expected get there 15 minutes early and be on your feet until the store closes. You are not there to have a good time. Your time there is what you make it. Morale and work environment are just a state of mind. It is impossible to have a poor work environment. If you don't like the wages quit. If they are breaking any labor laws sue. If you are complaining about the business on the site, you are the one with the morale problem.
IMHO you owe AZO an apology. AZO will forgive you in the future.
When a employee is under suspension the final paycheck goes to the store for final pick up.. A year ago thats when they stopped sending checks to the stores.. They now do direct deposit.. So thats the facts...
Ahh yes now I know what doesnt check about your story......
Checks no longer go to the store, havent in about 2 years.
Look I am as disgruntled as the next, but at least if I state something it is true
just talked about how i thought the direction of the company is going.. How we cant get certain parts but if ya want a bag of chips or pork rines we can get that for ya... How moral in the stores are at all time low.. Never mention names.. Just my thoughts.. And for them they have released me of my duties... They suspended me yesterday to tell me to come back monday that will know the outcome then.. That was at 3pm.. Well i got the call today that my final check arrived at the store today..
The checks are not sent to the dms home store.. They are sent to the store in which the zoner works for.. Its addressed to the store mgr in a fedex envelope. As of right now i dont use the screen name.. Ill post it later on.. I just wanted to post this info to let you all know that they do monitor this and if you are not careful you too will be next... Thats all.. ITs not about who and where the check was sent to... Its about policy.. Dont get caught.. Thats all.. Take care
Ok let's see, I had straight A's all through school. Extra ciricular activities, not to mention popular to boot...No complaints about school.
So which job to I complain about? I have been working doing odd jobs around my town. Had 4 paper routes when I turned 13. Work only 3 jobs since then LOVED them all, including AZ.
But there are things that need to change. I for one beleive that if a person is complacent, they become a push over. People need leaders.
Hell this country was founded by complainers.(see George Washington or Boston Tea Party) If you dont like that leave.
I am not a follower, or like you a BROWN-NOSER!!!
PS I am not telling people who to vote for, but I do encourage them to get out and vote.
If you dont like Bush, piss billbergen off and complain by voting against him.
If you don't like Kerry, piss billbergen off and complain by voting against him.
But by god (whoever you choose) vote, complain, and make a choice.