Pros: unlimited learning potential in a field i have always loved
Cons: evaluations and raises not given per defined standard guidlines. unapproachable managers.
My days started off driving the company vehicles to deliver parts to other napa retail locations from the main warehouse, as well as customer shop runs. I was quickly told "We are wasting your brain in the seat of a car" and moved to the sales counter where I made consistent gains every month.
I learned more than I thought I ever would about the automotive industry here. I learned how to build hydraulic hoses, systems I had no idea existed in cars, and what vehicles and brands carried common problems and even predicted some before the guest came in the door.
My coworkers were an odd but fun bunch. One salesman was also a frequent customer of my previous job and we instantly hit it off like old buddies. I still talk to several today.
My favorite manager who I learned the most from is a WOMAN. She taught me more than ANYONE else ever could or tried to do, and pushed me to succeed like I was her own child. Even today she is one of my greatest mentors.
I loved helping guests fix their car problems. They often came in expecting the worst and left smiling and thanking me for settling their nerves with simple solutions.