Pros: absolutely none
Cons: the whole place
Typical work day is questioning why you became an Auto Mechanic and/or how you wound-up here.
Days are ten hours or more with half hour lunch breaks.
Holidays, maybe three. If they fall on a Sunday you are out of luck.
Did I mention no sick days or vacation.
Co-workers, well your all in the same boat, no one is happy.
No heat in the winter, serious – more... its 26 F and management wants the garage doors open so the customers know we're open? Yes you will freeze they do not care.
The equipment is a disgrace, brake lathe only machines rotors you cannot do drums because it is so worn out. This means any drum break job you have to sell the customer drums because you can't machine there's which brings me to--
Every car that comes in you have to look completely over and fill out a Midas diagnostic sheet, even oil changes which starts the problem they have with customers.Some cars do not need anything but a lot need work. They come in for an oil change and leave with estimates for$500.00, $1,000.00 sometimes $2,000.00 in work the car needs. Every mechanic has to show all these needed repairs to the customer, not a mechanics job but for some reason management expects mechanics to do this instead of service advisors? A 15 minute oil change can easily take a hour and you get paid .3 that's three tenths of an hour against you flat rate.[ if there is no work you get to freeze or sweat and not get paid]
The above paragraph explains why their customer percentage is very low. You hardly see the same people return.
If you do an State Inspection on a vehicle and it fails for whatever and the customer starts complaining management comes out and asks you to reinspect and pass it, a no it fails and I am not getting a fine from the State if something happens.
The above should give you a good idea what the owner and management are. They push every good mechanic out no one stays, it took me a year to find another job but I got out. – less