Thread regarding Advance Auto Parts Inc. layoffs

New CAM Pay Program

What’s the consensus on the new pay program? I don’t see any possibility of making more money. I can’t take another cut after losing a company car. Time to start looking hard.

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I left Advance when the vehicles were pulled. It was obvious what the direction was going forward in regard to the CAM position. I now have a new company supplied vehicle with all expenses paid, a compensation program that pays a fair commission NOT an unattainable bonus, and co-workers that actually know the parts business and are respected by customers. Why anyone would stay at Advance is surprising.

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Two cams quit in my region this week. Both could no longer afford the added vehicle expenses and lower bonus. Both went to the competition and will most likely take many commercial customers. Could have been avoided if compensation was fair.

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Any updates on anything?

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GM’s filling roles permanently or until new cam is in place with a realignment perhaps?

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4 cams in Mississippi yesterday. GM's filling roles.

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My cam just quit last week. Commercial sales almost immediately went to zero as he went to O’Reillys. Advance doesn’t get it when it comes to relationships. All they focus on is retail and online. Amazon continues to silently take those sales as well. Time for a career change.

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7 in Virginia. Poof!

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Five cams in SE laid off today. More coming.

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So most cam positions are being cut... heard about 2 guys in the Midwest that were let go this week as a workforce reduction. I’m getting tired of looking over my shoulder wondering when my number is up. Time to make a decision for my future.

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Never saw this coming.... guess I’ll be looking at unemployment for a while.

What happened?

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Never saw this coming.... guess I’ll be looking at unemployment for a while.

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Who didn’t see this one coming?

Little by little AAP has been chipping away the CAM’s pay program for years now! Most of the very best CAM’s have moved on.

Anyone with minimal IQ should be able to figure out the Pay verses the hours and corporate BS is not worth it!

There are many things one can do for a living and make better money with much less BS!

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Having our meeting today. Looks like new territories again.

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What’s going on? Read some of the previous posts and just maybe you’re bright enough to figure it out.

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MY cam gave his notice yesterday. He’s going to a competitor. When I asked my DM about applying for the position, I was told the CAMs role was “evolving” and that the slot would not be filled. I was also told that as a GM the commercial customers from my store are now solely my responsibility. What’s going on with this?????

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Bye bye cams. Hope you have something lined up.

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Got a email from my CSM about a mandatory meeting this morning.

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Anybody else get an email this morning about a mandatory conference call for all cams?

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I heard the same thing. GMs making commercial calls. Also heard cams were not totally being eliminated. Reducing number of cams overall, with a few survivors to call on Diamond accounts only.

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Overheard parts of a conference call that my DM was on this morning. Something is happening with the overall sales program for cams. Sounded like position is going away. Heard comment about GMs making all commercial visits.

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Cams have been spoiled for too long, Yes take there company cars away and bonus. They make too much money as it is they do nothing for the store or the customer. Shop owners say they have not seen a Cam in years, no wonder they order from other parts from companys.

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I’m not counting on much bonus money. I told my CSM I had an offer from a competitor that had a base that was $10k higher than AAP. He called me back the same day and said my next pay stub would reflect a $10k increase. Screw the bonus...problem solved!

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Will the bonus for sales vs target be at 75% as well?

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The new pay plan punishes the top producers. My bonus will be half of what it was last year. The non-producers who never saw a bonus will benefit from the new compensation plan. You only have to hit 75% of GM target to make some money. Top producers were doing well above that and now the payout is much lower because the standard is lower. Way to motivate the good CAMS. What’s the point of killing yourself to hit target now?

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If you’re not a top 3 producer in your region, you better be looking. The herd is about to be thinned.

Care to explain with facts?

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If you’re not a top 3 producer in your region, you better be looking. The herd is about to be thinned.

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Looks like cams are going to have to hit their numbers or go broke. Guess that’s one way to drive accountability.

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I am a CAM on the new Pilot pay plan. It’s great if you were not hitting target. You will get a bonus. If you were at target or better, your bonus will be about half of what it was on the old pay plan.

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After repeat denials from my CSM, I found out the new pay program is being rolled out in P2.

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What a wasted position and money. When is last time your CAM sold something?

Have you seen you CAM? lol

CSM what a joke, they have not been in stores and no one knows them.

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NEWS FLASH- the good CAMS and CSM’s are already gone and have taken your business. The ones that remain do not possess the ambition to leave as long as a check keeps showing up. In addition, how many of them even put in a full day of work? Failure is imminent.

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So you were in a secret meeting that discussed this? You must be a big shot or full of sh*t. The company can't keep Cams as it is one of the highest turnover management positions in the company. The odds of them cutting the position is slim to none. If they lost CAMS and CSMs it would be a huge step back and the end of the company. They would just go to the competition and use their relationships they built to steal the business from AAP.

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Setting a goal to sign up shops on a program is why you have the wrong types of accounts on the program. You don't win business by putting them on a program you win them by outservicing the competition daily. You win the business with service not marketing. This means answer the phone, know your parts, and get them to the shop faster than your competition. It's pretty much that simple. Everything else is to take your service to the next level.

On another note, no one can guarantee anything in a public company. Results/stock price drive everything. Strategies are only as good as their results.

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I never said I had a friend in hr. I said I was in a meeting on Friday where they discussed the plan to eliminate the CAM and CSM position. There was no discussion of 20000 tnps during this meeting. Sounds like a fools goal to me.

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Actually since the merger the number of TnP accounts has almost tripled! Know your facts or don't talk!

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TNP accounts are rapidly departing nationwide. AAP does not have the credibility that CQ had. Wake up. AAP objectives and goals are seldom met.

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There is nothing in the works about eliminating the CSM or CAM position. They have plans put in place for the CAM position until 2020 I know of for sure. 20000 TNP accounts is one of the goals. In this business the DM could never take on more of a role than they already have. Everyone on this site mysteriously has a friend in HR who just happens to know all the secrets. Don't buy into this.

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Or the GM too I assume, right? If I'm not mistaken doesn't Worldpac still have outside sales reps like a CAM? Are there talks of that role being eliminated too?

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As of 12/1, there are continued discussions of eliminating the CAM and CSM positions and transitioning to a Worldpac model of online and phone ordering managed by a DM only. This is similar to the WorldQuest pilot in TX. This will be a reality when the company completes the enterprise wide systems integration in 2018. Shops will have access to AAP, CQ, WP and AI inventories from a single interface. All orders will be placed online or by phone. The only face-to-face interaction will be with the DM or the delivery driver.

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Do you mean as in cutting the sales team and pushing more for online? If so when when is his expected to take place?

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