Avis jobs are available now! If cars are your thing, then a job at Avis may be a smart career choice for you. But don’t rush off half-prepared. First let’s take a brief look at the company, its history and its operations.
In addition to being the first company to offer cars for rental at an airport, Avis was also the first company to use a computerized information and reservations system.
Avis Rent A Car is part of the Avis Budget Group, (along with Budget Rent-A-Car and Budget Truck Rental), operating in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, and India.
There are a variety of jobs available at Hertz, though most openings seem to fall into a few categories. The Rental Sales Associate positions are a very common listing, and would involve wage-plus-commission sales of rental contracts; obviously sales experience is a big plus here. There are also frequent Customer Service Associate openings, but be aware that this position involves a good deal of working outdoors, assisting customers with their vehicles, usually returns. Driver and Courtesy Bus Driver are the next most common type of opening, and obviously you will need not just a license for this, but a fairly clean DMV report.
Those three categories seem to make up about 80-90% of the available openings at Avis, but beyond that, Avis jobs run the range of the usual. There are openings in Human Resources, and for Business Analysts, mechanics and technicians for cars and buses, Administrative Assistants, janitors, IT staff, in short all the usual suspects.
One interesting point is that Avis seems more willing to accept a high school diploma or GED for positions where its competitors would demand at least a two-year college degree.
Finding employment at Avis
Go to avisbudgetgroup.jobs and have a look. At the top of the page, you will find a very simple search function with text entry boxes marked Where and What. You can enter your state or city in the first box, and keywords in the second box, but experimentation showed that the results from doing it this way can be a bit stale, sometimes as much as a year old.
A better approach is to use the most recent openings posted, which are in a column to the left, just below the search tool. Look to the right of the jobs listing. Skip the cities list for now, and scroll down to the Filter By State function. Click on your state, (hit More to expand the list as needed). Then go back up to the Filter By City list above, which will now show just the cities in your state. Click on your city, or the nearest one listed. The column of most recently posted jobs on the left will now show only the jobs in your city. In general, doing it this way is far more manageable, though there does seem to be a bug involving some cities in California.
Now you can click on the job opening of your choice, and see all the details. If you look at a few, you will soon discover that they all consist mostly of the same standard text, and you have to dig through that to find the real details of that particular job. Frankly, Avis has a little catching up to do as far as their online job search tools, but the existing tools are adequate.
An extensive review of anonymous feedback from current and former Avis employees reveals a remarkably consistent pattern. On the Pro side, they say that their co-workers are the best part of the job, that the health and 401K benefits are good. The uniforms are good and that those with outdoor jobs in bad weather are provided with right protective gear as needed. If you are a manager, you get to use a free company car for. On the Con side, there are near-unanimous complaints about long hours, low wages, and unhappiness with upper management. But aren’t those the three most common complaints of working people all over the world?
And now, here are a few tips for getting a job at Avis:
- An Avis Shift Manager in Sacramento, CA reports a four step hiring process consisting of first a phone interview, then a battery of tests including basic math, job skills, and IQ/Intelligence, along with a drug screening and a background check. Following that, an interview with the Airport Manager, (what Avis calls the General Manager at a given airport), and finally an interview with the District Manager.
- Non-management applicants report a simpler hiring process, without the final interview with a District Manager.
- One current Avis manager reports that he was able to successfully negotiate a somewhat higher salary than he was initially offered.
- Sample interview question – “Name a time when you led a team from a miscue to a success, and explain how you got there”.
- Average starting wage for a Rental Sales Agent appears is about $9.50 per hour.
- Remember always that professional appearance is a big advantage in any interview.
So, there you have it. If this sounds like an opportunity that would suit you, then go get started on your new career!