2019 Intern Class Giving Back to the Ronald McDonald House

DriveTime Summer Intern Class of 2019

Every summer, we hire a diverse group of interns to navigate through the various departments that make DriveTime a one-stop shop. These interns are given the opportunity to learn how a national company works in real time as they are immersed in the DriveTime culture and tasked to do impactful projects. Beyond the work, our goal is to leave these young individuals with an understanding of why it’s so important to give back to the community. In order to do so, every summer, a day is dedicated to taking the interns out of the office and to give back to their community. This summer, we brought our interns to the Ronald McDonald House where they helped bake treats, prepare goodie bags, and write handwritten cards for families. After the event, a few interns reflected on the day and the impact it had on them.

Q: What was your favorite part about volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House?

Manny: “I think being able to see the direct and instant impact that we are able to make was awesome. It was super cool to see that our efforts were helping others instantly.

Being together as an intern group and changing up the work week is also another bonus!”

Q: What was one takeaway from the experience?

Manny: “The one thing that I was thinking was that although work is important, there are truly more important things in life than all work. It is so crucial to take a step back and see and interact in the other super important parts of life like being able to be of help to others in need of extra help.”

Colleen: “Home is something that is so important to people and the Ronald McDonald house creates a home for people in a time of life that safety and security of home is limited. Whether it was 2 days, 2 months or a year, they treat every family and every story with the same compassion and love and it was very evident just stepping in for a day.”

Interns Baking Cookies in the Kitchen

Q: Why do you think it is important for DriveTime to continue to give back to the community?

Manny: “We don’t want to become so consumed with work to the point where we don’t recognize the so many other people around us who are in need of help. As a part of the community we have a moral responsibility to be of assistance and not just business people.”

Colleen: “As a company that is geared towards serving a community of people with a need for a basic, but very crucial, part of life, transportation, understanding the impact of giving back doesn’t only deepen the breadth of understanding of what it means to serve, but it also gives an opportunity to be helping a community that is already right in our backyard. This helps our understanding of who our customer is and also what it means to be serving without agenda.”

Welcome Cards for the Families

Q: Do you see the impact community service has had on DriveTime as a whole?

Colleen: “From mission to application, definitely. Through both serving on the job, and giving back on their own time, DriveTime is definitely a leader in helping their community.”

Courtney: “Yes. It makes people proud to work at a company that puts others first and does not solely emphasize profit. It also brings the coworkers who serve together closer.”

The day spent at the Ronald McDonald House was very rewarding as the interns were able to enjoy themselves while also giving back to their community. We believe it is essential to serve others in order to create an environment that has balance and support and we hope our interns saw this firsthand.

DriveTime Opens 146th Store

DriveTime, the nation’s second largest used car retailer focused solely on used vehicles, today announced the opening of its Baldwin, PA store.

Located in the Pittsburgh, metro area, DriveTime’s newest store is located at 4945 Clairton Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA  15236.  Ranking in the upper quartile for population density in PA, Baldwin is known for. The Baldwin location will hold approximately 75 vehicles and the DriveTime open layout is spread over 4,500 square feet of space.  DriveTime is expanding its Pittsburgh presence to two stores.

About DriveTime

With “The Genius Way to Buy a Car”, DriveTime is transforming the buying and financing of a used vehicle. Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, DriveTime is the nation’s second largest vehicle retailer focused solely on used vehicles.  DriveTime operates over 140 dealerships nationwide with annual sales exceeding 150,000 used vehicles, 1.2 million+ monthly visitors to its website, drivetime.com, and over $2 billion in consumer credit requests each month.  DriveTime now provides used vehicles and used vehicle financing to the full range of customers in the market today, including market priced used cars.  DriveTime offerings include used car features on its online inventory; speed of financing including a credit score and the starting down payment in less than two minutes; prices on every used vehicle online and at its dealerships; no-haggle pricing; salaried associates trained to help our customers find the right used vehicle for them; and a five day, no questions asked used vehicle return program.

DriveTime Unites on Hurricane Preparation and Safety

Team and Customer Community

DriveTime, the nation’s second largest used car retailer focused solely on used vehicles, and its affiliated finance company, Bridgecrest, with over $6 billion in serviced auto contracts, today announced their Hurricane Florence emergency response.

In a public YouTube video, DriveTime CEO, Don Reese, and Managing Director/Retail, Jamie Fischer, stress to employees and customers pre- and post-hurricane preparations, including the companies’ commitment to:

·        Safety first for employees and customers

·        Assist affected employees and customers post-hurricane

·        Assist in their local communities, as needed

“We have been taking steps for several days to ensure the safety of our employees, and have processes in place to stay in contact with and assist affected employees as needed.  The safety of our employees and customers is our primary focus,” said Don Reese, CEO/DriveTime.

Watch the YouTube video here.

Bridgecrest is also preparing to provide assistance to affected customers, including suspending calls to affected customers and other relief as appropriate depending upon hurricane conditions.

About DriveTime
With “The Genius Way to Buy a Car”, DriveTime is transforming the buying and financing of a used vehicle. Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, DriveTime is the nation’s second largest vehicle retailer focused solely on used vehicles.  DriveTime operates over 140 dealerships nationwide with annual sales exceeding 150,000 used vehicles, 1.2 million+ monthly visitors to its website, drivetime.com, and over $2 billion in consumer credit requests each month.  DriveTime now provides used vehicles and used vehicle financing to the full range of customers in the market today, including market priced used cars.  DriveTime offerings include used car features on its online inventory; speed of financing including a credit score and the starting down payment in less than two minutes; prices on every used vehicle online and at its dealerships; no haggle pricing; salaried associates trained to help our customers find the right used vehicle for them; and a five day, no questions asked used vehicle return program.

DriveTime’s Summer Internship Program

 

Looking for a summer internship program? DriveTime takes interning to a whole new level! (Get it? Stairs.)

DriveTime Interns Summer 2018

DriveTime Interns Summer Class of 2018

At DriveTime, we’re a team of innovators and engineers, movers and shakers, dreamers and realists – But most of all we are a family that is fueled by the success of our employees.

We view students and grads as individuals and contributors. We believe they are the minds of the future and worth the investment. Each summer we hire a class of interns in various departments at our Tempe-based home office to help drive innovation, build trust, and foster intellectual curiosity for the next generation of young professionals. Our goal is to create a fully immersive learning environment for our interns outlined by collaboration and meaningful mentoring.

DriveTime interns get to build valuable career pillars while working in departments that fit their interests and passions such as marketing, IT, accounting, law, analytics and more. Over the course of 10 weeks, our interns are treated like regular employees, helping with actual projects that drive the company, and take part in weekly workshops where they learn how to run meetings, ethics of business and participate in charity work within the community. We encourage applicants to send in their information by April 30 to be considered for the program.

DriveTime Summer Interns 2018

Emily Burnett, the program director, offers some quick insight to the before, during and after of each summer.

Before:

The search for summer applicants begins around March. In addition to sending out positions to a handful of online employment-related search engines such as LinkedIn, Indeed and others, Emily also attends career fairs at various universities.

She then spends the next 6-8 weeks calling, interviewing and narrowing down her list of hundreds of applicants from all over the nation down to about 25-30 interns. Depending on the needs of the company, DriveTime will usually look for interns to become a member of the following departments: Marketing, Analytics, Tax, Law, IT, Retail, Inventory, and Accounting.

During:

The first week of the internship consists of an all-inclusive introduction to all elements of DriveTime. Interns are transported to the Mesa office, a dealership, and an Inspection Center to gain a complete understanding of the used car buying and selling process.

The weeks that follow are full of real-world-application work. Interns partake in a 30-40 hour work week consisting of projects, meetings, collaborations and contributing towards innovative operations.

Other benefits to the internship include:

  1. Weekly Workshops

Targeted workshops focus on our interns’ personal and professional growth.

  1. Competitive Pay

We’re not all work, no pay. We offer regular pay along with college credit (if college credit is requested).

  1. Growth Opportunity

All summer interns have the possibility to be hired on for full or part-time work.

 

Hear what current 2018 interns have to say about their experience:

Jazney Moss is a current Senior student at Arizona State University majoring in Finance & Business Data Analytics. She “found this analytics internship program through ASU’s Handshake app. What surprised me the most about DriveTime was their culture of acceptance and encouragement. Everyone is very hard working but also authentic. My internship surpassed my expectations in terms of giving me projects that not only helped me develop new skills but build upon my existing experience in challenging new ways. I felt I was making contributions that positively impacted the company.”

 

Miles Teague graduated from ASU this past May, majoring in Communication. He discovered DriveTime and our internship through a career fair hosted on campus. He says he “was surprised to discover how much Drivetime cares for its customers. They really do all they can to allow anyone to get auto financing.” He goes on to say that he “was pleasantly surprised to find that I was given real responsibility in my role. No coffee runs for management here! I was able to do real reporting that made a difference in how we design our web experience.” Miles adds that the “weekly intern workshops always provided an opportunity to grow ourselves professionally, be that for Drivetime or for our next job. The culture at Drivetime is amazing. No matter what work you will be doing, you are sure to be surrounded by supporting coworkers (and future friends). My mentor, Shawn Curran, was my role model for the course of the internship. He’s an inspiring source of industry information and insight.

After:

The great thing about our internship is that there is the potential to stay on with DriveTime after the summer is over. Based on the department, there is a possible opportunity to stay with us part-time throughout your semester or full-time.

In fact, here from some of our previous interns that are still a part of our family today!

Shawn Curran:

Shawn interned the summer of 2007 in the Marketing department. What he loved the most about the internship was “the opportunity to try projects with different departments to find what I was most interested/passionate about.” Today, he is our Managing Director of Market Strategy.

Nicole Ridgway:

I interned with DriveTime the summer of 2017. I was an analytics Intern and rotated through the different groups within Analytics. What I liked most about the internship was how hands-on they allowed us to be with every project we worked on. Instead of typical intern tasks, we were handed challenging projects where we were taught to use our problem-solving skills and start thinking like an analyst.  We would work on similar problems that the full-time analysts do on a daily basis. I am currently a Financial Analyst on the Inventory Analytics Team.

Joshua Claxton:

Josh was a 2012 intern for our Software Development team. His favorite part was being “thrown into the thick of things immediately. Within the first couple of weeks, I was coding up the new mobile website with my team. There were no “intern projects”; just real high-value projects. This helped me grow as a developer and person faster than I thought I could.” Now Josh is “a Software Architect which means I’m responsible for the technical direction of one line of business but also advise on the technical direction of the company as a whole. I also led the Software Development portion of the intern program this year.” Full circle!

 

Why Intern for DriveTime?

Interns Volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul

We are grounded by our roots.

While we pride ourselves on rethinking the way people buy cars, a lot of effort goes on behind the scenes to make the customer experience more efficient—and that’s where you come in.

We think big, but stay small.

One of the ways we maintain our core values is by structuring personal relationships within our walls. There are no doors by design and no hierarchy to hang your hat on.

There are endless growth opportunities.

We take pride in developing our team members in a way that encourages more fulfilling career paths. We give our employees the tools to craft their own unique future.

Our collaborative culture.

DriveTime encourages its employees to think outside of typical office constraints and reach across the aisle to various departments to get a full 360-degree view of how it operates.

We’re transparent, collaborative, and building a company people love.

We’re not your traditional corporate environment filled with closed-off desks and suffocating hallways. Our home office features an open floor plan complete with glass conference rooms and plenty of natural light. But the theme of transparency goes beyond our interior design as it’s not uncommon to see different departments and skill levels work together on projects, creating common chords of camaraderie and friendships.

At DriveTime, our employees are given daily opportunities to pave their own career path with the ability to change roles and take on new responsibilities over time, evolving professionally as the company evolves culturally. A continuous pulse of intellectual curiosity drives our team members to challenge themselves and each other.

DriveTime Woodbridge

DriveTime Opens 146th Dealership in Woodbridge, Virginia

TEMPE, AZ.  June 29, 2018 – DriveTime, the nation’s second largest used car retailer focused solely on used vehicles, today announced the opening of its Woodbridge, Virginia dealership.

Located 20 miles south of Washington, D.C., Woodbridge is home to the Leesylvania State Park and the Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The area takes its name from Thomas Mason’s wooden toll bridge for the “King’s Highway” traffic across the Occoquan River. DriveTime’s newest dealership sits on 2.64 acres with 6,621 square feet of space and almost 170 parking spaces dedicated to vehicles and our Virginia customers.

About DriveTime
With “The Genius Way to Buy a Car”, DriveTime is transforming the buying and financing of a used vehicle. Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, DriveTime is the nation’s second largest vehicle retailer focused solely on used vehicles. DriveTime operates over 140 dealerships nationwide with annual sales exceeding 150,000 used vehicles, 1.2 million+ monthly visitors to its website, drivetime.com, and over $2 billion in consumer credit requests each month. DriveTime now provides used vehicles and used vehicle financing to the full range of customers in the market today, including competitively priced, lower mileage used cars.

DriveTime offerings include used car features on its online inventory; speed of financing including a credit score and the starting down payment in less than two minutes; prices on every used vehicle online and at its dealerships; no haggle pricing; salaried associates trained to help our customers find the right used vehicle for them; and a five day, no questions asked used vehicle return program.