This month we are happy to continue our Employee Spotlight series by asking Mike Cripe, our Equipment and Facilities Manager, a few questions about his employment and experiences at City Garage. Mike has been with City Garage for over 21 years and does an outstanding job keeping each of our store locations and all of our equipment in tip-top shape. Since maintenance is a never ending necessity it is easy to understand why this is no easy task. Mike is always a welcome sight as his makes his rounds and we are grateful for his professionalism and can-do attitude. We are proud to have him as part of the City Garage family and are also happy to have his son Tyler, as our Warehouse Manager and his daughter Courtney, who works in our accounting department. Mike and his family are great examples of City Garage being a family-oriented business and we thank each of them for their dedication and hard work.
Position with Company
Equipment And Facilities Management
Equipment and Building Maintenance
How long have you worked at City Garage?
21 years 4 months
Why did you come to work for City Garage?
I was working for a City Garage equipment vender when City Garage starting building stores here in DFW. I was very impressed with the people and the organization.
The company I was employed by was changing ownership and I was not pleased with their direction. It was a perfect chance to make a positive move for me and my family to a great up and coming company.
What do you wish you would’ve known when you first started working for City Garage?
I wish I would’ve known what a great company City Garage was to work for, I would have applied for a job with them sooner
If you could give any advice to our newest employees, what would it be?
Have an open mind and a positive attitude
What would you say has impacted you the most (positive or negative) since you started working for City Garage?
Easy, the personal relationships built with all the great City Garage employees and corporate personnel.
What’s one thing you’d do to improve the working environment at City Garage?
I can’t say there is anything that comes to mind. My department is given most everything required to do my job.
What’s the one thing you wouldn’t change about City Garage?
The ability of making decisions quickly.
When you have worked for a large corporation it’s extremely frustrating how long it takes to make changes.
What’s the biggest change in the company you’ve experienced since you started working for City Garage?
The product our great technicians service and repair. It’s amazing the changes in the automobile in just the last 20 years.
How would you best describe your relationship with your coworkers at City Garage?
All positive, best group of men and women you could ask to work with.
What do you think is unique about City Garage compared to other companies in the auto repair industry?
The feeling that we’re all one family working for the same goals.
When City Garage customers bring their vehicle(s) to City Garage they are not just a number. The company cares that their customers have the most positive experience possible.
The constant in house training City Garage gives their technicians.
The open door policy that the president and vice president have with myself and any employee that works for the company.
City Garage’s Code of Ethics.
Would you recommend City Garage employment to others?
What’s the part of your job you like the best?
In the maintenance department everyday brings a new challenge. Rarely do I work on the same thing two days in a row. Often times it’s a project I’ve never done before.
What’s the part of your job you like the least?
When there is bad weather
Do you have fun working for City Garage? When and Why?
I’m having a blast.
It’s the people. All the way from management to my fellow coworkers in the stores that make working at City Garage a lot of fun.
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
Racing cars, golfing and fishing. Just about anything outdoors
Are you a native or long-time Texan? From the DFW area?
Not a native Texan and not from DFW
If not from here, where did you live before?
Born in Arizona but spent most of my childhood in a small town in New Mexico
What is your favorite vehicle (one you’ve owned or dream car)?
Older BMW M3s
What local sports team do you root for most?