2014 Best Dealerships to Work For

GREG MAY CHEVROLET -- NO. 1 OVERALL
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Building a team, rebuilding a community in tiny Texas town

Retailer shows huge commitment after devastating fertilizer-plant blast
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

Many employees at Greg May Chevrolet spent a lot of time last year being paid to not do their work. The dealership in West, Texas, encouraged its employees to help the rural community recover from a massive fertilizer-plant explosion in April 2013 that devastated a 37-block area.

 

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PETER B. BURKE

'14 honorees raise the bar for worker engagement

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

My firm, Best Companies Group, measures employee engagement and satisfaction. In determining the 2014 Best Dealerships To Work For, we surveyed more than 55,000 dealershi ...

 

At Greg May Honda, driven salespeople reap rich rewards

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

Greg May is two for two this year. Both Texas dealerships bearing his name are on this year's list of the Best Dealerships To Work For, after Greg May Honda made the list ...

 

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Dealership hires newbies, then comes the training

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

Land Rover North Dade rarely hires salespeople who have worked in the auto industry. "When they have been in the industry, you can't teach them," said General Manager Lar ...

 

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Ounce of prevention keeps employees on the job

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

When it comes to the health and well-being of its 130 employees, Baker Motor Co. of Charleston closely follows the adage about the relative cost of prevention and cure. ...

 

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Wrestling with the workweek

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

At Planet Subaru in Hanover, Mass., everyone works fewer than 50 hours a week.

At Friendship Family of Dealerships in Bristol, Tenn., employees who sell ...

 

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Dealers take Affordable Care Act in stride

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

Hold down costs and turn a profit -- but don't do so by shaving employee health benefits. That is the consensus among owners and managers of stores on Automotive News' li ...

 

Getting past the industry's negative image

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

If auto dealers want to hire more college graduates, experts say, they must overcome a variety of negative perceptions: long and odd hours, inconsistent paychecks and wor ...

 

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How to attract, hire and keep college grads

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

Dealers increasingly want to hire college grads, believing they bring a high level of professionalism and the drive to succeed. But getting college graduates to consider ...

 

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Giving employees a meal and much more

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

Steve Krohn believes there are many ways to reward employees for a job well done. ...

 

Scrap metal pays for pizza at Faulkner

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

Scrap dealers show up once a month at Faulkner Hyundai on the northeast side of Philadelphia and haul away the worn-out parts from the service department. But unlike most ...

 

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A shared mission, a shared reward

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

Staff meetings can be a drag -- unless you get paid for attending. At George Matick Chevrolet in Redford Township, Mich. ...

 

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Manager's personalized paychecks encourage, praise dealership staffers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

Michelle Petrenko adds extra value to her employees' paychecks. Petrenko, as general manager of Mini of Tempe, one of this year's Best Dealerships To Work For, wrote mean ...

 

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Bergstrom thanks employees with annual gala

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

Once a year, Bergstrom Automotive thanks its hardest-working employees by giving them the red-carpet treatment at an employee appreciation gala. The Wisconsin dealership ...

 

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Audi dealership ads tout cars, workers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

If you're an employee at New Country Audi of Greenwich, there's a good chance you'll be making headlines. Each week, Eric Ferits, the Connecticut dealership's general man ...

 

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Big-city store has a small-town mindset

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

Schumacher European, a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Phoenix, is a big store in a major city. How does it avoid the impersonality of a large company, which can leave employ ...

 

Best Dealerships outdo industry in U.S. sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

The Best Dealerships To Work For significantly outpaced the overall U.S. new light-vehicle market last year, posting a collective double-digit gain. ...

 

Forget big vs. small; it's the Best vs. the rest

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

The differences among small, medium and large Best Dealerships To Work For are far less striking than their similarities. ...

 

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3-peat

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These 16 dealerships have been among the Best Dealerships To Work For each of the 3 years that Automotive News has compiled the list. ...

 

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Dealers movin' on up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

With increased competition for spots on the Best Dealerships To Work For list, 48 dealerships repeated from last year. And many of those slid in the rankings. But not all ...

 

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Offbeat rewards motivate workers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

Dealerships across the country hand out cash or plane tickets when their employees hit sales targets or other company goals. ...

 

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Stores mix competitions and food to cook up camaraderie

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

In Amarillo, Texas, it's not unusual to see restaurant billboards advertising 72-ounce steak dinners. At AutoNation Chevrolet in Amarillo, the ribs or brisket portions ma ...

 

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How to get the most from millennial staffers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

If dealers want to attract the best and brightest from the most diverse generation to date, job descriptions should cast the car business as a career with hurdles that mi ...

 

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Dealerships turn to sports to help build teams

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15 |

Many dealerships talk about building teams. Some take the sporting route to doing so. At one dealership on this year's Best Dealerships To Work For list, salespeople and ...

 

 
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