Best Dealerships to Work For

JAMIE LaREAU

Gen Y guru entertains, informs

4:23 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Who knew that demographics could be so funny?...
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Best Dealerships To Work For honored

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
A video montage of all 101 dealerships recognized on the 2014 list of the Best Dealerships To Work For....
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No. 1 store empowers, retains employees

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Texas dealer Greg May encourages his staffers to provide input and solve problems on their own. The empowered workforce at May’s Chevrolet store in the town of West quickly went into action last year, following a nearby fertilizer plant explosion. May’s team converted the service area into a donation and distribution center. And employees sold T-shirts to raise money for disaster victims. The blast strengthened the camaraderie within the store, which is ranked No....
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BEST DEALERSHIP TO WORK FOR

Porsche Plano

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Cool perk: Every quarter, birthdays are celebrated with cupcakes and cards....
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BEST DEALERSHIP TO WORK FOR

Baker Motor Co. of Charleston

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Cool perk: Baker Motor Co. of Charleston reimburses employees for their gym memberships if they sign into their gym of choice at least eight times per month....
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Wrestling with the workweek

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
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 15 or more vehicles a month set their own schedules.
At Schumacher European, a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Phoenix, sales staffers regularly get two days off in a row....
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Stores mix competitions and food to cook up camaraderie

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
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 may be smaller, but the grill is hardly dainty....
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Scrap metal pays for pizza at Faulkner

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
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 dealerships, Faulkner Hyundai doesn't add the money to its bottom line. Instead, it puts the cash into a kitty that helps feed and entertain the store's roughly 45 employees....
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Ounce of prevention keeps employees on the job

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
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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Offbeat rewards motivate workers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Dealerships across the country hand out cash or plane tickets when their employees hit sales targets or other company goals. Several of the Best Dealerships To Work For are among those that go beyond trips or sporting event tickets with unusual incentives to motivate employees to sell -- and to be good citizens....
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Manager's personalized paychecks encourage, praise dealership staffers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
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 meaningful, unique messages on the checks of each of the Arizona Mini store's 37 staffers....
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How to get the most from millennial staffers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
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 millennials should be excited to leap -- not a robotic list of tasks waiting to be checked off, says Jason Dorsey, who bills himself as The Gen Y Guy....
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How to attract, hire and keep college grads

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
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 auto retailing careers can be tough. Large dealership groups would seem to have an advantage, in part because they can offer more opportunities for ambitious new hires who want to advance....
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Giving employees a meal and much more

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Steve Krohn believes there are many ways to reward employees for a job well done. One is Phil Long Dealerships' long-standing practice of giving Thanksgiving Day turkeys to every employee -- from lot porters to general managers, including Krohn, general manager at Phil Long Hyundai of Motor City in Colorado Springs, Colo....
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Getting past the industry's negative image

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
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 workplaces that are less than friendly to women and minorities....
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Forget big vs. small; it's the Best vs. the rest

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
The differences among small, medium and large Best Dealerships To Work For are far less striking than their similarities....
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Dealership hires newbies, then comes the training

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
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 Larry Zinn, 28. And teach them it does. The dealership systematically trains new employees in its processes, culture and approach to customer service. Training is a key to the store's success....
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Dealers take Affordable Care Act in stride

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
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' list of Best Dealerships To Work For....
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Dealers movin' on up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
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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GREG MAY CHEVROLET -- NO. 1 OVERALL

Building a team, rebuilding a community in tiny Texas town

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
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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Big-city store has a small-town mindset

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
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 employees feeling like management is distant and unengaged? By striving for the mentality of a small-town store....
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Best Dealerships outdo industry in U.S. sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
The Best Dealerships To Work For significantly outpaced the overall U.S. new light-vehicle market last year, posting a collective double-digit gain. Does the business theory that happy employees make for happier customers actually pay off? In terms of new-vehicle sales, it did for the Best Dealerships To Work For....
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Bergstrom thanks employees with annual gala

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
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 group has six stores on this year's Automotive News list of the Best Dealerships To Work For....
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Audi dealership ads tout cars, workers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
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 manager, honors an employee in a local newspaper ad. Alongside the ad's listings of that week's deals and highlighted vehicles, an article features a biography of the employee and a commendation of their work....
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At Greg May Honda, driven salespeople reap rich rewards

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
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 by itself in 2013....
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No. 1 store empowers, retains employees

No. 1 store empowers, retains employees

Texas dealer Greg May encourages his staffers to provide input and solve problems on their own. Mon., October 20
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