Best Dealerships to Work For

Deadline for best-dealerships contest entry is days away

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
Automotive News is searching for the best dealerships to work for in the United States and Canada.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Is your dealership one of the best?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
For the third time, Automotive News is recognizing the 100 Best Dealerships To Work For in the United States and Canada. In a few weeks, the time for registering will be past.... Read More »

 

Searching for another 100 success stories

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Now in its third year, Best Dealerships to Work For is a program that measures satisfaction through a confidential survey of employers and employees.... Read More »

 

Audi: iPads will spread beyond the showroom

6:46 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2014
Audi executives told dealers at the make meeting that the Apple iPads that are rolling into showrooms will soon make their way to the parts and service departments.... Read More »

 

Could your store rank among best?

4:02 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
Automotive News is searching for the best dealerships to work for in the United States and Canada. For the third year, Automotive News is partnering with Best Companies Group to identify dealerships that have excelled in creating quality workplaces.... Read More »

 

Could your store rank among best in the U.S., Canada?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Automotive News is searching for the best dealerships to work for in the United States and Canada. For the third year, Automotive News is partnering with Best Companies Group to identify dealerships that have excelled in creating quality workplaces.... Read More »

 

No. 1 store is all about support

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Friendship Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram of Bristol, Tenn., is focused on supporting employees. The dealership covers half the cost of gym memberships, rewards workers with NASCAR tickets and offers profit sharing. A big benefit is supported by staffers themselves, who can contribute part of their paychecks to a fund that helps colleagues in times of need.... Read More »

 

Some stores see being pet-friendly as a plus

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
The Saco, Maine, dealership is one of a handful of dog-friendly stores around the country. The job titles on the store's Web site for Colby, Subie and Licorice aren't posted just to be cute. Colby and Subie, golden retrievers, and Licorice, a black Labrador retriever, really do have jobs.... Read More »

 

Dealership Buy/Sell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Recent dealership acquisitions include Bedford South Point Ford in South Port, Ohio; Joe Marina Honda in Tusla, Okla.; Bob Barbour Honda in Greenville, N.C.; Stockton Nissan-Kia in Stockton, Calif.; and Muller Hyundai in Stewartsville, N.J.... Read More »

 

DCH Toyota City

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Benefit highlight: Daily "DCH Way" Word of the Day meetings about DCH's culture and values. Monday is "welcome," Tuesday is "respected," Wednesday is "productive," Thursday is "confident" and Friday is "enthused."; Cool perk: Free bottled water and snacks... Read More »

 

Texas dealership steers clear of long workweeks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Upon retiring from the Army after tours in Iraq and Germany, Greg Milner was looking for a job that would allow him to spend more time with his family. And he found one at Park Place Lexus Grapevine in suburban Fort Worth, Texas, where he started as a salesman in 2007.... Read More »

 

More small dealerships make this year's list

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
This year's list of the 100 Best Dealerships To Work For has more small dealerships than last year's list: 42 this year, up from 31 in 2012. The number of large dealerships on the list dropped to 14, from 29 in 2012.... Read More »

 

Promoting from within is key for Mini store

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Mini of Peabody in suburban Boston believes in moving employees up the ladder. Its top four managers started in entry positions. "The company is good at promoting from within," said General Manager Gary King. "All of the managers started with the company in junior positions."... Read More »

 

Stores are in the running for employee health

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
To 16 Porsche of Beachwood employees, a marathon is more than a 14-hour workday. Those employees entered the full marathon, half-marathon or 10-kilometer run when the Cleveland Marathon was held in May. Porsche of Beachwood, on the eastern edge of Cleveland, paid entrance fees and other expenses for the runners to the tune of nearly $100 per employee.... Read More »

 

At Baker Motor Co., training is key to growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Tommy Baker, an ex-Marine and graduate of The Citadel military college, is big on training. The CEO and founder of Baker Motor Co. says his 250 employees at 11 franchises in the Charleston, S.C., area -- including the 143 employees at Baker Motor Co. of Charleston -- get a whopping 300 hours on average of training annually.... Read More »

 

What makes dealership employees want to go above and beyond?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
At the Best Dealerships To Work For, employees are engaged. Engaged employees go the extra mile. They feel a personal stake in their company's success. They don't just put in the hours, earn and collect their pay and go home.... Read More »

 

28 dealerships repeat on this year's list

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Here are this year's repeat dealerships, those that qualified as the Best Dealerships To Work For this year and in 2012. It's a surprisingly short list: just 28 stores.... Read More »

 

Revamped culture pays off for Warren Henry Infiniti

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Larry Zinn's four years of overhauling the culture at Warren Henry Infiniti in Miami into a pleasant, fast-paced and transparent workplace is paying dividends. Warren Henry Infiniti has been on Automotive News' annual 100 Best Dealerships To Work For list both times it has been compiled.... Read More »

 

At Yark dealerships, family time comes first

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
At Yark Automotive Group, family time often takes precedence over selling cars. New employees at the company, which operates six dealerships in Toledo, Ohio, are told to speak up whenever work conflicts with an event in their personal or children's lives.... Read More »

 

Dealer: Happy workers mean happy customers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Dealer Brian Kelly firmly believes that good will flows downhill. It's the underlying philosophy at each of his eight dealerships in Massachusetts. It's also the reason that many of the 400 employees at Kelly Auto Group have continued to work there for many years.... Read More »

 

These stores relieve staffers' aches and pains

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Les Lutz doesn't mind if his employees lie down on the job every now and then. And if they cop a few Z's in the process, well, that's OK, too. In fact, the owner of Extreme Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram in Jackson, Mich., encouraged such behavior when he purchased a $4,000 thermal massage bed for his dealership.... Read More »

 

At Subaru store, leaders are grown from within

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Patriot Subaru in Saco, Maine, has its own culture, to say the least. There is a gym in the basement and an organic garden out back. You see recycling bins, not trash cans. Employees can bring their dogs to work whenever they want. "We create this environment because this is what we believe in," General Manager Brian Beattie said.... Read More »

 

And in this corner, the defending champion

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
It's tough to be the defending champion. Mike Cuzzo, general manager of Jaguar Plano in Plano, Texas, used being No. 1 as a rallying cry for his troops after the dealership's top showing among Automotive News' inaugural Best Dealerships To Work For last year.... Read More »

 

Once hired, many never leave Jaguar store

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Darren Henry Jaguar in Miami has been Mike Berger's sole employer for his entire adult life. Berger's father worked at the dealership, and helped his high school son land a part-time job cleaning the shop. After the son graduated, he began working full-time at the dealership. Today, nearly 25 years since he first took a job at Warren Henry Jaguar, Berger still works at the dealership alongside his dad, who has been with the Warren Henry group for more than 30 years.... Read More »

 

Oregon store focuses on family-centered culture

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Josh Christenson, a lot attendant at Capitol Cadillac-Chevrolet-Subaru in Salem, Ore., wants to become a firefighter and emergency medical technician. He needs flexible hours. He's got tuition bills. He needs to stay in shape for future firefighting tests. His employer helps him with all three.... Read More »

 

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