Best Dealerships to Work For

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12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Automotive News is searching for the best dealerships to work for in the U.S. and Canada. For the fifth time, Automotive News is partnering with Best Companies Group to identify dealerships that have excelled in creating quality workplaces....
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JAMIE LaREAU

BLOG: Why hiring car salespeople is going to the dogs

12:21 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2015

Given the choice to sell cars or scoop dog poop to pay the bills, my friend armed herself with a roll of plastic bags and a leash....
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VIDEO: Why employees love working for dealer Tommy Baker

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2015

Former Marine Tommy Baker has a simple message to his dealership employees: "You take care of the clients, and I'll take care of you." That bargain plays out in robust communication efforts, rich insurance coverage, a promote-from-within strategy, and programs to keep staffers physically and financially fit....
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JASON STEIN

Here's to 100 happy workplaces

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2015

Automotive News celebrated the best dealership workplaces again last week. But to the stores honored in this program, it's so much more than that. Just ask Adam Arens....
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Store's success grows from Yark's culture

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

Yark Automotive Group has a simple philosophy that extends to its seven stores, including Yark Alfa Romeo Fiat: hire the best people you can, treat them well and give them the tools they need to succeed....
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Great perks by the Golden Gate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

Jaguar-Land Rover-Volvo Marin, which does a brisk business supplying vehicles to the wealthy lovers of the great outdoors, also offers regular doses of California fun to its employees, ranging from lunchtime visits by a taco truck to off-road driving excursions....
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FUN & FUNDRAISING

Best Dealerships To Work For photo contest

8:31 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

The Best Dealerships To Work For honorees submitted photos that show their community involvement. The submissions were judged by Automotive News on artistic merit and their ability to engage the viewer. Here are the three winners and some of the runners-up....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Motivation? Take me out to the (minor league) ballgame

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

Taking the team out to the ballgame is a popular theme among dealerships on this year's Best Dealerships To Work For list. But some see a difference between major and minor league sports teams and the message sent to employees....
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When an open-door policy isn't enough

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

At the Best Dealerships To Work For, management goes far beyond the traditional but passive open-door policy. They are constantly and actively reaching out to connect with their staffers....
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The best dealerships take care of their own

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

Several dealerships on this year's list of the Best Dealerships To Work For help employees during times of need. Some offer loans and grants in times of financial strain. Others spread awareness and offer donations for health-related issues their employees face....
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How dealerships turn green into green

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

It's common for dealerships to be active in local charities. Many pursue environmental initiatives. And some combine the two: turning their green efforts into greenbacks that can support charities....
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Better boots on the ground and other attire advantages

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

Audi Bedford is helping its employees put their best foot forward. The Ohio dealership gives each of its 15 technicians $50 per year to purchase new work boots....
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COOL PERKS

Best Dealerships To Work For serve up games, food, fun and even a chief happiness officer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

Dealerships on this year's Best Dealerships To Work For list offer fun perks that range from generous to quirky. Fiat/Alfa Romeo of Austin has its own chief happiness officer. Other stores pay for company picnics, swim parties and fishing outings....
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Hiring nurse practitioner helped slash costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

To cut down on expensive emergency-room visits by employees' dependents, Don Chalmers Ford hired a nurse practitioner to run a clinic for the dealership....
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Creative compensation motivates staffers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

Some of this year's Best Dealerships To Work For are crafting creative compensation plans to attract, retain and motivate employees. They are using profit sharing, benchmarking salaries and even offering ownership opportunities....
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Giving thought to giving

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

Finding a strategy for managing charitable giving is one of the most challenging tasks for those who already have their hands full selling and servicing vehicles. The sheer number of worthy organizations needing help forces dealerships to set priorities for vetting them and for accommodating employees eager to be involved....
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Flexible schedules aim to keep stores strong

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

The automotive retail sector is gradually embracing a more flexible workweek. Stores on this year's Best Dealerships To Work For list are staying one step ahead of this trend with creative and innovative scheduling....
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'You take care of the client, so I take care of you'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

Tommy Baker, owner of Baker Motor Co. of Charleston Inc., says his formula for success and keeping employees happy and productive is very simple. “I tell my people, 'You take care of the client so I take care of you.'”...
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Shuffling the ranks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

With more dealerships competing to be named among the Best Dealerships To Work For, this year's list shows a considerable shuffling of who ranks where. who's where on the ranking. Compared to last year's list, 23cq dealerships moved up in the ranking, while 24 25cq moved down. Twocq held exactly the same rank. as last year. The other 50cq 51 weren't on last year's ranking, although 14cq of those were returnees from the 2013 Best Dealerships To Work For list....
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Employees determine the customer's experience

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

In determining this year's Best Dealerships To Work For list, we surveyed more than 62,000 employees from over 740 dealerships to find out what they thought about their employers. Here's what we found....
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How the best dealerships surpass the good

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

By numerous measures, this year's 100 Best Dealerships To Work For surpass, in worker satisfaction and engagement, those dealerships that applied but failed to make this year's list. In fewer cases, the 100 dealerships differ from each other based on their size....
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MESSAGE RECEIVED

Winning dealerships work hard to ensure clear, open communications

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

One common feature of the stores on this year's list of the 100 Best Dealerships To Work For is great employee communication. Whether it's about keeping everyone informed, celebrating successes, correcting mistakes or just getting to know one another as people, clear and open communication is a must....
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VIDEO: Hillside Honda rewards: Paid vacations, Rolex watches, family atmosphere

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Thirty is a special number at Hillside Honda in New York City. Sales staffers who sell 30 rides a month get a $1,000 paid vacation and three extra days off. And 30-year employees receive an engraved Rolex timepiece. But workers insist the real reward is the store's family-like environment, which aided an ailing manager....
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A LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

Best Dealerships To Work For

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Welcome to our fourth annual celebration of the Best Dealerships To Work For in North America. The final ranking of top dealerships -- from No. 1 to No. 100 -- will be revealed at a ceremony Oct. 14 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, where Automotive News will honor the dealerships on the list....
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