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.
Third-generation dealer Scott Casebeer and his wife, Carrie, offer their 230 full-time employees reimbursement for up to half the cost of any outside course work. So Christenson's tuition fees for his firefighter training courses are subsidized. And a gym-membership subsidy knocks his monthly fitness-center membership down to $30, from $65.
As nice as those perks are, Christenson, 19, who started at the company as a 16-year-old washing cars, says he most values the family atmosphere at Capitol Auto Group. It includes a Toyota-Scion store on the same 25-acre property.
"They've always been very supportive of my career plans, even though they know that this job is a stepping stone for me," Christenson says. "They've just said, 'If you change your mind, we're not going anywhere.'"
A family-centered, tight-knit culture is the hallmark of Capitol, employees say, despite the relatively large size of the operation. The group sold about 2,900 new vehicles last year.