The differences among small, medium and large Best Dealerships To Work For are far less striking than their similarities.
A dealership must have at least 25 employees to be on Automotive News' list of the Best Dealerships To Work For. Any fewer, and the surveys that are evaluated by Best Companies Group have too few respondents to produce valid results.
Dealerships with 25-49 employees are considered Small; those with 50-99, Medium; and those with 100 or more, Large.
Best Companies Group evaluates an employer survey, which focuses on benefits and policies, and an employee survey. Employees are asked to rate their work site based on leadership and planning, corporate culture and communications, role satisfaction, relationship with their supervisor, pay and benefits and other workplace issues.
Not surprisingly, sometimes benefits vary with dealership size. Consider one of the more extreme cases: responses to the question of whether the dealership offers bonuses to employees who refer new hires. Of the Small dealerships on this year's list, 95 percent do. That dropped to 93 percent among this year's Medium dealerships, and just 79 percent among Large dealerships.
But from employees' viewpoints, do these or other differences in pay and benefits matter that much? Not really.
Combining all dealerships on this year's list, 93 percent of employees agreed with the statement "My pay is fair for the work I perform."
The breakdown was 94 percent for employees at Small dealerships, 92 percent at Medium ones and 93 percent at Large ones. In contrast, at the dealerships that applied for but didn't make this year's list, only 74 percent agreed with that statement.
And that was the norm. By one measurement after another, employees at the Large, Medium and Small Best Dealerships To Work For said they felt much the same about their job situation. The contrast was not across sizes of dealerships nearly so much as it was among the Best, and the rest.