#1 100 List Ranking
Yark Automotive Group
2015 new-vehicle sales
752, up 10%
2015 used-vehicle sales
548, down 0.2%
The dealership partners with local animal shelters. If an employee adopts a dog or cat from any of the organizations the dealership supports, Yark pays for half of the adoption fee.
Sales Consultant Mark Thomas on showing employees they are valued
"Yark makes me feel valued by having employee nights at the Mud Hens, Walleye and Rockets games. My favorite time of the year is always at the Yark holiday party. Seeing everyone together, going over the company's accomplishments for the year and hearing what Yark has to offer in the future makes you feel like you're included in something very special. In a time when most companies don't have holiday parties for their employees, the food, prizes and provided cabs are very generous. There are quarterly prizes given out as well for our sales leaders, which help motivate us to break our own records. Besides the functions and prizes, Yark offers great health care options and a 401(k)."
Thomas on keeping employees engaged
"Besides the benefits and functions, I feel like I can openly speak with anyone in upper management and be heard. There is no better way to feel engaged than knowing that my opinion matters. I come to work ready every day knowing that I have the tools, resources and management team to help me accomplish all of my professional goals. My management team helps keep me hungry and motivated to find ways to help my past, current and future customers. It is important to me to provide customers with the best customer experience possible, and Yark allows me to do that. I am not at Yark for a job; I am at Yark for a career."
General Manager Scott Moewe on building good relations across all departments
"It starts with finding the right people that fit the mold of your company's vision. When you have everyone with the same vision moving in the same direction, then it makes working together as one unit much smoother. The reason we have such a great relationship between sales and F&I is because we like to promote from within. In order to be a department manager, you have to go through finance first, so that way they know how it is to be on both sides of the playing field. Ideally, if you can grow an employee from sales to finance to the front desk, then you are going to have one of the best, well-rounded managers that knows how to help each step of the way."