Diehl Automotive Group
Butler , PA
Overall Rank for 2012: 79
Walk into Diehl Automotive, and you're likely to see an unusually large percentage of employees pecking away on tablets, smartphones and other devices.
One reason: A Diehl employee perk offers no-interest loans for workers to buy their own devices and computers.
Employees can order just about any gadget they'd like through Donnie Gutherie, Diehl's IT and marketing manager. They can set their own monthly payment to come right out of their paycheck -- typically around $75, Gutherie says.
Diehl, in Butler, Pa., north of Pittsburgh, sells Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram, as well as Toyota and Scion, at two adjacent stores. Because the stores are so close and are run as a single enterprise, they were counted as a single dealership in the Best Dealerships To Work For listing.
"They'll say 'I need something that does this and this,'" Gutherie says. "I'll research it, find them what they're looking for and order it for them."
One salesman, Jay Mosby, hasn't been shy about taking advantage of the program. Over the last year, he has had his employer loan him money for a laptop, an iPad and a BlackBerry.
It's a way to combine a company perk with sharpening customer service. Sales and service employees use their devices for personal use, of course, but most also tap into Diehl's customer database to track service visits and purchase history, for example.
The loans are a small part of a broader culture that empowers employees, Gutherie says. Another common perk: tickets to Pittsburgh sporting events.
"Instead of upper management hoarding tickets, they're dispersed to employees," Gutherie says. "If one sales guy is killing it, he might get some Steelers tickets."
-- Mike Colias