Don Rosen Imports
Lawrenceville , NJ
Overall Rank for 2012: 55
Employees of the Don Rosen Imports dealership group are big Jersey Shore fans -- the beach, not the TV show.
Every year, each worker can take family and friends to Ocean City, N.J., for a free getaway in one of three company-leased houses near the Atlantic coast. The perk is so popular, especially on summer weekends and holidays, that workers submit their preferred dates to a drawing in February.
The company also sponsors an annual trip to Hersheypark, a theme park in central Pennsylvania. Everyone drives there after the stores close on Saturday for a catered dinner. The store pays for the hotel, breakfast the next morning and tickets so everyone can spend the day riding roller coasters together.
Don Rosen Imports, which owns Princeton Porsche and five dealerships in Pennsylvania, also rewards employees with opportunities for profit-sharing checks. When the dealership beats its monthly income target, 10 percent of the excess is distributed equally among employees, says Tim Hedrick, the Princeton store's general manager.
"We try to provide a place where people can prosper and not just show up to work," Hedrick says. "If everyone's in it together and the company makes money, then we're able to expand and invest in the company, so it really works out well for everyone."
The value of the group's benefits became apparent to Princeton Porsche employees after Don Rosen Imports bought the store in 2010. They were switched to the group's health plan, under which all employees pay 2 percent of their salaries for health insurance, no matter how many dependents are covered.
"Without even changing salary structures, most people there essentially got a $500 to $1,000-a-month raise," says Scott Kaminski, the dealership group's marketing communications director. "We happily bear that cost because we know this is one of the reasons we're able to retain people for as long as we can."
-- Nick Bunkley