West Herr Automotive Group
West Herr Toyota of Orchard Park
Orchard Park , NY
Overall Rank for 2012: 62
West Herr Toyota of Orchard Park says it has no formal policies about diversity but department directors attend career fairs in and around economic development zones.
"We believe that diversity inspires new ways of thinking, which supports our drive towards continuous improvement and being an employer of choice," the store said in response to the Best Dealerships To Work For questionnaire. "We view diversity as more than a moral obligation or business."
For example, more than 8 percent of West Herr Automotive Group's employees are over 65 years old. Their jobs include serving as shuttle and delivery drivers.
The Toyota store and the group offer profit sharing, job sharing and the opportunity to work a compressed workweek.
The group holds monthly orientations for all new hires for its 18 locations, said Scott Bieler, group president. New workers are taught the group's culture "and how they can grow in the company."
Bieler attends the sessions and answers questions. The meetings have been a company practice for about six years, he said. "It has been a helpful thing to set the expectation levels and the tone early in their employment."
-- Diana T. Kurylko