Mercedes-Benz of Des Moines
Urbandale , IA
Overall Rank for 2016:30
Rank based on Dealership size (Small):13
2015 new-vehicle sales
542, up 5.2%
2015 used-vehicle sales
301, up 17%
Employees get to drive a Mercedes-Benz for the weekend.
Collinet on showing employees they are valued
"We have regular all-store meetings that are held at different places. We will at times rent a movie theater for the release of a new movie, and managers will show up in costume. There will be dinner and awards."
Collinet on keeping employees engaged
"We feature a stock purchase plan at a 15 percent discount, matching 401(k), great health plan, 140 dealerships with great advancement opportunities, free training and relocation assistance, flexible hours, casual Fridays, free lunch for sales on Saturday (typically with the general manager grilling), free lunch for the office staff on Fridays, cake on birthdays and an employee car purchase program."
Shane Boyd, general sales manager, on work schedules
"We changed our store hours by closing an hour earlier. We found that most customers shopped earlier in the day and that last hour was unnecessary. This made our staff very happy, and they all come in the morning a little earlier and happier. We give everyone two days off a week with personal time and vacation time after the first year. They can also work flexible schedules as long as the work gets done."