This past Friday, March 21st, it was announced that Jim Koons Automotive Cos., was picked by the Washington Business Journal, as one of the Greater Washington DC areas best places to work. There are three categories: Small (10-50 employees), Medium (51-150 employees), and Large (151 or more employees). Jim Koons is an honoree in the “large” company category and this is the fifth year that we’ve been selected. It’s an honor to be among this group of distinguished corporations and we’re proud of all of our employees who’ve made this award possible.
Our employees have helped make us one of the nation’s biggest automotive dealers, the hard work and dedication they bring to the workplace each and every day is inspiring and they make our company a great work environment.”
In order for a company to be selected they first need to submit an application, this submission will start the evaluation process. Each company application requires a survey to be administered to all of its employees, in order for a fair evaluation to be obtained a sliding scale of responses are needed (the scale is based on company size). The survey rates a company against 10 criteria; Team effectiveness, Retention, Employee alignment with company goals, Trust with co-workers, Individual contribution, Manager effectiveness, Trust in senior leaders, Feeling valued, Work engagement, and People practices. All applications needed to be submitted by January 31st, 2014 and a significant number of surveys needed to be completed by February 28th, 2014 in order for the company to be eligible.
Once the application is submitted the auditing company (Quantum Market Research) tabulated the employee surveys and those responses actually determined the results and rankings. All nominees need to have operations in the greater Washington DC area in order to be considered, that area covers DC, NoVA and Central Maryland. There are other aspects to the eligibility criteria but the three mentioned here are the most important. This is the fifth time that Koons has made it on the list and every time the group of applicants and honorees have been remarkable. From Small to large the field is made up of very impressive firms and Koons Automotive is honored to be in their company.
Koons has always placed a great deal of value on how our employees take care of our customers, both new and returning. That value starts with our hiring process and we’ve always made a point of hiring the best and most knowledgeable employees around and then treating them professionally. “Our employees have helped make us one of the nation’s biggest automotive dealers, the hard work and dedication they bring to the workplace each and every day is inspiring and they make our company a great work environment.” stated Jim Koons.
Congratulations to all of the companies and their employees in this year’s Best Places to Work competition. The DC area has long been a great place for tourists to visit, families to raise their children, and for companies to locate themselves in. Rankings will be announced at a gala event in Tysons Corner on May 9th. ♛