Patriot Subaru of Saco, Maine received special recognition at the annual Automotive News award ceremony held in Chicago. At this event, AN recognizes the the Top 100 dealers nationwide who have been selected as the “Best Dealerships To Work For”, based on an extensive survey conducted by the Best Companies Group. This program started in 2012, and is open to 23,000 dealers who submit surveys to their respective employees. Patriot Subaru was introduced to the audience as one of only 7 dealers who have earned a place in the Top 100 all five years the survey has been conducted.
In attendance at the ceremony to accept the award was Patriot Subaru’s General Manager, Brian Beattie. “We are truly appreciative of what this recognition means.” says Beattie. “We have a team of associates who work so hard for their customers. At the same time, they work hard for each other, helping each other.
If something needs to be done, they don’t wait for someone else to do it. It becomes a way of life here at the store, where you don’t want to let others down.
Some times you’re the helper, sometimes you need help. It balances out, in a very positive way. That’s a huge part of what makes it a great place to work.”
Patriot has been in the Top 100 all five years also because of the strong support of the ownership. Adam Arens, Owner/President notes, “Our Mission Statement is simple. Two words basically – ‘To Serve’. We add simply – ‘Our customers, our community, our families, and each other.’ We also do our best to give back to our associates. Our store has been successful because of our people, so they deserve a bonus every year, which we have done ever since we opened in November 2003. We had been open two months in 2003, and we still gave a bonus at year’s end. We pay 100% health, dental,and vision insurance. We have a matching 401k. We pay for industry education. There’s more, but the idea is that we respect what our associates do, and we like that to reflect on their bottom line as well as ours.”
Patriot Subaru has also earned “Maine’s Best Places To Work” the last four years, 2013-2016, including being ranked #1 in the Medium Size Business size the past three consecutive years. “That’s remarkable”, says Arens. “It all speaks to the people who work here.”
Every year, associates at Patriot Subaru who have been at the store for 5 years or more are taken out to one of Portland area’s finest restaurants for a night of dining. It is called the Founders Club, and of the 50 people who work at the store now, 23 will be heading out this year. Not to worry, all associates including spouses/significant other is invited to the annual holiday party, also held at one of Portland’s top hotels.
Patriot Subaru is located at 769 Portland Road, Saco, Maine. A second Patriot Subaru opened in North Attleboro, MA in 2014, at 551 S. Washington Street.