We're proud to announce that we have been named one of the Best Places to Work in Maine in the Large Employer category. This award is given based on evaluation completed by a third-party organization, and based on surveys to Darling's employees that measure the employee experience. Congratulations to all of the companies nominated and awarded this great honor - and thank you to our employees for sharing your experiences during our evaluation process!
"Employees at every level have a voice at Darling's, the parent company of Darling's Auto Group, Darling's Insurance Agency, and Green Point Auto Recyclers.
"They know they have access to the management and executive teams and their input is valued," said President Jay Darling.
One example is Darling's Ice Cream for a Cause fundraising truck to support local causes of employees. The program stemmed from a story one of the sales representatives shared about his past life as a Grateful Dead fan. To date, the initiative has resulted in over $200,000 in charitable donations and received national and local media attention. Another example is the "pink plate promotion." One of the company's reconditioning technicians came up with the idea of turning all Darling's promotional license plates from fluorescent green to pink each October to support breast cancer awareness.
Transforming employee input into actionable programs is just part of the company's sense of purpose.
"Darling's is like one big extended family. We spend a lot of time together working towards common goals, which in and of itself can be very rewarding," said Darling. "Knowing that our collective success also helps contribute to our annual tenure bonus plan, profit-sharing plan, and 401(k) match, not to mention increased opportunities for personal career growth, really helps to cultivate a collaborative environment."
Employee satisfaction is grounded in a tremendous sense of teamwork that comes from great people, excellent rewards, and allowing employees to grow with the company. The management team bonus plan – unique in the industry – is based on performance of the entire store, creating positive interdependence and support for each other.
Employee satisfaction is one of the company's five vision goals.
"It's well known that happy employees are far more likely to have happy customers," said Darling. "Ultimately, it creates a feedback loop that can lead to exponential growth."
Other programs include the annual Owen Darling Award, which goes to an employee who best exemplifies the company's core values, and includes an all-expense paid vacation to a destination of the employee's choice and an extra week of PTO. Engraved luxury-brand wristwatches are presented to employees in recognition of 25 years of service. There's access to tickets for concerts, plays, and sporting events, company cookouts, holiday fun, and free or highly discounted Fitbits.
"Fostering a great work environment is fundamental to achieving our goals," said Darling."
We're committed to fostering a more vibrant, prosperous community because it's important for all of us. Working with local groups, individuals, and businesses, helps us use our collective influence and resources to make this a better place to live, work, play and raise a family. We've been blessed with so much and we think it's extremely important to give back to help others.
We're proud to be able to work with great organizations like:
Champion the Cure Challenge
Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Shepard's Godparent Home
Boy Scouts of America, Katahdin Area Council
Friends in Action
Knox County Homeless Coalition
Red Barn Cares Foundation
Cobscook Community Learning Center