FORTUNE: ARI ‘A Great Place to Work’

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ARI was named to FORTUNE’s 2014 100 Best Com­pa­nies to Work For® list for the sec­ond year in a row. The com­pa­ny, which came in at num­ber 70 last year, moved up on the list to num­ber 27 this year. ARI was the only fleet man­age­ment com­pa­ny and only one of two com­pa­nies in the Philadel­phia region to be named to this annu­al list that rec­og­nizes com­pa­nies that have excep­tion­al work­place cul­tures.

“We are so proud to be a part of this pres­ti­gious list for the sec­ond year in a row,” said ARI Pres­i­dent Carl A. Ortell. “With­out ques­tion, our great­est asset is our peo­ple – they are the most impor­tant part of our busi­ness and crit­i­cal to our over­all suc­cess, which is why we con­tin­u­al­ly strive to cre­ate an envi­ron­ment that is sup­port­ive and open, pro­vide work that is inter­est­ing and engag­ing, and offer oppor­tu­ni­ties for growth and devel­op­ment.”

In addi­tion to being rec­og­nized for its fam­i­ly-like cul­ture, its inter­nal employ­ee engage­ment and empow­er­ment pro­gram Part­ners in Excel­lence®, and its empha­sis on employ­ee devel­op­ment, the com­pa­ny was laud­ed for the year-end bonus that all employ­ees receive, which can be the equiv­a­lent of up to 15 days’ pay, and the fact that the com­pa­ny has nev­er had a lay­off in its 65 year his­to­ry.

Ortell con­tin­ued, “We were incred­i­bly hon­ored to be a part of last year’s list, but also saw it as a chal­lenge to improve what we were doing so that we would remain one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Com­pa­nies to Work For and be the kind of com­pa­ny where an indi­vid­ual can build a sat­is­fy­ing and ful­fill­ing career. We know that by doing this, we are mak­ing a sol­id invest­ment in our long-term suc­cess and that our cus­tomers will ben­e­fit.”

ARI was select­ed from among hun­dreds of com­pa­nies vying for a place on the list this year. Appli­cant com­pa­nies opt to par­tic­i­pate in the selec­tion process, which includes an employ­ee sur­vey and an in-depth ques­tion­naire about their pro­grams and com­pa­ny prac­tices. Great Place to Work® then eval­u­ates each appli­ca­tion using its unique method­ol­o­gy based on five dimen­sions: cred­i­bil­i­ty, respect, fair­ness, pride and cama­raderie. The cre­ators of the list, Great Place to Work, has found that employ­ees believe they work for great orga­ni­za­tions when they con­sis­tent­ly trust the peo­ple they work for, have pride in what they do and enjoy the peo­ple they work with.

“The com­pa­nies on this list under­stand the role that peo­ple and cul­ture play in their suc­cess,” offered Chi­na Gor­man, CEO of Great Place to Work. “A great work­place cul­ture and high-trust work envi­ron­ment win these com­pa­nies not just a spot on this list, but buoys their over­all suc­cess in an increas­ing­ly com­pet­i­tive mar­ket­place.”

ARI seeks to fos­ter a sup­port­ive, fam­i­ly-like envi­ron­ment and active­ly nur­tures the skills that sup­port its core com­pe­ten­cies: flex­i­ble fleet man­age­ment, high-qual­i­ty cus­tomer ser­vice and best-in-the-busi­ness vehi­cle knowl­edge. ARI encour­ages an atmos­phere of team­work by sup­port­ing pro­grams and ini­tia­tives that fos­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion and recog­ni­tion. You can read more about ARI’s cul­ture and employ­ee pro­grams by vis­it­ing http://www.arifleet.com/about/careers/

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