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Best Company Hall of Fame: Merchants Fleet

Published Monday Jan 6, 2020

Companies named to the Best Companies to Work For list for four out of five years are inducted into our Hall of Fame. Companies stay in the Hall of Fame for two years and assist with judging.

Fleet management services and car dealership

CEO: Brendan P. Keegan
Years in Business: 56
Full-time Employees: 419 (318 in NH)
Part-time/Temporary/Seasonal Employees: 57
Years on List: 4 (plus 1 year in Hall of Fame)
Address: 14 Central Park Drive, Hooksett, NH 03106
Website: merchantsfleet.com

Entering its first year in the Hall of Fame, Merchants Fleet recently opened a new larger headquarters in Hooksett. But, even as the company grows, it continues to offer a culture and benefits that make it a place where people want to work.

One of its signature programs is wellness. When employees take part in wellness initiatives, they can earn wellness bucks that can be traded for a variety of items, including two days off and gift cards. Employees are reimbursed $250 annually to cover expenses for healthy activities and fitness equipment and earn a $75 incentive bonus when they get any preventative screening related to health care. Merchants also provides free flu shots onsite for employees and their families.

Merchants has developed a formal mentorship program. During the year-long program, a mentee is matched with a senior manager to develop an agreement identifying goals and meet periodically.

Merchants also provides the Helping Hands program, which provides financial assistance of up to $1,500 annually to employees when needed. All requests are reviewed by a committee and kept confidential.

This also is a company that loves to celebrate. Each year, it holds an employee appreciation week with video contests, photo booths, catered meals, raffles, daily games and events.

Merchants also offers such perks as free state car inspections, free onsite car washes, up to five $1,000 college scholarships per year for children of full-time employees and 16 hours of paid volunteer time annually.

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