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CarShop, Auto Trader and John Clark Motor Group make top 25 of firms with best senior leadership

  • Automotive firms make the senior leadership grade based on anonymous reviews
  • Pandemic forced leaders to redefine how they run their companies and support workforce
  • Firms on list said to share transparent approach to management and offer strong culture and values

Time 7:00 am, June 22, 2022

CarShop, Auto Trader and John Clark Motor Group have all been named as among the top 25 UK firms for senior leadership.

The Sytner-owned used car supermarket was ranked 12th by Glassdoor, which provides insights about jobs and firms, with Auto Trader and John Clark not far behind it at 14th and 16th respectively.

They were all ranked based on employees’ anonymous input about their companies’ senior leadership, as well as insights into their job, work environment and employer over the past year.


Glassdoor said the pandemic had transformed the workplace, forcing senior leaders to redefine how they run their business and support their staff, with the list recognising those who rose to the challenge.

One CarShop employee said: ‘All managers and colleagues offer constant help and support to help you reach your goals.

‘A competitive salary with a good work-life balance makes it a great environment to work in. You get back exactly what you put in!’

An Auto Trader worker commented: ‘The senior leadership team have really helped with my development and I get support from the managers in both the teams I’ve worked in.


‘There’s a real focus on developing their people and the support is there when you ask.’

Meanwhile, a John Clark Motor Group staff member said in their review: ‘Welcomed with open arms and made to feel part of the team straight away. Great support from management and colleagues.’

Lauren Thomas, Glassdoor’s economist for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said: ‘Covid-19 tore up the traditional rules of management.

‘It is the companies that embraced the changes this offered and focused on employee experience that are recognised on Glassdoor’s Top UK Companies for Senior Leadership list.

‘Inspirational senior leadership is a sign of a united company with an engaged, motivated and satisfied workforce.

‘The companies on our list share a transparent approach to management and offer strong culture and values.’

The 25 companies covered 13 industries, with veterinary healthcare provider VetPartners Ltd claiming the top spot. Anonymous reviews by nearly 370,000 employees were analysed.

Strong senior leadership characteristics were identified by workers as being supportive, friendly, approachable, flexible and dependable.

At the other end of the scale, staff called out bullying, micro-management, being unappreciative and rudeness as among the worst traits and signs of toxic senior leadership.

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John has been with Car Dealer since 2013 after spending 25 years in the newspaper industry as a reporter then a sub-editor/assistant chief sub-editor on regional and national titles. John is chief sub-editor in the editorial department, working on Car Dealer, as well as handling social media.

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