Here at CEI, we understand that company culture and creating a positive workplace is the key to a successful business. Because our commitment to our employees is so important, we are proud to be first in the 2020 Best Places to Work by Triangle Business Journal.

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How Winners Are Chosen

Each year, Triangle Business Journal chooses 50 winners across several categories, divided by the size of the company (CEI is considered a medium-size business). Beginning early in the year, they open up nominations for businesses, with the eligibility requirements including size – the company must have at least 10 Triangle-located employees, and location – the business must operate in at least one of the 16 counties that make up the Triangle. 

Once a workplace is nominated, the company will receive a link to an employee survey website that consists of 30 questions. After the employees complete the anonymous survey, the scores are tabulated across six categories: 

  • Communication and resources
  • Manager effectiveness
  • Personal engagement
  • Team dynamics
  • Trust in leadership
  • Individual needs

Final results are tabulated by Quantum Workplace, who created and hosted the survey, and the businesses with the highest scores are named as a Best Place to Work. 

Major Accomplishments at CEI

At CEI, we were named the best place to work among the medium-sized business group, and part of what put us at the top spot were: 

  • We did not increase employee health care costs;
  • No cuts in benefits
  • Maintained full salaries for all full-time employees, even through the challenges of the COVID-19 shutdowns;
  • Expanded remote policies to ensure the safety of our team.. 

Additionally, we believe morale is key to success, which is why we offer some unique opportunities and perks, such as creating events to volunteer in the community, catered lunches and business-hour team activities. This year, we also wanted to offer our employees more flexibility and reduce their hourly work schedule without reducing pay and benefits. We created a rotating four-day work week schedule so everyone gets an extra day offer per week without it affecting their PTO. 

What Sets CEI Apart? 

Since opening our doors over 60 years ago, we know that the key to being a successful company is our people. In order to attract great people who are knowledgeable and talented and keep an amazing team who are not just experienced but are also dedicated to providing great customer service, we have to be more than just a job or a means to a paycheck.That’s why we have four pillars around which we base our internal operations: 

Team Atmosphere

We are all working toward the same goal, and in order for us to achieve that, we all need to be on board. Every role is essential and every team member is necessary no matter what you do or who you are. 

Accountability Starts at the Top

Every single person at CEI is accountable to meeting and exceeding both our own and our clients’ expectations. We not only expect our clients to hold us accountable to delivering on our promises, we expect each other to, also, and we never ask anyone to do anything we wouldn’t do or haven’t already done. .

Community Support

We live and work in the Triangle and want to make our community a better place. We give back and serve others because this not only strengthens the community, it strengthens our relationship with each other. Plus, we always have fun doing it!

Working At CEI in 2021 and Beyond

Just because we’re named the Best Place to Work in Raleigh in 2020 doesn’t mean it’s time to sit on our laurels. Next year, we want to raise our scores even higher to continue focusing on employee education, retaining team members, and providing even better opportunities and benefits. We want everyone to get the benefits and flexible environment they need to thrive in their careers. 

Join One of the Best Places to Work in Raleigh

If you are interested in joining the team at CEI, check out our careers page to discover more about our benefits, company philosophy, and other information. To learn more about our managed IT and printing services and products, reach out to us today at 919-781-8885 or fill out the contact form below.