CENTRI

CENTRI

Seattle, WA

www.centritechnology.com

Grade: A

SummaryWork in the heart of Seattle in its tallest building and benefit from strong corporate vision, a dynamic startup environment and a place where your contribution is valued.

Intro: Candidates choose CENTRI because of the following reasons:  

  • Ability to make an immediate impact on our success and growth.
  • Build exciting, innovative products and services.
  • Each day is different in our dynamic high-energy environment.
  • Competitive salary, vacation, stock options, and a comprehensive benefits package.

Impact statements: 

  • CENTRI is a fast growing start-up company whose success is driven by its employees.  
  • The demand is high, but the reward is greater.  
  • We are part of something that we have all put sweat and tears into and this company is built on dedicated employees that want to see it succeed. 
  • We conduct monthly all-hands meeting, quarterly town hall meetings where the CEO and the leadership team update all the employees with any changes to the company vision, announcement of new benefits or new policies, excellence awards to employees and news about potential and existing customers. 
  • During our monthly all-hands we call out those employees that go the extra mile, the ones that shine and put forth 110% effort. We do this with the entire company to show each other appreciation and recognize hard work amongst the team.
  • CENTRI has been fortunate to have employees who have stayed with the company through thick and thin.

Community service/charitable causes:

Yes, we have supported Treehouse, a local foster charity, by volunteering at their events.

Medical benefits:

We offer medical, dental, vision, STD/LTD and Life Insurance.

Special accommodations:

  • Work from home provision
  • Bonus and benefits package
  • Stock Options

Measuring satisfaction:

We have had employees fill out surveys in the past and felt it was very informative and well received.

Work/Life:

  • CENTRI has an open PTO policy.
  • Employees enjoy the option of working from home whenever required.
  • CENTRI office has a range of physical spaces for collaboration or hanging out.
  • CENTRI provides all its employees (full time as well as contract), access to use the gym facilities.
  • Employees are also given the flexibility to choose their working hours as long as it doesn’t affect the work continuity.

Creative meeting places:

We have had company meetings/events at Experience Music Project Museum, Lucky Strike Bowling, Temple Billiards to name a few.

Perks:

Free food from the best local restaurants every Wednesday.

Each employee is provided with access to the gym facilities.

Fully funded transit cards for all FTE’s.

Fun:

We offer foosball and darts in our common area. Puzzles and toys to take the edge off.

Physical Environment:

  • CENTRI is located at Columbia Tower which is placed at the heart of Seattle and is the tallest building in Seattle.
  • The office has a great design with lot of natural lighting and free space.
  • It includes a lunch area, games area, two beautifully architected conference halls and large cubicles.

Collaboration tools:

At CENTRI, we use Skype for Business for conference calls and instant messaging. We use SharePoint for file storage and sharing. We have built custom dashboards on SharePoint which has been very helpful in managing, sorting and searching all important documents. We use Microsoft CRM Dynamics’s One Note which get updated with all market research data and has advanced file browsing features that help the Sales Team to be on the same page with the market research team. We use Confluence as the go to place for all of the engineering documents and requirements. We extensively use JIRA for engineering tickets and help desk activities.

All of the above systems help employees have quick access to the required data and share information seamlessly which improves their productivity. We have chosen technology based on the convenience of employees and make sure it solves all their needs.

How corporate vision is communicated:

We conduct monthly all-hands meeting, quarterly town hall meetings where the CEO and the leadership team update all the employees with any changes to the company vision, announcement of new benefits or new policies, excellence awards to employees and news about potential and existing customers.

Recognition:

During our monthly all-hands we call out those employees that go the extra mile, the ones that shine and put forth 110% effort. We do this with the entire company to show each other appreciation and recognize hard work amongst the team.

Empowering employees:

CENTRI’s success has been driven by its smart and hardworking employees who take ownership and are biased for action. Each team member is the owner of their respective scope of work. For example, engineers decide the technology and the logic to implement, to make our product the best in the market. The Sales team takes the ownership of using the best channel to bring in quality leads and bring in more business. The marketing team owns the ingenious ideas to increase the reach, to listen to customers for understanding their pain points and the go-to-market strategy that best fit for the new product.

Longevity:

CENTRI has been fortunate to have employees who have stayed with the company through thick and thin.

The management team, led by the CEO and CTO have been guiding all the employees since the start of the company. During the course new members have been added to the management team to lead the product and marketing efforts.

The engineering design efforts are driven by the Principal Software Engineer who has been working for the company the last four and half years. The engineering team members, on average, have more than two years of experience with the company.

The Director of Product Delivery who has been responsible for managing the program and delivery activities has been with the company for over three years.

The Office and HR Manager who works closely with the management team, coordinates on-boarding activities, company events and handles facilities management, has been with the company for more than three and half years.

Over the past years CENTRI has grown in number and has been fortunate to have great employees who have been working hard to insure the growth of the company.

Closing company statements: CENTRI is a fast growing start-up company whose success is driven by its employees. Candidates need to understand the culture and demand of a start-up. We rely on our employees to get things done, whether that means working late to meet a deadline or traveling to meet face-to-face with customers. The demand is high, but the reward is greater. We are part of something that we have all put sweat and tears into and this company is built on dedicated employees that want to see it succeed.

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