March 2, 2018
BEST PLACES TO WORK IN CONNECTICUT 2018

#3 Small/Medium Company Category: Intellinet aims to be 'purpose-driven' company

Intellinet

CT Headquarters: Farmington

Industry: Consulting

Website: https://www.intellinet.com

Twitter: @IntellinetCorp

Top CT Executive: Steve Roux, President

More than ever, employees today are working not just to earn a paycheck, but for a chance to impact the world in a positive way.

The Hartford office for Intellinet, a national management consulting and technology service provider, takes that a step further, aiming to "raise the bar" for other companies to follow suit.

"We strive to be different," said Steve Roux, Intellinet's president. "Intellinet is a purpose-driven company whose mission is to make an impact through transforming our client's businesses, enriching our employees' families, and materially giving back to our communities."

Laura Albini, Intellinet's vice president of marketing, said the culture of giving is appealing to employees because they want to have a lasting impact.

To date, Intellinet has donated over $1.2 million in support of over 30 local, national and global charities, including local food banks, Autism Speaks of Greater Hartford and A Hand Up, which collects and distributes donated goods to people transitioning out of homelessness in Hartford.

One of the greatest sources of pride is the strategic partnership formed in 2016 with New Story, a Silicon Valley-based charity to fund the land and construction of 115 homes in the earthquake-ravaged village of Minoterie, Haiti.

"We are so proud of all this, but it's really the good work of the people here that makes it all happen," says Roux.

The Intellinet culture committee meets quarterly to engage all employees in a "vibrant, productive, and fun-working environment."

"We aspire to be the best place any of our employees have ever worked," says Roux. "Therefore, we invest in purposeful opportunities to bring our dispersed consulting workforce together."

Cultural perks include: team-building events like race car driving and cooking experiences; family events like carnivals, baseball and college football games; walks for charity; mountain hikes; an employee appreciation week extravaganza with free massages, car washes and meals; and the annual holiday party celebration for camaraderie with spouses and significant others.

Consultants are recognized financially throughout the year, as well, with the opportunity to earn an additional $10,000 to $20,000 through a consulting hourly bonus incentive. And teams that reach billable hour goals can qualify for a $1,000 per person bonus.

"The consulting business is hard," says Albini. "There are lots of long hours, there is a lot of give and take."

Intellinet rewards that loyalty. Employees who reach a five-year work milestone are rewarded with a two-week paid sabbatical in addition to their annual paid-time-off accrual for that year.

Another sabbatical is earned at the completion of 10 years of employment, and every five years thereafter.

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