Best Places spotlight: NISC supports team relationships

Shared values and the ability to experiment with new technologies attract IT pros to the No. 54-ranked organization on our 2012 Best Places to Work in IT list.

Employees at the National Information Solutions Cooperative know exactly what kind of values they're expected to have. The data processing and billing co-op in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., lists them in the lobby: integrity, relationships, innovation, teamwork, empowerment and personal development.

IT employees at NISC
IT staffers like John Ferlisi, Patrick O'Brien and Paul Blessing are encouraged to bring new technologies to the office. Credit: NISC.

Those values are evident every day, and they help create a great work environment, says Doug Remboldt, NISC's vice president of utility solutions and technical services. "A part of our annual review is based on our relationships and how we help each other. It's part of our culture," he says.

Remboldt says the company's focus on customer service gives him and his peers a sense of pride. "It makes it very easy to have a sense of accomplishment every day, because we know we're growing our organization simply by taking care of our customers," he says.

Doug Belew, team leader in the internal technical services department, says the combination of a supportive work environment and supportive team members, along with challenging work, keep him and his peers engaged.

Another important part of NISC's culture, says Remboldt, is that tech workers have the freedom to experiment. "Employees are encouraged to bring in new technologies," he says. "We try to be a company that lets people play."

Education is encouraged as well. The co-op provides employees with tuition reimbursement (up to $16,000 total) and offers an annual "employee learning quarter" that features a variety of training sessions focused on a particular topic, he adds.

Copyright © 2012 IDG Communications, Inc.

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