How PayneCrest Electric, Inc. Earned 2016 Top Workplace Honors  

“If you want challenges, if you want to be a leader, if you want excitement, if you want to feel like a team, PayneCrest is an excellent place to do that.”

                            -- John Eyermann, Senior Project Manager, PayneCrest Electric, Inc.

In earning accolades as one of the “Top Workplaces” in 2016 in the annual St. Louis Post-Dispatch survey of firms, PayneCrest fit the prime judging criteria of energized and happy employees perfectly.

“Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics, which partnered with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the survey of 177 St. Louis companies.

The employees surveyed vaulted PayneCrest to one of the Top Workplaces because they buy into “The PayneCrest Way.”  It’s pretty simple - have fun, make clients happy and make money – all in a work environment that energizes the passion to succeed.

“When PayneCrest interviews you for a job, they are looking for your potential,” noted Nicolas Ging, project engineer.  “And if they choose you, they know that you can do the job they’ve chosen you for.”

Or as Senior Project Manager Jason Myers put it - “I love the freedom PayneCrest gives me to my job.”

PayneCrest is one of the largest electrical contractors in America and is annually ranked among the Top 600 Specialty Contractors by the national construction industry trade publication Engineering News Record.  But it is also a large company that has intentionally broken down the barriers of bureaucracy.

It all starts at the top, where CEO David Payne encourages employees to engage executive management any time. “It’s easy to talk to David Payne,” said Lauren Nowicki, billing coordinator.  In 2014, Payne earned national honors as “Entrepreneur of the Year” and among the key winning traits was “fearless.” That is reflected not only in the challenging projects that PayneCrest takes on, but in the open and engaging work environment that encourages the sharing of ideas and provides all the tools for employees to succeed. 

“You can get as much training as you want,” said Cody Garrison, project engineer.  “All the upper management is more than willing to send you wherever you need to go in the country do that training.”  Indeed, the firm has a national reputation as a place where problem solvers thrive.  Since 2002, a total of 25 PayneCrest projects have been honored in the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri Keystone Awards, including 10 AGC Keystone Award winners.

PayneCrest employees are unified with this passion for a purpose in a progressive work environment that creates a feeling of family.  Celebrating successes is important, but so is celebrating and supporting employees and their families.  “I like coming to work every day,” said Cindy Wegescheide, services department assistant.  “It’s like a family in community of people who get along and we help each other and I enjoy seeing the outcome of it.”

“We have fun, but we still get the work done,” said Jim Glenn, prefabrication manager. “If you have a good mix of the two it’s not ‘just a job’ anymore.”  Learn more about working at PayneCrest at our Employment Opportunities page.