When I was asked to write “Why 3Eye?” I really had to think and then collect my thoughts. Not because there wasn’t enough to say, but because there are SO many reasons why I love to work here and why I think others should want to work here too. How do I get all those things down and make it into one cohesive piece for people to read? Well…. I narrowed it down to my top 3.
#1 – Culture
When you think of what you want to find in a new job, culture may not be the first thing on your mind but in truth it can make or break your experience at a company. Culture is defined as the sum of attitudes, customs, and beliefs that distinguishes one group of people from another. The culture makes the company. The culture at 3Eye is unlike any that I have been a part of in my working life history. It is a culture built on hard work, caring about one another, and fun. It is unique, it is special, and it is something that we pride ourselves on and work to preserve with each passing day.
How do we do this? Well, we focus on teamwork, Team Fun, and family. The teamwork comes from collaboration between all departments and transparent and timely feedback in all situations. The Team Fun comes from activities and potlucks that are planned by E2, AKA myself and my awesome co-chair, Frosty. Potlucks take place in our cafeteria and are often themed with the time of year or national holidays. They are known for way too much food and maybe a game or two. The activities have been things like trivia night, bowling, and visiting local attractions, such as the bird sanctuary. And then we have family; family may be mentioned last here but it doesn’t come last to anyone at 3Eye. We believe that there should be a balance between work and family. Family is important and should be treated as such. 3Eye is a place that is excited about your child’s soccer game, your significant other’s promotion ceremony, and even your dog’s visit to the vet…and we don’t want you to miss those things. You don’t find that outlook everywhere.
#2 – Industry
3Eye is a value-added distributor of mobility and cloud solutions. Confused? I was too at first. What does that even mean? Mobility is the quality of being mobile or moving around. We don’t sell the computer, tablet, or phone that you or your company uses but we do sell all the other parts that make it awesome. Hardware to mount and protect it, antennas to enhance the connection, software to keep it connected and programs to keep your information safe. What good is any of that equipment nowadays if you can’t move around with it? One of the things you can guarantee with technology is that it is ALWAYS changing. So why not work in an industry that is always working with the next best thing? It is never dull, it is growing rapidly, and there is always something new and exciting around the corner.
#3 – Growth
3Eye is growing, rapidly year over year. You should work here because you would be joining a company that is still small but does BIG things. There is a chance for upward mobility and the ability to try new things. We focus on not just the job, but career development. We want to train you to do your job the very best that you can and if you set your sites on another job here we want to help you attain that too. We see your success as our success and your happiness as ours. Our team is our most valued asset and we strive to have our actions show that.
I really could keep going, and if you decide to apply for one of our openings now or in the future I would be glad to share even more with you. You should go to our careers page and check out the positions we have open right now. We would love to hear from you!
This week marks the final week of our internship program. As this chapter comes to a close, our ERP Administrator Brian Turk looks back on everything they accomplished and what’s next for them.
Brian Turk – Let’s start off with some introductions. I’m Brian Turk, the ERP Administrator at 3Eye. I am a passionate Detroit Tigers fan. I had the pleasure of guiding Alex and George on their projects over the last 5 months as part of their IT Internship.
Alex Boehmer – My name is Alex Boehmer. I am a senior at Olivet High School and I also attend the Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center. My favorite subject in school is math. Outside of school and work, my favorite hobbies are golfing and playing video games.
George Almeida – My name is George Frangipani Almeida. That middle name is Italian and the last name is Brazilian (I knew you were wondering). I go to Lakeview High School and The Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center as well. Math and science are definitely my favorite subjects in school. My favorite hobby is tinkering with computers. I have three computers at home that I have built myself. I also really love to play soccer and golf.
From left to right: Brian, George and Alex.
BT – How did you both hear about 3Eye and what made you want to intern here?
AB – I heard about 3Eye through my counselor at the Math and Science Center. I was interested in working here not only for job experience, but to learn what the IT employees do at a company like this and how it might apply to other jobs I will have in the future.
GA – I also learned about 3Eye from my guidance counselor at BCAMSC. I took AP Computer Science first semester which telepathically told my counselor that I love messing with computers. I was asked if I wanted to intern here and I have always wondered what it’s like to work at a small, emerging, technology company and so I immediately said, “Duh!”.
BT – What are some things you learned during your internship?
AB – I learned several things while working for 3Eye, but the best part for me was learning a lot about coding and the significance of coding in the business.
BT – You worked on a lot of projects over the last few months, and you both did really great work. What’s the accomplishment you are most proud of?
AB – I created several working programs that worked together to record steps that the employees take during a day. These programs allow employees on the 3Eye Wellness Committee to then approve the records so that the employees can earn points in the business.
BT – Those are great choices. So after all this time at 3Eye, what is something that none of us here know about you?
AB – I took piano lessons for ten years, and I still like to play.
GA – When I was in middle school, I used to be killer playing the saxophone. I loved playing improv and jamming out on some blues scales. I really want to pick it back up and start playing like I used to.
BT – Well our company band is always looking for new members….other than your top-secret music careers, what are you going to do next?
AB – I am going to Valparaiso University where I will major in Civil Engineering. After that, I would like to be a structural engineer, testing on buildings to determine whether a structure can be built and be safe.
GA – I plan on attending MSU this fall, working on a major in Computer Science and a minor in Business. I’m hoping that with a minor in Business, I will be able to pack up and move to California with one bright idea and start my own company.
BT – Very exciting! Do you have any parting thoughts about 3Eye for other students looking for an internship or a job in the future?
AB – I would recommend 3Eye for other students looking for an internship because the employees at 3Eye are respectful and kind. My advice would be – don’t be afraid to ask questions, or try something new. The overall environment at 3Eye is relaxed and open and everyone is there to help. Plus, The potluck parties are always fun!
GA – I would tell a student to come intern here because it gives you real life working experience in a great place. Everyone that I got to know was so nice to me. I don’t know if it was the putting set or the weight room, but everyone always seems so happy to go to work every day. I loved the atmosphere of collaboration and the general “good vibes” feeling I felt when I walked into the office. And if you wear a Tigers hat, you will quickly get on Brian’s good side.
BT – Congratulations on graduating and thank you both for all your hard work this year, it’s been fun!
If you are interested in an internship or other positions at 3Eye, visit our Careers page. If nothing is posted, you can send us a note separately by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and expressing your interest. We are always looking to add to our team.
The first time I came across 3Eye, I wanted to be the next Eminem. No kidding. It was May of 2015, I had just graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Advertising and I was looking for my first real job in my field. But more importantly to the 2015 version of me, I had just finished my third live performance in three months as a rapper, and I was having a blast.
As long as I can remember, I’ve always loved music. I grew up in a music-obsessed household – some of the fondest memories of my childhood include listening to the Beatles with my dad or singing my lungs out to Kelly Clarkson in the car with my mom. American Idol was a weekly holiday in my household. I started writing songs when I was in middle school, and the habit continued into high school and beyond. When I got to college, some of my friends started making hip hop beats and my rap career began. It was never my main focus in life, but it was an absolute blast to be up on stage with a microphone and a room full of family, friends and strangers.
So back to 2015. I’m fresh out of college, not entirely sure where the road of life is going to take me. I loved music, but I wanted to get into Marketing. I had a job offer waiting in Chicago, but I wanted to move to the Kalamazoo area to be close to family. That’s when I came across 3Eye, and I was invited to interview at their office in Battle Creek for a part-time position.
My first impression of 3Eye was: “This office is small and these people are awesome”. They had around 10 employees at the time, a warehouse and main office dubbed “The Sizzle Factory” and a small office space across the street they affectionately called “The Wolf Den” – replete with more wolf-related paraphernalia than you could imagine. But after a short conversation with Conor, our CEO and Danielle, the Marketing Coordinator at the time, I was hooked. They talked about the fun work environment, the family atmosphere their employees felt, and the incredible opportunity for growth both as a company and as an individual at 3Eye. I left the interview hoping two things – that I made a good impression and that I could talk my way into a potential extension and a full-time offer.
I went 1 for 2. A few days later, I was offered a 3-month long contracted position as a Marketing Coordinator at 3Eye. As much as I wanted to work here, I wasn’t comfortable moving across the state for a job that could have me interviewing again in a few short months. So I turned it down. I applied for more jobs. I did more interviews. I recorded new songs. I played more shows. Shortly after, I accepted a full-time marketing position at a different company. I moved to Kalamazoo. But I didn’t forget about 3Eye, and in the back of my mind, I hoped our roads would cross again.
A year and a half later, a friend of mine sent me a text. “Hey, didn’t you interview here?” It was a screenshot of a job listing at 3Eye.
Marketing Coordinator. 3Eye Technologies. Battle Creek, MI.
I jumped on it. A couple phone calls and a few weeks later, I was offered the position, and I happily accepted. Now, I’m a lot different than the 2015 version of me they had met. I no longer want to be the next Eminem, but I do still write songs and jam with friends when I have the time. I have more experience and better skills that a good Marketing Coordinator needs than I did two years ago. I know where my road is taking me.
But the new 3Eye is a lot different than the company I was introduced to in 2015 too. The staff has more than doubled in size. They said goodbye to The Wolf Den and just moved into a gorgeous new facility on Beadle Lake Road. They have brand new offices and desks, a cafeteria and a workout room. They have a Wellness Committee that plans healthy potlucks and team fitness activities. They even have a new website and logo that I was lucky enough to work on.
But the best part about 3Eye isn’t the place itself. It’s the people. Everyone takes the time to get to know you. Conversations are genuine and everyone treats each other like family. You don’t have to hide your personality, and if there’s something you have an interest in, whether it’s professional or personal you are encouraged to go after it. And as it turns out, I’m not the only employee at 3Eye who loves music. That’s why when you open up your calendar to book a conference room or reserve the workout stations, your choices are:
Push It (the workout room)
Purple Haze (our purple-walled conference room)
If you walk through the halls, you can find a mural of Jimi Hendrix hanging in Purple Haze. You might hear music coming from the speakers in Conor’s office. That’s how this blog that you’re reading came to be called Channel Orange.
Outside the new office, there’s yellow caution tape tied to a bunch of trees alongside the river that runs nearby. Our Wellness Committee has been working on marking a path for a walking trail that we are all going to help clear this Summer. We have some walkers, some runners and some bikers and we’re hoping it will be used by everyone. It starts right at this bridge that crosses the river, and it loops around to the left before making a full circle and winding all the way back to the start. I imagine it’s not much different than my personal path or 3Eye’s path as a company these past few years. And they all lead back to Beadle Lake Road.