Infinite Energy Recognized as Best Place to Work

A unique workplace culture makes a difference in employees lives
Infinite Energy was recognized by Florida Trend Magazine as one of the top 25 large companies to work for in Florida. It was ranked 21st Best Large Company in the state based on criteria that included advancement opportunity, incentive pay, succession planning, follow-through, autonomy and signs of caring.

Infinite Energy is rooted in Gainesville, but it has expanded to additional offices in Texas, Georgia and New Jersey. The company began in a 7,800 square foot building and has expanded to more than 55,000 square feet of office space at the Gainesville campus. It is situated on 11 acres on Southwest 24th Avenue near Tower Road. Infinite Energy has grown to employ more than 380 people and serve thousands of customers.

The Gainesville campus is home to more than 300 employees. Though Infinite Energy is a gas company, it also employs more than 40 programmers and has an information technology department made up of more than 100 people that develop and maintain proprietary software used to do business.

Infinite Energy was founded in 1994 by Darin Cook and Rich Blaser, former natural gas buyers for Gainesville Regional Utilities, after natural gas was deregulated by the federal government. Its innovative pricing structure allows for customers to lock in varying amounts of fixed prices of natural gas.

Infinite Energy is currently hiring for customer service, inside sales positions, and other positions. The pay for an inside sales position starts at $12 per hour in the Gainesville market and can go up to as much as $25 per hour, based on sales.

Once an inside salesperson is hired, they attend four weeks of training that includes product knowledge, software training and sales training. Though they earn above-average pay, being a salesperson is a challenging job. On average, out of 100 calls made per day by an inside sales agent, only about five customers will close or agree to a sale.

“It takes a thick-skinned person to excel in this position, one who is willing to learn and can find determination even after many hang-ups,” said Michelle Bloom Lugo, corporate recruiter.

Infinite Energy offers a family-style company culture that borrows some ideals born from tech companies in Silicon Valley. Employees are able to grow rapidly within the company, as management focuses on promoting from within. Employees enjoy casual dress on a daily basis, with jeans and t-shirts welcomed.

Infinite Energy also has a wellness program that is available to employees at no cost. On-site fitness programs are offered throughout the work day and a state-of-the-art gym can be used any time of the day, with a manager’s permission.

The company has also offered lunchtime seminars where employees can learn more about health issues. Last year, seminars were offered on diabetes, trans-fats, heart health and dental health. The series ended with an after-hours screening of Supersize Me, a film that examines the fast food industry’s influence on health.

The company is also known for its annual holiday party giveaways where a lucky employee receives $50,000 in a drawing. At the December 2010 party, a total of $150,000 was given away: two $50,000 winners, two $10,000, four $5,000 and four $2,500 winners.

FloridaWorks has partnered with Infinite Energy to help recruit talent for its open jobs.

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