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Crescent Electric Supply Overview

East Dubuque, IL
1001 to 5000 employees
1919
Company - Private
Business Services
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Crescent Electric Supply Company (CESCO) was founded in 1919. Today, it is one of the largest electrical distributors in the United States with over 140 locations in 28 states, operating under the brands of Crescent Electric Supply, Stoneway Electric Supply and Interstate ... Read more

Mission: Today, as we near our first full century of service to the industry, Crescent Electric holds fast to the principles that have guided our growth since Titus B. Schmid founded the company in 1919. Customers stay with us decade after decade, because of our unmatched service ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Wondering what an Electrical Distributor does? This is Nike Northwoods in Portland, OR. The building was recently built and Crescent Electric supplied all of the lighting, gear, and miscellaneous material for it! We are shockingly good at WATT we do!

  • Lighting the way - since 1919! Below is a lighting project we did on the 10th street bridge over the Missouri River in Great Falls, MT.

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Crescent Electric Supply – Why Work For Us?



Crescent Electric Supply Co (CESCO) was founded in 1919. Today, it is one of the largest electrical distributors in the United States with over 140 locations in 28 states, operating under the brands of Crescent Electric Supply, Stoneway Electric Supply and Interstate Electric Supply in the Pacific Northwest, and BA Supply in Missouri. Crescent Electric supplies electrical and datacomm products from over 1000 manufacturers to electrical contractors for construction, industrial MRO and OEM accounts, and commercial facilities. Our success stems from long-term, organic growth as a result of total customer satisfaction, teamwork, and an overall commitment to being the leading distributor of quality products through our value-added services.

Why Crescent? 

The effort, input and dedication of our employees provides the foundation for Crescent Electric’s continued prosperity. And we are committed to attracting and retaining the best, most highly motivated workforce in the industry.

We encourage employee input and the contributions of people at all levels of the organization are valued. This engagement with our employees enables us to constantly improve our internal processes, management practices, and the services we offer our customers.

The Company was founded in 1919 by Titus B. Schmid and continues to be owned by the Schmid family. We are managed by a professional executive team and a diverse board of directors who make solid business decisions based on the company’s best long-term interests.

Employees experience our healthy company culture:

  • Hard work and accomplishment
  • Direct, open and honest communication
  • Conducting business in an ethical way
  • Autonomy and decision making authority at the local level
  • A commitment to quality
  • Giving back to our local communities

Commitment to Diversity: 

Crescent Electric is committed to providing our employees with a safe and respectful workplace where high value is placed on equality, fairness, respect, courtesy and dignity. We promote an environment of inclusion where all individuals are able to thrive and contribute to the success of the business.

As a company, we consider respect for diversity an integral part of our core value system—fundamental to how we treat employees, serve customers and relate to the communities in which we work and live. Our commitment to diversity is based on the simple principle of treating others as we would wish to be treated. We have a culture of caring where unique perspectives and contributions are valued, without regard to individual traits such as age, gender, language, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical disability, citizenship status or other characteristics.

Employment opportunities are available in:

  • Management
  • Sales
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Project management
  • Quotations
  • Warehousing
  • Delivery
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Auditing

Crescent Electric offers competitive pay and benefits and we are committed to employee training, development and promotion from within. 

Interested in learning more about Crescent Electric Supply Company career opportunities? Visit our careers page or click here to view all current openings. If you have any questions feel free to email us at jobs@cesco.com. 


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Crescent Electric—Company History

Crescent Electric Supply Company opened for business in Dubuque, Iowa in 1919. World War I had just ended and the American economy was gearing up for peacetime growth. Everywhere, new electrical conveniences were being introduced. Electric lighting was becoming universal. Electric-powered tools and machinery were changing the workplace. Electric refrigerators were now available for the home. And the new medium of radio was just beginning to show commercial promise.

The growing popularity of these many innovations created a need for an expanded electrical infrastructure requiring miles of electrical wire and cable, and a myriad of switches, outlets, hardware and devices to deliver power safely to home, office and factory.

Titus B. Schmid, an electrical contractor in Dubuque, Iowa, was earning a good livelihood in this burgeoning industry. But he was not satisfied with waiting for the materials and supplies he needed for his business to be shipped by river from either Minneapolis or St. Louis. So, Schmid decided to start his own electrical supply company—one that would carry the full inventory needed by his fellow contractors and the broader community.

Though some believed that the business of stocking and distributing a huge variety of electrical supplies could only thrive in large metropolitan areas, Schmid saw that the demand for all this new technology was just as strong in the smaller cities and towns as it was in the large cities. In spite of what the “experts” said and in spite of the daunting task of carrying a large and constantly changing inventory for this rapidly changing technology, Schmid put the needs of his customers first, and put his faith in the old peddler’s maxim, “you can’t sell from an empty wagon.” He founded his company on simple but timeless business principles: sell quality merchandise, price it competitively, and keep the shelves full.

He was soon vindicated in his decision. Successful with the first distribution facility in Dubuque, Schmid expanded the business during the 1920s, first with a branch operation in Madison, Wisconsin, then with outlets in Davenport and Burlington, Iowa. The company weathered the Great Depression and experienced strong, steady growth in the decades that followed, expanding into 27 states and serving customers from coast to coast and border to border.

Today, Crescent Electric operates more than 130 distribution facilities. The business founded by Titus B. Schmid now uses the latest online systems and wireless devices to speed ordering and delivery. But the company is still family-owned and is still guided by the basic business principles and Midwestern values that have been the foundation of the business for nearly a century. Customers stay with us year after year because of our reliability, flexibility, and dependable local inventories. And we all look forward to beginning our second century of service.



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Crescent Electric supports employee growth and professional development with on-going training programs in virtually all areas of the company. A minimum of 3% of our payroll each year is invested in employee training.

At Crescent, the learning never stops. All employees can take advantage of a variety of learning opportunities to enhance their skills:

  • Onsite and offsite supplier training
  • Lunch and Learn short courses
  • Supplier produced training videos

All new employees begin with a full orientation in Crescent Electric training guides. Product training is available from manufacturers, as well as from the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED).

For employees who desire to move to other jobs within the organization, training is linked to succession planning. As part of the annual appraisal process, managers work with employees to develop specific training and development plans.

Employees with high potential for future leadership roles are identified and placed into a one-year, internal program, called the Crescent Leadership Institute.

For those in sales positions, we offer specific Crescent sales training classes and National Sales Conferences.

For those assuming management positions, Crescent has developed a specialized series of Management Skills classes which are taught at the Corporate Office. Experienced managers may also choose to attend seminars presented by the American Management Association.




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At Crescent Electric Supply Company, we care about our employees and want each employee to be healthy and active. We are committed to rewarding good health, positive lifestyle choices, and health improvements. That’s why, in addition to comprehensive medical insurance, we offer resources to make getting and staying healthy easier for our employees.

Wellness services include:

Flu Shots
During the flu season, employees are provided an opportunity to get flu shots at no cost to them.

Wellness Screening
Free, confidential health screenings are provided annually to offer employees on our medical insurance personal guidance on various aspects of their health. These results can be used to help develop personal health plans.  Employees who participate are eligible to earn discounts on medical premiums.

Health Risk Assessment
After completing a Health Risk Assessment, employees can see what lifestyle choices are impacting their health. Your report will include an assessment of your stress, exercise, and eating habits as well as other results designed to provide an assessment of your health.

Wellness Coaching
Every person has different goals for fitness and health, different time constraints, and different physical limitations. Wellness coaches are provided to work one-on-one to create customized programs for exercise, weight management, nutrition, tobacco cessation, and more.

Wellness Activities
Lunch and Learns, physical activity programs, wellness challenges, and wellness information posted on the company intranet are just a few things Crescent Electric provides to help promote health and wellness.

Employee Assistance Program
Everyone needs help dealing with life’s challenges from time to time. Crescent Electric provides a free Employee Assistance Program through Magellan Health Services to help with:

  • Family, relationship, and parenting issues
  • Child and elder care needs
  • Emotional and stress-related issues
  • Conflicts at home or work
  • Alcohol and drug dependencies
  • Health and wellness issues
  • Legal and financial issues

Counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Work-Life Balance
Crescent Electric strives to help our employees find a manageable balance between their work, their personal goals and their family responsibilities. A sensible work/life balance improves job performance, job satisfaction and helps the employee’s attitude toward customers and co-workers.

Testimonials on Wellness

“I have lost 35 lbs and have been taken off my high blood pressure medication and cholesterol medication… pending a follow up with the doctor, the 90 day evaluation period is almost over. This has been a lifestyle change, and a good one. Eating right and some exercise hasn’t hurt me at all. Thanks for the program!”

"Without this program I don’t think I would have achieved the success I have had over the past year. Thanks to Crescent for implementing this program.”

"To date I have dropped 40+ pounds. I feel better and have more energy. I have done this by limiting my calorie intake not by dieting but just eating less and eating better. I try to walk 10,000 steps a day and usually get this done by getting up from my desk walking out into the warehouse and visually checking stock instead of relying on the computer. You would be surprised how many steps you actually take a day. I weigh myself every week and would lose 2-3 pounds every week.”

"I am now off of my cholesterol medication and my cholesterol and blood pressure numbers have come down to a normal level due to improved eating habits and exercise. What’s ironic is I am doing things at age 38 that I wasn’t and probably couldn’t do at age 25 and my kids have a hard time keeping up with me now. It’s been 5 months and I have lost 50 lbs and feel great.”

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As part of the Crescent Electric Supply Company's commitment to attracting and retaining the best, most highly motivated workforce in the industry, we offer competitive wages and benefits. Full-time employees are eligible for the following benefits:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Spending
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plans
  • Life Insurance, Short Term & Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Holiday, Vacation Pay and Excused Absence Pay
  • Merchandise Discounts

Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance

Crescent Electric offers medical insurance for our employees and their dependents. Coverage is also available for:

  • Dental Care: Crescent Electric offers dental coverage and gives you the flexibility to chose your own dentist.
  • Vision: Crescent Electric offers coverage under a VSP plan.  Any eye doctor listed as a VSP provider is covered.
  • Prescription Drugs: Prescription drug benefits are provided through our medical plan. You can fill prescriptions through a broad network of retail pharmacies across the United States.

Flexible Spending

Employees can enroll in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) which allows you to reserve a portion of your paycheck tax-free to cover eligible health care expenses such as deductibles, insurance co-pays and over-the-counter medications. The FSA plan can also be used for qualified dependent care expenses.

401(k) Retirement Savings Plans

At Crescent Electric, we encourage all of our employees to plan for their future financial security by saving for retirement through a 401(k) investment plan. A variety of low-expense investment options allows you to create a personalized plan suited to your age and investment goals.

Our 401(k) plan allows you to contribute to eligible investment funds using pre-tax or after-tax dollars which Crescent Electric will match up to a certain percent.

Life & Disability Insurance

Crescent Electric offers life insurance and long and short term disability coverage that provide financial protection against the unexpected.

  • Life Insurance: Eligible employees are automatically covered by company-paid life insurance. Additional life insurance coverage can also be purchased at discounted rates.
  • Disability: Crescent Electric makes generous contributions towards short-term and long-term disability insurance plans. These plans temporarily replace a percentage of employee pay if a qualifying disability occurs.

Holiday, Vacation Pay and Excused Absence Pay

Crescent Electric employees receive paid vacation, holidays and excused absence time.

  • Vacation: Vacation is accrued based on length of service.
  • Holidays: Crescent Electric observes seven holidays annually.
  • Excused Absence: For your own illness, doctor appointments, etc. and those of immediate family members.

Voluntary Supplemental Benefits (Cancer, Critical Illness, & Accident Coverages)

  • Cancer insurance pays cash benefits for cancer and other specified diseases to help with the costs associated with treatments and expenses as they happen.
  • Critical Illness insurance pays a lump-sum cash benefit when the insured or an eligible family member is diagnosed with a covered critical illness.
  • Accident insurance pays a cash benefit to the insured for a covered accident or injury and can help pay expenses such as copays, deductibles and treatment.

Merchandise Discounts

Crescent employees receive a discount on merchandise purchased through our distribution facilities.

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    I have been working at Crescent Electric Supply full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Crescent offers advancement opportunities, wonderful benefits (especially health insurance), and a great work/life balance. They provide learning and development opportunities, which help you professionally and personally.

    Cons

    The dental insurance is less than desired.

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    Keep up the great work! It's comforting that you consistently invite your staff to contribute ideas to help make the company the best it can be. Can't wait to continue watching us grow in new markets.

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Crescent Electric Supply Photos

Crescent Electric Supply photo of: Q Center in St Charles, IL--2014 National Sales Conference
Crescent Electric Supply photo of: Crescent Community Health Center (CCHC) has been nominated for a community service award in the Crawford Cares program sponsored by the Crawford Company in Dubuque, IA.
Crescent Electric Supply photo of: Crescent Electric Supply Company Celebrates 95 Years!!
Crescent Electric Supply photo of: Congratulations to Steve Thiel! Steve Thiel, an account manager at Crescent’s distribution facility in Madison, Wis., has won the 2013 Titus B. Schmid Founders Award of Excellence Award.
Crescent Electric Supply photo of: Chris Breslin, Senior Vice President-COO, speaks to participants at the 2014 National Sales Conference.
Crescent Electric Supply photo of: What a difference lighting can make! Illinois Bureau County Metro Center purchased new MaxLite LED fixtures through Crescent Electric in Princeton.
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Crescent Electric Supply Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Crescent Electric Supply (East Dubuque, IL) in July 2016.

    Interview

    Very professional, initial interview was conducted by HR, and the overall experience was comfortable and did not waste any time. All internal candidates were given consideration before outside candidates where brought in.

    Interview Questions

    • What were my career aspirations?   1 Answer
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Crescent Electric Supply Awards & Accolades

  • Best of the Best Marketing Award (Over $200mil), Ted Magazine (The Electrical Distributor Magazine), 2013
  • Veolia Environmental Stewardship Award, www.cesco.com, 2013
  • Illinois Family Business of the Year Community Service Award, www.cesco.com, 2013
  • Richard Buzun Award for Leadership and Innovation in eCommerce, www.cesco.com, 2013
  • IMARK Member of the Year, IMARK Group, Inc., 2013
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