New Year, New Career: Digi-Key Electronics
Published: Jun 13, 2017
Digi-Key Electronics is a growing global electronic components distributor headquartered in the small town of Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Being located in a small town means all 3,400 employees uphold the values and culture of the community.
When asked why employees of Digi-Key love their jobs and what keeps them working for the same company for many years, often the response is the people they work with and the feeling of being a part of a close-knit community. Digi-Key encourages group activities and events that bring co-workers closer and allow them to get to know each other on a more personal level. It is also common for many members of the same family to be employed at Digi-Key!
The close-knit, family feel of Digi-Key means the company highly values community involvement. Digi- Key Cares is a company outreach program that encourages employees to volunteer hours at any one of several local charities during or after the employees’ work hours. This program also oversees dozens of fundraising events, such as food drives, occurring each year that are facilitated by employees for those charities. Going even further for its own employees in need, Digi-Key supports grassroots fundraising that is organized and executed by employees for their fellow coworkers and their families who are going through difficult personal challenges. These fundraisers include bake and craft sales, and benefit lunches held within its corporate facilities each month.
Outside of the company, collaborations with the local high school, technical college, and the local community through numerous events and programs occur during the year. Events such as 5K walk/runs, a chili cook-off, blood drives, and parades support city and community involvement. Within the school district and local technical college, Digi-Key is a sponsor of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related activities for students at all levels.
For students, Digi-Key offers unique opportunities for students to gain hands-on learning experiences through strong partnerships with regional educational institutions and national organizations that also believe in investing in our future. Student opportunities include continuing education through competitions, scholarships, and work experience in a world class organization.
In addition, Digi-Key believes in providing employees with a great learning environment and resources to continue to grow in their personal and professional development. Available resources include reference materials, computer-based training, online training, and other opportunities available through classroom instruction and in an Employee Resource Library. Digi-Key also offers tuition reimbursement and scholarship programs through Digi-Key University and Northland Community and Technical College.
The company has built up a reputation for offering its employees an unmatched benefits package. Benefits and perks include competitive wages, one of the best health insurance plans available from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, personal/vacation time and paid holidays, 401(k) plans and profit sharing, dental insurance and vision material plans, relocation assistance, life and long-term disability insurance, and a flexible spending account, among others! Many employees say the reason they applied at Digi-Key is because of the benefits only to discover the small town company is much larger than they realized.
Employees enjoy the ability to work with customers and co-workers from around the world. Being a global company, Digi-Key has sales and support offices in several countries throughout Europe and Asia. Employees in those areas work closely with their counterparts in the US every day. The company also ships products to over 80 countries worldwide, leading to interactions with a very diverse customer base.
If job seekers need more convincing, the electronic component industry is at the forefront of emerging technology. The customers Digi-Key serves are the pioneers of today’s latest trends and technological advancements that improve the everyday lives of people all over the world.
The culture and benefits the employees at Digi-Key enjoy are the result of working for a big-time company with a small-town foundation committed to upholding the traditions and values it was founded on. Working in a fast-paced, technology company is exciting but to add in great benefits and a supportive culture means working for a world-class employer.