RALEIGH- Eaton is expanding its presence in the Triangle, with plans to add more than 170 jobs in the region. And many of them will call the company’s renovated Raleigh office their place of work.
North Carolina is already home to the company’s largest US employee base with nearly 3,000 North Carolina workers at 20 facilities.
The firm’s office along Six Forks Road is home to 650 employees and up to 170 new roles will be added in the region, a company executive confirmed to WRAL TechWire today. A January 2022 report from WRAL TechWire noted around 750 company employees at five Triangle-area facilities.
Chris Butler, president of Eaton’s critical energy and digital infrastructure division, which is based at the Raleigh facility, told WRAL TechWire that unlike other companies announcing reductions in hiring or even layoffs, Eaton plans to continue hiring.
“During COVID, many of us were concerned about how the market downturn might affect our business,” Butler said. “But he did the exact opposite.”
Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Butler said, demand for the company’s products actually increased, as demands on the power grid due to data centers drove significant demand.
Now, Butler said, the company isn’t seeing any slowdown in data center construction and energy use trend lines.
“We don’t see an industry slowdown, at least not on the near horizon,” Butler said. “We are focusing on a broader issue, and that is the energy transition.”
But that’s not to say that the company isn’t making some changes to the way its workforce is structured or the way the company operates.
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A new ‘Hub’ for Eaton in Raleigh
“Before COVID, we didn’t have the most collaborative office environment,” Butler said. “We would go into the office sometimes and do conference calls from their own individual offices even though they sat in the same building.”
The company identified this as a potential issue that could affect retention before COVID, Butler said. And after the transition of some, but notably not all, of the North Carolina-based company’s employees, it was important to Butler to attract employees back to the office.
While workers want flexibility, not all roles at the company offer that, Butler said. He pointed out that the company did not stop production of its products for a single day during the previous more than two years of operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and expressed his gratitude to its production workers. Still, Butler said, the company sought to update its facilities to meet the needs of its workers.
So they made some changes. Chief among the facility changes is moving from about 10% of the space structured for collaborative work to almost half of the company’s footprint geared toward it now.
Going forward, the facility will be known as “The Hub @ Raleigh” and will continue to serve as the business headquarters for the company’s critical energy and digital infrastructure division.
The company’s careers website currently lists 76 open positions within a 25-mile radius of Raleigh.
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