C1S Group, a Dallas-based engineering, construction, and sustainability firm, has repeatedly been named as one of America’s top employers by Inc. and Outside magazines. Running Sage Intacct as its financial management platform helps C1S cultivate a transparent, positive workplace with award-winning work-life balance.
“We really strive to be the best place to work in our industry,” Matt Leeper, Controller at the 27-person services firm, says during a Sage Intacct customer success video. “Our culture is very transparent, so being able to show the results with our employees directly out of our accounting system lends itself to a lot of credibility.”
Those results and key business metrics are accessible to employees through Sage Intacct dashboards, as Leeper notes. In addition, management uses dashboards to track utilization and time of project-based personnel to balance project success against a healthy work environment.
“We actually encourage people, when they’re working too much, to back off a bit,” Leeper said. “I think that really goes a long way with our employees.”
A liberal remote work policy, fun events, contests, and free breakfast tacos every Friday also contribute to high employee satisfaction, which in turn translates into successful projects and happy clients across the Southwest and beyond. Another factor is greater accountability made possible in Sage Intacct.
“I do feel that Sage Intacct has improved accountability throughout the company because we have metrics that pertain to every employee in our company, both financial and nonfinancial, that are available through dashboards in our system,” Leeper says.
Informed Decisions and Cost Savings
For instance, KPI dashboards for financials and project management provide high-level metrics with easy drill-down into detail. The company can track all costs, billings, profitability, and time on various projects, which helps inform its future pricing for similar projects.
“Between the two dashboards, we’re able to really have a lot of visibility into our business,” Leeper says.
Intuitive reporting through Sage Intacct also generates deep insights into business performance that reveals both successes and opportunities for improvement. Real-time data eliminates the delays that are common when relying on spreadsheets to consolidate and report on data from disparate systems. And C1S can report on its two business units individually or as a whole, and measure results against forecasts.
“We have a lot more confidence in our numbers and decision-making as a result,” Leeper says.
Besides superior visibility, C1S also benefits with high efficiency for the organization as a whole and especially the two-person finance team, which can close the monthly books in as little as five days. That translates into substantial bottom-line savings by avoiding the cost of personnel that would be needed with a different system.
“Compared with my prior experience, I would expect that a company of our size would need two additional full-time employees to do what we do with two,” Leeper says. “I know that we're saving substantial dollars as far as hiring additional help that we may need.”
Besides its award-winning workplace, C1S has also won national recognition for four consecutive years on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies. As C1S continues its brisk growth, managers are confident that Sage Intacct delivers the scalability and agility the firm needs.
Tune in to the customer success video to hear Leeper outline the many advantages that C1S Group has captured with Sage Intacct.