Currently Solute has been growing exponentially with more hires for contracts, especially recent college graduates and those with a security clearance. Many, including myself, work on-site with Navy and other government personnel. From my experience when I worked at our corporate headquarters in the San Diego Mission Valley area, the workplace culture was enjoyable. The culture used to get a bad wrap for being stodgy with minimal young people. Now there's a good mix of fresh college graduates and more experienced co-workers. There's a virtual reality headset in the break room, along with an arcade machine for times when you need a break. The majority of co-workers are friendly who like to hang out after work at happy hour or at other activities such as bowling. Recently, the company was invited to private box seats at a Padres game on behalf of the CEO. This improvement in company culture has definitely helped me with productivity and communication among my peers.
Now let's talk about how the actual work is like in research and development. The best part of working for a medium-sized DoD contracting company is that you will be exposed to many technologies in a short time frame, given that you are a go-getter and that the company has the ability to move you to various contracts. So far I've been exposed to contracts involving networking, virtualization, devops methodologies, and big data analytics in just a year and a half. Given the nature of contract work, there may be situations where you will have to work on-site and integrate with an entirely new team. Adapting to a new set of team dynamics may be challenging for some, and I cannot say that all on-site people have been happy with the team or project they ended up with. It's important to convey this concern with upper management if this is the case. Needless to say, getting sent on-site is usually a positive transition, since most on-site folks have a proven track record of showcasing their abilities to work with government clients. Being a smaller company as opposed to a Fortune 500, it is easier to get your voice heard even at the executive level. At the end of the day, maintaining open communication among peers and management is the number one tool for forming a cohesive group.
Aside from occasions where one might be placed into a bad on-site team or project, I still recommend working at Solute for anyone (inexperienced or experienced) who is interested in helping a rapidly growing company build cutting edge technology for the DoD. Many managers care about professional growth, and it's not uncommon to be assigned a mentor if you are less experienced. All in all, a fun place to work with many opportunities to learn and contribute to the future technology of the DoD.