AIS is a privately held, technical services company headquartered in Reston, Virginia with offices in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and India. AIS employs more than 400 people and realizes more than $60 million in annual revenue. AIS was founded in 1982 and has enjoyed steady growth under fiscally responsible management. Today the AIS client base is roughly half government and half commercial clients. We seek this balance as commercial firms are more likely to embrace innovation which fuels AIS differentiation. Government clients are becoming more innovative as they seek to reduce their costs.
For anyone interested in joining AIS, we are most interested in those people that fully embrace their role as change agents that can not only use new technologies but can help influence our clients through the challenges and opportunities that these exciting times in the IT field bring.
Careers at AIS
Our people are our greatest asset. We endeavor to build relationships and networks to identify best-in-class technologists who have a true passion for solving challenging business problems. Talent at AIS is about entrepreneurship, passion, motivation, thoughtfulness and perseverance. We seek pioneers and innovators; whether that’s in regard to a knowledgebase, a solution, a client relationship, or a career path. Our talent holds the reins at AIS while the management team offers a supportive framework to accomplish sustainable growth.
Why Work For Us?
Best in Class
- Smart people with a passion for technology
- Core capabilities regarding technical and soft skills
- Heavy involvement with local technical communities
- Active involvement with exclusive partner advisory councils
- Contribute to emerging product development with partners such as Microsoft
- Investment in our areas of focus; adopting emerging technologies so we have the privilege of true readiness
- AIS consultants and project managers have an average of 10 to 15 years of experience
- Self-directed professionals prosper at AIS
- Investments in people, technology and partnerships
- Open management style
- Employees drive their careers at AIS
- Reciprocal learning environment
- Average tenure over eight years
- Employee-empowered approach yields low attrition rate
- Highly flexible environment that is performance and results oriented
- Project-based organization with high mobility and visibility
- Employee-centric culture nurtures successful employee referral program
- Frequent activities to promote socialization and collaboration
Selective vetting process
- Niche market with a high standard of minimal qualifications
- Historically hire top 10%
- Four-step interview process
- Opportunity for candidates to meet with Executive Team
Senior Software Engineer
- Emphasis on excellence. Real organizational commitment to creating systems and providing resources to that end.
- Knowledgeable and competent colleagues who seek opportunities to share knowledge and expertise.
- Entrepreneurial mindset and environment.
Senior Software Engineer
In some other workplaces it seems that which is valued in candidates for hire is forgotten after they walk through the door on the first day. AIS not only values our desire to learn about new technology, but really follows through by always providing more opportunities to learn. And in finding favor among those who contribute to the community through blogging or public speaking, AIS actively supports and encourages these efforts.
I’ve been with AIS for over a year and have never had a better job. The company is full of brilliant technologists who are quick to help when asked. Management encourages the staff to expand their knowledge and will support them in doing so through projects, training, and speaking. I’ve been able to expand my SharePoint skills, learn client-side languages, and learn the latest with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.
Federal Program Manager
I’ve been with AIS since 2000, and people often ask me why I’ve stayed so long. The answer is simple, our people. Getting to work on teams of talented, smart, and dedicated professionals who truly share a passion for the technology and providing business value is a humbling, rewarding experience. While at AIS, I’ve been given incredible career growth opportunities that I attribute to hard work, the dedication of our ownership to our people, and to the collaborative approach my managers utilized over the years.
Business models matter.
They determine and control company behavior and define the culture.
We are very clear and transparent about our business model. It enables our culture as well as attracting and retaining the kind of people, partners and projects we want. We have a set of guiding principles:
- We seek delivery excellence in everything we do.
- We are driven to use the latest innovations to help our clients enable transformative change.
- We invest our profit back into our people to learn about and apply the latest innovations.
- We seek to conduct projects with our clients and share risk and accountability.
We operate more for a purpose than a profit. We are out to create a community of like-minded people, bound together for this common purpose to realize our guiding principles. We want to create an outstanding system and software engineering firm that partners with clients to realize transformative results.
The type of services a company offers matter.
It drives everything about their business.
By focusing on delivery excellence we challenge and hold everyone accountable. What matters most is the quality and timeliness of what we deliver. Today, most of our competitors elect to provide staffing services with the focus on hours billed. This works well for low level, repetitive commodity services which are only differentiated by price. This is advantageous for the service provider because they assume no risk, no liability and no level of investment other than staffing services. Personnel are treated as commodities to be placed into well-defined and priced roles. As soon as the need for the role is over then the person is released. This does not work well for activities that are not commoditized such as heuristic thought, problem solving, learning, and discovery. In IT automation this would include the definition of an architecture, technical approach, design, process, etc. Projects are required any time a functional organization is involved relating their needs and discovering the best process to automate those needs. In addition, anytime a new innovation is being employed a project should be conducted until all the necessary system and software engineering has been completed to implement that innovation repeatedly. You can’t commoditize analysis and design for both system and software engineering unless you are willing to repeat the work over and over until it reaches the desired result.
We find that most organizations conduct this kind of relationship with their services vendors. At AIS we seek to assume accountability and share risk by conducting projects with a scope, schedule and a budget. Quite often we will take on a small role to prove ourselves and seek projects as we get to know the client better. Fundamentally, we are out to prove we are an outstanding system and software engineering firm and convince the client to partner with us. Our core competency is system and software engineering. That is not the case for our clients, so we seek to become their partners’ for that core competency as well as leading them to leverage the latest innovations
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Some of the sharpest technical folks in the industry - frequently relied upon by Microsoft product teams for assistance and advice. Successful recruiting and marketing staff able to recruit strong talent and find long-term projects.
Sometimes projects are too long - although management is willing to shift staff to other teams when possible.
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Applied Information Sciences.
I was recruited by the AIS HR team through a hiring website. I expressed interest in the company, so we proceeded with a phone interview with the recruiter. After that I had a technical phone interview with a programmer from the company, and finally an in person interview with the office manager. The interviews were all pretty straightforward, we mostly talked about my experience, the job I would be performing, company culture, what kind of work environment I prefer, etc.
- What kind of environment do you like to work in? Answer Question
They asked what my current salary was, and proposed their salary offer based on that.
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AIS is a technical services company that specializes in custom application development and managed services using the latest technologies. We are not only a Microsoft managed partner with Gold competencies but we are also involved in virtually every field and product team program, appropriate to our focus, which places us in the top 0.03% of Microsoft partners. This unique ...
Mission: AIS is a community of like-minded engineers, driven to use the latest innovations to deliver transformative solutions. Our passion for building a community focused on innovation and delivery excellence gives our community a “purpose” where we heavily invest our profit to continue and expand. This focus is intoxicating to our staff and allows us to attract and retain outstanding engineers. Once you talk to us, you’ll know what we stand for – “For Purpose”, not just “For Profit”.