Phacil, Inc.

Phacil, Inc. – Why Work For Us?

Phacil is an industry-leading provider of mission-focused, results-driven technology solutions to the federal government. We continually demonstrate Commitment to our customers, Excellence in performance, and Service to the nation. Customers trust Phacil to solve their most complex challenges by delivering uniquely-tailored technology solutions that maximize value and mission success. Phacil offers a diverse range of technology services, including Software Development, Systems Integration, Operations and Maintenance, Cyber Security, Network and Systems Engineering, Geographic Information Systems, Technical Consulting, and Business Operations. Our team of energetic, highly-skilled professionals support customers in 17 states across the country and abroad.

undefined “It all started with a single idea: to focus on selling better services to the Federal government.  13+ years later, as in life, some things have changed.  People have come and gone.  Contracts have started and ended but one thing that has not altered over the course of time is the Phacil goal of being a different company to be the best in our industry. Through delivering exceptional services with a laser-like focus on customer needs, we have leveraged those corporate values/principles to create an environment that fosters development and growth at the organizational and individual levels. That is why Phacilians care about the company – because the company cares about the people. Here's to many more years of Ferocious Execution.”
– Shaun T., Contracts Manager, Phacilian Since 2004
undefined "I have had my share of career opportunities. But of any company I have had the opportunity to work for, Phacil has been the one that I truly consider more than "work," it is a "career." It is a company that gives it's employees all the tools they need to succeed. Yes, Phacil has challenged me, but it has definitely proven to me that where much is required, much is given in return. The growth and education Phacil has given me is immeasurable. Simply put, there isn't a company out there like Phacil. If you want to be challeneged and you seek personal growth while feeling like you honesly can make a difference and are part of a family and team of successful individuals, then Phacil is where you want to work."
– Jamie R., Director, Facilities, Phacilian Since 2011
undefined “My first encounter with Phacil was via phone with Marcus Williams, which was without a doubt, unlike any conversation I had had with a recruiter. He was engaging and professional. I honestly felt like I had known him for years and, to this day, I always tell him I’m the best decision he has ever made.  After being invited to the tiny 2-office, 1-conference room suite in Rosslyn, VA for 2 interviews at 7am with Mike McDermott. I knew this was definitely a place that would assist in developing my career. Mike did most of the talking and at the end of my 10 minute interview, Mike asked, “What hours do you want to work…morning or evening?” My response was, “I don’t care, I just want to work, so I can work all the time.” I appreciate all I have learned, I am in awe of all we have done as a team, and I am excited about the optimistic future we face.”
– Candis M., Senior Proposal Coordinator, Phacilian Since 2010
undefined “I remember well the beginnings of Phacil – two founders committed to excellence and determined to improve service to our nation. Coming from a commercial background and with no industry insiders to guide them, it was not an easy task. They set sail into competitive and regulated seas. Mike, Tom, and other talented trailblazers came and continue to come on board. We navigate challenging waters daily. Each day, we embody the essence of Phacil.
– Lori F., Senior Director, Strategic Programs, Phacilian Since 2011
undefined “In 2007, I accepted the Business Manager position on a Phacil Missile Defense Agency (MDA) contract and started on October 1, 2007. In May 2008, due to concerns by the MDA Customer on how Phacil was technically performing, Raf asked a friend of his to do an “assessment” of the team’s support efforts – that person was Tom Shoemaker. Tom became the Program Manager (PM) on the MDA contract and I was his Business Manager. The Phacil growth and changes that I have been proudly part of over the last seven years I call the “Platinum Standard of Executing Ferociously!”
– Chris E., Senior Business Manager, Phacilian Since 2007
undefined “Phacilians are dependable, credible, and have good character!
Phacil is like family -- caring and a supportive group of people to work with. We are passionate about what we do, how we do it, and our work expresses it!  We strive for quality and excellent customer service. We are willing to share knowledge with each other, and we work the hours to get the job done.  Like family, you don’t mind showing support for each other.”
– Marny G., Phacilian Since 2008
undefined “Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, I joined Phacil in 2007 truly not knowing what to expect.  Seven years later, I know now that I joined a family full of remarkable people committed to the country and our craft.  We’ve excelled where others thought we would fail. When obstacles were placed before us, we came together to overcome them. Where we did stumble, calmly and collectively we picked ourselves up and chose improvement over excuses.”
– Steven C., Senior Contracts Specialist and Program Manager, Phacilian Since 2007
undefined “My experience at Phacil over the past eight years has shown me great leadership, the ability to have vision, the importance of team work, commitment, and building strong customer relationships. Phacil has provided guidance throughout contract execution, encouraging innovation. These company attributes have allowed me to grow professionally over the years, making the work environment challenging, fun, and exciting.”
– Stafford B., Program Manager, Phacilian Since 2006
undefined “Phacil is my family.  It started on day one when both Phacil and I took a leap of faith.  Phacil convinced me that they had a vision, and I left Oracle where I had job stability.  I have grown to love my work, the people I work with, and I see the vision.  Here we are years later and I have learned that as I give my 110%, Phacil will do the same. It’s a great feeling.  As the family continues to pursue excellence and execute ferociously.
– Rod R., Director, Senior Technical Manager, Phacilian Since 2008
undefined “ I have been privileged to witness the very humble beginnings of Phacil. I can’t help but reflect on the day we were huddled up in a house that belonged to Sascha’s family in California starting to develop the business plan for Phacil, running around to buy a printer and supplies from Office Depot and dividing and conquering the work to be done. From those humble beginnings to celebrating such an auspicious office, one can’t help be delighted and extremely proud.
– Michael I., Principal Consultant, Phacilian Since 2008
“My employment with Phacil lasted a little over ten years. I started in July 2003 and ended in January 2014. When I started, the company had just started. Indeed, the concept of Ferocious Execution was displayed. I received a phone call from Sascha on a Sunday, had an in-person interview with Raf that Monday, and I think I started a week later. It gave me a chance to grow and experience new challenges in the workforce. It has been a pleasure to be associated with Phacil and I will always have fond memories.”
– Doc M., Database Administrator, Phacilian Since 2003

Phacil has a strong commitment, not only to our customers and employees, but also to the communities in which we live and work. We believe that it is part of our corporate responsibility to support and enrich local communities and the country through our involvement in charitable and philanthropic activities. Below are just a few examples of how Phacil continues to have a positive impact on our local and extended communities!


Phacil is a consistent financial contributor to certain nonprofit organizations focused on at-risk youth, such as Summer Search and Immaculate Conception Academy (ICA), who provide educational and professional development assistance to disadvantaged youths. Phacil has supported other such organizations, including De La Salle Academy, Don Bosco Preparatory High School, Fordham Preparatory School, San Mateo Public Library, and a Child Literacy Program at Schriever Air Force Base. Phacil also supports the Second Harvest Food Bank.


In the Military community, Phacil is an “Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS)” partner, an Army program that connects government agencies and civilian companies with qualified soldiers, providing them with priority-hiring status upon completing their service in the Army. We have also been a contributor to Operation Homefront and USO World Headquarters


Phacilians recently participated in a very successful Community Service Day at Boulder Crest Retreat. Despite the cold and rainy October weather, 50 volunteers from Phacil, local firefighters, and members of the Boulder Crest team assisted in a major cleanup project. Boulder Crest is a 37 acre retreat located in Bluemont, VA. It was built to provide free accommodations, recreational and therapeutic activities and programs for our military and veterans and their families to recover from the aftermath and wounds of war. After the service day concluded, Phacil invited the firefighters and Boulder Crest Members to join us in a hot lunch from Smokin Willy’s, a local family owned restaurant, in appreciation for their help during the event. 


We thank all of the volunteers who took time to help a great cause and hope to continue to serve our veterans, military families and firefighters in the coming years.


Phacil is proud to announce that this year our San Francisco Corporate office will be partnering with Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) to collect items for the Hope for the Holidays Drive, helping local Bay Area homeless and low income individuals and families have a brighter Holiday Season.

The San Francisco office will have a collection box located in the break area for employees to make donations. Items to be collected will include towels & toiletries, blankets and linens, gift cards, scarves, hats, board games and similar items.

Excited, inspired, energized to do something great…this is what we feel as Phacilians. We live in a culture that values honesty, integrity, high performance, and creativity. We are passionate about service to our military and our nation through fulfilling customers’ missions. Phacil motivates people to think of success as something bigger than themselves. We are all part of one team—the Phacil Team—striving to be better tomorrow than we are today. Phacil encourages everyone to express opinions and ideas, and share in a commitment to excellence with our fellow team members and our customers!

Phacilians work hard…and they play hard. From chili cook-offs in our favorite football teams’ garb, to foosball tournaments, flag football leagues, cornhole, and the annual holiday cookie exchange (egg nog, anyone?), we have a lot of fun. Phacil provides a great work environment. Our office space is open light and airy. Its comfortable atmosphere promotes teamwork, creative thinking, and – as a result – stellar accomplishments. We have a Wellness Room where employees can take time out and meditate, relax, and just get away from their desks for some quiet time. Collaboration areas with whiteboard walls and round tables, are scattered throughout the space, providing settings where solutions to our customers’ biggest headaches are born.

Phacil has high expectations for employee performance – rewards are high, as well.   We embody a culture of mentorship, opportunity, and employee development. Executive management’s doors are always open and they rely on employees’ feedback and suggestions to continue innovating and delivering jaw-dropping results for our customers. Employee contributions are regularly recognized through bonuses and other rewards because we know our people are the key to our success!


For example, on November 11, 2014, Phacil hosted a Veterans Day recognition breakfast to recognize the more than 188 veterans presently employeed at Phacil.

Phacil takes great pride in it's veteran employees. As a company, we recognize and value those who are willing to serve their fellow man and their country. These men and women are true heroes in our eyes and we value them for their committment and service to self, family and country.

It is people like this that make up great teams and make Phacil a great place to work.

Phacil extends this level of service by routinely sponsoring a variety of activities in the COMMUNITY.

In addition to community service, Phacilians enjoy a great work environment and a unique culture that has contributed to our success as a company.

It is the people that make a difference and as you can see from the many TESTIMONIALS on our front page, Phacil is more than just a great place to work.


At Phacil, we are committed to our employees health and well-being. One of the benefits that are a part of the Phacil culture is that employees are reimbursed for their gym memberships.

This is one way Phacil ensures it's employees stay focused on themselves and their well-being.

At our corporate office in Arlington, VA, which is open to all Phacil employees nationwide, we feature an employee "Wellness Room."


This room was designed for employees to take time out and meditate, relax, care for newborns, and just to get away from their desks for some quiet time.

This new 20,000 square foot office was designed with the employee in mind. Featuring a gym, a large "galley" and kitchen area. Ample refridgeration space, snacks and refreshments. The new Corporate office located at 800 N Glebe is open to all employees in the company


The rear of the space features a high top work area in the back facing the Arlington treeline and westward. This area is a nice "touch down" area for employees to take their laptops and get away from their desks should they choose to do so. We call it the "Starbucks Bar."

Summer months traditionally bring increased work hours as employees committ to building the business and recognize the rewards that come from this effort.

During the summer months, with extended work hours, Phacil contributes by providing lunches several times a week and an abundance of drinks and snacks at most of it's facilities nationwide.

Phacil also has several sports and team activities that are sponsored. Like our "Flag-football" team. Employees are encouraged to join and it is a fun way to spend time outside of the office creating lasting friendships while cultivating the Phacil team spirit.


Community, culture, these are just a few reasons to work at Phacil. To learn about the career opportunities that await you by being a part of this great team, CLICK HERE.


Are you Up to the Challenge?

Phacil is looking for bright, energetic, highly-motivated individuals who thrive on new challenges and share in a commitment to performance excellence. We encourage creativity; we celebrate diversity; and we offer an environment where employees can achieve everything they strive for. (See what our employees are saying about Phacil on the Employee Testimonials page!) At Phacil, we attract and retain the best people in the industry. This is why we consider our employees to be our greatest asset. Our employees work hard and are committed to Phacil and its customers. In turn, we are committed to providing employees with a rewarding work environment, and a comprehensive and highly-competitive health and wellness benefits package.

Life as a Phacilian:

Opportunity to work with a group of talented and dedicated people

Plenty of room for professional growth

Health, vision, dental, plus much more

Spot awards for customer commendations & recognition events

Commitment to developing strong leaders

Phacil, Inc. Reviews

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    A great company to work for. Truly rewards it's employees.

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    Where is much is required, much is given in return. Phacil does expect a lot, but it serves it's customers well and cares deeply for it's employees and customers. There is nothing wrong with expecting the best! But I have found that Phacil is one of the most generous companies I have ever worked for. I find some of the negative comments here disappointing because they do not reflect the majority consensus of how we as employees of Phacil feel.


    As a government contractor, Phacil gets a bad rap. Contracts end and not everyone can be placed in other areas. Phacil tries, but isn't always able to succeed. The result is disgruntled employees who bad mouth a great company and that is unfortunate.

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    Have regular feedback sessions with employees. Continue to listen as you do so well, but perhaps solicit more of what is going on in people's lives. You're doing a great job, but sometimes it is easy to get distracted in day to day management. People matter and Phacil recognizes this. Keep it up.

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Phacil, Inc. Interviews

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    I applied online after finding it through a web search and was contacted two to three weeks later by a company recruiter to set up an initial phone interview. The recruiter was 15 minutes late to the call and spent most of the interview seemingly trying to dissuade me from wanting to work there; he described it as an extremely intense work atmosphere in which nearly everyone is Type A and the leadership shifts blame onto others for mistakes. After the interview, I was no longer terribly interested in the position but did not want to shut the door on it. I was contacted for a second interview, which I was unable to make due to prior travel arrangements, and I figured that was the end of it. The hiring managers then reached out personally to interview me and offered me the position on the spot. They seemed much more capable and friendly than I'd been warned, and I decided to accept the position.

    Then approximately two weeks before I was going to move across the country to begin work, I received a call that the company no longer had the budget to hire any of the people they had, in fact, just hired.

    Overall, the interview process, the hiring process, and the "unhiring" process were incredibly unprofessional and I feel as though I dodged a bullet here.

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Phacil, Inc. Awards & Accolades

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Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies, Washington Business Journal, 2013
Solution Provider 500, CRN, 2013
Software 500 Award, Software Magazine, 2013
Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies, Inc. Magazine, 2013
Fast Growth 150 List, CRN, 2013
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Additional Info

Headquarters Arlington, VA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 2001
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Phacil is an award-winning, ISO 9001:2008 certified Government Contractor, performing certified ISO/IEC 20000-1 and CMMI Maturity Level 3 work on contracts. The Company provides Diversified Services to both the Civilian and Defense markets, including Development, Integration, Operations and Maintenance, Cyber Security, Geographic Information Systems, Technical Consulting, and... More

Mission: To provide exceptional service to our customers in service of our country. We will accomplish this by providing services that meet, or exceed, the expectations of our... More

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