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Applied Information Sciences Overview

Headquarters Reston, VA
Size 201 to 500 Employees
Founded 1982
Type Company - Private
Revenue $25 to $50 million (USD) per year
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 ... More

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 ... More

Applied Information Sciences – Why Work For Us?

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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.

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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?

Business Model/Culture

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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    The number one thing I like best about working at AIS is knowing that I am a valued member of the team. From day one my knowledge and skills were recognized and put to immediate use. The enthusiasm shown by the AIS recruiting team during my interview and subsequent hiring was an important factor in choosing to work at AIS. The honesty and integrity of the Leadership demonstrated during my interview/hiring process is the reason I came to work for AIS.


    If you want to work 9-5 and just collect a paycheck, do not work here If you need to be micromanaged, do not work here If you are done learning and growing professionally, do not work here

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    Continue to set Vision, Goals & Objectives Continue to provide opportunities Continue to encourage creativity and innovation

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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.

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    They asked what my current salary was, and proposed their salary offer based on that.

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