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Axon Overview

Scottsdale, AZ
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Public (AAXN)
Computer Hardware & Software
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Founded in 1993, Axon (formerly TASER International) has been at the forefront of innovation in public safety technology. Our earliest Conducted Electrical Weapons (CEWs) represented a revolution in less-lethal weaponry, providing officers a safer option to more traditional ... Read more

Mission: Our mission to protect life is what drives us. Whether protecting life through each line of code you write or through the devices you've led to launch, you'll be making a difference. Our team is inclusive, humble, and determined, no matter the ... Read more

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Axon – Why Work For Us?

It was never going to be easy.

We started small. Garage-small. Just two brothers and an inventor fueled by the desire to make the world a safer place. And then we grew, with hard work and that same drive, into an expansive technology company that delivers public safety's most trusted network of devices and apps.

In April 2017 we changed our corporate name to Axon, after many years of operating as TASER International. Our mission to protect life endures, but we're going about it in new ways—with Smart Weapons that protect life in the moment of conflict, cameras that depict the truth and help prevent civil unrest, and automated reporting and evidence management that will triple the amount of time officers can spend serving their communities.

Today, more than 17,000 law enforcement agencies in 100+ countries around the world are part of the Axon network. That sounds big, but we've never forgotten where we started, and the scrappy, garage-style pursuit of big goals continues to get us out of bed each day.

Work with us

Our mission to protect life is what drives us. Whether protecting life through each line of code you write or through the devices you've led to launch, you'll be making a difference. Our team is inclusive, humble, and determined, no matter the project or activity. Whatever your goals are, you'll have the freedom to work on projects you care about, and the support of people who will challenge you in new ways.

We recognize the hard work and responsibility of all Axon employees, and try to give back by focusing on employee happiness and unique perks.

  • Healthcare: A choice of two medical plans, as well as dental, vision, and life insurance.
  • No set vacation time limits: Come and go as you need to. (Full-time salary positions only.)
  • Tuition Reimbursement: We encourage employees to pursue personal development goals, and we'll help you reach them.
  • Free beverages and snacks: You can expect anything from fruit and healthy snacks to a latte machine or free sodas.
  • Top tech equipment: As a tech company, we care about having the right tools and supplies to do our jobs. You'll have what you need.
  • Strong 401k: We'll match a percentage so you're set up for a great future after a job well done.
  • Team-building activities: River rafting, bubble soccer, and picnics are just some recent examples.

Our executive team is made up of leaders with broad business and technology experience. You will find them sitting in the same open work spaces as everyone else, always ready for new ideas.

Rick Smith, CEO & Co-founder

A pioneer of technology with the vision of making the bullet obsolete, Rick founded the original company, TASER, in 1993. As the TASER device became ubiquitous in law enforcement, Rick pushed the company beyond weapons technology and towards a broader purpose of matching technology to public safety needs in order to make the world a safer place. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a garage in Tucson to a NASDAQ-listed global market leader in conducted electrical weapons, body worn cameras and software. Rick was winner of the Ernst and Young 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year. Rick graduated from Harvard with a B.S. in Neuroscience (Cum Laude) and later earned a Master in International Finance from the University of Leuven in Belgium and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Luke Larson, President

As President of Axon, Luke is responsible for leading the company's day-to-day operations and overseeing all aspects of the company. Luke joined Axon in 2008 and has filled a variety of executive and management roles since then, becoming President in April 2015. Prior to joining Axon, Luke served two tours in Iraq as a Marine Corps infantry officer and was awarded the Bronze star with V for valor on his first tour. Luke graduated from University of Arizona on an NROTC scholarship and has an M.B.A. from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Jawad Ahsan, CFO

Jawad joined Axon in 2017 and is responsible for leading the company's global finance organization. Prior to Axon, Jawad was CFO for Market Track, a SaaS-based marketing intelligence company, and before joining Market Track, he spent 13 years in various roles at General Electric (GE), most notably serving as CFO for GE Clinical Business Solutions. Jawad gained substantial international experience with GE's internal Corporate Audit Staff, working across more than 20 countries in several industries including financial services, healthcare, aviation, oil and gas, electrical distribution and supply, and film and entertainment. Jawad is a graduate of GE's Financial Management Program with GE Plastics, and earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross.

Doug Klint, General Counsel

Doug is responsible for legal, risk management, corporate governance, securities compliance and intellectual property. Doug joined Axon in 2002 and served as the company's President from 2010-2015 in addition to General Counsel. Prior to Axon, Doug served as Vice President and General Counsel of Aspec Technology, a publicly traded semi-conductor IP company located in Sunnyvale, CA from 1998 to 1999, at which time he was promoted to President and CEO and continued in that role through 2001. He was also Vice President and General Counsel of Zycad Corporation, a publicly traded high technology company located in St. Paul, MN and Menlo Park, CA, from 1984 to 1998. Doug has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business Administration from Gustavus Adolphus College, and a Juris Doctor Degree from William Mitchell College of Law, cum laude. He is admitted to the Minnesota State Bar and the Arizona State Bar.

Josh Isner, Chief Revenue Officer

Josh is responsible for global growth, customer service, professional services, and sales operations. Josh joined Axon in 2009 as a member of the Leadership Development Program, and after rotating through several departments in the company, he eventually helmed and led the domestic video and cloud sales team to a record year in 2014. Josh previously held the roles of Director of Leadership Development, Northeast Regional Sales Executive, and VP of Video and Cloud Sales at TASER. Josh has a BS in Government & Political Science from Harvard University.

Jenner Holden, Chief Information Security Officer

Jenner oversees the information security program that protects Axon's systems and products. Since joining Axon in 2013, Jenner has been instrumental in building a robust security program and a company-wide culture of security. Prior to Axon, Jenner lead the security efforts for Lifelock and the Arizona Department of Education. Jenner began his career conducting security assessments and audits of government systems for the California Bureau of State Audits and the Arizona Office of the Auditor General. Jenner has a B.A. in Economics and M.P.A from Brigham Young University. He is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Jay Reitz, SVP of Software, Services, and Security

Jay is responsible for leading software engineering, service operations, and information security at Axon. He is also head of Axon's Seattle office. Prior to joining Axon in 2014, Jay was VP of Engineering at HubPages, a profitable San Francisco-based publishing startup that he cofounded in a garage in 2006 and helped grow to a top-40 web property. Before HubPages, he was a Software Development Manager on Microsoft's music team from 2000 to 2006 and was an early employee at MongoMusic, a startup that was acquired by Microsoft for $65M in 2000. Jay studied Computer Science at Stanford University.

Todd Basche, EVP of Worldwide Products

Todd joined Axon in 2016 and oversees all research and development for Axon devices. Prior to Axon Todd was VP of software planning and product management at Dell and has held a variety of executive positions in Silicon Valley companies ranging from Rovi to Apple, where he worked directly with Steve Jobs and was responsible for the iLife and iWork suite of products. Todd also has an extensive background as an entrepreneur as a co-founder of Visioneer as well CEO and co-founder of WordLock Inc. Todd has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.

Gretchen Mastellon, SVP of People Operations

Gretchen joined Axon in 2016 and oversees all aspects of Axon's people strategy. Prior to Axon, Gretchen was Divisional VP of Human Resources at Coach, the multinational luxury fashion company based in NYC. Gretchen started her human resources career working for Pcubed, a global management consulting firm, and has a B.A. from Columbia University.

Darren Steele, SVP of Marketing, Training and Communications

Darren oversees the company's marketing, training, and communications. Prior to joining Axon in 2016, Darren served in leadership roles at Fortune 100, startup and agency businesses. His roles include Principal and Strategy Director at Mindspace where he led groundbreaking projects for Google, Starbucks, and Expedia. Darren was also Group Product Manager at Microsoft for both Xbox and Windows teams and Director of Sales and Marketing at Access Software. Darren has a B.A. and M.B.A. from Brigham Young University.

Josh Goldman, SVP of Operations

Josh joined Axon as VP of Operations in 2017 and leads supply chain, quality, manufacturing, and international operations. Prior to Axon, Josh was a managing partner at Logistics Delivered, as well as VP of Operations at Ruan Transport Corporation, where he excelled in strategic enterprise-wide leadership and managed P&L/business development for operations across the continental US. Josh began his career as a Marine Corps Logistics/Supply Officer serving two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado and an M.B.A. from the University of Redlands with advanced study at the University of Cambridge Institute of Economic and Political Studies.

Our Values

Our vision is bigger than just cameras or weapons. We're working every day to make the bullet obsolete. To make this a reality, we live and breathe six core values that serve as guiding principles:


Walk with the customer as you transform their world.

We never want to develop or sell something that you don't want or need. We're obsessed with creating products that solve real problems and add value. If it doesn't benefit you, then we rethink what we're doing.


Think big with a long-term view.

We want to reinvent the world to be a safer, better place. We've failed spectacularly a few times, but that's what you get when you aim for the stars. That's our final destination.


Win with integrity.

We are fiercely competitive and have an unquenchable thirst to win, but we don’t think winning and doing the right thing are mutually exclusive. Our challenge is to make them synonymous — and never compromise our integrity.


Commit, take action, and deliver.

We empower individuals to step up and take initiative. Be an owner and see things through to completion. That's the only way we've been able to succeed as a company, and it's the only we will continue to grow.


Act as one global team.

Creating the future is a team sport. When a company scales globally in 40 different markets with multiple technology stacks ranging from wearables and cloud to electronic weapons, you need teamwork. We're one global team committed to an audacious vision.


Deliver with respect. Assume positive intent.

Candor gets critical issues elevated and the truth on the table — it gets us to the right answer faster. How can we be the best version of ourselves and the best company we can be if we can't offer and be given critical feedback?


Do big things, in smart ways.

We fight against the constraints of time and budgets with creativity and ingenuity. We believe that nimble thinking and determination win out over unlimited resources every time.

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    Really passionate people, who work with the goal of providing great hardware and software to the law enforcement community. Never seen a more passionate bunch.


    The company is sales heavy and engineering is not really a glamorous role is. Also, lots of people who are pro 2nd amendment.

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Axon (Seattle, WA).


    Contacted online. Recruiter was one of the best I've ever worked with. Spoke on the phone a few times. I was invited in to meet with an engineer and gain a level of comfort with the team. I really appreciated that. Finally, I was asked to interview in person, with four staff, each for an hour. The experience on the day was incredible. The people were awesome and I really enjoyed working on the questions with them.

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    • Plenty of questions about my experience. They took a genuine interest in real and important work experiences and their style was friendly and conversational. So refreshing.

      Out of respect for a company that treated me very well from beginning to end, I will not divulge individual questions. However, if you have practiced your algorithm and data structure fundamentals and you can solve problems reasonably well, you will enjoy interviewing here. The questions are challenging, but the engineers are good at helping to bring out the best in you.   Answer Question
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Axon Awards & Accolades

  • 2018 Best Places to Work, Comparably, 2018
  • Best Company Compensation, Comparably, 2018
  • 2018 Washington Best Workplaces, Puget Sound Business Journal, 2018
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