Mission: A passion for Technology. Value for our customers.
I have been working at MetroStar Systems full-time (More than 3 years)
MetroStar is a place for problem solvers and collaborators. It is a small business that is growing up and positioning itself to be a leader and really differentiate itself from the other companies in the DC Metro area. There are very few companies that empower employees of all levels to contribute and speak up about anything from projects, to opportunities, to corporate direction. With the growth from a small to large business there are definitely growing pains associated with scaling, upward mobility for employees, standardization of process, etc. Each of these items are part of regular discussions with management to improve upon. There are also very few places that have an open door policy with senior leadership like MetroStar has. The executives are engaged and talk with employees on daily basis. In the time I have been part of the MetroStar team I have seen tremendous positive growth and am proud to be a part of where the company is going and excited about the future.
There is a different culture with the employees that work onsite vs HQ (which is a challenge most companies face) I've experienced this very challenge at previous companies and MetroStar is at least trying different ways to actively engage employees throughout the company. Because people wear many hats there is a lot juggling as the company grows (especially among leads), this type of environment benefits employees that are outspoken. Employees that are more reserved tend to not be heard as much. The practice and team lead structure that is in place really helps make sure all the employees are receiving technical direction and mentoring but the level of engagement depends on all the other demands they are dealing with at the time.
Advice to Management
Continue to build a company that is progressive and different than the typical beltway consulting companies and continue to empower employees to be part of the solution.
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at MetroStar Systems (Reston, VA) in August 2015.
I was called in for an interview after a brief phone call with the Director of Marketing. I currently live over two hours from the company, so took off work and even stayed in a hotel in order to make it to the interview that Monday morning (all of which they knew). I was then given a writing test as I left the interview to have returned within 24 hours. I completed the test and had to email the Director of Marketing twice in order to get a response about receiving it. I was then given two more writing tests as the next round of the interview and emailed those in the necessary time frame. Never heard back from them again. Even after 2 emails to simply confirm that they even received them, I was given no response whatsoever. The interview was over a month ago.