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Herndon, VA
1001 to 5000 employees
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Company - Private
Aerospace & Defense
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
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National security is a critical focus at Sotera Defense Solutions. The company provides software, system engineering, analysis, and technology development to work hand-in-hand with the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, FBI, and other government agencies to fight ... Read more

Mission: Sotera's Mission is to anticipate and meet evolving national security challenges by providing expert analysis, innovative technology and integrated solutions tailored to our customers’ needs in cyberspace, on land, at sea and in the air.

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  • "Solid defense contractor, great opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Arlington, VA
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    I worked at Sotera Defense Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - laid-back culture as far as defense companies go
    - management really cares about your career and well-being
    - DARPA work org operates independently, with almost a startup feel but without the insane hours that a startup would expect
    - great work life balance
    - solid benefits

    Cons

    Unsure- can't vouch for other work orgs since I didn't experience their own subcultures

    Advice to Management

    Don't push the greater company processes and bureaucracy onto the DFA org- they are one of the few groups in the industry that have a fighting chance against the defense industry brain drain.
    Also, you should consider incorporating equity into your compensation packages in order to compete against silicon valley for top talent, which is the differentiator for cutting edge r&d contracts. For example, I was very well compensated by defense contractor standards but was eventually poached by an offer with similar base and bonus pay, but also an equity package that was effectively a 45% raise. This was at an established, profitable company so we're not talking start up lottery-equity either. The DFA work is enjoyable and fulfilling so I have no doubt that evening the scales compensation-wise would have a massive impact on the level of talent you attract, and by extension the contracts you land.

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Sotera Defense Solutions Interviews

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    Software Engineer Interview

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    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Sotera Defense Solutions in December 2014.

    Interview

    A rep asked if I was interested in the position. I said yes. HR sent an offer letter, then contacted me by phone and email to let me know that I'd received their offer. I signed the letter and sent it back.

    Interview Questions

    • Only one question: "Do you want the position?"   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    One offer, one acceptance

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