Blue Star, high performance IT cybersecurity engineering and software services, announced that they have been named by the Washington Business Journal as a 2016 Best Places to Work honoree.
The annual Best Places to Work list honors leading employers in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, evaluating companies based on workplace practices and employee feedback. Blue Star is one of 25 honorees in the medium business size category of 25-49 employees. First, second and third place awards will be presented at the Washington Business Journal’s event held at the Arena Stage on June 9, 2016.
Blue Star has long focused on creating a positive environment for its employees, featuring a wide variety of people-centric initiatives and policies. These initiatives include a robust professional development program, a highly competitive benefits package, as well as a regular series of fun social events that allow employees to socialize and relate on a personal level. Upcoming events include an interactive robotics demonstration for “Take Your Child to Work Day,” company lunches, tech talks, and a summer outing at Nationals Park.
Recently Blue Star hired Alexa Watson as Director of Employee Engagement, with the goal of keeping employees engaged and energized even as the company ramps up recruiting of technical staff.
“Our employees are the foundation of our business. We hire highly talented individuals and they value being able to continuously improve their technical knowledge, so it is important to us to provide the resources to support them. It benefits them by enhancing their skills and it allows us to provide the highest quality services to our clients,” said Dan Sherwell, President of Blue Star.
“Blue Star’s unwavering investment in training, benefits, and team-building initiatives demonstrates the company’s commitment to its people and is one of the key reasons I joined the firm,” added Alexa Watson, Director of Employee Engagement at Blue Star. “With annual retention rates over 90% it is apparent that my co-workers share my appreciation for Blue Star’s commitment to company culture.”