Here at TeraThink, we work to create opportunities for everyone to learn. Recently we had the opportunity to have the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, talk to us about her new book Aim High: Chart Your Course And Find Success. Hosted by our Leadership Community of Practice, Debbie shared some lessons learned from her very impressive career.
I am lucky enough to know Debbie in her role as a Board Member here at TeraThink. I knew that her insights and inspiration would be spot-on for our audience. As outlined in her book, Debbie told us her story. She shared how failures had become successes and about how a path that seemed clear was actually not. Most importantly, Debbie told us that having purpose and passion are keys to a life well lived.
We merged over a year ago and it has been quite an experience. One of the things we had to do is combine our core values. After our merger, we had two very complimentary, but different, sets of core values. While we were all working well as a team, we needed a unified set of core values that reflects all our amazing employees here at TeraThink.
During the process, it was important to us to keep the strengths of both sets of values while still moving forward as a new company. We both shared a similar vision of sustaining an innovative and driven workforce. Additionally, we understood that our culture is the currency that we bring to our clients.
Through combining the best of both companies, we introduced: Own It, Create It, Share It, and Crush It. It’s our vision these values will inspire our employees to further enhance our capabilities and resources for the clients we serve.
On October 23, TeraThink is returning to Virginia Tech to speak to the Thrive Living-and-Learning Community. Several members of our team are participating on a Career Panel to share with students their career experience while at TeraThink. Having recently graduated from Virginia Tech, I wanted to share my thoughts on why I decided to join TeraThink after graduation.
I first heard of TeraThink when I attended the University’s career fair this past January. As a second semester senior about to enter the real world, I was anxious to land a great job before graduation. In my search, I wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to continuously grow in a challenging environment and problem solve through creative thinking.
I was immediately taken with TeraThink’s passion for the work they do and the clients they serve. From my initial meeting with the recruiters and executives, to my interview, not even 3 days had passed to when I received my offer of employment. For a college student undergoing rounds upon rounds of interviews with other companies and agencies, TeraThink’s quick turnaround was refreshing.
Fast-forward several months into the job, I can say that choosing to start my career with TeraThink was the best decision I could have made. There are five things about TeraThink that prove it’s the right choice for me. These helped me make my decision to join their team of talented and driven individuals.
Last month I was accepted into the ACT-IAC Voyagers Program. This is a highly competitive leadership development program for rising leaders in government and industry (another term for the private sector). This intensive nine-month program matches 16 industry leaders with 16 government leaders. It focuses on collaboration and expanding understanding between the government and the companies that support the government.
The curriculum of the program is based off OPM’s Five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Many federal agencies use ECQs for selection, performance management, and leadership development for management and executive positions. Additionally, entry to the Senior Executive Service (SES) requires ECQs. It is an honor to be a part of the 2019 Voyagers Class and work alongside the other 31 leaders throughout the program’s duration.
Today is the 10th annual Ada Lovelace Day. It is a day to take time to recognize the accomplishments of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The goal is to increase the visibility of women in STEM in order to create role models for future generations of STEM professionals.
Here at TeraThink, we have no shortage of role models. We wanted to shine the spotlight some of them. I asked them to share how they got started in the technology field and any inspirations they had.
Almost a year ago, TeraThink and Dominion Consulting merged. It seems like a good time to look back on what we have achieved.
Just because this is going to be hard is not a reason to not do it.
While I know it’s a double negative, it turns out it was exactly the right statement to make early and often. We got here relatively innocently – a casual, almost easy, conversation between entrepreneurs about the future of our respective companies. However, accurately predicting how the next year or so would go would have been impossible. We knew the merger was going to be difficult and complicated, sure, but it played out to be much more than that.
The pursuit of a successful merger and integration is an exercise of incredible loads of work, constant distraction, some elation, occasional frustration (insert sarcastic emoji here), and every other emotion in between. I can genuinely state that the process of closing the deal and then integrating these two great companies was both – one of the most difficult, and one of the most rewarding achievements of my career. Recognizing that the merger trend in our industry is not slowing down, we wanted to share a few of our key lessons learned and critical success factors from our experience with this merger.
The Center for Urban Transportation Research has named TeraThink one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters for 2018! Best Workplaces for Commuters is an innovative membership program. It provides qualified employers with national recognition and an elite designation for offering outstanding commuter benefits.
TeraThink has over 200 employees located across Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, who commute to client sites on daily basis. Many of our employees utilize the local metro and bus system or pay-for-parking lots. As a company, we felt the need to alleviate some of the stress associated with the daily commute. We are proud to be recognized for our efforts.
Starting at the crack of dawn on Monday, April 9th, TeraThink employees rallied together and took on their first company-wide challenge of the year, the Journey Through Asia. TeraThink kicked off the new year with our newly combined workforce with the launch of our FitBit Wellness Program. As part of this program, all employees received a generous stipend to purchase their very own FitBit device. Once the employees received their devices they had the ability to participate in our quarterly step challenges.
Those who have been following TeraThink for any period of time know that one of our core corporate values is giving back to the community. Our team prides itself on helping organizations that make lasting and meaningful impacts of the lives of many. We also look to support those organizations that are near and dear to our employees’ hearts.
TeraThink employees at all levels dedicate their time and talent to these organizations. We are proud to have an annual Community Outreach budget that allows us to support these causes in many different ways.
TeraThink was recently named as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Virginia. The annual list of the Best Places to Work in Virginia was created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group.
This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Virginia, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses. The 2017 Best Places to Work in Virginia list is made up of 100 companies.