SRA International Inc. has about 276 immediate openings and plans to bring in 100 to 120 people a month over the next year. Renato A. DiPentima, president and chief executive, and Ann W. Denison, vice president of human resources, talked with The Post's Andrea Caumont.
your company do?
DiPentima: We are an information technology, systems integration and professional services firm. We focus on the federal government. We provide a full range of IT systems life-cycle work, including strategic planning and enterprise architecture on the front end; design, development, implementation and deployment of computer systems in the middle phases; and outsourcing where the government turns over operations to us to run for them.
What do you think your employees would say are the best reasons for working at your company?
DiPentima: I know we run the risk of sounding trite, but we live our values: honesty and service. Honesty means high ethical behavior, not just enough to get by, high ethical behavior in everything we do, with our customers, employees and partners. Service means a passion for taking care of our customers, high-quality products for our customers, caring for our people and giving something back to our community.
Who owns your company?
DiPentima: We went public on May 24, 2002. We trade on the NYSE under the symbol SRX.
What sense of stability can your company offer job candidates?
DiPentima: When we hire people we hire them for a career not a job. We're not hiring for a task or a specific contract. We want them to stay at SRA and make a career here. We're a large enough company that if people want a change in their career we can accommodate within the company, they don't have to leave.
Denison: In our industry, with the type of business we have, the time when people feel least stable is between contracts. We have an entire organization set up for the sole purpose of moving people from one assignment to the next assignment, either when a contract is ending or people just want to try a new job. Our whole organizational structure is set up so people can get a sense of stability.
What are the demographics of your company?
DiPentima: Company-wide, we are 36 percent female and 29 percent minority. Within the executive management team we are 21 percent female and 6 percent minority.
What positions do you have available, and what level of expertise do you want?
DiPentima: We're looking for project managers, network engineers, software engineers, technical directors and systems engineers, the full gamut of life-cycle folks. Security clearances are highly desirable. The majority of positions are mid- to senior-level positions. Applicants should have three-plus years of experience.