Artel plans to hire about 25 people in the next two months. Abbas Yazdani, chief executive, talked with The Post's Andrea Caumont.
What does your company do?
We have created a whole new category of business by marrying systems integration with strategic planning for information technology infrastructure, telecom and security; and we have come up with our own processes for this new category of business that allows us to be a single source for clients in both government and public sectors as well as private and international markets. If it has anything to do with information technology, information security or telecommunications, you would come to us and we'll do A to Z for you. We glue everything together, almost as if you were going to a general contractor to build you a house: They do the plans, they get the permits and they build. You only need to meet with one contractor and have one agreement.
What do you think your employees would say are the best reasons for working at your company?
Our company was put together in 1986 to be a family-oriented company which shared our core values. We're based on honesty, integrity and hard work -- no cutting corners. As a result, we chose to be very precise about hiring people. We bring in people who share our core values, and we do background checks on everyone. We've been very lucky to find lots of good people who are experienced, degreed, and cleared with security clearances. About 60 percent of Artel staff members have a technical degree of some kind, and half of those have advanced technical degrees: masters or PhDs. We have the elite of the elite working at Artel. We hire outstanding people and as a result we remain loyal to them and they remain loyal to us. We take care of each other. We are all over the world. We work in six of the seven continents. We speak over a dozen languages and dialects. We're extremely diverse.
Who owns your company?
For better or worse, I do. Artel is 100 percent privately held by me.
What sense of stability can your company offer job candidates?
People who came here in 1986 or 1987 are still here. We've been growing and we have training and education programs. As a result, people don't leave Artel. We train them, we mentor them and we provide opportunities internally to our folks first before we go outside the company. We team with large, multinational conglomerates all the time and we're exposed to them and their practices. As an Artel employee, you would learn from some of our partners here and overseas how they do business, and you can incorporate that knowledge to improve the way we do business. We are the prime contractor on about 95 percent of our work. We don't pigeonhole our folks here. They have a sense of opportunity. When all the other telecom companies in this area were laying off, Artel did not experience that. We kept our people and we hired more.
What are the demographics of your company?
There are seven women and four minorities on the 15-person management team. Company-wide we are 30 percent minority and 27 percent female.
What positions do you have available and what level of expertise do you want?
We have a variety of positions available. We're looking for information assurance analysts, senior software engineers, senior systems analysts, lead functional analysts, program managers and telecommunications engineers. The majority of positions require applicants who are cleared or clearable, from Secret to Top Secret clearance. We have positions available anywhere from Northern Virginia to Arizona to potentially Egypt or Iraq or Germany. We're looking for three to six people for each type of position. We're hiring on three levels: We want junior folks to have a couple of years of experience, mid-levels should have anywhere from four to eight years of experience and senior-levels should have eight-plus years of experience. We're hiring across the board.