Subsystem Technologies plans to hire about 15 people in the next month. Sam Malhotra, chief executive, and Kim Downs, human resources director, talked with The Post's Andrea Caumont.

Q What does your company do?

A Malhotra: We are a professional services company, and we've been in business 20 years. We have four core competencies: information technology, program management support, information assurance and systems engineering. Our clients are the Federal Aviation Administration, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Army.

What do you think your employees would say were the best reasons for working at your company?

Malhotra: I would say the culture of the firm. What we do is probably no different from our competition but our retention rate has been 96 percent over the last three years. In a tumultuous industry like ours, that rate is pretty good and we attribute it to our culture of respect for each other and our clients.

Who owns your company?

Malhotra: Myself and my father. We are each 50 percent owners.

What sense of stability can your company offer job candidates?

Downs: I would say quite a bit of job stability. Although we're in an industry where contracts can end, we do a good job of making our clients want to keep us, and by doing that our employees have stability and security in their jobs. If a contract should end we do a tremendous job of trying to find a position that will fit their skills.

Malhotra: As we bring new contracts in our number one priority is to promote from within. We have an internal research and development team. We call it the technical tigers. They're a loosely held group of technical people from all of our contracts that come together to solve business problems and develop new products. We recently developed a system that allows first responders to know what kind of hazard they're dealing with in a disaster.

Downs: The interesting thing is it's completely voluntary.

What are the demographics of your company?

Downs: Companywide we're 39 percent female and 36 percent minority. Within the six-person executive management team, we're 30 percent minority and there are no females.

What positions do you have available and what level of expertise do you want?

Downs: We're looking for one senior programmer with Cold Fusion and Oracle experience, one certified security C&A analyst, one analyst with OMB Resource Program Data experience, one risk manager, one senior radar engineer with 10 years of experience, one staff accountant with a government contracting background, one server engineer, one senior security engineer with security clearance and eight years of experience, two part-time receptionists, three junior- to mid-level field engineers, one program analyst and one grants assistant.