Blue Star Software Takes Its Employees Out To The Ballgame And Scores A Homerun In Team Morale
Monday, July 18, 2016 | Falls Church, VA
Blue Star Software, providers of high-end technology services to the United States government, hosted a company picnic at Nationals Park yesterday to demonstrate appreciation for the tireless efforts of its employees. The event kicked off with a buffet lunch in an exclusive area of the stadium and continued with a record-breaking 18-inning game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Employees and their families and friends enjoyed the game from third baseline seats that offered an optimal view of the action.
Dan Sherwell, President of Blue Star, was quoted as saying, “I really enjoyed yesterday’s event. I love getting the team together outside of the office environment. Everyone had a great time and I’m already looking forward to next summer’s get together!”
Alexa Watson, a member of Blue Star’s operations team, had this to say about the event: “When you are building a high performance team, trust is everything. Trust equates to greater innovation, collaboration, and productivity. We consider events like this to be critical in safeguarding our company culture. Events like this are part of what makes Blue Star such a strong team.”
Tom N., one of Blue Star’s software engineers, added, "It was great to see everyone at yesterday’s event. Fun outings like the Nationals game are one of the many reasons why Blue Star is a great place to work."
Blue Star Software Hosts Robot Themed Event For Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day
Thursday, April 28, 2016 | Falls Church, VA
Blue Star Software, providers of IT support services to the United States Government, hosted a robot-themed event on April 28. The event, which intentionally coincided with Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, was designed to allow employees to share their passion for technology and also to encourage the kids to become active, rather than passive, users of technology.
More than half of Blue Star’s employees plus 16 children, ages 3 to 13, attended the event, where they enjoyed hands-on, robot-themed activities including:
- Watching an interactive Lego® Mindstorms® robotics demonstration given by an employee and his two elementary-aged children. Kids as young as 3 were invited to help program the robot to do things like draw with a marker or shoot at targets.
- Working together at computer stations with an elementary, child-friendly programming language called Scratch.
- Playing freely with the many Lego and Duplo® toys available.
- Participating in several other robot-themed coloring, math, and language activities.
Each child left with a smile and an age-appropriate Lego-themed gift bag. Adam T., age six, shared his experience: “I liked programming the Lego Robot, but I liked using ‘Scratch’ the best. I programmed the cat to turn a different color. I went home and used Scratch some more. I also liked the Lego gift.”
The Robotics Day was considered such a success that there are already plans in place to repeat the event next year.
Blue Star Software Named To Best Places To Work In Greater Washington
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 | Falls Church, VA
Blue Star Software, providers of technology services to the United States Government, 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 Software 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 Software 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 Software.
“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 Software. “With annual retention rates over 90% it is apparent that my co-workers share my appreciation for Blue Star’s commitment to company culture.”
Blue Star Software Hires Alexa Watson As Director Of Employee Engagement
Thursday, February 18, 2016 | Falls Church, VA
Blue Star Software, providers of IT support services to the United States Government, announced that Alexa Watson has joined the company as Director of Employee Engagement. Watson’s role will include recruiting, hiring and onboarding new employees, with a focus on engineers with experience in software, systems and security engineering. Watson will also be working to ensure that, as the company grows, the core values that shape Blue Star’s corporate culture remain intact.Read more
Blue Star Software Sets The Bar For Professional Development Opportunities
Thursday, September 17, 2015 | Falls Church, VA
Blue Star Software, providers of IT support services to the United States Government, announced that the company has been rated by employees as one of the best in offerings of professional development and continuing education opportunities.Read more
Blue Star Software To Sponsor Afcea 2015 Technology Over Bagels
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 | Falls Church, VA
Blue Star Software, providers of IT support services to the United States Government, announced that the company is the 2015 sponsor of the monthly Technology Over Bagels events held by the Central Maryland chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).Read more
Blue star Software Excels In Eyes Of Employees
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 | Falls Church, VA
Blue Star Software, providers of IT support services to the United States Government, announced that the company has achieved 93% employee retention over the seven years since the company was founded.Read more
Blue Star Software Has Added Mobile Development
Thursday, January 31, 2013 | Falls Church, VA
Blue Star Software has added mobile development as a new technology to its core areas of expertise. The primary focus is on Android development, with iOS programming as a secondary focus.Read more
Blue Star Software Exceeds Revenue Growth Expectations
Friday, December 21, 2012 | Falls Church, VA
Blue Star Software, providers of IT support services to the United States Government, announced that the company has exceeded revenue expectations for the third year in a row.Read more
Blue Star Software Introduces Four Study Teams To Explore Key Technologies And Share With Clients
Thursday, December 1, 2011 | Falls Church, VA
Blue Star Software, providers of IT support services to the United States Government, has announced the formation of four teams of employees to study technologies, concepts and methodologies that are important to the IT direction of its customers. Each team will focus on one core area of expertise: cloud computing, all things data, Ruby on Rails, and machine learning.Read more
Blue Star Employees Can Convert Federal Holidays To Paid Time Off
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 | Falls Church, VA
Blue Star employees now have a way to get even more time off than the 24 personal leave days they already receive. Employees can choose to work on any of the 10 Federal holidays and then make their own holiday, taking a personal leave day on a day of their choice. Anyone who wants to work on Veterans’ Day, for example, can choose to do that and then take the day after Thanksgiving (or any other day) as a holiday instead, without using a personal leave day.Read more
Northrop Grumman Information Systems Selects Long Time Partner Blue Star Software To Provide Oracle Database Administrator Expertise For Government Contract
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 | Falls Church, VA
Blue Star Software, providers of IT support services to the United States Government, has announced its selection by Northrop Grumman Information Systems to provide Oracle Database Administration (DBA) expertise to a U.S. Government project under a 5-year contract.Read more
Blue Star Software Is Pleased To Announce A Partnership With Oc Systems, Inc.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 | Falls Church, VA
Blue Star looks forward to working with OC Systems’ suite of debugging tools. Blue Star president Dan Sherwell said, “We are very excited to partner with the OC Systems team. Their debugging software is on the leading edge of identifying performance bottlenecks, memory leaks, and other bugs in post-development environments.”Read more