It didn’t surprise us that employee experience roles, including Chief People Officer (CPO), topped LinkedIn’s list of fastest-growing job titles for 2022. While these roles may have dominated the professional networking site’s Jobs on the Rise report this year, we long ago made a commitment to an employee-centric culture. We brought in our first CPO this year, Kelly Demaitre, as we continued our investment in our Karsun team. Throughout this year, we continued our journey to building a culture where everyone can Grow with Karsun and Do Extraordinary.
Creating a Collaborative and Diverse Culture
This year Karsun won its second Best CEOs for Diversity award from Comparably.com. The rating site asks current employees to rank leadership, including our CEO Sundar Vaidyanathan, on traits associated with diverse and inclusive spaces. For the second year in a row, we also won a Best Company Outlook award from the site. Part of our commitment to an open, collaborative environment is facilitating small and large gatherings where Karsun team members ask questions and learn about the future of the organization. This includes our monthly Coffee and Lunch with Leadership programs. Hosted by the Karsun executive team, small employee groups share their experiences and provide direct feedback to the highest level decision makers in our organization for review and action.
Our executives also host recurring All Hands and Fireside chat events throughout the year. For the first time this year, those All Hands events included new Core Value, Do Extraordinary, and Team MVP awards. More than 20 people were recognized for their commitment to excellence, innovation, teamwork, integrity, and incorporating fun while doing extraordinary for Karsun customers.
Another unique fireside event was this year’s Celebrating Women Leaders session. In this moderated session, women leaders across our company shared their experiences managing large teams, growing their careers, and excelling in the IT industry. This is one of several events Karsun engaged in for Women’s History Month. In addition to the fireside chat, we also sponsored the Future of Work: Pandemic Pivot virtual conference for International Women’s Day and appeared at local events in the Washington, D.C. region, including the Women in Technology Career Fair.
In addition to special events, Karsun also launched new training and professional development programs this year. As our team members still hone their technical skills through bootcamps and other offerings included in Karsun Academy, we also offered new comprehensive management and people leader training. For those based near our newly reopened Herndon, Virginia office, we hosted offsites with opportunities to collaborate in person.
While most Karsun roles have the option to work 100% remotely, we are also proud that our local employees continually rate their experience working with us highly. For the second year in a row, Comparably ranked us a Best Company in Washington, D.C. and among the Best Companies for Perks and Benefits. Meanwhile, the Oklahoman named us among the Top Workplaces in Oklahoma. Comparably also described Karsun as a place where we solve interesting engineering problems, encourage flex work, and grew together as we overcame pandemic challenges.
Recognition for our commitment to flexibility and investment in valuable perks and benefits underscores the importance of a good workplace experience for our employees. At a recent All Hands, we announced new benefits for the coming year, including enhanced Paid Leave and new Parental Leave offerings. Maintaining this commitment to the employee experience is essential to our culture and growth. We hope you join us as we discover what’s next together.
Each year Karsun Solutions celebrates the start of summer with the families behind our team. In Virginia, Karsun families returned to the farm. Here they participated in hayrides, petting areas, and face painting. Oklahoma families gathered alongside Karsun leadership at Frontier City. This local themed amusement park features coasters and other family activities.
These annual picnics introduce our newest teams to Team Karsun. Last year we welcomed growing FAA teams in Oklahoma and Virginia. This year our FEMA teams joined the Karsun Solutions family. These yearly picnics are a celebration of growth. More than 200 people were pictured in the annual team photo in Virginia, a reflection of Karsun’s fast growth over the past ten years.
Due to our larger size, we recently revealed we are moving into a new home. Karsun will open a new headquarters in Herndon, Virginia this year. In addition to corporate functions, the venue is expected to house a training facility and the Karsun Innovation Center along with Virginia based delivery teams. Karsun expects to hire 100 additional roles this year to support the expansion. Interested applicants may research openings or register for open house events at KarsunCares.com.
The Enterprise Modernization Experts
Karsun Solutions is a premier IT modernization firm delivering a portfolio of services to its federal and commercial customers. Karsun serves customers at agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Aviation Administration, and General Services Administration. Its core competencies include Modern Software Development, Cloud Solutions, and Advanced Analytics. The organization’s quality, development, and information security practices include CMMI Level 5 DEV, ISO 9001:2015, ISO 20000:2011 and ISO 27001:2013 certifications.
This summer Karsun Solutions invited employees and their families to join us at our annual corporate picnic. Now with teams in Oklahoma City and beyond opportunities to celebrate have multiplied. This year teams joined together both near our headquarters office in Herndon, Virginia and in Oklahoma City. Virginia teams donned helmets and harnesses as they took on zip lines and rock walls at the Evergreen Mills Adventure Park in nearby Loudoun County. In Oklahoma City, Team Karsun headed to the ballpark for an Oklahoma City Dodgers game.
These events are a celebration of the families that support Karsun team members. As a company that values both fun and work-life balance, we understand families are integral to employee success. At the Virginia event, leadership thanked family members for their support and emphasized their role in the organization’s continuing growth. In addition to our annual picnic, we also host regular employee events. In April we welcomed the children of Karsun employees into our Herndon Headquarters for our annual Take Your Child to Work Day. Karsun hosts other events throughout the year including happy hours, town halls, and summer socials. We also offer wellness and professional development events throughout the year.
Karsun teams are continuing their expansion in both Virginia and Oklahoma. We are actively hiring in both locations. We are seeking candidates ready to join an organization where employees are challenged to both Do Extraordinary and have fun!
Connecting with our Talent Team is easy. Apply or view recent job openings in Herndon, Oklahoma City and around the country on our Karsun Careers Page. Speak directly with a recruiter by registering for one of our weekly online chat events. Finally, join us in July for our Virtual Open House spotlighting employee teams throughout Karsun.
This summer Karsun employees were treated to several surprises throughout the month of August. Karsun hosted a freshly pressed juice bar. The bar, put together by the Karsun Wellness Team, also included healthy recipes and lifestyle information.
Wellness Team activities are one of the many ways Karsun Solutions encourages employees to live a healthy lifestyle. Karsun offers rewards/discounts through their medical provider, Cigna. Some of the discounts include gym memberships, tobacco cessation, and mind/body wellness services. There is also a monthly fitness challenge and a runner’s club, as well as complimentary biometrics screenings, flu shots, stress management seminars, educational flyers, and other activities such as on-site shoulder/feet massages. Karsun also provides apples as a healthy alternative to snacking throughout the day to all employees.
Workplace Wellness and work-life integration is a Karsun core value. It is an important component of the organization’s corporate culture. To learn more about Karsun culture, events and employee opportunities visit the Karsun Employee Event news page.
Karsun families returned to Ticonderoga Farm for our annual company picnic. This year the Karsun crew and their families were treated to snow cones, sweets, and a fajita fiesta! After lunch Co-Founder and Chief Architect, Kartik Mecheri and COO, Terry Miller said a few works then announced Jay Kondapalli as the new CAMEO Small Business Program Manager. Adults and children alike could then choose between a variety of activities on the farm including face painting, relay races, a cricket match, hayrides and more. Families formed teams to complete a farm-wide scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunt prizes were awarded by the GoLean.io and Karsun Innovation Center team.
The company picnic is one of two yearly events Karsun holds to celebrate families. In April Karsun hosts Take Your Child to Work Day. This year’s event emphasized Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety. Work-life balance and personal growth are key components to Karsun’s corporate culture. To learn more about Karsun culture, events and employee opportunities visit our Karsun Careers Page.
Last Thursday Karsun Solutions welcomed children into our offices to celebrate Take Your Child to Work Day. The annual event was hosted at Karsun’s Herndon, Virginia Headquarters. This year’s events focused on dual themes of internet safety and digital citizenship.
Karsun employees educated the kids on topics such as online research techniques, identifying unsafe situations online, and protecting personal information. In a session on the danger of too much screen time, kids were asked to think about ways they can create quality time with family and friends by unplugging. In addition to learning new board games, kids participated in teambuilding and communication activities.
The Karsun executive team also hosted a question and answer session. CEO Sundar Vaidyanathan and COO Terry Miller introduced kids to their parents’ jobs and Karsun’s role as the Enterprise Modernization Experts! They finished the day making posters thanking their parents and Karsun employees for their hard work.
Take Your Child to Work Day is one of the several ways Karsun builds a culture focused on work-life balance and professional growth. This yearly activity is one of several offered to employees including a yearly family picnic, monthly celebration events, and employee clubs. To learn more about opportunities offered to Karsun team members visit our Employee Events page.
Karsun families recently enjoyed a day on the farm. Employees and their guests were invited to relax in the country at the Karsun Company Picnic. Families explored the farm, took hayrides and met farm animals.
The outing was part of our monthly event series. These get-togethers include happy hours, brown bag seminars and other celebrations. As part of a culture that nurtures innovators, Karsun seeks opportunities to improve work life balance for our employees through these events. Some activities are specially designed for families of Karsun staff to connect. Children of our employees also recently visited our offices in Herndon, Virginia for Take Your Child to Work Day.
Last Thursday Karsun Solutions joined many other companies across the United States in celebrating Take Your Child to Work Day. They hosted children ages 8 through 13 at their Herndon, Virginia Headquarters. This year’s inaugural event encouraged guests to imagine a world where technology creates exciting jobs, homes, and communities of the future. Using collages and worksheets participants brainstormed solutions to today’s challenges.
In the afternoon, Karsun hosted a presentation on the relationship between computers, software, networks and the cloud. Staff led an exercise where kids created their own private game servers on Agar.io. Co-founders Sundar Vaidyanathan and Kartik Mecheri joined a question and answer session on the organization’s role as enterprise modernization experts and government partners. Afterwards, children were invited to tour the office and visit with members of the Karsun team.
Events, like Take Your Child to Work Day, are a method to further nurture Karsun’s culture of personal and professional development. They are proud to develop opportunities like these connecting children to STEM careers. Creating spaces where employees, and their children, can engage in innovation is a core value for this growing organization.