Working at Criterion

Our corporate culture is built on commitment — commitment to our customers and our employees. At Criterion Systems, we work hard because we believe in what we do, the services we provide, and one another. We value the continuous pursuit and promotion of the entrepreneurial spirit and the success of our employees.

Our corporate leaders firmly believe that our employees’ personal well-being and professional progress are essential components of Criterion ’s overall success. We understand the critical work life balance and recognize the value added by each employee. This is reflected in every aspect of our culture, from our competitive compensation packages and company-sponsored team building events to mentorship opportunities. Simply saying we appreciate our employees isn’t enough, we strive to show it.

As an innovative cybersecurity and IT services company that serves government agencies, we work in a fast-paced and demanding environment. The work we do is challenging and rewarding. We are proud to make a notable, positive difference every day.

Hear From Our Employees

Criterion supports efforts to control the spread of COVID-19. Vaccination requirements will depend upon customer site requirements. Therefore, depending upon those requirements, and solely at the discretion of the customer or party controlling the worksite, employees may be required to provide proof of vaccination status or negative test results to enter a worksite. Regardless of vaccination status, all employees must adhere to all worksite safety protocols including masking and distancing.

Military/Veteran-Friendly Employer

A big focus for the company is supporting veteran employment. We received the Military Friendly® Employer designation and were named a U.S. Department of Labor HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion Award winner, a Military Times Best for Vets Employer, an official Virginia Values Veterans Certified Company, and a Nevada Patriot Employer.

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion

Our President, Promod Sharma, shares, “I am proud to say that our employees truly represent the diversity of this great nation. By bringing together people from many backgrounds and perspectives to work towards one goal – meeting our customers’ missions – we benefit from increased innovation and productivity. Our company is stronger and more successful as a result. It is worth repeating:  Embracing diversity makes us stronger – for our company and our nation.”

  • Criterion believes in recruiting, hiring, and promoting a diverse set of employees to ensure our teams provide the most innovative information technology services to our customers.
  • Criterion leaders and managers believe that listening to and engaging with diverse ideas and perspectives enables us to better meet our customers’ missions and increases the overall success of our company.
  • Our employees reflect the diversity of this great nation, and we will continue to warmly welcome individuals of different races, ethnicities, gender identities, disabilities, and other characteristics.
  • Criterion is compliant with all equal employment laws and regulations, and is dedicated to supporting diversity/inclusion initiatives, including through our corporate philanthropy.

Criterion appears on the 2021 and 2022 Washington Business Journal Corporate Diversity Index for Midsize Companies in Greater D.C. list and is a Northern Virginia Champion for Accountability (2022, 2023).

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Criterion University

Being employee-centric is one of Criterion’s corporate values. As part of this, we are continually looking for new ways to support our employees’ professional development and career goals. Therefore, in 2021, we launched Criterion University, a centralized resource and benefit for all of employees. The three pillars of this program are a mentoring program, a training program, and an internship program.

A Word From Our President

Criterion is an industry-recognized cybersecurity and IT services leader. Due to its impressive growth over the past several years, in 2023, the company was acquired by Cherokee Federal, the federal contracting division of Cherokee Nation Business.

Criterion’s culture celebrates the combination of outstanding technical skills and an entrepreneurial spirit. Companies are built with skilled people, not desks and chairs, and Criterion takes care of its people. Criterion hires the best in the industry and pays them for their talent and expertise they bring with them. Our employees believe in our customers’ missions and do their utmost to help them succeed.

Criterion continues to support The Women’s Center as a patron sponsor (as we have since 2017), helped our program managers across the US support local charities in COVID-19 response, and set up ongoing monthly contributions to several food banks across the US from 2021 – 2023.


Would you like to be part of this exciting organization? Please consider applying to one of our open positions.



Rights and Accomodations

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

Criterion Systems, LLC, a Cherokee Federal Company is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination at all levels of our organization. We believe in treating all applicants and employees fairly and make employment decisions without regard to any individual’s protected status: race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, sex/gender, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and mental disability, marital/parental status, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), age, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Know Your Rights

Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws: Family and Medical Leave Act | Equal Employment Opportunity | Employee Polygraph Protection Act | Pay Transparency. Criterion participates in E-Verify. Review Right to Work information.

Need an Accommodation?

Criterion is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for a position with Criterion and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please send an email with your request to or call us at 703-942-5800. Determination on requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.