Employee Testimonials

Lisa, Team Lead

“While Criterion is a pretty big company, I feel like I matter as an employee and that my opinions, thoughts, and ideas are listened to. The leadership within Criterion is amazing; they are always approachable and willing to listen. There is good communication within the company, ensuring that employees are consistently informed about opportunities or any changes within the organization. I really enjoy working with and for Criterion.”

Antoine, DevOps Engineer

“Criterion leadership’s words and actions demonstrate their commitment to the success and wellbeing of its frontline employees. Having previously worked at the same company for nearly 20 years, one inevitably learns that “change happens.” I am pleased to say that joining Criterion has been one of the best changes in my career.”

Steven, Red Team Operator

“Whether it’s in recruitment or working on the front line, Criterion is the ideal place for a successful career. Since my very first day, I have consistently received invaluable guidance and mentoring, while also having the opportunity to mentor others alongside an exceptional group of colleagues. The support I’ve received from my supervisors and leaders has been unparalleled, enabling me to learn, grow, and develop both personally and professionally.”

Gina, Senior Project Manager, Cybersecurity

“Criterion understands that projects are nothing without their people. And the people here are incredible. What sets Criterion’s leadership apart is their unique blend of intelligence and vulnerability. They lead with authenticity and honesty, creating a ripple effect throughout the entire organization. Despite being responsible for critical missions, there is no suffocating sense of self-importance here. Instead, there is an unparalleled accessibility and genuine connection that is rare to find in the corporate world.”

Trish, Team Lead

“I have been in IT and project/program management since my days in the US Air Force (it wasn’t called project/program management back then). As my career shifted from active duty to government contractor, I’ve seen the good and not so good. Good equates to valuing, listening to, and responding to employees and their needs. Criterion falls in the good category.”

Jeff, Master Budget Analyst

“Since joining Criterion, I have appreciated how the management team treats employees as their number one resource. They are rewarded with interesting jobs, good benefits and programs to support career growth. I have also been impressed with the teamwork between my colleagues and our customers. Our input is valued, and we are given the chance to make significant impacts on the businesses we serve.”

Ken, System Administrator

“Criterion takes care of its employees in so many ways, including helping me to find another position within the company when contracts changed. They work hard to build relationships with their employees. I’ve also made many good friends here!”

Christy, Senior Recruiter

“One of the things that I love about working at Criterion Systems is their commitment to their employees. As a recruiter, you never want to hire someone for just one job. You want to hire people for a career. I have found that the goal of most government contractors is to put a butt in a seat, whereas Criterion wants to provide a career path. When talking to potential candidates, I love being able to speak to the fact that we look internally to promote prior to hiring externally. That’s a big advantage in this industry.”

Julia, Subcontracts Specialist

“Last summer, I joined Criterion as an intern and enjoyed learning about the company and structure of government contracting. Some of the best aspects of my experience was the Criterion culture, wonderful people, and, especially, my direct supervisor. She ensured I was getting the most out of my experience. After graduating, I was so excited to have the opportunity to return as a full-time employee and have been enjoying a rewarding and fulfilling work-life experience here at Criterion.”

Nick, Systems Engineer

“I came to work for Criterion straight from active duty and I truly could not have asked for anything better. I love my job, my leadership recognizes my efforts, HR support is outstanding, the pay and benefits are excellent, and the company really had my back when I was out for an extended period of time with a medical emergency, and I needed them most. I’ve received competitive offers from other companies, but I’ve always declined because I want to stay with Criterion.”

Karl, Information Review Analyst

“A couple of years ago, my position was unexpectedly ended on the contract I was supporting. The team at Criterion — program managers, recruiters, HR — all went in to overdrive to identify other potential positions that I might be able to support and worked with me to get applications in. I had multiple interviews within two weeks and was soon back to work supporting our customer. I have rarely seen that level of support in any of the other companies that I have worked for.”

Sonya, Lead Business Process Analyst

“Criterion has provided me with the perfect platform to showcase my team player and results-driven skills. As someone who believes in the power of collaboration and support, I find that Criterion embodies these values in many aspects. Here I am inspired to strive for greater productivity, engagement, and overall cohesion within the company and I am proud to be part of Criterion.”

Joe, Proposal Manager

“Since moving into the Government contract arena, I have worked for no less than five different companies and each of those for a number of years. I am in my seventh year here with Criterion and I can tell you that we are doing things right. From the front-line contractor on up through to Promod, our CEO, we have the customer in mind and we get the task done and done well. I have never worked remote full time before this assignment, and I feel more supported and appreciated than I ever have in any other place I have worked.”

Andre, Junior Network Engineer

“A supportive team environment coupled with time flexibility, remote coverage, growth opportunities, and excellent benefits makes it easy to list Criterion as one of the best places I have ever worked. Leadership consistently maintains an open line of communication and displays a mission mindset and dedication to both customer satisfaction and the personal development and well-being of employees. They request desired goals, provide promotional opportunities, and schedule social events for team building. Criterion does an awesome job working for you, which makes it easy to enjoy working for them.”

Teresa, Business Analyst/508 Trusted Tester

“The support I receive at all levels of Criterion is something I am deeply grateful for. It’s comforting to know that I can have personal conversations with anyone, regardless of their position, and feel assured that they genuinely care about me. Furthermore, it is nice that our ongoing self-improvement is supported through a training allowance, which I have utilized.”

Jeffrey, Senior Enterprise Program Facilitator

“I enjoy working for Criterion Systems. I have found that they are very easy to work with as the staff is professional while also being personable and very helpful. Leadership is great at all levels; they encourage involvement and team building but solitary people are comfortable too. Criterion has a great small company feel but offers big company support and benefits.”

John, Enterprise Architect

“Criterion is a tremendous place to work. Above their fair compensation package, the thing I love most is their focus on employee development. They support and reimburse continuing education because of their foresight that educated employees are happy and strong employees.”

Zakiyyah, Team Lead

“What I love most about Criterion is how employee-centric they are. The management team supports employee goals, helping you plan, train, and move in the direction you want your career to go. They invest in us for the long term, seeing us as a part of the company, not just filling a slot. This makes you feel valuable!”

Mark, Senior Project Manager

“I have worked in the IT field for over 40 years, mostly as an IT Manager and Project Manager on various government contracts. I watched many of my co-workers make the move to Criterion and was curious. I talked with some of them and was impressed with their stories about how the company provided them with a friendly, supportive work environment. I reached out to the President (Promod Sharma) to see if Criterion could use my skills and was overwhelmed with the interest he showed as he welcomed me into the Criterion family. I am coming up on my fifth year with the company and was promoted to Sr. IT Project Manager this year. I look forward to many more great years with Criterion.”

Jason, Cybersecurity Oversight & Compliance Lead

“Criterion is a great place to work. What sets Criterion apart from other employers is their genuine concern for the personal well-being and professional development of their employees. It is a friendly, team-oriented environment. Everyone works together to provide the very best to our customers. Now, as part of the Cherokee Federal family, I am confident that Criterion employees will have even more opportunities to achieve their long-term career goals.”

Charles, Infrastructure Engineer

“I joined Criterion in September 2017, and right from my first interview, I could sense the excitement in the air. Criterion recognized my potential and entrusted me with the role of Senior System Engineer, allowing me to continually enhance and develop my IT infrastructure skills while building a successful career. Criterion provides excellent resources for education and fostering career growth, paving the way for a brighter future. Moreover, having a supportive project manager who is a true team player ensures that your hard work never goes unnoticed. I am happy to be a part of this company!”

Jeff, Portfolio Manager

“I love working for Criterion because they approach our customers with integrity and genuine care for making them successful. They know that retaining great talent is one of the best ways to accomplish that goal. It’s not just about the excellent benefits they offer; at Criterion, you have the opportunity to interact with corporate support and leadership in a way I have not experienced elsewhere. Whether it’s shaking hands with the CEO or engaging in conversations with VPs at corporate events, the accessibility and genuine care they display is remarkable. They are real people who genuinely care about your well-being.”

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