“I have never been so proud to work for a company. They treat their employees as if they are family.”
~K.H., Senior Analytics Expert, team member since 2014
At Shield, supporting our customer’s mission is our tireless pursuit. We are a service-disabled veteran-owned small business Government contractor focused on delivering fascinating technical solutions that help keep the nation secure. And our team is consistently recognized and applauded for doing more with less. This reputation has been built and sustained for more than 18 years, and it strengthens with each new team member who joins us.
We also have earned a strong reputation for taking care of our employees. With an average tenure of over five years, our team members show up for the mission and stay for the culture. A people first approach means that we treat all as essential to our business, and that your success is vital to our success. So, how do we show you that you are important… read on down the page!
“Shield leadership makes it a point to get to know each employee. We are not just a number. They stay in touch keeping us informed, making sure we have what we need to be successful. I’m so impressed by the way our leadership goes above and beyond to take care of us in so many ways. I am so grateful to be an agent of Shield!”
M. Lopez, CloudOps Engineer, team member since 2019
“I can’t begin to tell you how truly amazing Shield has been for my family and I. Just to name a few company perks, they took the whole company on an all expenses paid cruise to Bermuda, my family and I love the annual weekend amusement park trips, Shield employees always look forward to our annual holiday party, summer party, happy hours, and the list goes on. The benefits that Shield offers are top notch. Through our training benefits I’ve been able to get a masters degree. The friendships that I have gained from getting to know other employees I will have for life. More importantly, Shield has always been there for me through the good times and bad. The owners of Shield don’t treat you like an employee number, they treat you like family and that’s what they are, family. You won’t regret your decision to join this amazing company. I am grateful everyday for being a part of this family.”
~Kim Everett, Cloud Systems Engineer, team member since 2007
“I have been an employee of Shield Consulting Solutions, Inc. for over seven years. During my time with Shield, my family grew from just myself and my husband to a family of four. The company was supportive throughout my pregnancies, answering insurance questions, guiding me through the necessary paperwork, and providing fully paid maternity leave. As my children grow, Shield understands my needs as a mother balancing full-time work with being a full-time mom. I can take PTO or flex my work hours when I need time off to care for my family’s needs without question. Beyond PTO, Shield offers top-notch health benefits for my entire family and constantly checks in to see how I am and how my family is doing. Another intrinsic benefit is that there are other working Moms within Shield to connect with. We offer each other support, encouragement, advice, and even an ear to vent to. As a working Mom, Shield provides me with opportunities and resources to succeed both in the office and at home. “
~ Sandy L., Systems Engineer, team member since 2015
What is your current role and responsibilities?
I am a Senior Systems Engineer responsible for working with a team to deliver tools to our customers to assist them with their needs.
What do you find most interesting/rewarding about your work?
I love to see people succeed. Whether it is just a little success or big success, successes are rewarding to witness. It does not necessarily have to be a huge success, but little successes always add up to big successes.
What’s the most challenging?
In this environment, things I find most challenging are understanding the dynamics of the projects. Many of the projects are not isolated to one area. What you do will likely have upstream and downstream effects, so understanding the bigger picture as best as possible will help you to deliver a more solid product.
What did you study in college and what was your first job out of school?
I graduated with my degree in Computer Science and my first job out of school was with Ford Aerospace as a software engineer.
Where did you grow up and how would you describe yourself as a child?
I grew up in Northern New Jersey. I was an outgoing child who loved being active. I was exposed to many different activities and tended to gravitate to sports teams. I played soccer and softball for most of my childhood and spent my winters skiing. I was not a fan of school, but knew I needed to go. The only subject I liked in school was math and I did not enjoy reading.
Can you share some details on your career path and what were the critical moments that got you to where you are today?
My first job out of college was with Ford Aerospace working for a defense contractor. I programmed in the same language working on the same project for 3 years. I really wanted to get into management and wanted to be exposed to other languages and platforms. I found the quickest way to make this happen was to leave the defense industry. In the commercial world, I worked for a smaller company where people often wore multiple hats in one position. This allowed me to be a software engineer, expand my technology skills and develop managerial skills. I started working with databases and I was sent to leadership classes. I then went on to design data warehouses and ultimately manage IT departments, including everything from phones to computers to software applications to systems. The critical moments that got me to where I am today is that I always dig into things and ask questions. I find that you are a better manager when you understand what your employees are doing. This way you can help to mentor them or you can even learn from them. Nobody is exempt from learning. Knowledge allows you to successfully perform in multiple areas and opens up the door for more opportunities. Critical moments to where I am today is that I invested my early career years into absorbing knowledge in different technologies, being open to trying new things, and learning about people and how to build a good solid working team. Having these foundational skills has allowed me to successfully perform in different positions.
Looking back, is this where you thought you’d be professionally? Was it always your goal to be in this position?
I honestly do not know where I thought I would end up professionally, but do know I have no regrets about my career path. I entered back into the defense contractor industry about 14 years ago to gain back a better work/life balance. In the commercial world, I gained a great deal of knowledge, but also worked around the clock, which is not necessarily the best for a good work/life balance. Working back in the defense industry has afforded me a career while also not missing much with my family.
For people who are looking to write a similar story, what advice can you provide in terms of helping them achieve their career goals?
My advice is to put in the time when you are young to gain different experiences. Find employers who will help you to expand your skill set and provide you with opportunities to explore.
Rapid Fire Q&A with JoAnn
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy being with my family and experiencing life with them. I like to travel and see new places.
How do you compartmentalize the demands of your career with the interests of your personal life?
The nicest thing about this industry is that it is difficult to take your work home with you. This creates a natural segregation of my personal life with my career.
What advice do you have for current college students or recent college graduates?
My advice for current college students is to get as much experience as you can with the real world. Go after those internships, take the classes with group projects that work with companies, and talk to your professors about any on-campus opportunities where you can apply what you have learned. Do not feel you are entitled; success feels better when it is earned.