Associates, LLC (“Orca”) was formed to execute on two interrelated
operational objectives. The first is to build a company steadfastly
devoted to serving the needs of our federal government customers. Orca
intends to serve the customers’ “needs” – what they really must have to
achieve mission success – not just their “wants” (what makes it into
budget line items and RFPs). In order to do this, Orca must also
deliver on the second objective, that of enriching the lives of its
employees. Accordingly, Orca must develop employees professionally,
nurture them personally and reward them financially.
Orca strives to be a preeminent provider of high quality IT and professional
services to the federal government. Orca will distinguish itself not
merely by what it does, but by how
it does it. Services and solutions will focus on mission critical
needs of our customers, including management consulting, policy
analysis, change management & process reengineering, architecture
& system engineering, system development & integration, IT
infrastructure, and network engineering & operations. Orca will
distinguish itself by its ability to make customers successful, measured
by the outcomes it produces rather than the inputs it expends.
possible, Orca will align its interests with its customers’ interests
by accepting FFP and incentive-based engagements. Orca seeks the
visibility, potential for positive influence, and control that is
derived from being a prime contractor. While Orca will entertain
subcontractor roles, particularly in the formative stages of the
company, the long range plans for the company are to be a prime
contractor whenever feasible. Orca is a company that is small in
size, not stature.
founders share a common set of values forged during their time as
federal civil servants and as trusted advisors to many of those same
customers. Many of these values are embodied by the company’s namesake,
the orca, known for its intelligence, tenacity, collaboration and unique
sense of culture. The company’s seven core values are as follows:
– Our logo is black and white because we see no moral “gray area.” Orca
employees know there is no right way to do a wrong thing and hold
themselves to the highest ethical standards especially when nobody is looking.
– Orca will hire the most highly skilled people and create an
environment where they can solve customers’ most difficult problems. We
will also nurture and mentor these people so that Orca can be a career,
not just another job.
– Orca may be small in size, but it will be large in stature. Orca
will be a fierce competitor that boxes above its weight class and is
driven by an entrepreneurial fervor to always do more.
– For all the aptitude and tenacity in the world, at Orca the whole
will always be greater than the sum of the parts. Orca employees are
expected to collaborate to achieve better results and know that asking
for help is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness.
– Orca employees will exhibit a near fanatical zeal for serving
customers’ missions. Customers’ missions are not governed by clocks and
calendars and as such, there is no such thing as “good enough,” only
“success.” At Orca, we put the customer first, while striving to build
one of the best companies in the world, which creates a nurturing
environment for our employees.”
– Nothing squanders motivation and creative energy more than
bureaucracy or favoritism. As such, Orca will be a strict meritocracy,
where the best ideas win and substance and performance will trump age,
rank or tenure.
– In our experience, we have found that the best and happiest employees
are those who are equally passionate about their pursuits outside of
work as they are about work itself. As such, we encourage Orca
employees to devote time not only to work but also to their families,
their physical wellness and their various outside interests.