Best Places to Work in IT 2017 Employer Profile

No. 14, Small

MetroStar Systems

Reston, Va. [South Atlantic]
MetroStar Systems
Credit: Derek Campbell and Craig Budde/MetroStar Systems

Why you want to work there

Employees at this Reston, Va., provider of IT services enjoy the energetic atmosphere of a tech startup while working on meaningful programs in support of national security. Under MetroStar's "Sensible Paid Time Off" policy, there's no cap on the amount of paid time off full-time employees can take during the year as long as they are getting their jobs done. A leadership development initiative, called the Leadership Engagement in Action Program (LEAP), provides all employees with opportunities to attend lectures, take part in workshops, craft career development plans and take advantage of a mentorship program. On-site amenities include a game room and biking trails.

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 209

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 121

IT employee turnover in 2016: 11%

IT promotions in 2016: 9%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2016: No set maximum

Training budget per IT employee in 2016: $2,000

PTO and Healthcare

Days of paid time off after one year of service: No set maximum

Days of paid time off after 10 years of service: No set maximum

Percentage of employee health insurance premium paid by employer: 60%