At Aquia, we believe culture is a foundational element upon which a successful company is built; we therefore take a culture-first approach while developing and scaling the business. On top of this cultural underpinning, we have created a world-class cybersecurity company capable of solving complex security problems for mission-critical customers.
Like most start-ups, many aspects of the company are still (and in many cases will always be) a work-in-progress. We treat Aquia like a piece of software: we’ll launch a “feature” when it’s at MVP-level, and continue to iterate on it over time. This allows us to move (and pivot) fast, continuously improve, and solicit more diverse input as we grow.
One area we’ve iterated on recently are our company values. We see values as a means to codify cultural tenants and communicate them, both across the organization and externally to customers, partners, potential hires, etc. After 18 months in business, we felt it was time to take a second look at what drives and shapes our company culture, and we’re proud to share our updated values:
Trust is a critical component of our business. As a cybersecurity company servicing government and national security customers, there is an even greater expectation to maintain our reputable image. Therefore, we affirm that all staff shall commit to truth and transparency in every situation.
Aquia’s consultants are owners, fully-accountable for their assigned tasks. We act on behalf of the team (not ourselves), consider the long-term strategy, and won’t sacrifice long-term value for short-term results.
Aquia delivers results as promised, on time and on target. We use data to drive decisions, and add value quickly via agile execution and incremental planning.
At Aquia we are never done learning, and are always seeking to improve ourselves and further develop our skills. Our consultants are curious about new possibilities and act to explore them.
We raise the performance bar with every hire and promotion. Leaders at Aquia recognize exceptional employees, work to develop the next generation of talent, and take seriously their role in coaching and mentoring others.
We maintain a strong bias towards transformational work that disrupts the status quo. As the threat landscape changes, we continuously evolve our knowledge, skills, and capabilities allowing us to deliver elegant, modern solutions to cutting-edge problems.