We are

We are


At Visionist we embrace some of our nation’s most complex challenges. For over 7 years we have provided the United States Intelligence Community with custom software solutions and analysis services. Everyday our team of engineers, designers, analysts and data scientists transform the way agencies make sense of their data. You may never hear of our work, but our solutions are used each day to keep our country safe.


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Our Story

In 2010 Visionist was founded with the ideal of not only building a successful company, but doing it better than the rest. Over the past 7 years, our customers have come to us with their toughest challenges seeking new perspectives and unique solutions. To deliver, we’ve built a team of innovators with diverse skills, backgrounds, and passions.

We genuinely believe in going ‘above and beyond’ for our customer because it’s the right thing to do. Likewise, Visionist goes above and beyond for our employees, by making sure we pair each individual with work they will enjoy and backing them up with excellent opportunities for growth. These qualities make Visionist a great place to work. For the last 5 years, Visionist has consistently won top awards for employee satisfaction from Forbes, the Baltimore Sun, Inc., and others.

Happy employees mean happy customers. Since our founding, Visionist has seen 50% growth year over year. By staying true to our values we can offer both our employees and clients the best of two worlds: the culture and innovation of a small company with the stability and resources of a large company.

Expertise

Innovation
Analytics & Big Data
Cyber
UI & UX
Other Focus Areas

The rising stars of the software/consulting world are small, agile companies. They encourage creative thinking, comfortable work environments, unconventional solutions to difficult problems, and honesty when things don't go exactly as planned. We aim to bring these forward-thinking ideals to our industry, and the benefits of those ideals to our customers.

We recognize that true innovation happens at the intersection of domains. Our culture of collaboration allows engineers, analysts, and data scientists to see problems in new ways and deliver truly creative solutions.

We know there is tremendous value in the vast amounts of data generated in today’s digital world. Thanks to new technologies, writing and executing analytics on large data sets is no longer a huge undertaking. However, Visionist’s cloud engineers and data scientists understand the difference between presenting a simple answer and persuading users with evidence.

Over the past 7 years we have designed, developed, and delivered solutions that integrate advanced statistics and modeling with visually appealing and dynamic visualizations allowing users to gain unparalleled insights into their data.

User experience is often an afterthought in software development. As students and enthusiasts of the principles of human-computer interaction (HCI), we bring a rare skill set to projects that require high-fidelity prototyping, intuitive interface design, and non-traditional presentation of data, especially at high volume and high data rates.

When it comes to user interfaces, details matter—we take pride in producing tools that are as elegant as they are functional. We place high value on understanding the user's perspective. You'll find our engineers working side-by-side with analysts, subject matter experts and end-users on a regular and recurring basis.

Our customers take Computer Network Operations (CNO) seriously, and we support them in their effort to protect our national interests. Whether researching vulnerabilities, developing exploitation plans, performing forensic analysis, or establishing robust defense against adversarial efforts, our expertise is unsurpassed.

We build cutting-edge cybersecurity tools and supply the integration know-how to ensure that critical infrastructure remains sound and critical information remains protected.

Visionist places a priority on truly understanding our client's objectives. We believe that the best tools are inspired by those that are closest to a mission. Given this, we employ numerous subject matter experts with decades of experience analyzing and synthesizing intelligence.

Using tools developed at Visionist our experts produce intelligence that is read at the highest levels of government. Visionist’s specific areas of expertise include:

  • Streaming Data
  • RF Analysis
  • Embedded
  • Network Security

Sampling of 2016 Innovations

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Everyone should be able to extract actionable information from data. Apache Spark commoditized large scale data processing, but meaningfully interacting with big data generally requires specialized tools or an aptitude to write code. Customized tool development works for specialized cases, but is time-intensive and requires developers to frequently reinvent the wheel.

We designed a prototype to extend Apache Spark data exploration to novice users. Cake lowers the barrier of entry into the world of data analysis by providing a visual, collaborative data processing and workflow tool. We achieved our goal to empower users of all skill levels to manipulate data in an iterative (and reversible) manner.

Visionist developed SPIRE (Spectrogram Image Recommendation Engine) as an experiment in applying the Shazam audio-matching algorithm to high bandwidth signal data. Shazam’s accuracy is largely due to its ability to match against original songs – which are noise-free, perfect instances of ground truth. With multiple innovative pre-processing steps, tuned to various signal domains, our team was able to achieve high percentages of successful matches against a corpus of test signals, even in noisy environments.

Our SPIRE team is an unmatched mix of DSP, analysis, algorithm, and graphics processing expertise. We continue to refine our SPIRE implementation, and are applying it to a wider variety of data sets in hopes of achieving similar levels of success. 

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Social media analysts often reply on keyword lists to filter and examine data at scale. As the volume, velocity, and variety of such data has grown, traditional keyword-based methods have struggled to adapt. Visionist’s TalkTracker prototype automatically adapts to changes in streaming data in near real-time. TalkTracker enables users to analyze and visualize real-time dynamic word networks illustrating emerging issues and trends over time. Using methods drawn from the world of marketing, TalkTracker identifies significant associations between terms in text streams.

During testing, TalkTracker demonstrated its ability to adapt to changes in global social media conversations in real-time, helping analysts identify critical events before they were covered by major news networks.

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Visionist developed SPIRE (Spectrogram Image Recommendation Engine) as an experiment in applying the Shazam audio-matching algorithm to high bandwidth signal data. Shazam’s accuracy is largely due to its ability to match against original songs – which are noise-free, perfect instances of ground truth. With multiple innovative pre-processing steps, tuned to various signal domains, our team was able to achieve high percentages of successful matches against a corpus of test signals, even in noisy environments.

Our SPIRE team is an unmatched mix of DSP, analysis, algorithm, and graphics processing expertise. We continue to refine our SPIRE implementation, and are applying it to a wider variety of data sets in hopes of achieving similar levels of success. 

Our Partners


We seek to create strong partnerships centered on openness, honesty and mutual respect. At Visionist, we commit to your success. For smaller partners following in our journey, we seek to mentor, share best practices and teach lessons learned.

Our People

We are


Visionist is a place for innovators and visionaries. We are as diverse as the problems we solve.
With a range of both large and small company experience under our belts, we know how to build an employee-focused company (and what missteps to avoid). We are like-minded individuals, building a company centered around principles.

Our Values

The Visionist company culture centers around the happiness of our employees with their career choice. Work hard, play hard means something to us; we jump at every opportunity to hold company dinners, happy hours and teambuilding activities. We’re coworkers, but we often prefer to just call each other friends.

The Visionist five-year plan isn’t focused on how large we’ll be, it’s a roadmap to retain our core values and integrity on the way there. Our employees aren’t hired hands – they’re advocates. Our best advertisement is the phenomenal work our team performs every day, and their enthusiasm for being part of Visionist.

Putting Employees First


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    Matching people with their passions leads to employees that love coming to work

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    Flat management allows for a personal experience and gives you opportunities to define your own career path

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    Relationships among our team, partners, and customers are valued, you will never be a number at our company


Hire Great People and Trust Them


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    Employee-owned means everyone has a stake in the company’s success

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    Celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit means funding internal R&D projects, allowing employees to prototype innovative ideas

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    Employees’ creative ideas drive our growth and allow people to follow their individual passions

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Do Meaningful & Focused Work


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    Building relationships with customers and teammates allows us to find the most interesting and challenging work

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    We are constantly challenging the norm, introducing new technology, and searching for ways to improve existing processes

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    The work we do has real impact, we are committed to defending the country and saving lives


The Details Matter


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    End users rely on our products every day, it is imperative that we are meticulous in our design and implementation

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    We look beyond basic requirements, making sure we understand the end users pain points to truly meet their needs

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    Having actual users on our team makes the end solutions better

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Operate with Transparency


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    Sharing knowledge, within Visionist and within the industry, breeds innovation

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    Open, collaborative, and team-based environments foster innovation and continuous learning

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    We contribute to the tech community through React Meetups and our open-source repository on Github.

Join Us

We are always seeking passionate and creative innovators to join the Visionist Team. Each day our analysts, data scientists, and developers defend our nation by designing, developing, and deploying analytical platforms that address some of the United States’ most difficult challenges. Our work is complex, our data is dirty, and our solutions are unconventional, but we know our products make a difference and save lives.


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Our Fans

Testimonials




"I enjoy working at Visionist because I trust the company's leadership"

- Jorge Rodriguez
Software Engineer

“At Visionist you get to do really impactful state-of-the-art, focused work that helps defend the nation while getting to work with really smart people”

- John Scillieri
Director of Cyber

“I enjoy working at Visionist because my peers challenge me to be a better professional and my bosses provide me opportunities to step outside my comfort zone”

- Luke Therrien
Software Engineer

“Visionist is full of innovative and passionate people working together. It's almost like a family. I've never felt so personally and professionally supported at a job”

- Kelsey Campbell
Data Scientist

Benefits

Personal Leave

4 weeks of personal leave when you start to use for whatever reason you choose. Employees that stay for years earn additional weeks of leave.

Paid Holidays

The Visionist calendar includes 12 paid holidays (including the week between Christmas and New Year’s).

Health & Dental Insurance

We participate in a comprehensive health and dental insurance program and pay most of the premium.

Pre-tax Savings Plans

Set aside pre-tax dollars through our medical reimbursement and dependent care plan.

Tuition Reimbursement

Tuition reimbursement for work-related courses. We’ll also cover the cost of training and conferences that will help you grow as a professional.

Employee Stock Ownership Plan

We have an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) to share the growth and progress of the company with our employees.

Retirement Plan

Company 401k retirement plan. 62.5% match up to 5% of your total salary. Visionist makes yearly profit sharing contributions to employees’ 401k and ESOP accounts.

Annual & Performance Bonuses

Visionist rewards the hard work of its employees with annual performance-based and merit based bonuses.

Life & Disability Insurance

We’ll enroll you in term life and disability insurance —and cover 100% of the cost.

Gym Membership

We’ll also contribute $600 a year towards your gym or fitness club membership of your choice.

New Parents

For those who are sleep deprived after having a newborn, we’ll pick up the tab on up to $500 of take-out meals and 40 hours of leave for the first 3 months.

Team Building

Numerous happy hours. Team building events three times a year. All-expenses paid trip every 5 years.

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