A look at research and solutions company Leidos (plus advice on how to get hired)

Leidos, the research company with more than 33,000 employees, provides scientific, engineering, systems integration, and technical services in four key markets: civil, defense, health, and intelligence. Recently, Leidos partnered with NASA to create the SpaceBar, which is “a digitally enhanced IT walk-up service where employees can engage with on-site support and test device refresh options available to them in the future,” according to Leidos CEO Roger Krone. Find out more about the technology research and solutions company, including inside information about the company culture and advice for getting hired.

Leidos rundown

Size: More than 33,000 employees.

Industry: Information Technology & Services

Locations: Leidos is headquartered in Reston, Virginia. The company has more than 400 locations in 30 countries.

Founded: 1969

CEO: Roger Krone

Mission: “Leidos makes the world safer, healthier, and more efficient through information technology, engineering, and science,” the company’s website states.

How much do Leidos employees make?

The average salary for a Leidos employee is $139,494 per year. Ladders estimates are based on our calculations.

Leidos Jobs

The company is currently hiring for a Software Engineer to work in the Saint Louis, Missouri office. The headquarters in Reston, Virginia is looking for a Web Developer and a Senior Systems Security Engineer to join the team. View Ladders’ Leidos Jobs page for a full list of open roles and information on how to apply.

Leidos company culture

“Our company name, Leidos, is derived from the word kaleidoscope,” said CEO Roger Krone. “In this vein, we leverage our diversity of thought, experience, and backgrounds to solve complex problems from unique angles.”

The inclusive work environment is also fast-paced, casual, and extremely flexible. The company is not caught up in where or when an employee works just as long as they get the job done, in keeping with project and customer requirements.

Additionally, the company’s work environments are not hierarchical, which creates an environment where employees are encouraged to have upward and diagonal communication. Leidos describes its employees as “smart people who enjoy working in an innovative environment surrounded by people who love science, engineering, and technology.”

What it takes to get hired

The company has strong values that include integrity, innovation, agility, collaboration and commitment. These values are a “way of life” at Leidos, and any potential employee should believe in doing the right thing always, for fellow employees, customers, and company stakeholders.

“Working at Leidos means you are curious, ambitious, and have a tenacity for learning,” Krone said. “My advice to candidates is to be true to your passions, and ensure they align with our mission of making the world safer, healthier and more efficient through information technology, engineering and science.”

Employee benefits

  • Health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance
  • Flexible spending account (FSA)
  • Health savings account (HSA)
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Occupational accident insurance
  • Accidental death & dismemberment insurance
  • Health care on-site
  • Retiree health & medical
  • Performance bonus
  • 401K plan
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Maternity and paternity leave
  • Family medical leave
  • Work from home
  • Childcare
  • Military leave
  • Vacation & paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Bereavement leave

Employee perks

  • Employee discount
  • Employee assistance program
  • Mobile phone discount
  • Gym membership
  • Travel concierge
  • Professional development
  • Tuition assistance
  • Job training

Employee reviews 2019

Reviews on Glassdoor range from two-star reviews titled “Only for career starting” to five-star reviews titled “Extremely engaging work-wonderful culture.”

“The people are great, the work is plentiful, the learning is plentiful, and the environment is growing,” one reviewer wrote. “The environment was not the best at the time, but was getting better.”

What does Leidos do?

Leidos creates innovative technology solutions across four key markets: civil, defense, health, and intelligence. The company conducts internal research and development based on the needs of customers.

The company can be broken down by its markets, competencies, and capabilities.

Markets: Aviation, Defense, Energy, Government, Healthcare, Homeland, Intelligence, Science, Space, Surface Transportation

Competencies: Cyber, Data Science & Engineering, Digital Modernization, Integrated Systems, Mission Software Systems, Operations & Logistics, and Sensors, Collection & Phenomenology

Capabilities: Airborne, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Aviation, C4ISR, Cloud, Commercial Energy, Cyber, Data Analytics, Enterprise IT Modernization, Environment and Infrastructure, Exploration and Mission Support, Federal Health IT, Homeland and Transportation Security, Health Systems and Hospitals, Intelligence Services, Life Sciences, Maritime, Mission IT, Modeling, Simulation and Training, Operations and Logistics, Secure Development and Operation, Sensors and Situational Awareness