Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

CPI At A Glance

How large is the company?

CPI currently has a workforce of over 30 employees. We are constantly looking for talented and energetic people to join our team. Come and be a part of CPI's future success.

Do you hire foreign nationals?

CPI's primary business is providing professional scientific and information technology (IT) services to U.S. Government organizations and their prime contractors. Because of security requirements, most of our positions must be filled with U.S. citizens. Positions requiring U.S. citizenship are clearly marked. We cannot consider foreign citizens for those positions. Foreign nationals authorized to work in the U.S. are welcome to apply for any positions that do not specifically require U.S. citizenship.

How stable is the company?

CPI has been in existence since 1984 and has provided many years of continuous employment for much of its workforce. Many employees have been with CPI for 10+ years. CPI values its employees and prides itself on its past record of retaining its staff.

Where is the company located?

CPI has corporate offices in Springfield, VA, and Boulder, CO. More information on these offices can be found on the locations web page. In addition to Virginia and Colorado, employee work sites include Maine, Maryland, and New Jersey, as well as the District of Columbia.

What is the educational level of the company workforce?

CPI prides itself on having a highly educated technical workforce of scientists with more than 78% of its technical staff holding doctoral and master's degrees. This is in response to the high skill levels required by our clients, including supporting state-of-the-art research at government research laboratories. However, CPI also relies on technical staff with bachelor's degrees to provide key support on many projects.

What happens after I submit my resume for a position?

The recruiting process within CPI typically proceeds as follows:

        1. You will receive an e-mail reply once CPI has received your resume.
        2. Your resume will be reviewed in due course, and you will be contacted if we feel your qualifications are a suitable match for our job opening. This will be a phone call to the phone numbers listed in your resume. We will leave a voice mail followed up by an e-mail if unsuccessful in reaching you. We will conduct an initial evaluation of your qualifications during the first phone contact.
        3. A phone interview will be arranged if we feel your qualifications are a reasonable match to the position requirements. Other CPI staff (typically 1-2) who have technical leads on the project that the position will support will participate with the recruiter in the phone interview. The technical leads will interview you regarding your technical background.
        4. An on-site interview will be arranged if we feel your skill set and experience is a good match for the position. This will typically be arranged within a few days of the phone interview and may occur at a customer site location. The CPI recruiter or one of the technical leads will be present during the on-site interview.
        5. A request for employment references will be made if CPI feels you are one of the best qualified candidates for the position.
        6. An offer of employment will be extended if CPI is satisfied with its reference checks and considers you the best candidate for the position.

What can I do to increase the visibility of my resume when I send it to employment@cpi.com?

E-mailing a well-organized and formatted resume as a Portable Data Format (PDF) attachment (Microsoft Word is also acceptable) will expedite the viewing of your resume. It will also increase the chances of its being considered for new openings when our company archive of resumes is searched for potential candidates before other sources are explored.

What residential community options are available in the area?

Boulder, CO

Employment at the CPI office in Boulder, Colorado offers the opportunity to live in a city that has gathered many top rankings in recent years for health, well-being, quality of life, education and art. Boulder is located 25 miles northwest of Denver at an elevation of 5,430 feet (1,655 m) at the base of the foothills where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains. Just west of the city are imposing slabs of sedimentary stone tilted up on the foothills, known as the Flatirons, which are a widely recognized symbol of Boulder. Boulder is famous for its status as one of the most liberal cities in Colorado, its colorful Western history, and as home of the main campus of the University of Colorado, the state's largest university. Boulder is surrounded by more than 36,000 acres of recreational open space, conservation easements, and nature preserves, and boasts world class hiking trails throughout the city. The Boulder Valley RE 2 School District is the local school district for Boulder, Colorado and ten neighboring communities including Louisville, Lafayette, Superior, and Nederland.

Washington, DC metro area

Employment at CPI in the metropolitan Washington, DC area offers the opportunity to live in a diversity of metropolitan communities to accommodate any age and lifestyle. Affordable housing can be found within a reasonable commute of CPI and on-site locations. The Washington Metropolitan Area has some of the highest-income counties in the country, offers multi-cultural neighborhoods, and a wide diversity of leisure activities, as well as excellent public schools as recently reported in the Washington Post. The areas surrounding Washington, DC where most CPI employees live are listed below.

Alexandria, Virginia is located along the Western bank of the Potomac River, and is approximately six miles south of downtown Washington, D.C. The historic center of Alexandria is known as Old Town, and its concentration of boutiques, restaurants, antique shops and theaters, is a major draw for tourists. Like Old Town, many Alexandria neighborhoods are compact, walkable, high-income suburbs of Washington D.C. Alexandria is the seventh largest and highest income independent city in Virginia. Information on the public schools can be found here.

Arlington County, Virginia is an urban county situated in Northern Virginia on the south bank of the Potomac River directly across from Washington, D.C. Arlington's central location in the Washington DC metropolitan area, its ease of access by car and public transportation, and its highly skilled labor force have attracted an increasingly varied residential and commercial mix. Its neighborhoods (often called urban villages) mix soaring high-rises and turn-of-the-century homes with high-end shopping, boutiques, five-star dining and neighborhood pizza places. Information on the public schools can be found here.

Fairfax County, Virginia which is situated west of Washington, D.C., is the most populous jurisdiction in the Washington Metropolitan Area, and is among the highest-income counties in the country. The county is the largest jurisdiction in the Washington area and housing is available for individuals seeking an urban, suburban, small town, or country feel. High-rise apartments, condominiums, single family homes and townhouses are plentiful. The Fairfax County Park Authority maintains parks and recreation centers throughout the county. The county is home to the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST, a Virginia Governor's School), George Mason University (GMU), and campuses of the Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) in Annandale and Springfield. The public schools are highly rated. For example, all eligible Fairfax County high schools were within the top 200 of the 2013 Washington Post list of top high schools in the United States. Furthermore, three non-selective high schools in Fairfax, Virginia were found to outperform the averages of virtually every other country in the world in an April 2013 study. Information on the public schools can be found here.

Falls Church, Virginia is the smallest independent city by area in Virginia, occupying a total area of 2.2 square miles. It is located only six miles from the Nation's Capital and inside the Capital Beltway. The City of Falls Church is a unique and historic city that features quick access to renowned museums and art galleries in nearby Washington, D.C., and a variety of restaurants and shops that reflect the City's great ethnic and cultural diversity. Information on the public schools can be found here.

Montgomery County, Maryland is situated just north of Washington, D.C. and southwest of Baltimore. It boasts numerous commuting options, high homeownership rates, and one of the most affluent counties in the nation. No other county has a higher percentage of residents over 25 years old who hold a post-graduate degree. Most of the county's residents live in unincorporated locales, the most populous of which are Silver Spring, Germantown and Bethesda, though the incorporated cities of Rockville and Gaithersburg are also large population centers. Information on the public schools can be found here.

Prince George's County, Maryland which is located immediately north, east, and south of Washington, D.C. It is home to the University of Maryland at College Park, the Historic Old Greenbelt, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; and has good outdoor parks and bike trails. The county terrain, culture and demographics differ significantly by location within the county. Information on the public schools can be found here.

Washington, DC is a complex and layered city with multiple personalities, brimming with a unique history of its own, and many historical and cultural attractions. New housing and urban revitalization are attracting people back to the city for a downtown renaissance of housing, offices, entertainment and nightlife. The District of Columbia Public Schools operates the city's public school system, which consists of 129 schools and learning centers.

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