Welcoming Jon Levin

This week we welcomed Jon Levin to our systems engineering team! Aside from improving our 3rd down defense (Jon’s a former college football player and mentor to future athletes), he brings a robotics background to the squad. To make sure we aren’t all eventually replaced by drones with this Bethesda native controlling them all, let’s see how Jon’s first week went…

Jon at a Bluestone team outting.

Jon at a Bluestone team outting.

So you made it through your first week, how’s it been?
Very busy (that’s a good thing!). I was able to dive right in and start working on day 1, which is something that I was hoping for. 
Are you starting to feel the Bluestone Way? 
Absolutely. It’s been great getting to know everyone, including some of the civilian staff at DISA, not just Bluestone employees. Everyone seems friendly, and all my interactions to this point have been positive.
Welcome to the District! Is it a big change from to world of the labs?
I like the modern feel of the office, especially the fact that everyone is free to work where they want/need. Also, having windows is pretty great.
We try to make our environment as comfortable as possible… So you never leave! (Just kidding).
I believe it is. It’s apparent that everyone here is very determined to perform at a high level and produce quality work. That kind of atmosphere tends to rub off on people. 
Were you equipped to jump in after onboarding?
For the most part, yes. I had all of the tools day 1; the rest is just catching up and getting current on all of the work that was done before I started. The administrative type stuff at DISA is rolling along.
How’s the workload? 
I’m certainly not bored, but I don’t feel overwhelmed either. The more comfortable I get, the quicker I work and the more I can get done. 
What do you think of the technology we build and use? I’m sure you’ve noticed we ‘eat our own dogfood’ here and you are eating a lot!
Overall, the platforms are good. I’m a big fan of SAMcloud and Slack. Slack is awesome. Super easy to use, it’s clean, and doesn’t require a whole lot of effort to get into it. The app integration is incredibly useful for everything from work-related tasks, to to-do lists, to music integration.
I know you’ve spent a few days onsite at DISA, are you amazed by the efficiency of government? 
Working at DISA is a little confusing to begin with, although I think my previous experience working on base helped me adapt quickly. Getting my CAC was a relatively quick procedure (~5 days), and I will receive my DISANet laptop soon. I haven’t felt any qualms about approaching anyone if I need to.

Jon is off to a great start and we know his top knot as well as his programming skills will be unique additions to our team!