Octo Consulting Group Selected as SmartCEO 2011 Star Workplace

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Company recognized as one of Greater Washington’s top government contractors for its dynamic, fun workplace environment.

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This award underscores that we have been able to develop a rewarding and engaging work environment for our employees.  This is something that is often talked about and rarely followed through on.

Octo Consulting Group, a market leading IT management consulting & solutions firm, today announced that it was recognized as the GovStar “Star Workplace” award winner at this year’s annual GovStar Awards Gala, held at the Reston Hyatt on October 13th. The GovStar “Star Workplace” award was awarded by SmartCEO magazine and recognized Octo Consulting Group in the small business category for its leadership in cultivating a highly dynamic workplace environment for its employees. The prestigious GovStar Award finalists were featured in the pages of the October issue of SmartCEO magazine and recognizes Greater Washington’s elite government contractors with awards in 5 major categories covering technological innovation, workplace environment, growth, veteran support and ability to overcome significant challenges.

The award marked the 7th major independent publication award that Octo Consulting Group was recognized for in 2011. Other major 2011 awards include recognition on Inc. magazine 500 list for the 2nd consecutive year, the #2 overall ranking on Washington Technology’s Fast 50 list, the #5 overall ranking on Washington Business Journal’s Fast 50 list, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Vanguard award given to the top firm on its Fantastic 50 list, and SmartCEO magazine’s Future 50 and Smart100 list.

"We have been very fortunate to have achieved a number of awards and recognition over the past year, but I’m probably most proud of this particular award and achievement because it demonstrates to us that we have provided a great work environment for our employees and have followed through on our vision of creating a different type of consulting firm culture." said Mehul Sanghani, President and CEO of Octo Consulting Group. "What really makes us most proud of this award is that it’s not simply a metric drive award that recognizes business growth or success, but is instead based on feedback from employees and review of culture. It underscores that we have been able to develop a rewarding and engaging work environment for our employees. This is something that is often talked about and rarely followed through on.”

Octo Consulting Group has implemented several key initiatives aimed at shaping its corporate culture into one that is conducive to learning, empowerment, social responsibility and leadership. For example, the firm donates $501 on behalf of every employee to the charity of their choice during the holiday season to accompany its annual holiday bonus, has regular corporate team-building events, and has an education reimbursement program available to all employees, and covers 100% of medical premium costs for its employees. All of those investments have led extremely low employee turnover rates, increased collaboration, and yielded high productivity that have translated directly to the firm’s bottom line.

About Octo Consulting Group:
Founded in 2006 as a fresh alternative to the traditional consulting firm, Octo Consulting Group is an SBA certified 8(a) small business and is a leading provider of technology and management consulting services to the Federal government. Our approach frees consultants to deliver the results IT leaders in government and business need to improve performance and accomplish their missions. Ultimately, it translates into faster timelines, lower costs, intelligent solutions, measurable outcomes and happier people. The most critical part of Octo's adaptive approach is empowering our consultants to make the right decisions for our clients. While we provide them with starting points, frameworks and tools, true success depends on them using their talents to find the solutions needed to deliver results. Octo now works with over 25 government agencies and has enjoyed substantial year-over-year growth largely due to a client retention rate of over 97%, and Dun & Bradstreet Open Ratings of its past performance that rank the firm in the top 10% of all businesses for its customer satisfaction. Core practice areas include technology enablement, solution architecture, critical program management and performance-based acquisition. For more information, visit http://www.octoconsulting.com.

About SmartCEO
SmartCEO magazine is a regional publication specifically designed to deliver innovative ideas, guiding advice and forward-thinking insight about the daily challenges of running a "growing company." SmartCEO believes that a growing company is determined by the spirit, drive and dynamics of a company's owners and managers, rather than by the size of its building, the number of its employees, or its sales volume. Each month, more than 50,000 business leaders across the Mid-Atlantic turn to the pages of SmartCEO for features, case-study advice and trend analysis, all with a uniquely local flavor.


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