Software Engineer (Colorado Springs, CO)

| Colorado Springs
Employer Provided Salary: $74,614-$117,132 Annually
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Software Engineer
Position Type: Full Time
Salary Range: In compliance with Colorado's Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, the salary range for this role is $74,614 - $117,132. Final compensation for this role will be determined by various factors such as a candidate's relevant work experience, skills, certifications, and geographic location.
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado. This is not a remote position.
Additional Compensation: This position is eligible for an end-of-year bonus.
Employment Benefits: Bluestaq offers a wide range of competitive benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Paid Leave, and 401k. For more information regarding Bluestaq benefits, please visit .
About Bluestaq:
Bluestaq starts with our people.
Are you ready for the best job you've ever had?
At Bluestaq, we've rapidly built a culture around ownership, trust, community, and innovation. Bluestaq is dedicated to cultivating a growth environment where our team feels valued, works with a purpose of mission, is personally rewarded, and is professionally challenged.
Bluestaq is an emerging technology company founded in 2018 to streamline global operations using cutting-edge enterprise software and mission analytics. Bluestaq develops and transforms its enterprise systems and secures disparate data to solve our customers' most critical challenges. Today, Bluestaq primarily provides the U.S. Department of Defense and the nation's intelligence community with advanced software systems. Our name, Bluestaq, originates from "blue" a military term for friendly forces, and "staq" referring to a software stack.
Let's talk about our team's accolades in just four years! Inc. Magazine just recognized Bluestaq as ranking #630 out of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in America! We've also been recognized as an Inc. Magazine's 2022 and 2021 Best Workplaces and are a 2021 Colorado Inno on Fire Company and a 2020 Colorado Company to Watch. Bluestaq was honored by the Colorado Technology Association as the 2019 Emerging Tech Company of the Year and named Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and EDC 2019 New Company of the Year. For the third consecutive year, Bluestaq landed on the Colorado Springs Gazette Best Workplaces in Colorado Springs (2019 - 2021) and Built In's Best Places to Work Lists: Best Places to Work in Colorado, Best Small Companies to Work for in Colorado, and Best Paying Companies in Colorado (2020 - 2022). Our team is award-winning and ahhhmazing!
Looking for a phenomenal quality of life? Colorado Springs was named the #2 Best Places to Live by U.S. News & World Report 2022, #2 Top 10 Cities Where Tech Strength Defies the Pandemic by LinkedIn, and one of the Top 10 Best-Performing Cities 2022 by the Milken Institute.
Why join Bluestaq in Colorado Springs?

  • Lifestyle Amenities - coffee shops, craft breweries, boutiques, locally-owned restaurants
  • Nature - more than 100 parks and ample outdoor sporting opportunities
  • Weather - Colorado Springs boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year
  • Laidback atmosphere - an accessible alternative to the fast-paced Denver lifestyle

Position Description:
We are looking for a Software Engineer to join our rapidly growing engineering team. As a Software Engineer at Bluestaq, you are just launching your software development career. The ideal candidate is a motivated, hands-on software engineer with a reasonable understanding of core engineering concepts and who is focused on expanding that understanding and growing as an engineer. A Bluestaq Software Engineer has a basic knowledge of software development tools and processes and a broad introduction to engineering best practices and productivity skills.
Basic Qualifications and Skills:

  • 1+ years of software development experience with a Bachelor of Science degree OR Associate degree with 2 additional years of experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted in lieu of a degree OR a High School Diploma with 4 additional years of experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted in lieu of a degree.
  • Experience in Java or Python programming languages.
  • Hands-on experience working with big data technologies.
  • Demonstrates a solid understanding of software development foundations.
  • Capable of delivering on multiple competing priorities within a team-centric environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Developing professional and technical expertise. Able to resolve routine issues and problems.
  • Ability to communicate scope and state of work, including articulating roadblocks.
  • Builds small features and contributes bug fixes in a reasonable time frame.
  • Proactive and thoughtful in seeking clarification and asking questions.
  • Finds the right balance between persevering on a problem and asking for help.
  • Takes responsibility for their personal development, and has a growth mindset.
  • Displays a strong sense of ownership for projects.

Required Education: 1+ years of software development experience with a Bachelor of Science degree OR Associate degree with 2 additional years of experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted in lieu of a degree OR a High School Diploma with 4 additional years of experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted in lieu of a degree.
Clearance Requirement: This position requires the ability to obtain a TS/SCI Clearance. To be eligible for a clearance, US Citizenship is required, and an employee must agree to participate in a background screen and credit check.
Relocation: This position does not offer relocation. Candidates must live in the immediate area or relocate at their own expense.
Bluestaq is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees on the basis age 40 and over, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by state or local law.
Bluestaq will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities and employees whose work requirements interfere with a religious belief unless doing so would result in an undue hardship to Bluestaq or a direct threat. Employees needing such accommodation are instructed to contact Human Resources immediately at [email protected].

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • C++Languages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • D3JSLibraries
    • jQueryLibraries
    • jQuery UILibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • Twitter BootstrapLibraries
    • AngularFrameworks
    • Angular.JSFrameworks
    • DockerFrameworks
    • KafkaFrameworks
    • KubernetesFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • TensorFlowFrameworks
    • TerraformFrameworks
    • CassandraDatabases
    • ElasticsearchDatabases
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • Neo4jDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • TeradataDatabases
    • AWS (Amazon Web Services)Services
    • GitHubServices


The vibrant, urban setting of Downtown Colorado Springs embodies the innovative, dynamic, industrious, and collaborative brand identity of Bluestaq.

An Insider's view of Bluestaq

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Work-life balance at Bluestaq isn’t a buzz phrase but is practiced from the top down as an example for the entire company. We work hard and play hard, but we realize how important balance is to reset and recharge and pay attention to the important things in life – family.


Program Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Everyone has a critical role to play, sometimes two or three roles, but we LOVE it. We LOVE feeling the connection, being part of the team that practices extreme ownership. If someone stumbles, we pick them up and keep moving forward. While we all strive to put our best work forward, it’s also a learning environment.


Project and Cost Controls $$$

What makes someone successful on your team?

A successful Bluestaq team member has the ability to use creativity and innovation to solve complex problems, regardless of their experience. This mindset is engrained in our company's culture, enabling our teams to tackle problems nontraditionally.


Program Manager

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

My door, chat, email, phone, and text are always open to every Bluestaq'r. My purpose at Bluestaq is to ensure every team member is happy, healthy, and challenged!


Chief Operating Officer

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The vibe is unlike any other environment I’ve been in. While we are often busy and emersed in our current tasks, it’s not uncommon to hear laughter and joyful interaction amongst teammates. We always find opportunities to interact with each other.


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What are Bluestaq Perks + Benefits

Bluestaq Benefits Overview

At Bluestaq, our cornerstone is our world-class team; our journey begins and culminates with them. Our team-centric ethos is woven deeply into our culture, evident in our collaborative open workspace designed to foster interaction and camaraderie. This approach extends to our commitment to offering industry-leading benefits. We aim to assemble the most skilled team imaginable, and we believe such talent merits nothing short of the finest benefits the industry can provide.

Volunteer in local community
Bluestaq is a dedicated member of the Colorado Springs community, actively supporting local non-profits focused on education and workforce development, including scholarships.
Partners with nonprofits
Bluestaq partners with non-profits that share our passion for innovation, technology, and community.
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Hybrid work model
In-person all-hands meetings
Employee awards
Flexible work schedule
Bluestaq is committed to helping employees face the demands of juggling work, family, and life-related issues by offering flexible work arrangements.
Remote work program
Bluestaq offers employees the option to work remotely at least once a week, subject to their manager's approval.
Documented equal pay policy
Highly diverse management team
Bluestaq embraces and celebrates diversity at all levels of leadership from our emerging leaders, team leads, and beyond.
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability insurance
Bluestaq provides 100% employer-paid Short and Long Term Disability Insurance for employees.
Dental insurance
Bluestaq provides 100% employer-paid Dental Insurance coverage for employees and their dependents.
Vision insurance
Bluestaq provides 100% employer-paid Vision Insurance coverage for employees and their dependents.
Health insurance
Bluestaq provides 100% employer-paid PPO Health Insurance coverage for employees and their dependents.
Life insurance
Bluestaq provides 100% employer-paid life Insurance for employees. Bluestaq provides a base benefit of $100,000 and supplemental life of $100,000 for a total of $200,000 in life insurance.
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Bluestaq boasts an on-site gym, basketball court, and racquetball court, complemented by a wellness program included in our health insurance offerings.
Team workouts
Bluestaq employees take advantage of the bike paths and trails right next to our headquarters.
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
Automatic enrollment into a 401(k) the day an employee starts. This benefit is offered to all full-time employees, with no vesting period required.
401(K) matching
All employees receive an automatic monthly contribution from Bluestaq of 4% of their base salary into the 401k account, and we match 100% up to an additional 6%. The total contribution is 10%.
Performance bonus
Bluestaq offers a yearly performance bonus depending on the company and individual performance. Our year-end bonuses are very competitive with the industry best.
Pay transparency
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Family medical leave
Company sponsored family events
Bluestaq hosts an annual Summer picnic for employees and their families.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Bluestaq offers every full-time employee 20 days off each year. Bluestaq will buy back any unused PTO at the end of each year.
Paid holidays
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Bluestaq hosts various company-sponsored events, such as the Summer Family Brunch and the Holiday Party, fostering community and team spirit among team members.
Free snacks and drinks
Energy is vital for our team's productivity and well-being. To ensure this, Bluestaq maintains a fully stocked snack bar, complete with the team's favorite drinks and snacks.
Some meals provided
Welcoming a new team member? Time for a burger bar at lunch. Celebrating a work anniversary? Let's enjoy pizza and top it off with Crumble Cookie deliveries!
Company-sponsored happy hours
Enjoy company-sponsored happy hours on our patio during summer, with stunning views of Pikes Peak, fostering a relaxing and sociable atmosphere.
Onsite office parking
We offer employees free Downtown on-site garage parking.
Fitness stipend
Mother's room
Onsite gym
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Bluestaq provides employees with professional growth opportunities, including attending job-related conferences and seminars to enhance their skills.
Lunch and learns
Bluestaq team members exchange expertise and insights in our tech talks, fostering a collaborative and knowledge-rich environment.
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Bluestaq's summer internship program is an exceptional opportunity for high school and college students to gain hands-on experience in a dynamic and innovative environment.
Continuing education stipend
Continuing education available during work hours
Bluestaq allows employes to set aside working hours for learning.
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications
Bluestaq pays for some industry certifications for employees such as the CompTIA Security+.

Additional Perks + Benefits

This benefits overview provides selected highlights of the Bluestaq employee benefits program. It is not a legal document and shall not be construed as a guarantee of benefits nor of employment at the Company. Bluestaq reserves the right to amend, suspend, or terminate any benefit plan, in whole or in part, at any time.

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