At Five Stones Research Corporation, 97 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 108 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 4.79. It was published on Jul 28, 2017. 5674 Visitors

What Employees Say

I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
People care about each other here.
Management trusts people to do a good job without watching over their shoulders.
I can be myself around here.

What They Do

We asked Five Stones Research Corporation to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Five Stones Research Corporation (5SRC) is an 8(a), Woman-owned (WO), Economically Disadvantaged WO, Native American, Small Disadvantaged Business headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama. 5SRC is organized into three core business areas: Engineering, Logistics / Programmatics, and Information Management / Information Technology.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Aerospace
US Headquarters: Brownsboro, Alabama, 35741 US Sites: 2
Major Locations: Huntsville, Alabama, 35741; Stafford, Virginia, 22554 US Employees: 175
US Revenues: $21.5 million Worldwide Revenues: $21.5 million
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 2006

Five Stones Research Corporation has been awarded:

Best Medium Workplaces 2017 (ranked 99)

Best Workplaces for Giving Back 2016 (ranked 29)

Best Workplaces for Flexibility 2016 (ranked 40)

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Perks and Programs

We asked Five Stones Research Corporation to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Retirement Planning: Five Stones offers a 401K match on day 1 - no vesting required. We also provide certified financial counseling to our employees at no cost to them.
  • Healthcare and Benefits Coverage: Five Stones offers industry leading health care coverage for our employees at rates that are significantly lower than our competitors and industry averages. We also provide basic life, Long Term Disability, Short Term Disability, and Accidental Death or Dismemberment which are 100% company paid.
  • Personal Time Off: Five Stones offers three weeks of Personal Time Off (PTO) and 10 paid holidays to all new employees. We also offer bereavement leave, time off for jury duty, and military leave.
  • Performance Awards: Five Stones gave 42 employees performance awards last year with amounts varying between $50 to $1000 dollars.
  • Referral Bonuses: Five Stones offers a $500 finding and referral bonus for new employee hires.
  • Charitable Matching: Five Stones matches employee contributions to their chosen charities up to $200 per employee.
  • Tuition Assistance: Five Stones provides $2800 to each employee for tuition reimbursement and professional courses related to fulfilling job requirements.
  • Flexible Work Schedule: 5SRC offers multiple flexible work schedule programs to include: job sharing, flex time, part time work, telecommuting, and compressed work weeks.
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5% Average 401(k)/403b company contribution per employee71% Company-paid health coverage for employees
71% Company-paid health coverage for dependents $2,800 Maximum Tuition Reimbursement
Stepping Stones Charitable Foundation


Set days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment Set days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment
25 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (80% use it)
  • Telecommute option (4% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (40% use it)
  • Onsite Amenities (Snacks, drinks, financial counselor)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 35 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

$22,797 Philanthropic donations in last year $11,398 Total company-matched employee donations in last year
Yes Recycling program


  • Christa Gaddy is responsible for the success of formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Stepping Stones Charitable Foundation 2


Five Stones Corporate HQ

How to Get Hired

We asked Five Stones Research Corporation for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

We recruit prospective new employees who embrace our corporate culture.  Our culture consist of the values, beliefs, underlying assumptions, attitudes and behaviors shared by our leaders and workforce. Our corporate culture is delineated in two parts:   our corporate value set, and our professional values.    Five Stones’ corporate and professional values are outlined below:

Corporate Values:

  • We will deliver quality services to our customers
  • We will have the courage to do the right thing
  • We will operate with honesty & integrity
  • We will trust in ourselves to achieve our mission and vision

Professional Values:

  • We display initiative – We display ambition, action and drive. 
  • We work hard – We drive results to ensure mission accomplishment. 
  • We think critically – We use good judgment to make good decisions.
  • We focus on the details – We catch the small things.  We improve work products continuously.
  • We overcommunicate – We possess strong verbal and written communication skills.  We listen.


What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Five Stones has a comprehensive interview process includes the evaluation of less obvious skills.  Hiring managers interview potential candidates to determine if they are technically qualified and have the corporate and work values necessary to succeed.  A member of our Executive Staff, with their understanding of corporate values, conducts a final interview with the new employee to ensure compatibility with our corporate values.  During this process, it becomes clear which candidate is the most technically qualified and well aligned with our professional and corporate values.

To catch our attention, a candidate should know about Five Stones:  what we do, what we care about, what are employees say about us.  We also like to see a well-rounded candidate: where do you volunteer, what do you do outside of work, what social causes do you care about?  Finally, how are your leadership skills - what leadership positions have you held?

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

5SRC is organized into three core business areas: Engineering, Logistics / Programmatics, and Information Management / Information Technology.   We currently are expecting growth in all three areas and will be looking for candidates in all three.

Inside those business areas, we will seek out employees who personify our corporate and professional values.  Our values, and those who share them, drive our recruitment and ensure we maintain high-quality employees who constantly exceed our customer expectations. We utilize an active recruitment process using employee recommendations, job fairs, social media, internet postings, web-based recruiting services and professional recruiters. We take pride in looking at each applicant as individuals, their character, their attitude and their critical thinking processes to determine their potential.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Keep an eye on our web site, our LinkedIn page, and our Indeed page.   We routinely post all our hiring actions on those sites.

hiring Outlook

20 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 13% Job Growth
19 Average applicants per opening 422 Total job applicants
12% New hires by employee referrals 12% Openings filled by current employees
5 Recent graduates hired 7% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.