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Unicon is a leading IT consulting, services, and support provider, specializing in open source. We have provided software engineering, system integration, along with technology delivery and support to colleges, universities, and corporations since 1993. Learn more about our company.

We believe that our employees are our greatest assets, and we are currently looking for highly talented individuals to join our team. If a position meets your career goals, please click below to view open positions and to apply online.

We are always looking for highly talented individuals to join our team.

 

 

 

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 Our Core Values

  •     Build client trust
  •     Communicate openly, honestly and with integrity
  •     Provide opportunity based on hard work and team productivity
  •     Delegate responsibility and embrace accountability
  •     Demonstrate tolerance and exercise initiative
  •     Demonstrate self improvement, innovation, and agility
  •     Maintain an enjoyable “quality of business life”
  •     Respect our employees’ families
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Our Benefits

  • Unicon pays for 75-85% of medical and dental coverage for employee and dependents
  • Vision insurance available
  • 401(k), with 3% company matching
  • Quarterly and end-of-year bonus programs
  • Company paid life and AD&D insurance; voluntary life and AD&D insurance available
  • Company paid short and long term disability insurance
  • Four weeks paid maternity leave; one week paid paternity leave
  • Health and dependent care flexible spending accounts available
  • Paid time off; company paid holidays
  • Annual professional development budget
  • Employee referral incentive program
  • Pet health savings program
  • Casual work environment
  • Flexible schedules
  • Relaxed, family-oriented company culture
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People make it happen

We don't make widgets. Information technology is what we do. At Unicon developers are not hidden away in the back room. They are the stars of the show. Not only will you get to work with cutting-edge technologies, you get to work alongside some of the most talented developers in the industry. Your co-workers will become your mentors and your friends, and we encourage you to learn from them. At Unicon we believe in and promote life-long learning.

Unicon's company culture is fun, relaxed, and family oriented. While the company enjoys a stellar reputation within the education and open source communities for superior quality, service, and professionalism, Unicon employees enjoy working in a laid back, friendly atmosphere. Many employees describe the culture as "one big happy family." But we know you have a family at home too so we promote and support a healthy work/life balance. We understand that quality time spent outside of work enables you to spend quality time at work.

Flip-flops! Nerf guns! Zombies! At Unicon, a casual dress code is strictly enforced. Group trips to catch the latest super-hero movie are not uncommon and geeks rule!

Community involvement

Employees take pride in giving back to the community. We raise money for causes each year, including for those who are less fortunate, for needy families in the community, and for environmental organizations. In the past we have provided Thanksgiving meals and holiday gifts to local families, donated money to replenish forests, and in 2013 we are donating items to support a local no-kill animal shelter and to support victims of domestic violence.

Unicon supports the local economy and workforce. We encourage applicants from the Gilbert/ Phoenix area, and frequently award internships to local graduates, many of who go on to become Unicon employees. We support employees internally via fundraisers when there is a need, as one of our priorities is to take care of each other (as well as our clients).

Our Vice President of Human Resources was recently featured in the Arizona Republic! 
Check out the story by clicking here.

Advocates for open source and education
We are active participants in open source communities, and provide quality open source services for higher education institutions and corporations. Committed to improving open source software, we provide dependable and scalable solutions. Through participation in open source communities, we help clients realize the full potential of open source software.

We believe in open source
Open source software provides higher education institutions the superior control, choices, and the economics required to create a best fit solution based on the institution's needs. Through our participation in open source communities, we create solid software for the betterment of education.

 
 
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Ok, so it's 1:34 but you'll love the extra scenes. After you watch it, you'll probably want to try out for our team and start working with a group of really talented people who's passion is making technology deliver world-class education to millions of people. Take a peek...

 

The Town of Gilbert has assembled videos showcasing Gilbert's past, present, and future. Unicon was featured in a "Talk of the Trade" video. We invite you to watch below. For additional videos on Gilbert, click here.

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The Unicon Story

Unicon was founded in May of 1993 as a UNIX system and software consulting company. Our founders, current CEO, John Blakley, and President, Chris Franz, met while working at Arizona State University (ASU) in the Engineering Computer Services department. Corporations began calling ASU and requesting assistance for their UNIX systems. Our founders recognized this business opportunity and formed Unicon as a UNIx CONsulting company. Since 1993 we have gained a strong customer following that includes higher education institutions, education technology companies, corporations, government entities, and nonprofit organizations.   

In the late ‘90s, Cisco Systems® retained Unicon to develop learning management technologies in support of its new Networking Academy® program. At the time the program was the largest e-learning roll-out in the world. Since 1997, Cisco Networking Academy has helped over 6 million people prepare for careers in IT.

Drawing on our new expertise in learning technology, we diversified our offerings and expanded into the higher education market in 2002. The following year we acquired Interactive Business Solutions (IBS), a company that had an outstanding market presence and was well recognized in the uPortal® (an open source enterprise portal) higher education community. We entered the learning management system (LMS) market in 2004, and became one of the first Sakai® (an open source LMS) Commercial Affiliates.

We fostered our presence in the education technology publishing market in 2005, developing three homework management systems for publishers. Building close relationships with our clients allowed us to attain insight into the business challenges they face, especially in regards to digital content delivery and learning technology.

As our involvement in open source communities evolved, we recognized the market’s need for a commercial support provider for open source projects. In 2007, we introduced our innovative Cooperative Support (now Open Source Support) program. Today the program offers commercial technical support for our clients’ open source projects including Central Authentication Service (CAS), Grouper, Sakai, Shibboleth, Student Success Plan (SSP), and uPortal. 

Acknowledging the high demand among clients for services and support of additional open source technologies, we expanded our service offerings in 2009 to include other Java-based portals, web single sign-on (SSO), federated web SSO, email, online video delivery, and mobile computing. We also began providing services for proprietary open source projects including the Kaltura Video Platform, Liferay® Portal, and Zimbra® Collaboration Server.

Two years later, in 2011, we started to offer services for open source federated web SSO, and became an Internet2® Industry Member and InCommon® Affiliate (now Internet2 Trust & Identity Services Provider) and an InCommon Participant. Also in 2011 we introduced services to deliver mobile computing on-premise or via an application hosting model.

We celebrated 20 years of providing IT consulting, services, and support to institutions and organizations in 2013. 

We formalized our service offering for Hosting and Managed Services in 2013, and the following year we became an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Advanced Consulting Partner. Also in 2014 we were selected by the California Community Collleges (CCC) for portal software development services.

We continued our relationship with CCC in the 2015, when stakeholders of the CCC Common Assessment Initiative (CAI) made the recommendation to contract with Unicon for development of a custom assessment platform, CCCAssess.
We expanded our Identity and Access Management (IAM) practice in 2015 from higher education to include corporations, with a focus on publishing/ media, manufacturing, and retail companies. Unicon also established a service offering for IAM in the Cloud in 2015, providing institutions and organizations with a hosted Shibboleth® Identity Provider (IdP).

Over the last 23 years, we have become widely recognized as a pioneer of open source software and a leading provider of IT professional services for higher education. Clients’ depend on our deep expertise in open source software and our involvement in open source communities to help solve their business challenges. We support open standards and continue to make major contributions to them. 

We offer enterprise services and deployments of open source software for:

  • Identity and Access Management
  • Learning Analytics and Student Success
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Portals
  • Mobile Computing
  • Online Video

We respond to market needs, and provide relevant solutions to our clients. Our expertise is in application development, systems integration, technology solutions, and commercial support for open source projects. Unicon provides large-scale consulting firm professionalism and capabilities, with the agility, personalized service, and relationships of a small company.

Institutions and organizations rely on Unicon to find solutions that meet business challenges through IT consulting, services, and support for education technology.

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