Our Culture

“Culture is what people do when no one is looking.”
Herb Kelleher, Chairman, Southwest Airlines

At Cougaar Software, Inc. (CSI), we have established ourselves as an agile, innovative company on the leading edge of cognitive computing technology. We continue to push the boundaries of intelligent agent technology while developing exciting and cutting-edge solutions for our customers. We have a culture of innovation where our employees are empowered and can make a difference. We are looking for smart, driven and dynamic individuals interested in learning new technologies, advancing their skills, and working with an amazing team on interesting and hard problems of high complexity.

CSI’s Mission

To prove to the world that today’s most difficult and complex organizational and systems problems can be solved effectively through the application of distributed intelligent agent technology…and through that experience, we advance science towards realizing true artificial intelligence.


“The basic model that we teach and use is that organizational leaders drive the values, values then drive the behaviors, the behaviors drive the culture, and the culture ultimately defines the performance.”
Built on Values
Ann Rhoades

Values are important and lasting beliefs or ideals shared by the members of a culture about what is good or bad and desirable or undesirable. Values have major influence on a person’s behavior and attitude and serve as broad guidelines in all situations.

Our team holds fast to the values that continue to make this company great. Our values are part of each employee and guide the way we work with clients, the community, and each other.


– We do our part for the U.S. and society to make the world a better place.


– We take pride in what we are doing; our products represent our contribution.


– We build products to meet or exceed requirements.


– We are honest and forthcoming in all our interactions.


– We pursue the vision, not just task; we think “outside the box.”


– We work as an integrated team, in the company and with our customers.


CSI is a profitable, privately held company with a depth of experience with intelligent, distributed systems. We have used that expertise to build the first platform for developing and deploying intelligent, distributed agent-based applications. CSI offers cognitive computing-based solutions that exemplify how modern applications should be developed and deployed.

CSI strives to master the building of distributed intelligent agent-based solutions that solve large, difficult and complex organizational and systems problems through effective application of:

  • Architecture/Technology – the organization and integration of component technologies that make the solution possible
  • Methodology – the concepts and processes that make systems engineering repeatable, scalable, and manageable
  • Tools – the user-centric tools that make development and deployment efficient and effective
  • Training and Education – the means to learn, apply, and master all of the above

Culture and Community

CSI employees want to be constantly challenged and continuously learning. We provide a stimulating and flexible workplace that encourages collaboration and teamwork, where every employee can make a difference. This philosophy has allowed us to assemble a remarkable array of talented and motivated individuals.

CSI prides itself on maintaining the highest ethics and is committed to the well-being and professional growth of every employee. We have a full range of benefits including paid vacation and sick leave, 401K, health care, etc. Through competitive salaries and a dynamic and diverse work environment, we provide employees with a true meritocratic system, where doors are always open and ingenuity and results are recognized and rewarded.

Every year Cougaar Software, Inc. (CSI) designs a holiday card wishing you and your family our sincere wishes of peace, health, and happiness during the holiday season and throughout the coming year! CSI is very proud of the cards and their innovative designs and would like to share them, so they can be enjoyed year around. To view previous holiday cards, please visit https://www.cougaarsoftware.com/careers/our-culture/holiday-cards/.

Equal Opportunity Employer

CSI is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We maintain policies and practices designed to prevent discrimination against any qualified employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, and medical condition to the extent protected by law.