September 13, 2013

A few months back, the company asked employees to tell their stories on video through the We Are BAE Systems Film Festival. And tell they did. More than 60 employees and teams from the U.S., U.K., and Sweden produced videos — musicals, comedies, and dramas — in a competition for votes and some nice prizes.

“Each reflected an aspect of what makes BAE Systems, Inc. unique: our values, our employees, and our deep-seated sense of mission and commitment to customers,” said Inc. President and CEO Linda Hudson, who hosted a Sept. 12 awards ceremony honoring the contest winners.

Nine finalists (three from each category) were posted on YouTube, and the winners were determined by the number of “likes” each received. Here’s who won.

FIRST PLACE (prize: Apple MacBook Pro)

MUSIC — "In the Key of BAE." Director: Gage S. Sector: Support Solutions. This video got an incredible 15,825 views!
DRAMA — "Honorable Mention." Director: Ivey T. Team members: Cheryl B., Leo B., Steve F., Bill M.. Sector: Support Solutions.
COMEDY — "BAE Systems: The Movie." Director: Jeff B. Sector: Support Solutions.

Of these, Hudson selected two to share GRAND PRIZE honors — In the Key of BAE and Honorable Mention. Each won a $1,000 Amazon gift card.

SECOND PLACE (prize: Nikon V2 camera package)

MUSIC — "BAE Systems Teamwork." Director: Erik G. Team members: Jacob G., Ken S., Andrew S., Chris W. Sector: Electronic Systems.
DRAMA — "Prepared for the Future." Director: George W. Team members: Matthew C., Jordan J., Charlotte T.. Sector: Electronic Systems.
COMEDY — "Plan Ahead." Director: David A.. Team members: Paul A., Rosemary B., Jamie M., Anil P., Yvonne S., Marion S., Vivienne W., Sau Y. Sector: Electronic Systems.

THIRD PLACE (prize: Apple iPad Mini)

MUSIC — "A Day in the Office." Director: Seung M. Sector: Electronic Systems.
DRAMA — "Why BAE Systems New Hampshire is Wicked Cool." Director: Andy V. Sector: Electronic Systems.
COMEDY — "Faces of Heroes." Director: Mike A. Sector: Enterprise Shared Services.

Additionally, the Sector Participation Prize, recognizing highest per-capita participation, went to Support Solutions. The sector will receive $5,000 in movie tickets that will be distributed randomly at the S2 sites that submitted videos.

“We are in the midst of a very challenging time for our industry, and it’s only going to get tougher,” Hudson said. “It’s been hard on the business, and even harder on our people. To see this level of enthusiasm and engagement — in the face of such tremendous adversity — it’s really a reminder of what makes BAE Systems a great workplace. And that’s our employees.”

Finalist Videos

In the Key of BAE Gage S., Support SolutionsSan Francisco, CA BAE Systems Teamwork in Motion Erik G. and team, Electronic SystemsEndicott, NY A Day in the Office Seung M., Electronic SystemsManassas, VA
BAE Systems: The MovieJeff B., Support SolutionsSan Antonio, TX Faces of Heroes Mike A., Enterprise Shared ServicesHerndon, VA Plan Ahead David A. and team, Electronic SystemsRochester, UK
"Honorable Mention"Ivey T. and team, Support SolutionsSpring Lake, NC Why BAE Systems New Hampshire is Wicked CoolAndy V., Electronic SystemsNashua, NH BAE Systems: Prepared for the Future George W. and team, Electronic SystemsRochester, UK