Pulse news magazine

Volume 28, February 2020

Embracing our Cultural Principles

Katie (bottom left) with members of the Young Professionals team.

At BAE Systems, we view culture as one of our most critical competitive advantages. Whether at ES headquarters or one of our other integral locations, employees come to work every day because of our strong culture and passion for our missions.

Our Cultural Principles represent our shared commitment to each other, our customers, and our communities. They describe the way in which we work together to deliver our HEAT strategy, achieve our vision, and fulfill our missions.

Through their unique stories and perspectives, this series highlights employees who go above and beyond to personify these values.

Katie Koumarianos, a supplier relationship manager in Austin, Texas, says both the culture at work and the excitement of the city make our Austin site a place to make home for a while. "I've seen a lot of new people coming to Austin and recognized a need to bridge the gap between the generations, so I helped start a Young Professionals group for people to socialize, get involved in the community, and develop professionally." 

Katie says Austin prides itself for having a culture that is focused on its employees, and the site leadership has encouraged many different generations to interact and share experiences. She and a small team have been integral in helping the vision come to life by bringing their own perspectives and taking ownership of the events they coordinate. "We have been operating the Young Professionals group for over a year and have been thrilled to see involvement across engineering, operations, contracts, supplier partnerships, quality, finance, and other functions."

Rob Sobkowich (left) and his team in the factory.

Rob Sobkowich, a technical operations manager in Nashua, New Hampshire, oversees a dedicated team of process and test engineers, methods specialists, and engineering assistants. At each staff meeting, members of Rob's team take a moment to recognize instances where others on the team helped them out. Rob says, "It's important to ensure everyone feels that they are part of the same team, working to achieve a common goal, and that they are a valuable part of that process." 

He notes that there are methods for collecting and reviewing feedback from all levels of the team, including a SharePoint site where anyone in the factory can submit continuous improvement suggestions as well as process changes. "One operator suggested a fix to our hand crimping tool that was difficult to close with one hand and maintain wire position," Rob said. "We implemented a fixture for the crimper that pre-positions the wire in place, allowing the operator to use both hands to achieve a better quality connection. We also implemented pneumatic crimpers for our high volume products that eliminated the need for the hand to apply force."

By Marianne Murphy​, Communications, Merrimack, New Hampshire