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For 47 years, American Systems has established and maintained a reputation as one of the most respected federal contractors specializing in information technology, engineering solutions and training.
Headquartered in Chantilly, the company has offices across the country and a national workforce of 1,600 people, including 150 working in Virginia Beach, where the company primarily focuses on the men, women and families of the Navy. It serves the high density of naval operations and activity in Hampton Roads.
Its Marine Lifecycle and Readiness Directorate teams provide “direct fleet training, mentoring and support services to Navy fleet commands and sailors at various Hampton Roads facilities and assist in improve the operational, material and training readiness of the surface fleet,” Tony Prause, vice president of the company, said.
What sets American Systems apart is that it is employee-owned and considered one of the top 100 employee-owned companies in the United States, said Mike Dolton, director of corporate communications . Initially employee shareholding via a shareholding plan in 2015, it moved to 100% employee shareholding.
The benefit of employee ownership is the foundation of personal accountability where employee-owners understand the roles and responsibilities for meeting and exceeding goals in terms of submitted proposals, bookings and profits, said John Steckel, vice -president of business development. ExecutiveBiz e-commerce magazine.
“We share the responsibility for success as well as the rewards of that success,” CEO Peter Smith said.
“The decision to sell to employees provided several benefits,” Dolton explained, adding that “it allowed operations to continue under the existing management team, maintained the company’s proud culture, and allowed employees to continue to share in the company’s success”.
The employee-owner operation directly reflects the culture of American Systems represented by the motto “Be Engaged, Better Together, Create Opportunity, and Bid Smart.” This enables a close team relationship that improves operations and decision-making with shared responsibility for success and the rewards of that success.
Highly supportive of military missions and personnel, American Systems said it has received nearly 100 “Top Employer” and “Gold Level” awards and honors, including support for veterans, as well as active military families, contracts, simulation and training. About half of its workers are veterans, for whom American Systems was honored by the Department of Labor with a “Hire Vets Gold Medallion” award for its efforts to reintegrate veterans into the workforce.
Managers — “My manager helps me learn and grow. My manager cares about my concerns.
American Systems is an employee-owned federal government contractor that supports national priority programs through strategic solutions in enterprise information technology, test and evaluation, acquisition, and lifecycle support. life, engineering and analysis, and training.
Address: 440 Viking Drive, Suite 250, Virginia Beach; registered office, 14151 Park Meadow Drive, Suite 500, Chantilly
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Senior leader: Peter L. Smith, President and CEO
Employees: 150 in Hampton Roads and 1,600 companywide
Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision insurance; paid military and parental leave; paid group legal plan, employee stock ownership plan, 401(k)
Fun factor: American Systems’ focus on processes, policies and principles is reinforced in user-friendly and cleverly fun ways. Corporate ethics and compliance issues, for example, are communicated through creative employee-directed and produced videos that spoof TV shows and movies. Quizzes to inform and educate the workforce on important topics. Celebrate Armed Forces birthdays with veterans employed throughout the year. Celebrate every October ESOP during Employee Ownership Month with food, fun and a “Wheel of ESOP” prize wheel.
Public Service: Supports charities specifically focused on community health, education and veterans who make a difference for those in need. Annual company-wide fundraiser to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and matching employee donations to the Gary Sinise Foundation and Feeding America. The Servicemember Outreach referral program builds recruiting camaraderie and veteran morale inside and outside the company.