A survey released half a year ago by CareerBuilder revealed that about 33% of companies are actively recruiting veterans, 13% higher since 2011. As the number of companies looking to hire veterans is increasing, it is evident that companies are recognizing the valuable skills and attitudes veterans bring to the workforce. In the same survey released by CareerBuilder, employers were ask to list some of the most important qualities that members of the armed forces bring to companies after leaving active duty. The most important qualities included the ability to work as a team, the disciplined approach to work, and a positive attitude of respect and integrity.
Beyond the attitudes and discipline they bring to the workforce, veterans have also been recruited for jobs that required a strong set of leadership and technical skills that they have acquired throughout their years and experiences while serving.
The Top Military Friendly Employers list, released by Victory Media on MilitaryFriendly.com, spotlights some of the companies that have recognized leadership qualities of veterans and have actively sought military talent to fill positions in their organization.
Here we will review the 10 companies that topped the list for the most military friendly employers of 2015.
#1 Combined Insurance of America
Combined Insurance is an insurance provider based in Illinois and has committed to hiring 4,000 veterans by the end of 2016. In an effort to reach this goal, the company has partnered with organizations like Hiring our Heroes, the Veterans Administration, the Transition Assistance Program, and the Non-Commissioned Officers Association. Search for careers with Combined Insurance under the home page’s Career tab.
As written on its home page, USAA began in 1922, when 25 Army officers agreed to insure each other's vehicles when no one else would. Today, the Texas-based financial services company has marched forward to carry out its mission to involve members of the military community continues today. Currently 14% of USAA’s employees are veterans, and have committed to ensuring that at least 30% of the company’s hiring comes from the military community. Search for opportunities with USAA here.
#3 Baker Hughes
Baker Hughes is an oilfield services company that helps oil and gas operators make the most of their reservoirs. With operations in over 90 countries and its headquarters in Houston, Texas, the company has employed over 60,000 people worldwide, 24% of which are veterans. The company offers industry training, structured career development, and flexible working practices to those seeking a career opportunity after transitioning. Check out the opportunities here.
#4 Union Pacific Railroad
Union Pacific operates America’s foremost railroad franchise, covering 23 states in the western two-thirds of the United States. Currently, over 20% of the company’s employees have military experience, with some who are still active in the National Guard or Reserves. Union Pacific has also partnered with RallyPoint to reach the RallyPoint community and promote some of their opportunities through their company page, which can be found here. Union Pacific's home page can be found here.
#5 AlliedBarton Security Services
AlliedBarton Security Services is a security officer company and the largest American-owned security company located in the United States. AlliedBarton has partnered with organizations like Hire our Heroes to recruit veterans. Today, about 17% of all of AlliedBarton Security Services’ employees are veterans and has committed to hiring 25,000 veterans in five years. AlliedBarton also offers the training and advancement opportunities necessary for reservists and veteran military to continue their careers. Check out their site here.
#6 CSX Corporation
CSX is a leading supplier of rail-based freight transportation in North America. CSX is actively recruiting veterans to fill positions and jobs in their company. Nearly one in five employees at CSX have served in the armed forces (the most current data suggests that about 22% of employees in CSX are veterans! If you would like to poke around CSX and see the opportunities that are offered, search around here.
#7 J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.
J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. is one of the largest transportation logistics companies in North America. It provides transportation services throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. About 17% of employees in J.B. Hunt are veterans, and the company provides extended benefits for employees called to active duty, including make-whole pay. Check out some opportunities here.
Schneider is provides truckload, logistics and intermodal services. The company has partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs and offers exclusive Apprenticeship Programs. During the first year working for Schneider, veterans are eligible to earn a monthly educational benefit check from the VA in addition to Schneider’s paycheck – up to $1,146 each month depending on your years of service. Additionally, Schneider offers up to $6,000 in tuition reimbursement to driving school graduates to jumpstart veterans’ new careers. Schneider has also partnered with RallyPoint to reach out to members of the RallyPoint community. Their company page, as well as details regarding their apprenticeship program and career opportunities can be found here. Check out some of the other opportunities listed on their home page here.
ManTech International Corporation was co-founded in 1968 and has delivered upcoming information technology (IT) and technical services to U.S. federal government customers for decades. ManTech is a member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition of leading US companies dedicated to highlighting the advantages of hiring veterans. Some of the opportunities with ManTech in both the US and overseas jobs can be found here.
#10 Verizon Communications Inc
Verizon is an American broadband and telecommunications company and the largest U.S. wireless communications service provider as of September 2014. Verizon invests in recruiters, mentoring programs and other resources for service members and also supports the 100,000 Jobs Mission. You can explore some of Verizon's career opportunities here.
To find more jobs and career opportunities from these companies and hundreds more, check out the veteran focused careers on RallyPoint. The career corner on RallyPoint can be found here.
The nationwide survey discussed in this article was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from August 11 to September 5, 2014. According to CareerBuilder, “[the] survey included a representative sample of 2,440 hiring and human resources managers and 286 veterans employed in full-time positions across industries and company sizes.”