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The 2012 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® A-C

by Heidi Russell Rafferty, Contributing Editor

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Company profiles: A-C, D-M, N-Se, So-W

Below, please find employer profiles of the 2012 MVEs. The brief snapshots capture some of the highlights regarding why these military-friendly companies were recognized as winners, and why they are employers worth seeking out if you are a military-experienced job seeker.


Allstate Insurance Company (Northbrook, IL)

Allstate’s HR Professional Military/Diversity Talent group believes that “Military candidates possess critical skills for organizational success including discipline, responsibility, respect and a strong desire to succeed.” With such a positive view of veterans, this company has an eye to recruit them, using TAP/Installation Centers, veteran organizations, a referral program and military-specific job boards. The company is also launching a dedicated Employee Resource Group at Allstate Benefits for the military.

Amazon (Seattle, WA)

Within the last 18 months, Amazon has hired hundreds of transitioning military leaders from across the globe, says Dave Clark, vice president of North American Operations. “We’re making history and the great news is that we’ve only just begun,” Clark says. Amazon has a dedicated military program that has helped hundreds of veterans transition, and it’s actively recruiting for more. The company attends military job fairs and develops relationships with military transition centers, the Wounded Warrior Project and the Spouse Employment Program.,,


American Red Cross (Washington, D.C.)

In 2011, the American Red Cross hired 318 people who self-identified as veterans, says Jordan Rodger, senior talent acquisition specialist. “We add military experienced employees in every Biomedical Region across the country,” Rodger says. Military members have a respect for procedures, and the American Red Cross is a procedurally-driven organization. The organization also embodies teamwork, and veterans enjoy the working environment. Opportunities are in Administration, Marketing, Public Relations, Human Resources, Healthcare, Biomedical Equipment, Laboratory, IT, Accounting, Quality Assurance and Sales Call Center. The organization attends nationwide career fairs targeting the military community and has a national team that solely targets it.


The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) (Dallas, TX)

Veterans account for 13 percent of the total workforce at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, and the 2012 recruitment goal is to increase veteran hires by 15 percent, says Carol Chandler, recruiting manager. Over the past 24 months, the AAFES has hired nearly 3,000 veterans, including 121 wounded. The service has promoted more than 600 veterans and employs 6,368 spouses. “[It’s] the perfect opportunity for us to give back to those who have selflessly served,” Chandler says. Positions range from retail operations to logistics, to facilities support, to IT. The Exchange offers several courses and on-the-job training opportunities to further develop associates’ skills, plus nine management training programs.


BNSF Railway (Fort Worth, TX)

BNSF Railway has a strong military recruiting program with a long tradition of hiring veterans, says John H. Wesley III, manager of Military Staffing. Overall, BNSF has hired more than 4,000 veterans since 2005. The company currently employs 6,000-plus veterans, or 16 percent of its workforce. On average, BNSF attends approximately 75 veteran-focused job fairs and recruiting events annually. The company has also won numerous awards and mentions for being a military-friendly employer. One notable policy is its assurance of financial security for employees called to active duty. Since 9/11, BNSF Railway has contributed more than $20 million in make-whole pay and benefits.


Booz Allen Hamilton (McLean, VA)

In 2011, 28 percent of Booz Allen Hamilton’s 25,000-plus employees and 27 percent of hires reported military experience. The Armed Services Forum, an employee-led resource group, has more than 1,800 active members. More than one-third of the company’s senior leaders have military backgrounds. Disabled American Veterans selected Booz Allen in 2011 as Outstanding Large Employer of the Year. “The firm’s own core values are similar to that of the military: integrity, service before self and excellence in all you do,” says Senior Associate Charles Tapp, a nine-year Air Force veteran who joined Booz Allen six years ago.


CACI International Inc. (Fairfax, VA)

Many injured veterans are not able to start work immediately. CACI assists them by collaborating with many disabled veterans’ organizations to provide resume writing, interview training and mock job fairs, says Katie Moore, director, Recruitment Marketing/Technology. Nearly one in four CACI employees is a former service member. “Disabled veterans accounted for 6 percent of our hires this past year,” she says. CACI participates in the Transition Assistance and ACAP Programs at more than 30 targeted military bases and hospital centers and has built and maintained an online Military Transition Center. Additionally, The White House invited CACI to be a corporate partner of the national Joining Forces initiative.


Capstone Corporation (Virginia Beach, VA)

More than half – 54 percent – of Capstone Corporation employees are former military, current Reserve or National Guardsmen, says John J McNally III, senior VP of growth. “Recently, we won three new contracts, and these contracts demonstrate our commitment to hiring military personnel,” he says. The company supports customers in 33 states and eight overseas locations. Most Capstone experts require security clearances. Former military meet those requirements “and perform to our high expectations,” McNally says. During 2012, the company expects to hire 400 employees with military backgrounds. Capstone uses five dedicated military recruiters, reaches out to military installation Transition Assistance Programs and taps its military employee network for referrals.


Chesapeake Energy Corporation (Oklahoma City, OK)

As the second-largest producer of natural gas, Chesapeake Energy is seeking veterans for field and corporate positions across 17 states. Most placements are throughout Oklahoma, Texas, Pennsylvania and Ohio. The company has a five-person Military Relations Team seeking to hire 1,000 veterans by the end of 2012, says Kelly Lawson, sr. human resources analyst. Chesapeake has signed an agreement with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to provide promising careers. It hits military bases and job fairs and builds military partnerships to find new candidates. Chesapeake also offers an on-boarding program to get new military recruits up to speed with company operations.


Citi (New York, NY)

Citi hires veterans for consumer banking, to call and data centers, to IT, says Christopher Page, veteran’s initiative senior project manager. Citi is a founding member of Veterans on Wall Street, connecting veterans with the financial services industry. The company is a partner of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, is on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Veterans Employment Advisory Council and is a signatory of the DoD’s Employer Support for the Guard & Reserve. Citi recently launched a Junior Military Officer Leadership Program. Several Citi business units have a separate career track for employees with military experience, which can include flexible start dates, internships and accelerated promotions.


Crete Carrier Corp. (Lincoln, NE)

Crete Carrier has “a large number of prior military individuals who have helped to form the best trucking company in the country,” says Andrew Brabec, Marketing & Communications Specialist. The company seeks truck drivers, diesel mechanics and office employees. Crete Carrier has partnered with the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces and other military-supportive organizations like the American Legion. Recruiters regularly attend job fairs and Yellow Ribbon events. Crete Carrier and the VA are developing an apprenticeship program for the first full year of employment. “We are one of the only trucking companies that pays the employee for experience gained while on active duty,” Brabec says.


CSX Corporation (Jacksonville, FL)

During 2011, nearly 25 percent of new hires were veterans, says Steve Toomey, manager of Military Recruiting. CSX boasts a first-year 92 percent retention rate of ex-military members and is a major partner with the Wounded Warrior Project on a TRACK Internship Program. It also has a Military Inclusion Group. The company held a Military Appreciation Day on Veterans Day. CSX works with the National Guard Association of Florida and supports events for deploying troops. The CSX military team also holds Advisory Board memberships with various groups working on veterans’ education and job placements.


Company profiles: A-C, D-M, N-Se, So-W

The Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military serves to help military-experienced job seekers identify the top employers to target for civilian careers. MVEs are selected annually based on those employers whose recruiting, training and retention plans best serve military service members and veterans. More information can be found at

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