One word universally comes up when military veterans discuss the 2014 Most Valuable Employers for Military:
For these veterans, their civilian workplaces have that special quality that conjures a familial sense of belonging. Companies that made this year’s list at Military Transition News ensure that military service people are well taken care of, whether that means providing resources to help retired military succeed in their new careers or supporting the loved ones of National Guard and Reserve members who are called up for duty.
Thor Angle, who works at Puget Sound Energy, served in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve for 30 years. He was impressed by how PSE’s leadership and his fellow employees took care of his wife during one of his missions.
“Once while deployed to the Middle East, the Vice President of Generation personally called my wife to see how she was doing and to answer any questions she may have had regarding a news event related to PSE. This made a very good impression on my wife. Many of my fellow PSE employees called or e-mailed my wife while I was mobilized. Again, this was a big help for my wife and gave me peace of mind that my family was being taken care of,” Angle says.
Joseph Hardin, who serves in the Alabama Army National Guard, joined Air Products shortly after his first deployment in November 2006 as a Vehicle Technician in Decatur, Ala. He had so much support from the company that he convinced a fellow Guard member to join it in 2011.
“We have served in various natural disasters for the National Guard while at Air Products. My local management has been very supportive to us on the very short call ups from the Guard. We deployed again in 2012-2013 to the Middle East. The team here at Decatur was very supportive to me and my family while we were gone. I have nominated all of my supervisors here locally for awards from the ESGR for the support of me. Various drivers, operators and supervisors have had former military service before and while at Air Products. This is by far the best military-friendly employers since I have been working,” he says.
Other veterans actually see a positive effect on their home lives made by their employers. Navy veteran Annette Davis is now a shift supervisor at CCA, a company that designs, builds, manages and operates prisons.
“You would think bringing your work home would be a bad thing,” she says. “But some of the things that I’ve learned in the military that have been enhanced by CCA training have made me a better parent. My children know that I am there for them, just like my co-workers. In working with the inmates, I can help teach somebody something new every day. I’m so happy that CCA gave me the chance to work with so many beautiful people. I’ve experienced the family environment of the military. I have my family at home. And now I am glad that CCA has made me a part of their family.”
Veterans also note that they appreciate how their companies look after customers’ families.
Margaret Benson is a Senior Specialist for Client Service at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. “One of the reasons I went into the Army was to serve my country and its people “Working for Schwab, I can continue to serve people by helping with all their financial needs, from protecting their assets to achieving their retirement dreams. My time in the military taught me some important things: to be a team player, to give attention to detail and to be committed to a goal. All of these traits are vital to a Schwab employee.”