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Announcing The 2014 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® A-Ba
by Heidi Lynn Russell, Contributing Editor

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Below, please find employer profiles of the 2014 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.


7-Eleven, Inc. (Dallas, TX): Veterans fill roles of Franchisee Owner-Operators, Store Managers and Field Consultants in significant numbers at 7-Eleven, Inc. in the U.S. The company has openings nationwide, wherever it has operations, says Isaac Padilla, Franchise Marketing Manager. “We have members of our Franchise Sales Team who are military veterans and, where logistics allow, recruit former military personnel in good standing,” Padilla says. Since 2009, 7-Eleven also has offered Veterans a 10 percent discount on their Franchise Fee (with savings of up to $75,000). About 60 Veterans have capitalized on this offer; 30 did so in 2013.


Accenture (Denver, CO): As a global consulting, outsourcing and technology company, Accenture offers veterans vast career opportunities. “Many apply their experience operating in the government environment with Accenture Federal Services, while others choose to apply their functional skills, such as management, logistics, cybersecurity or accounting to work with clients across industries,” says Christopher Green, Military Recruiting Lead. Accenture’s military-friendly activities and accolades include: the Accenture Military Career Coach, an online tool for transitioning veterans; member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission; funding to approximately 50 disabled veterans for participation in an onsite entrepreneurial boot camp; and sponsorship of the V-Wise training college, which provides high-touch entrepreneurial training to female veterans.


AeroTurbine, Inc. (Miramar, FL): “AeroTurbine, Inc. is a best-in-class company for former military, not only due to our most recent hiring stats, but also because we are a leader in the aeronautics industry,” says Stacy-Ann Francis, HR Generalist. Thirteen percent of 299 employees are veterans; the company hired 16 last year. Jobs are open in Miramar, FL; Dallas, TX; and Goodyear, AZ. Positions for sales, marketing, records analysts and customer service are just a few of the various opportunities. The company reaches out to potential veteran employees via, LinkedIn,, the Veterans Job Fair in Dallas, TX, and Bradley-Morris.


Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (Allentown, PA): Veterans often advance in roles of greater responsibilities at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., says Connie Metzger, Staffing Manager/Recruiter. “Our company culture is conducive to transitioning and former military, as we have many former military personnel in our plants,” Metzger says. The company is the world’s largest supplier of hydrogen and helium. Fifteen percent of 21,000 employees are veterans. Types of jobs include: Plant Managers, Operation Techs, Maintenance Techs, Electrical Techs, Instrumentation Techs, Drivers and Vehicle Mechanics. Air Products has an outreach program that includes visiting military bases and job fairs. Its online Career Center includes a special veteran section.


Allsteel and HON Manufacturing (Muscatine, IA): Office furniture manufacturer Allsteel and HON Manufacturing is recruiting veterans as Production Supervisors and Team Leaders, plus those with knowledge on procurement and purchasing. The company also needs people for skilled trades and maintenance jobs, says Adrienne Wheeler, Community Relations Manager. Manufacturing facilities are located throughout Muscatine, IA, and there are plants in Georgia and Alabama. Allsteel and HON recruits veterans via organizations like the Quad Cities Chamber We Hire Vets program, Hire Our Heroes and the Rock Island Arsenals career fairs. Military hires receive additional internal resources and mentors, who coach and assist veterans to assimilate into the company’s specific culture., Inc. (Seattle, WA):, Inc. has hired hundreds of veterans this year into its fulfillment network, corporate business units and customer service areas. “We will continue to expand our military and spouse hiring initiatives in 2014,” says Crystal Ashley, Program Specialist, Worldwide Operations Talent Acquisition and Customer Service. In 2010, Amazon launched the Military Talent Recruiting initiative. The Military Talent recruiting team has since grown, developing into the Amazon Military Talent Partnership, which promotes military hiring and global engagement across all business units in the company. Amazon also offers the “Amazon Warriors” employee affinity group, in which veterans receive networking opportunities and professional guidance/mentoring.


APi Group Inc. (New Brighton, MN): West Point graduate Lee Anderson has a passion to hire veterans at his privately held company, APi Group Inc., so the specialty construction company attends hiring conferences sponsored by four different search firms. It also partners with the US Chamber Hiring Our Heroes Program, which sponsors more than 300 hiring fairs, says Les Larson, Director of Corporate Recruiting. APi Group has a seven-week Leadership Development Program for junior military officers. “We have a similar program for enlisted veterans (called the Veterans Rotation Program), as well as other various positions, from Welders to Project Managers,” Larson says. More than 40 companies in 40 states comprise APi Group.


Archer Daniels Midland (Decatur, IL): The employees of Archer Daniels Midland turn crops into renewable products that meet the demands of a growing world. In 2013, the company stepped up its military recruiting efforts by signing a statement of support for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, says Dean Espenschied, Employee and Labor Relations Representative. Other efforts included partnering with the Illinois National Guard, ESGR and Illinois Department of Employment Security to host a hiring event; working with targeted military installations to support transition assistance programs; and joining the 100,000 Jobs Mission Coalition and Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium. Open jobs include Truck Drivers, Maintenance, Millwrights, Electricians and Boiler Operators.


AREVA Inc. (Lynchburg, VA): Field Services Engineers and Project Managers are needed at AREVA Inc., which provides customers low-carbon power generation solutions worldwide. Denise Woernle, Director HR Communication, says the company is starting a program in which AREVA military veterans mentor new-hire veterans. “We also have an established AREVA Military Veteran Network and mail distribution list across our U.S. region,” she says. AREVA attends military recruiting events, including Recruit Military, Hire our Heroes, SASE and MOJO. “We’ve hired more than 50 veterans since creating this focus area for recruiting just over two years ago,” Woernle says. Positions are open in Lynchburg, VA; Charlotte, NC; Richland, WA; and Columbia, MD.


Baker Hughes Incorporated (Houston, TX): Baker Hughes hires veterans throughout the entire United States but plans on hiring additional military talent in geographic areas of increased growth and activity. Those include: Texas, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah, New Mexico, California and Alaska, says Mark J. Szabo, Talent Acquisition Lead, Military Programs. The company’s Military Recruiting Program includes a four-person team to develop relationships across the country, he says. Baker Hughes is piloting an apprenticeship program aimed at transitioning veterans in the supply chain area. It also launched a Veterans Resource Group, which is run by veterans.


Bank of America (Charlotte, NC): Bank of America employs more than 6,500 veterans, reservists and service members. “In 2013, we exceeded our goal to hire 2,000 veterans,” says O’Hentrice Love, Communications Manager Global Marketing & Corporate Affairs. “We set up a formal military recruiting program in 2007 that includes a dedicated team of specially trained recruiters.” Bank of America is also a founding member of Veterans on Wall Street, a consortium of five banks connecting veterans to jobs. And its Support and Assistance Group provides networking, mentoring and information forums. It has more than 5,000 members and 27 chapters, including one recently formed in London.


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