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

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Company profiles: A-Ba, Be-Cn, Co-Ea, Ed-G, H-Leg, Lev-R, S-Tra, Tri-X

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.


Bell Helicopter (Fort Worth, TX): As a defense contractor, hiring veterans is a high priority at Bell Helicopter, says Kevin Washer, Military Program Recruiter. “They have skill sets that we need: engineering, operations, aircraft maintenance, skilled trades,” Washer says. “And, they have walked a mile in our customers’ boots.” Bell Helicopter has partnerships with Employer Support of the Guard & Reserves, 100K Jobs Mission, Allies in Service and the Texas Veterans Commission. The company attends job fairs hosted by the Texas Veterans Commission, Recruit Military and the Non Commissioned Officers Association. It supports programs like The Armed Forces Bowl, Sky Ball, Snowball Express and Ride to Recovery.


BNSF Railway (Fort Worth, TX): Overall, BNSF has hired more than 6,000 veterans since 2005, when it started its strong military recruiting program, says John H. Wesley III, Manager of Military Staffing. BNSF currently employs more than 7,100 veterans, 17 percent of its workforce. In 2013, the company added more than 1,200 veterans, 26 percent of all new hires. On average, BNSF attends approximately 50 veteran-focused job fairs and recruiting events annually. The company offers enhanced and extended benefits for those called to active duty. In 2012, BNSF also donated $500,000 to the United Service Organizations foundation, which funded the Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir, VA.


CACI International Inc. (Arlington, VA): In more than 20 countries, employees of CACI International deploy biometrics tools that identify terrorist threats, deliver maps and geospatial imagery used for operational planning, and provide the supply chain security framework to transport medical equipment and surgical supplies, says Denyse S. Gordon, Senior Manager, Veteran Support & Initiative. Twenty-one percent of CACI’s employees are veterans; those with disabilities comprise six percent of the workforce. CACI has a host of initiatives for veterans, including support of the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative and creation of a Veteran Employee Resource Group. And CACI’s Deploying Talent Creating Careers program provides career opportunities specifically to wounded veterans.


CAE USA (Tampa, FL): CAE USA’s business is providing products and services to the military. There are many opportunities for veterans, says Carlota Centeio-Pinto, Human Resources Manager. The company provides turnkey training solutions, as well as comprehensive training support services such as simulator instruction and maintenance to US Department of Defense and international military customers. CAE will hire veterans at its corporate headquarters in Tampa, FL, as well as at 22 military site locations where it provides training support services. In 2013, CAE hired 181 military veterans; 46 percent of employees are veterans. Its Community Involvement Committee has partnerships with local organizations that support military service members.


Capital One Financial Corporation (McLean, VA): Capital One feels it “can provide the opportunity for [veterans] to join a company that has the same values they lived by during their military career,” says Chris Giacchi, Military Recruiting Manager. The company offers a Military Mentorship Program, connecting new hires with other veterans. Capital One saw an increase in military/spouse hires from 189 in 2011, to 598 in 2012, to 857 in 2013. In March 2012, it committed $4.5 million to the U.S. Chamber’s Hiring Our Heroes program. “Capital One’s Military Recruiting program is proactive and multifaceted,” Giacchi says. Hiring outreach activities include engaging with bases, sponsoring conferences and partnering with military groups.


Capstone Corporation (Alexandria, VA): Because of the type of work Capstone Corp. performs, it specifically targets military personnel in its recruiting efforts. Forty-seven percent of employees are former military, says John J. McNally III, Senior VP-Mission Solutions. Capstone supports customers in more than 20 states and nine overseas locations that require experts in operations, planning, training and exercise management; information technology and command, control, computers, communication, and intelligence technical and management support; and scientific and technical assistance. Most require security clearances. Capstone expects to hire an additional 130 employees with military backgrounds in the next 12 months, an increase of 25 percent in the overall company size.


CBRE (Los Angeles, CA): A Veteran Engagement Team connects experienced veteran employees with veteran new hires and candidates to demonstrate where military experience overlaps with corporate roles at CBRE, says Simone Fraid, Communications Specialist. The company is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm. Types of open positions include: Engineer, Sales, Professional Maintenance Technician, Management and Real Estate Professionals. CBRE has two military recruiters. They use a variety of recruiting channels, such as military placement firms, military job boards, LinkedIn, in-person career fairs, and government and nonprofit resources. CBRE’s policies support active duty and reservist military personnel who are called to duty.


CCA (Nashville, TN): CCA designs, builds, manages and operates prisons, jails, detention centers and residential re-entry centers on behalf of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Marshals Service, and many states and counties nationwide. “CCA is always looking to hire military-experienced employees at any of our 50-plus facilities throughout the United States,” says Melanie Carnaggio, Director, Recruiting and Selection. The company seeks Correctional Officers, Academic Instructors, Administrators and Medical Staff (LPNs and RNs). CCA recruits via military job boards, career fairs and professional alumni associations. It also works with Transition Assistance Programs.


Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (San Francisco, CA): Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. has nearly tripled its percentage of veteran hires in the last two years (now at six percent) and hired more veterans in 2013 than during any year in the company’s 40-year history, says Ryan Kosowsky, Managing Director, Talent Acquisition. “The message from senior leadership has been that hiring a veteran is often an investment in the future, and Schwab is a company built on smart investments,” Kosowsky says. Top initiatives are: employee resource group Military Veterans Network; Career Skills Forums; Schwab’s participation in the 100,000 Jobs Mission; and alliances with groups like the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.


Chesapeake Energy Corporation (Oklahoma City, OK): Chesapeake Energy Corp. understands that many military employees are starting a new career. “That’s why we offer a number of transitional tools that help them integrate and understand Chesapeake and its culture, including specialized orientations, mentoring by a fellow veteran, professional gatherings and career development training,” says Sarah Piowaty, Content Development Representative II. The company is the second-largest producer of natural gas and 11th largest producer of oil and natural gas liquids in the United States. Chesapeake trains employees in specific job functions. For example, the Nomac National Training Center provides 136 hours of classroom instruction. Employees then spend six days on a drilling rig simulator.


CN Rail (Montreal, Canada): Retirements and growth mean CN Rail will replenish its workforce, says Todd Taylor, Senior Manager, Human Resources. Top states are: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Tennessee and Mississippi. Key positions are: Conductor Trainee, Assistant Signalman, Carman Apprentice, Assistant Trainmaster, Assistant Track Supervisor and Track Maintainer. Trainmaster Adam Miller notes, “As a veteran, your attention to detail and your ability to multitask and work autonomously can take you far here. CN is a great place to work, a place where they value you as an employee and as a person.” CN works with the White House’s Joining Forces initiative and participates in dozens of targeted military events.

Company profiles: A-Ba, Be-Cn, Co-Ea, Ed-G, H-Leg, Lev-R, S-Tra, Tri-X

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