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Announcing The 2014 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® Co-Ea
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.


Coca-Cola Refreshments (Atlanta, GA): Not only does Coca-Cola Refreshments have active programs to recruit veterans and support them as employees, but it also reaches out to those who are actively serving, says Jerome Richard, Program Manager. The company has several company-sponsored USO events, including greeting redeployed GIs at the airport. It also has participated in the Adopt a Platoon program. This year for Veteran’s Day, the company sent USO Care Packages. Other initiatives include participation in more than 30 military recruiting events, partnering with Military Spouse Employer Partnership to employ military spouses, and partnering with Hire Heroes and the USO to hire wounded warriors.


Component Repair Technologies (Mentor, OH): As a leader in aerospace component repairs, Component Repair Technologies provides services to airlines, the military and land and marine turbine engine operators. Fifteen percent of employees are veterans. “We are an extremely technical business and have found that technicians and leaders of technicians in the military are accustomed to dealing with a high level of technical detail in their jobs,” says John Gallagher, HR Manager. CRT connects new hires with employees from their same military branch. “Often we have found that they were stationed together at some point or had worked under the same leaders, which creates an immediate connection,” Gallagher says.


Convergys Corporation (Cincinnati, OH): Veterans and military spouses perform well at Convergys, making them all the more attractive from a recruiting perspective, says Rebecca Martin, Sourcing Lead, Home Agents, Veterans and Military Spouses. Convergys hires customer service, sales and technical support representatives in customer contact centers nationwide and in its Work From Home program, as well as staff-level positions. Twenty-seven percent of military hires in 2013 were in the Work From Home program, which allows for portable jobs. The company’s partnerships include: Military Spouse Employment Partnership, White House Joining Forces, Wounded Warrior Project, Military Spouse Corporate Career Network and Hiring Our Heroes Job Fairs, among others.


C.R. England (Salt Lake City, UT): C.R. England, the largest temperature-controlled carrier in the world, provides a comprehensive range of transportation solutions to a rapidly evolving customer base. The company owners, World War II veterans, are a driving force behind a veterans’ program, says Michael Lynch, Senior Military Recruiter. C.R. England offers free tuition for Class A CDL training to veterans, with a six-month driving commitment. “We are also offering various bonus packages to include higher entry-level pay for those with documented military driving experience,” Lynch says. The company offers veterans’ training at a central location so they can “continue the camaraderie they are used to,” he adds.


Crete Carrier Corporation (Lincoln, NE): Nearly 30 percent of employees at Crete Carrier have military backgrounds. “Throughout our history, military veterans have been key members of our team,” says Jessica Zelmer, Senior Communication Specialist, adding that Crete has one of the lowest turnover rates in the industry. The company’s Patriot Fleet Program involves 10 trucks wrapped with branding from the five military branches; patriot drivers (veterans) speak at career events at bases. Crete has partnered with the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces and Hero 2 Hired. As of December 2013, Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking received VA approval to provide on-the-job truck driving training to qualified military personnel.


CSX Corporation (Jacksonville, FL): Due to recent mandated federal regulations that call for additional control of CSX’s freight trains, CSX Corp. will hire in nearly all areas, says Steve Toomey, Manager, Military/Diversity Recruiting. All told, this employer will add former military in more than 150 locations throughout the Eastern United States. CSX hired 712 veterans in 2013, more than 30 percent of all newly hired employees. The company accumulated many military awards in 2013. Several managers received the “Patriot Award” for supporting activated Guard and Reserve employees. The CSX transportation network encompasses about 21,000 route miles of track in 23 states, the District of Columbia, and Ontario and Quebec.


Datalogic Industrial Automation (Telford, PA): Italian company Datalogic helps businesses become more efficient by incorporating quality automation solutions into their processes. The company has a long history of creating innovative bar code readers, data collection mobile computers, sensors, vision systems and laser marking systems. The Datalogic Industrial Automation Division is one of the major worldwide producers of automatic identification, safety, detection and marking solutions. The company seeks veterans for project management and general management, says Steve Phillabaum, Systems Operations Manager and a Navy veteran. “Military experienced talent brings a unique background of ability to perform in the toughest situations,” he says.


DaVita Healthcare Partners (Denver, CO): In 2013, DaVita hired more than 359 veterans. Of those, more than 30 were hired into leadership positions. DaVita is a leading provider of kidney care. Last year, it merged with HealthCare Partners, the largest operator of medical groups and physician networks. “Veterans often manage the operations of DaVita’s clinics and business offices,” says Jennie Lacey, Project Lead Employment Strategy and Branding. More than one-third of the military veterans hired in 2013 are licensed professionals, including registered nurses, registered dietitians and social workers. DaVita was one of two Colorado employers in 2013 to receive the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.


Deloitte (New York, NY): Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries (“Deloitte”) are the largest providers of professional services in the United States. It has four award-winning businesses: Audit and Enterprise Risk Services, Consulting, Financial Advisory Services and Tax, says David P. Coyle, MBA, PMP Senior Consultant. Deloitte is expanding veteran personnel in its Federal practice. The company also supports events such as Veterans on Wall Street, Veteran MBAs and TAP programs. And Deloitte developed the Career Opportunity Redefinition & Exploration Leadership Program, which brings recently separated military personnel to Deloitte University in Westlake, TX (at no expense to the veteran) to experience Deloitte’s established learning programs and leadership development curriculum.


Devon Energy (Oklahoma City, OK): Devon Energy is among the largest U.S.-based independent natural gas and oil producers. The company’s operations are focused on North American onshore exploration and production. Sixteen recruiters and associates search for military talent and will visit a minimum of six military career fairs this year, says Adam Ward, Recruiter, Military Affairs. “We perform resume workshops for local veterans, as well as interview training for local Guard and Reserve members,” Ward says. Devon Energy hired more than 70 veterans in 2013, exceeding its six percent goal for veteran hires. The company has increased its hiring goal to seven percent for 2014.


Eaton (Cleveland, OH): Eaton’s goal “is to remain one of the most admired companies in the U.S. and to become the employer of choice for military professionals,” says George Bernloehr, Senior Military Talent Acquisition Consultant. The company provides energy-efficient solutions for electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. Eaton has recently established a Veterans Employee Resource Group and also has three full-time employees whose overall responsibility is recruiting military talent. The company has also established internal training for HR professionals and managers to better understand veterans’ value. Between 2012 and 2013, military hires grew from four to six percent at Eaton; last December, 9.5 percent of hires were military.

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

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