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Announcing The 2015 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® A-Ar
by Heidi Lynn Russell, Contributing Editor

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Company profiles: A-Ar, Ba-Ca, Ca-Cs, D-Ed, El-Fr, G-Hu, I-La, Le-Na, Na-So, So-Tr,U-US, We-X

Below and on the pages that follow, please find employer profiles of the 2015 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.

AAR CORP (Wood Dale, IL):  “Forty-one percent of AAR CORP’s sales in the last fiscal year were to government and defense customers, making AAR CORP an attractive employer to military service members,” says Candace Goodpaster, V.P. Human Resources, Repair & Engineering Group. AAR CORP is a charter member of the Illinois Veteran Consortium and also an active member of the Veterans Working Group (a group of employers focused on recruiting veterans). In addition, AAR CORP has participated in recruiting events sponsored by the 100,000 Jobs Mission. Twenty-one percent of U.S. employees are veterans. About one-third of the company’s annual charitable donations go to veteran-related causes including: The Army Navy Club, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Pizzas 4 Patriots, Navy Seal Foundation and USAFA Endowment.


Accenture (Dublin, Ireland): Accenture, a global technology company with 44 U.S. locations, offers wide career opportunities to veterans. “Many apply their experience in the government environment with Accenture Federal Services, while others choose to apply their functional skills, such as management, logistics, cyber security or accounting,” says Christopher Green, Military Recruiting Lead. Accenture uses a number of training programs for transitioning veterans, such as training for Mortgage Analyst jobs. Accenture also has a Military Employee Resource Group of more than 1,000 members. Among its many initiatives, Accenture is a national sponsor of the Student Veterans Success Corps. The company created the “Accenture Student Veteran Network,” which informs student veterans of campus and entry-level opportunities.

Air Products (Allentown, PA):  Small teams of 12 to 20 people run 200 U.S.-based plants for Air Products, a leading industrial gases company. For nearly 75 years, the company has provided atmospheric, process, and specialty gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets. “We know military-trained people will assimilate into this culture and thrive in their civilian careers,” says Connie Metzger, Talent Acquisition Supervisor/Recruiter. Air Products hired 30 veterans last year. “The training programs in our plant are very similar to the training programs in the military,” Metzger says. “The existing team in most of our plants already consists of veterans, and the culture feels very comfortable for new hires.”

Alaska Airlines (Seattle, WA):  Alaska Airlines is often called upon to transport remains of military members. It “is a duty that is executed with pride and professionalism at every turn,” says Eileen Bergmann, Manager of Organizational Development & Effectiveness. That’s just one aspect of the company’s supportive corporate culture. MSgt Robert Ernst, Air Force Reserve, says employees supported him and his wife during a six-month deployment. “Deployments are never easy on family and civilian employers, but the continual support from Alaska Airlines speaks volumes of the quality of people we have in our company,” Ernst says. Alaska also supports Paralyzed Veterans of America, Nisei Veterans Committee, VFW and USO Northwest., Inc. (Seattle, WA):  Many veterans are excelling in a variety of careers across Amazon. “We actively seek leaders who can invent, think big, have a bias for action and deliver results on behalf of our customers,” says CEO Jeff Bezos. “These principles look very familiar to men and women who have served our country in the armed forces, and we find that their experience leading people is invaluable in our fast-paced work environment.” The Amazon Military Talent Partnership aids the transition of veterans into the Amazon culture. Additionally, the AMTP has partnered with external organizations such as the 100,000 Jobs Mission Coalition, Corporate Gray, Military One Click and the Military Spouse Employment Partnership.

Archer Daniels Midland (Chicago, IL):  As a global, leading agricultural processor, ADM meets the need for quality foods, feed ingredients for livestock, alternative fuels and environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional chemicals. “Employees also have a history of supporting military colleagues, whether they are away for two-week Guard training or deployed overseas,” says Dean Espenschied, Employee and Labor Relations Representative. ADM has held a military hiring event in the local National Guard armory for the past two years, partnering with the Illinois Department of Employment Security, ESGR, Illinois National Guard, VA representatives and Heroes to Hired. In 2014, ADM participated in 12 military career fairs. The company is also establishing the Veterans Engagement and Transition Resource Group.

Company profiles: A-Ar, Ba-Ca, Ca-Cs, D-Ed, El-Fr, G-Hu, I-La, Le-Na, Na-So, So-Tr,U-US, We-X

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