Announcing The 2015 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® U-Us
Article Sponsored by: Navy Federal Credit Union
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.
U.S. Security Associates, Inc. (Roswell, GA): U.S. Security Associates (USA) is a national security company founded by a formal naval officer and is one of America’s fastest growing security companies with revenues increasing from $900 million to $1.3 billion over the last three years. “Staffing requirements at each office are constantly fluctuating as we continue to grow,” says Ginger Dillard, Marketing Manager. In 2014, the company attended eight RecruitMilitary job fairs and assorted Hiring Our Heroes and Military Spouse job fairs, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The company has hired a record number of veterans since launching its “Recruiting America’s Brave” military hiring campaign in 2012.
Union Pacific (Omaha, NE): Following the Civil War, thousands of veterans helped build the first transcontinental railroad for Union Pacific. Today, veterans still play a key role. “One in five employees has military experience,” says Amanda Treiber, Sr. Marketing Specialist. Recruiting efforts involve a high-touch and high-tech approach. A recently revamped website uses tools such as Military Skills Translators and Notify Me options so candidates are alerted when specific positions or locations they select are available. Recruiters attend everything from Hiring Our Heroes to TAP events. Virtual career fairs also allow for chatting about opportunities, even if soldiers are deployed. In 2014, 28 percent of total hires were veterans.
United Rentals, Inc. (Stamford, CT): “More than 1,300 veteran employees possess skills needed by United Rentals, which provides construction equipment rentals,” says Laura Zattola, Director, Human Resources, Corporate Operations. The company offers a groundbreaking veteran work-study program - Service to Employment Program - for Service Technicians. Intensive technical training lasts 10 to 12 weeks, and successful graduates are offered positions. United Rentals has also participated in the Be a Hero virtual career fair, sponsored by Hire Disability solutions. Company policies comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 and other applicable federal, state or local laws. The company sponsors Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities, which focuses on providing extraordinary dogs to injured veterans.
University of Phoenix (Tempe, AZ): “With advisors that speak the same language, University of Phoenix military students feel understood as they work towards their educational goals,” says Andrea Woods, Marketing Manager, and Brian Weaver, Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition. In 2014, University of Phoenix opened additional military-specific positions in San Diego to better align with San Diego’s military population. Military-experienced employees may also be hired at select University of Phoenix campus locations in 36 states. The university has worked with the Severely Injured Veterans Program (encompassing Operation Comfort in Texas; Soldier’s Angels in Northern California; Armed Forces Foundation in Washington, DC; and Heroes to Hometowns in Arizona). Full-tuition scholarships were awarded to severely injured veterans.
URS, an AECOM Company (Los Angeles, CA): URS, a leading provider of engineering, construction and technical services, is now part of AECOM. With nearly 100,000 people in more than 150 countries, the merged corporation has the ability “to deliver more capabilities to more veterans around the world,” says Kenneth L. Reese, Director, Talent Acquisition. Reese is also a retired Army MSG. Whenever possible, the corporation assigns newly hired veterans to mentors, including connecting mentors to those with known physical and mental health disabilities. It also provides training opportunities that are equitably accessible to disabled veterans. Finally, a Veteran Recruiting Team establishes partnerships with local Department of Labor Veteran Representatives and Military Transition Offices throughout the country.
USAA (San Antonio, TX): “Like his predecessors, new USAA CEO Stuart Parker, an Air Force veteran, has made military hiring a top priority,” says Mike Kelly, Executive Director, Military Advocacy. A mutual insurance company for military members, USAA has grown to more than 27,000 employees, 24 percent of whom are veterans. In 2014, more than 30 percent of all hires were veterans and military spouses. Besides attending more than 50 military hiring events, USAA also visits the Warrior and Family Support Center at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. Recruiters brief transitioning wounded warriors about job searches. The company has a successful “cohort program,” in which it trains groups of veterans and spouses who serve together.
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