Announcing The 2015 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® Ba-Ca
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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.
Baker Hughes (Houston, TX): Baker Hughes, one of the world’s largest oilfield services companies, brings veterans on board via its Military Recruiting Program. The company partners with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the Hiring Our Heroes initiative, acts as a Bronze Partner with NCOA/Military.com in their career fairs and placement, and actively participates with RecruitMilitary, attending numerous career fairs throughout the country. “In addition, we have developed relationships with military-friendly schools and community colleges to support their student-veteran population,” says Mark J. Szabo, Military Recruiting Program Manager. Veterans run the Baker Hughes Veterans Resource Group. It has 10 Chapters and 20 satellite groups in the United States.
Bank of America (Charlotte, NC): Bank of America is the second-largest bank holding company in the United States by assets. The corporation employs nearly 10,000 veterans, Reservists and service members. “We’ve hired more than 4,000 in the last two years and, over the next several years, we’ll maintain that pace and hire 10,000 into positions throughout the bank,” says O’Hentrice Love, Communications Manager. The bank participated in about 150 military job fairs in 2014. This year, the bank is rolling out a series of training for military employees, as well as the people who manage them, to help them adjust to the corporate setting. The company provides ongoing support through its Military Support and Assistance Group.
Bennett International Group (McDonough, GA): With an industry-wide driver shortage, Bennett plans to tap into military-experienced talent. “Veterans are valuable because of experiences in transportation, logistics and supply chain management,” says Tana Suggs, Public Relations Specialist. The company launched a Veteran Hiring Initiative in August 2014. Bennett management and recruiting personnel also began attending career fairs. Most of Bennett’s drivers are hired as owner operators and work on a contract basis. Currently, Bennett has more than 2,500 total owner operators, with more than 120 drivers that are self-identified veterans. “No matter where a veteran or transitioning military person is or will be located after deployment, chances are that Bennett has a terminal nearby,” Suggs says.
BNSF Railway (Fort Worth, TX): “BNSF Railway hired 1,670 military veterans in 2014, and approximately 17 percent of the workforce is prior military and/or National Guard/Reservist,” says Caleb Roberson, Manager, Military Recruiting. Military recruiters travel across the country, conducting military base visits, military hiring events and attending job fairs. BNSF also recently donated $3 million to the USO and committed to hiring 5,000 veterans in five years as part of its commitment to the White House’s “Joining Forces” campaign. Paid, on-the-job training is available for most positions. All locations span the western 28 states. BNSF is the second-largest freight railroad network in North America and one of seven North American Class I railroads.
C.R. England (Salt Lake City, UT): “Trucking company C.R. England recognizes all veterans from day one as they enter the company with an honored ‘veteran’ ball cap,” says Mike Lynch, Military Marketing Specialist. “When they complete the 17-day school and two paid over-the-road training phases, they receive an honored veteran crew shirt and branch-specific decal for their company truck,” he says. The company has a veterans’ committee that meets monthly. It will continue to host events on military installations throughout the year. “We will hire over 1,700 veterans this year. We continue to hire over 100 veterans a month and look forward to doubling that in 2015,” Lynch says.
CACI International Inc. (Arlington, VA): CACI provides information solutions for intelligence, defense and federal civilian customers. “Last year, 3,544 new hires were veterans,” says Denyse S. Gordon, Senior Manager. CACI’s Veteran Support & Inclusion office has five dedicated military employment advocates, plus there is a Veteran Employee Resource Group. Some philanthropic organizations that CACI has supported include Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services, Project Healing Waters, Final Salute Inc., Operation Second Chance, the Aleethia Foundation, the Yellow Ribbon Fund, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Armed Forces Retirement Home, and wreath laying and collection at Arlington National Cemetery. In addition, CACI sponsors several education scholarship programs for veterans.
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