Announcing The 2015 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® G-Hu
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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.
G4S Secure Solutions (USA) Inc. (Jupiter, FL): G4S Secure Solutions offers expertise in analyzing security needs for its clients. “As such, the company has over 110 field offices across the United States and they all actively recruit military personnel daily,” says May Zelner, Manager, Field Training Services. Twenty-six percent of the workforce is former military, and the company has hired more than 15,800 veterans since its commitment to the White House’s Joining Forces initiative in August 2011. In addition, about 42 percent of the company’s “Custom Protection Officers,” who are an elite group that have completed intensive training, are veterans. Veterans can also tap the G4S Military Community, which offers networking opportunities and mentoring support.
GE (Fairfield, CT): GE has a long-standing tradition of hiring military talent and made a public commitment to hire 1,000 veterans per year for five years (between 2012-2016). It offers a GE Veterans Network, which helps with the transition into the GE culture. GE is also known for its world-class Junior Officer Leadership Program, a two-year rotational program that provides structured training and mentoring support to participants. They are immersed into a business through three rotations lasting eight months each. “The company also supports organizations such as the USO, DAV, ACP, Hiring our Heroes and Ride to Recovery,” says Kris Urbauer, GE Program Manager, Military Recruiting and Junior Officer Leadership Program.
Groendyke Transport (Enid, OK): “Groendyke Transport hauls and handles highly volatile products, so it takes a special type of individual possessing discipline, attention to detail and composure under pressure and stress. These characteristics align extremely well with our military personnel,” says Becky Hodgen, Communications and Brand Manager. Twenty-eight percent of total new hires in 2014 were veterans. Their CEO, John D. Groendyke, is a former Army CPT. Through various partnerships, including the Chamber Foundation’s Heroes to Hire, Groendyke attends military job fairs and has brought on new managers. The company also sends a Christmas tree and wreaths to all immediate families of employees who are serving on a base stateside or who are deployed.
Halfaker and Associates, LLC (Arlington, VA): President Barack Obama recently appointed Dawn Halfaker, CEO of Halfaker and Associates, to the USO Board of Governors. She is a retired Army CPT and combat wounded veteran who started her government contracting company in 2006. “Hiring veterans has always been a priority for her,” says Tammi Cockerham, Senior Technical Recruiter. One resource that the company uses to locate veterans is the Wounded Warrior Project, where Dawn Halfaker is a board member. Halfaker has also developed a Wounded Warrior Transition Program, which has an important mentoring component. “Halfaker identifies certain positions within the company that would offer a Wounded Warrior the challenging career they desire,” Cockerham says.
Hilton Worldwide (McLean, VA): Operation: Opportunity is Hilton Worldwide’s commitment to hire 10,000 veterans, spouses and dependents by the end of 2018. “The travel and tourism industry is predicted to add 1.3 million jobs by 2020, and veterans possess the unique skills necessary for success in the hospitality sector,” says Melissa Stirling, Director of Military Programs. So far, Hilton Worldwide has hired more than 4,000 veterans. In 2014, Hilton embarked on a Military Program Kickoff Tour to spread the word about workplace opportunities. “These aren’t just career fairs; they’re opportunities to find out specific details about open positions (and) talk to hiring managers,” Stirling says. Hilton also has a Veterans Team Member Resource Group with nearly 300 team members in 164 locations.
Humana Inc. (Louisville, KY): “Humana has a strong history of hiring veterans and their spouses. Many veterans also hold executive positions,” says James Tongate, Veteran Recruiter. To recruit, Humana maintains relationships with local veteran employment representatives, National Guard & Reserve Units, Military TAP programs, colleges with Student Veteran groups, professional military organizations, ESGR and Veteran Service Organizations. Humana also has a Veterans Network Resource Group, which provides professional development opportunities such as resume writing skills and leadership coaching, plus community volunteer opportunities like placing flags on graves of Veterans for Memorial Day. In addition, it provides mentorship to newly hired veterans and military spouses.
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