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Announcing The 2015 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® Le-Na
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.



Leidos (Reston, VA):  Employees at science and technology company Leidos support vital missions for the government and commercial sectors. They defend the nation’s digital and physical infrastructure from “new world” threats. Veterans have a focused, mission-oriented mindset, which allows them to “hit the ground running and provide an immediate impact to the program’s effectiveness and mission execution,” says Michael Bruni, Talent Acquisition Manager, Mission Support Group. Fifteen percent of employees are veterans. “We participate in over 100 transition events annually and participate in military events and job fairs where we touch hundreds of veterans each month,” he says. During the past six years, Leidos has participated in more than 1,100 events.




Level 3 Communications (Broomfield, CO):  Level 3 Communications is hiring veterans into its Operations Tech Academy and IP Technical Academy. “Currently, we are aiming for inclusion of 30 percent military veteran hires in our 2015 classes,” says Amy Dietrich Director, Organization Development & Effectiveness. Veterans who enter the Ops Tech Academy prepare for roles within North American Operations in the areas of Field Operations, Planning, Access Management, Managed Services, Service Management, Media Operations and Service Delivery. Level 3 recruits directly at selected bases and also attends military recruiting events through the recruit military network. The company is a partner of Direct Employers, Recruit Military, LeaderQuest and several Veteran Service Organizations.




Lockheed Martin Corp. (Bethesda, MD):  Global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin has extensive veteran outreach, with longstanding partnerships with such organizations as Employment Partnership of the Armed Forces, Army Partnership for Youth Success and the Military Spouse Employer Partnership, among others. “It has redesigned a content-rich website for transitioning veterans and has enhanced a military skills translator to help veterans find appropriate positions,” says Teri Matzkin, Manager, Military Relations and Strategic Sourcing. Military Relations Managers attend approximately 200 military hiring events nationwide. In 2014, the corporation held its third annual enterprise-wide Military Veterans Leadership Forum, in which veteran senior leaders from all parts of the enterprise met to drive veteran-related projects.




ManTech International Corp. (Fairfax, VA):  In January 2013, Humana hired 1,000 additional veterans and military spouses. Total hires since the company’s original commitment in August 2011 reached 1,593 by the end of 2013, says Jay Brethen, Talent Acquisition, Veteran & Military Spouse Programs. Humana attended the December 2013 national conference for the Student Veterans of America. “Our current area of focus is to attend Student Veteran Chapter engagements and invite them to military career events within our business markets,” Brethen says. Humana is a winner of the Secretary of Defense’s Employee Support of the Guard, Reserve Freedom Award for 2013, and was a finalist in 2012.




Marsh & McLennan Companies (New York, NY):  “Marsh & McLennan Companies wants to hire 500 veterans by 2016,” says Edward Dunn, Director of Military & Veterans Affairs. The company has grown its Veteran Colleague Resource Group to more than 250 members in less than two years. New employees joining the group are assigned a “buddy” peer advisor. The company is putting a strategy in place to become one of the top military hiring programs in the country based on Dunn’s experience over the last several years when he was building the 100,000 Jobs Mission for JPMorgan. With annual revenues of $13 billion, the global professional services firm offers solutions in risk and strategy in more than 130 countries.




Nabors (Houston, TX and Hamilton, Bermuda):  Nabors owns and operates the world’s largest land-based drilling rig fleet and has one of the largest well-servicing rig fleets in North America. “The company is working to partner with over 200 military transition offices nationwide,” says R.J. Maggard, Program Manager, Talent Acquisition. Prior to a hiring event, Nabors is researching and targeting the local military population. “Hiring managers will attend events with the program recruiters, which allows the ability to conduct on the spot interviews and extend job offers,” he says. Nabors has corporate policies in place supporting the National Guard and Reserve related to drill and deployment requirements.


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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