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


Navy Federal Credit Union (Vienna, VA):  For nearly 82 years, Navy Federal has employed military-experienced talent to serve its military members. Its 257 branches are primarily near a high concentration of military personnel. In 2014, Navy Federal participated in numerous job fairs, including Hiring our Heroes Job Fairs and the Warriors to the Workforce Hiring Fair, both in Washington, DC. Navy Federal is one of the first 30 organizations to partner with the Military Spouse Employment Partnership to help spouses from all branches find jobs. Navy Federal also offers various career development and educational programs, including The Executive Development Program, a two-year curriculum to develop employees for senior level positions.


Novo Nordisk Pharmaceutical Industries Inc. (Clayton, NC):  With world headquarters in Denmark, Novo Nordisk Pharmaceutical Industries has more than 90 years of leadership in diabetes care. It also has leading positions in hemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. Many Process Maintenance Technicians are veterans. “We have found their mechanical and electrical background is extremely beneficial,” says Michelle Norris, Talent Acquisition Coordinator. In 2014, 27 percent of new hires had veteran status. Novo Nordisk provides military leave for active duty reserves and has supported employees who faced deployment. The company attends many career fairs and has also participated in the Capital Area Workforce Development Board Military Round Table.


Ryder System, Inc. (Miami, FL):  Ryder provides transportation and supply chain management products and is especially known for its fleet of rental trucks. “We’re hiring veterans as diesel mechanics, CDL truck drivers, logistics managers, customer service coordinators and various warehouse positions,” says Patrick Pendergast, Senior Director, Talent Acquisition. The company participates in the Hiring Our Heroes campaign and has pledged to hire 2,000 additional veterans by the end of 2017. In addition, it created a resource page for veterans who still require their CDL and partnered with to mentor service members. “We also are working hard to hire more female veterans in 2015, including partnering with Women in Trucking.Org,” Pendergast says.


Safeway (Pleasanton, CA):  A combination of classroom, independent study and on-the-job training prepares veterans for careers in Safeway’s retail environment. “From our stores to our corporate headquarters, and with positions ranging from Store Management to IT to Manufacturing to Distribution, we offer location transfer availability and careers that build your skills and your future,” says Evan Proctor, Senior Military Recruiter. Proctor himself started with Safeway in 2012 as an NCO 1 Assistant Manager and was steadily promoted to military recruiter. JMOs and NCOs go through a six-to-nine-month training program and are paired with skilled mentors. Once they complete their paid training, they are promoted into the role for which they were hired.


Schneider (Green Bay, WI):  “From traditional over the road routes to opportunities in the Regional, Dedicated, Bulk Chemical, Expedited/Team and Intermodal areas, Schneider plans to hire more than 25 percent of its drivers in 2015 from the veteran population,” says Janet Bonkowski, PR Manager. The company is a key partner with the ARMY EPO, PaYS, ESGR and the VETBIZ organizations, and is also involved in Marine For Life programs and the 100,000 Jobs Mission. By the end of 2015, Schneider plans to add more than 800 veterans into Schneider’s VA-approved Apprenticeship Program. This is a unique, collaborative program with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that provides on-the-job-training while veterans tap their G.I. Bill benefits.


Southern Company (Atlanta, GA):  Southern Company, an electric utility holding company, actively recruits veterans for jobs at new and existing company facilities. “Those include a cutting-edge integrated gasification combined cycle plant under construction in Kemper County, MS, and the new nuclear power units in development outside of Augusta, GA,” says Linda Sykes, Military Programs Specialist. Southern Company annually participates in more than 30 military recruitment events, and through the Military Veterans in Power employee resource group, the company provides support to veterans. Seventeen percent of new hires in 2015 are veterans, Reservists or National Guard members. Southern Company is a founding partner of the Troops to Energy Jobs program, which tells veterans about energy jobs.

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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