Announcing The 2016 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® A-Ba
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Below and on the pages that follow, please find employer profiles of the 2016 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.
Accenture (New York, NY): Accenture recently launched initiatives to attract veterans and reservists with aptitude to be successful in a technology, operations or consulting career. The company also waived its standard college-degree requirement for some positions in which veterans are already job-ready with their skills. One initiative, the Accenture Veteran Technology Training Program, helps veterans become Java programmers. Accenture awards scholarships to a two-month course provided by Udacity, an online education company included in the White House TechHire Initiative. Other primary military recruiting initiatives include the Accenture Student Veteran Program and the Accenture Junior Military Officer Program. Accenture’s top five U.S. locations for veteran hires are: Washington, D.C.; San Antonio, TX; Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; and Austin, TX.
AECOM (Los Angeles, CA): Nearly one-third (27 percent) of AECOM’s employees are veterans. The defense, aerospace and engineering firm provides services to more than 20 federal agencies, including Defense, NASA, Energy, Homeland Security and intelligence areas. AECOM conducts business in nearly 100 countries and veterans have access to opportunities in a network of any office globally, says Kenneth L. Reese Director, Talent Acquisition. “Our primary recruiting focus is on skilled trades with a preference for military experience,” he says. “Our recruiting strategy has been to develop and maintain solid working relationships with local (Department of Labor) offices, military transition offices and technical schools within the state.” AECOM has also held numerous job fairs on military installations.
Aetna (Hartford, CT): As one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, Aetna serves an estimated 46.5 million people with health care resources. The company attends multiple virtual veteran recruiting fairs throughout the year, says Joseph Motes, Senior Recruiter. “We have implemented a process that ensures every Veteran that applies to an open position be contacted within 21 days,” Motes says. He adds that the company performs “a competency-based screen” designed to translate veterans’ skill sets into Aetna’s open positions. Opportunities range from IT, to nurses and doctors, to customer service. Locations include Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Arizona and multiple work-at-home options. “Military values equate to Aetna values: Integrity, Excellence, Inspiration and Caring,” Motes says.
AlliedBarton Security Services (Conshohocken, PA): The transition from a military career to AlliedBarton Security Services “is typically a very smooth one due to the nature of our industry, as our operating procedures and organizational structure are often similar,” says Jennifer Jones, Director, Regional Recruiting. “They arrive with knowledge and experience in security practices that allow them to hit the ground running.” Jobs include: Security Officer, Supervisor, Account Manager, Field Operations Manager and Recruiter. AlliedBarton’s “Hire our Heroes” initiative involves a Veteran Hiring team leader, who oversees an effort to partner with many Veteran Service Organizations. The company also trains non-veteran recruiters on hiring the military and interpreting resumes.
Archer Daniels Midland (Decatur, IL): Archer Daniels Midland employees support military colleagues, whether they are away for their two-week National Guard training or deployed for extended periods of time, says Dean Espenschied, Employee and Labor Relations Representative. “This can be through the distribution of care packages to the service member, checking in on family members who remain at home and making accommodations to ensure a smooth transition upon their return,” Espenschied says. The company is one the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers. It has partnered with the Illinois National Guard, ESGR and Illinois Department of Employment Security to host a hiring event, participated in 11 military career fairs in 2015 and worked with military installations to support transition assistance programs.
Bank of America (Charlotte, NC): Since 2009, Bank of America has provided more than $17 million in financial support to military nonprofits, including $3.3 million in 2015. “We also had nearly 4,700 employees contribute more than nearly 40,700 volunteer hours at nearly 660 military events in 2015,” says O’Hentrice Love, Communications Manager. A world-leading financial institution, Bank of America offers investing, asset management and other financial and risk management services. The company provides veterans with career advancement programs, such as the Global Banking & Markets Veteran Associate Program and the Global Technology & Operations program. It also offers a Military Support & Assistance Group, which offers leadership development for veterans through networking, mentoring and information forums. MSAG has 36 chapters and more than 7,000 members.
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