Announcing The 2016 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® Bn-Ch
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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.
BNSF Railway (Fort Worth, TX): Today’s BNSF Railway is the product of nearly 400 different railroad lines that merged or were acquired during a 160-year period. The company has a strong military recruiting program with a long tradition of hiring veterans. During the last 10 years, BNSF has hired more than 8,000 veterans, which equates to about 17 percent of its workforce, says John H. Wesley III. The railway offers enhanced and extended benefits for veteran employees called to active duty in support of Overseas Contingency Operations. Those include make-whole pay and company-provided sustained health care benefits for the duration of the orders, to include coverage for family members. BNSF also attends about 50 veteran-focused job fairs and recruiting events annually.
The Boeing Company (Chicago, IL): Boeing “is fully committed” to supporting veterans by employing more than 21,000 veterans and backing a variety of veteran-specific programs, says Sandra Parker, EEO Compliance Specialist. Boeing and its employees support more than 780 military- and veteran-related organizations and events annually and contribute more than $10 million dollars annually to military and veterans’ organizations and efforts. The company has invested heavily in The Mission Continues Fellowship Program, supporting 90 “fellows.” Additionally, as a lead partner of RallyPoint/6, Boeing works with the veteran service community in the Pacific Northwest to establish a community-based model of collective support. Boeing participates in numerous career fairs annually, such as the Veterans in Aerospace Symposium, which educates veterans on transitioning to aerospace careers.
CACI International Inc. (Arlington, VA): CACI provides information solutions and services in support of national security missions, and nearly one-third of its 16,300 employees are veterans. “CACI offers ongoing peer support, mentorship and a culture of understanding where veterans can continue to thrive and grow,” says Denyse Gordon, Senior Manager, Veteran Support Diversity & Inclusion. CACI will be adding military-experienced employees in every state, Western Europe and Asia. For the last four years, the company has hired 800 veterans on average per year, and during the first five months of fiscal year 2015, CACI hired over 900 veterans. Veterans are employed in 563 different job titles, and disabled veterans are employed in more than 300 different CACI job titles.
Capital One (McLean, VA): Capital One’s military recruiting team has attended a veteran hiring event nearly every week since 2012, says Thomas Downs, Manager, Military and Diversity Talent Acquisition. In addition to hiring more than 2,000 veterans and military spouses in the past three years, Capital One was awarded the Employer Support of Guard Reserve Freedom Award from the Secretary of Defense/Department of Defense in 2014. The company is also an active supporter of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program. Capital One has a military network at every location for associates to join. Additionally, the company has a military mentorship program for new employees, to ensure their transition to corporate America is smooth, Downs says.
Capstone Corporation (Alexandria, VA): Veterans are in high demand at Capstone, a solutions and services provider that supplies mission-critical support to the federal government. The company has several new pending contracts “that will require almost exclusively current and former military personnel to support our customers. In all, we expect to hire an additional 168 employees with military backgrounds in the next 12 months, an increase of 25 percent in the overall size of our company,” says John J McNally III, Senior Vice President, Growth. The company supports customers in over 20 states and six overseas locations. Most expert positions require security clearances. “We find that former military meet all these requirements and perform to our high expectations,” McNally says.
Charles Schwab & Co. (San Francisco, CA): In 2012, Charles Schwab & Co. began work on a new strategy to propel veteran hiring, called, “Forward March: Taking the Next Step with Schwab.” It provides expanded training for Schwab talent advisors “in working with service members and their families, helping to translate military resumes and spot key talents and strengths most transferrable to the work done at Schwab,” says Allison Hubbard, Sr. Team Manager. The program also provides training for hiring managers and help to new employees to get used to the company culture. Schwab offers the Military Veterans Network, an Employee Resource Group. Schwab also signed a statement of support with the ESGR. Beginning in 2012, numerous managers have received Patriot Awards.
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