Announcing The 2016 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® Cs-Ea
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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.
CSX Corporation (Jacksonville, FL): All veterans are welcomed into CSX Corporation’s central training center, where they receive information about VA “On the Job” programs to see if they qualify for VA benefits while training at CSX. The company also has a military Employee Resource Group, where all new Veteran employees are provided a military mentor at their new worksite, says Steve Toomey, Military Talent Advisor. The company also partners with over 40 active duty military facilities; Guard and Reserve Career contractors in 20 states; many technical schools and colleges with veteran students; military groups such as VFW, DAV, AL, VEC, FRA; and many local organizations such as Operation New uniform, Wounded Warrior Project and Jacksonville Military Veteran Coalition.
DaVita Kidney Care (Denver, CO): As a national leading provider of dialysis services, DaVita Kidney Care treats patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. More than one-third of veterans hired in 2015 were licensed professionals, including registered nurses, registered dietitians and social workers. The company attended 17 military career fairs. DaVita partners with the Veteran Jobs Mission, Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve and Military Spouse Employment Partnership. Last year, DaVita launched Veterans 2 Village, a program to support current veteran employees and help new hires adjust to the company culture. “The program is still in its infancy but will be a great impact to DaVita and its veterans,” says Mike Blackburn, Military Recruiter.
Deloitte (New York, NY): A significant portion of Deloitte’s military-experienced talent supports the company’s Federal practice, primarily based around Washington, D.C. However, Deloitte has over 100 office locations nationally, and military-experienced talent is in most of them, says Laura Cogan Cerria, U.S. Communications. “Many veterans utilize their experience and relationships as Specialists, which allows them to focus on specific industry/agency or role knowledge,” she says, adding that this “allows Deloitte to harness our military-experienced talent’s extensive knowledge base to bear to solve complex government and industry problems.” Deloitte participates in about 25 hiring events per year, including Service Academy Career Fair, Military Officer Job Opportunities, RecruitMilitary hiring events, MBA Veteran Hiring Event, as well as many local on-base events.
Devon Energy Corporation (Oklahoma City, OK): Devon Energy is a leading independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company. It has more than doubled its onshore North American oil production since 2011. The company was selected as a Freedom Award recipient in fall 2015. Devon offers resume and interview workshops to local veterans. “We have combined our efforts with the local National Guard and Reserve bases to reach as many veterans as we can and we will continue to do so in 2016,” says Kalley Hamilton, Military Affairs and Recruiter. Devon sponsors events to bring military families together. Recently, the company donated over $30,000 worth of NBA tickets to military families. It also has a veteran knowledge network intranet site to help employees stay connected.
Domino Amjet (Gurnee, IL): Domino Amjet printers have electrical components, and the training provided in the military is “a great base for learning,” says Witney Rightler, Human Resources Manager. “Domino has a strong commitment to sourcing for technical positions with military experienced candidates. Our experience has been these employees can get up to speed quickly with the technology and are committed to getting the job done right,” she says. Domino Amjet targets military-experienced personnel for many technical roles, specifically, Customer Service Engineers and Installation Engineers. This year, Domino is adding on-site meetings with the Great Lakes Naval Base to get the word out about opportunities. Eighteen percent of 2015 new hires were military, and overall, 13 percent of employees have military experience.
Eaton (Cleveland, OH): Eaton has developed a “Hire to Retire” philosophy, which is based on assessing and selecting talent “that demonstrates the best potential to grow a long-lasting, rewarding career at the company,” says Jerome Richard, Senior Military Recruiter. The company hosts regular virtual meetings for those who are transitioning. It also has a Veteran Employee Support Group. And a Military Talent Scout Network ensures each Eaton U.S. facility has a local attraction and retention strategy. Additionally, to ensure an outstanding start to a military veteran’s career, Eaton has established a Buddy Program as part of the Military Talent Scout Network. “We often receive benchmarking requests from other companies so they can learn from the success we have enjoyed,” Richard says.
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