Announcing The 2016 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® Ed-Fl
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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.
Edward Jones (St. Louis, MO): Edward Jones has found veterans’ skills align with those needed to be a successful financial advisor, says John Boul, Global Media Relations Manager. Veterans-turned-financial advisors make up about 12 percent of financial advisors. Veterans hired under the recruiting program, called FORCES, participate in extra branch training. When a financial advisor is called to active duty, the firm works one-on-one with the branch team to support the office during their absence. “It is common to hear stories from financial advisors who have returned from active duty talk about their families receiving gift baskets, being helped with home or yard repairs, in addition to their own receipt of care packages from other branch teams and clients while abroad,” Boul says.
Exelon Corporation (Chicago, IL): Exelon offers veteran employees the resources “to design, build and enhance a successful career,” says Griffin Goldin, Talent Acquisition Programs Manager. The company has 18 approved sites for the On-The-Job Training (OJT) Program, which offers an alternative way for veterans to use the VA (GI Bill) education and training benefits. Exelon’s approved programs include Nuclear Station Operators, Overhead Linemen, Equipment Operators, Instrument Maintenance Technicians, Reactor Operators, Electricians and Security Officers. The company also targets military candidates for the Cornerstone Program. This 12-week, comprehensive developmental training initiative is for leadership personnel as they enter the company and also is for seasoned veterans in the industry who desire to build upon their skills.
FDM Group (New York, NY): Veterans who come through the FDM Group’s employment program demonstrate “workplace know-how that puts them ahead of the curve for adapting to the corporate work environment of our clients,” says Monica Thysell, U.S. Marketing Team Lead. The company aims to fill positions for entry level IT Consultants. “In addition, we will be recruiting more experienced veteran individuals for opportunities as Senior Project Managers,” Thysell says. FDM’s Head of Veteran Initiatives attended 57 veteran-specific career fairs in 2015 and visited various military bases. FDM also worked closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs to review training curriculum. “Eligible veterans are able to utilize generous education support benefits (including their G.I. Bill) while receiving their intensive IT training with FDM,” Thysell says.
First Command Financial Services Inc. (Fort Worth, TX): Forty-four percent of First Command’s workforce is former military. The company actively recruits transitioning military service members and military spouses to work in its home office in Fort Worth, Texas, (as financial advisors) and to work in field offices in over 180 locations, primarily near military bases, says Susan Smith, Program Manager, Advisor Recruiting. Ten recruiters seek new hires through a variety of channels. First Command pays for each Advisor Trainee’s licensing materials and testing. Once they acquire their appropriate licenses, it provides a robust training program. All new advisors have mentors. First Command is also a supporter of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and a partner of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership.
First Data (Atlanta, GA): Through a strategy called “First Data Salutes,” the military community at First Data has access to career opportunities and “best-in-class education resources,” says Melissa Bird, Military Project Manager and Communications. Since the launch of First Data Salutes in 2014, the percentage of new hires has increased from 2.5 percent to 15 percent. In 2015 alone, First Data’s overall U.S.-based military-affiliated population grew from 6.4 percent to 7.8 percent. In early 2015, the company also launched the Military Affinity Group, a company-wide network. First Data opportunities span a wide variety of positions, including IT, security, operations and production, project management, human resources, finance and sales. First Data has signed several commitments with the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve.
Fluor Corporation (Irving, TX): Much of Fluor’s overseas work was once the responsibility of the military. Positions include engineering, logistics, project controls, contracts, craft, procurement, safety, administrative, project management and military-specific positions. “As Fluor takes on these assignments, we will continue to have opportunities to hire the military veterans who held similar positions while they were in uniform,” says Holly Snow, HR Recruiting Supervisor. She notes that Fluor’s greatest recruitment tool is its participation in the Chairman’s Circle of Hiring our Heroes’ Veteran Employment Advisory Council. Fluor also is connected to the ACAP and TAP offices at military bases worldwide. The company maintains a strong relationship with local Wounded Warrior groups and other veteran staffing agencies that provide veteran hire referrals.
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