Announcing The 2016 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® Fr-Hi
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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.
Frontier Communications (Norwalk, CT): Frontier Communications offers telecommunications products to small/medium town and rural areas in 28 states. The company is growing exponentially and wants to expand hiring to include not only military members but also their spouses and partners, says Karlian Brown, Recruiting Specialist. Open positions include engineering, technology, sales, customer service, marketing, finance, accounting and field operations technician. “Frontier has training setup based on business units to ensure employees are getting the proper resources to complete their job,” Brown says. The company participates in veteran job fairs and maintains partnerships with Veterans Jobs Mission, Joining Forces, Armed Forces Foundation and Honor and Remember Foundation. Thirteen percent of the workforce is former military, and in 2015, the company hired 375 veterans.
G4S Secure Solutions, (USA) Inc. (Jupiter, FL): Since committing to the White House’s Joining Forces initiative in August 2011, G4S Secure Solutions has seen more than 16,000 veteran hires and has retained more than 50 percent of them, says Nikki Gordon, Director, Talent Acquisition. The company focuses on advancing the security of businesses and governments and has operations in more than 100 countries. “Consistently, our new hire population is between 22 percent to 26 percent military veteran each year,” Gordon says. The company’s relationship with the U.S. military “is both valued and nurtured by everyone at G4S,” Gordon adds. For example, G4S assisted the Navy by participating in a review of basic training curriculum for the Master-at-Arms (MA) rating. G4S also attends career fairs at military bases nationwide.
GE (Fairfield, CT): In 2012, GE’s CEO made a public commitment to hire a minimum of 1,000 veterans a year for five years. “We are entering our last year of that campaign and have hired 4,801 veterans through December 31, 2015,” says Kris Urbauer, Program Manager, Military Recruiting. “We plan to begin a renewed campaign once we reach the 5,000th hire,” she adds. The company has veteran talent in all of its businesses. It also has a world-class rotational program, the Junior Officer Leadership Program, in which participants experience three business functions. GE has a Veterans Network affinity group, which helps with referrals and support. Last year, the company attended 35 hiring events and ran multiple referral campaigns to attract talent.
Halfaker and Associates (Arlington, VA): Halfaker and Associates is not only hiring former military, but also supports charity organizations, says Adam Snow, Project Manager. All employees can join the Continuing to Serve Committee, which plans and executes all of Halfaker’s “Corporate Social Responsibility” activities. The company also was a sponsor of the Department of Defense Warrior Games. Employees volunteered at the Warrior and Family Transition Fair and also at Swimming and Track and Field events. Halfaker creates technology solutions in the areas of Advanced Analytics, Software Engineering, IT Infrastructure and Cyber Security to help government organizations perform critical missions. In addition to using job fairs, military organizations and an extensive network to locate candidates, the company works closely with Wounded Warrior Project’s “Warriors to Work.”
Heavy Equipment College of California (Stockton, CA): Instructors and Admissions Reps that are military are desired by Heavy Equipment College of California, due to their ability to easily connect and assist a military student population says Tina McGee, Veteran Education Representative. This Accredited Training Facility offers three training levels in heavy equipment operations and is also an approved testing site for the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators. In 2015, the school opened a new location in San Bernardino, CA, and it is in the process of opening a new location in Tacoma, WA. Instructors, Veteran Education Representatives, Admissions Representatives and Career Services Representatives are needed. Instructors receive training through the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Services to become Certified Trainers.
Hilton Worldwide (McLean, VA): “Operation: Opportunity” is Hilton Worldwide’s commitment to provide extensive support to military veterans and their families, including helping 10,000 veterans, military spouses and dependents find a hospitality career, says Nina Madoo, Military Programs Contractor. Hilton Worldwide is one of the fastest growing hospitality companies in the world, with more than 4,600 properties in 100 countries and territories. The top five hiring states are Florida, Nevada, California, South Carolina and Hawaii. Veterans who self-identify and meet the basic qualifications for the position are given screening preference. The Military Programs team regularly reaches out via resume databases like Hiring our Heroes, Heroes 2 Hired, Indeed and LinkedIn. In addition, Hilton continues to seek and hire National Guard and Reservists.
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