Announcing The 2016 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® Ho-Ka
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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.
Home Depot (Atlanta, GA): In 2012, The Home Depot committed to hire 55,000 veterans in five years. The company reached that goal in mid-2015, thanks in part to the hiring of 19,000 veterans last year, says Matthew Harrigan, Manager, Public Relations. The company offers a mentorship program for associates with military backgrounds. It also participates in the Army’s Transition Assistance Program. An employee resource group, called the “Military Appreciation Group,” assists activated Reservists and has developed transition programs for new hires, as well as community support for military families. And The Home Depot Foundation has committed more than $110 million to the improvement of 25,000 homes for veterans since 2011. Through Team Depot, an associate-led volunteer force, veterans can join the Foundation’s efforts.
Hyundai Motor America (Fountain Valley, CA): Hyundai Motor America has created a website (HyundaiCareers.com) where dealership managers can identify veterans and reach out to them via email regarding open positions. Hyundai targets veterans with logistics or diagnostics experience, because they have some needed training already. The company visits career fairs and base career centers to offer advice for separating veterans and their spouses. Those who register on the site can take advantage of Hyundai Technical training at no cost online and in Hyundai Training Centers. The company has placed 116 veterans in dealerships in the last year and over 1,500 since 2007. Hyundai Motor America is an Army PaYS corporate partner. This spring, Hyundai headquarters launched an Employee Resource Group targeted toward veterans.
Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, CA): Intel set a new Guinness World Record on Veterans Day 2015, when hundreds of employees at major U.S. sites suddenly dropped to their hands, en-masse, to do pushups. The goal was to break the existing Guinness World Records mark of 734 people sweating out pushups all at one time. “We succeeded with a total of 1,286 employees sweating for vets at our site in Hillsboro, Oregon,” says Tonya Bowes, Sr. Marketing Manager, Global Diversity and Inclusion. As a result, Intel gave $100,000 to a pair of veterans’ non-profit groups as part of the national #GiveThem20 program. Intel is affiliated with the American Corporate Partners, Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Veteran Jobs Mission.
JDog Junk Removal and Hauling (Berwyn, PA): Franchisor JDog Junk Removal and Hauling has expanded, both with locations and also in offerings to veterans wanting to open their own franchise operations. The company has grown from five to 33 locations, with a goal of having more than 100 locations by the end of 2016. Lauren Lampe, Marketing Director, says JDog has a “sustainable competitive advantage,” because it franchises exclusively to military families. The franchisor wants to eventually employ 10,000 veterans. It has instituted a flat-rate royalty structure rather than a royalty based on sales, and it doesn’t charge franchisees for website support or any press exposure. “This enables the franchisee to retain more of their hard-earned revenue (and) enjoy the benefits and support they deserve,” Lampe says.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (New York, NY): The JPMorgan Chase Military and Veteran Recruiting team, 80 percent of whom are veterans or Reservists, creates annual recruiting plans to support each Line of Business (e.g., Corporate & Investment Banking, Commercial Banking, etc.) in their veteran hiring goals, says Kim Morton, Communications Senior Associate. Just as integral to the firm’s success in hiring veterans and service members are its Military Veteran Internship and Military Officer Executive Development programs, she says. Initially launched three years ago in JPMorgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank, the 12-week paid internship program will be firm-wide in 2016 and is expected to double to approximately 70 participants. Additionally, the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs works with many teams to ensure veterans remain engaged and supported.
Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, CA): During the past two years, Kaiser Permanente has been recreating its entire military recruitment process, says Tabitha S Harper, Project Manager, Veterans Recruiting. Kaiser Permanente is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plans, serving 10.2 million members. The group has initiated a two-year Junior Military Officer Associate rotational program. Its website, kpcareers.org/military, includes a Military Skills translator and access to the Military Talent Network. Veterans may fill various roles including analyst, manager, project lead, director, RN and physician. In the past year, Kaiser Permanente hired a Manager of Military Recruiting and designated specific recruiters within each of the KP regions. The group also offers leadership courses to help veterans develop as they continue to grow within the organization.
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