Announcing The 2016 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® Na-Pu
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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.
Navy Federal Credit Union (Vienna, VA): Navy Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative with almost 6 million members, a global workforce of more than 13,000 employees and more than $72 billion in assets. Nine percent of employees are veterans. “We frequently partner with centers on post or base, e.g., Fleet and Family Readiness Programs, to advertise job openings,” says Gina White, Communications Specialist II. The credit union focuses on professional development with its Learning and Development branch, which has offered 888 workshops and 159 virtual workshops attended by 14,996 employees. “We’ve had no layoffs during our nearly 83-year history. Even during economic downturns that have significantly affected other institutions in the financial industry, we have absorbed excess positions through attrition and reassignment,” White says.
OMNIPLEX World Services Corporation (Chantilly, VA): OMNIPLEX is not just a military-friendly company. Its work environment is similar to a military organization’s, says Matthew J. Keller, Director, Recruiting. “Our uniforms may be different than those formerly worn by our veterans, but the mission is the same,” he says. OMNIPLEX delivers high-quality background investigations and personnel security to government agencies. It has partnered with the Veteran’s Administration and has an approved training program designed by veterans. Veterans can receive monthly G.I. Bill payments while learning physical security, investigations and human resources skills. The company is also partnered with Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve and has policies to allow Reserve and National Guard personnel to attend trainings without losing full-time pay and benefits.
Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (Raritan, NJ): Ortho Clinical Diagnostics makes in vitro diagnostics products. As the company continues to transform its organization, identifying top talent is critical, says Everette Brown, Head of Talent, North America. “We have recently this year hired veterans in director level roles down to analyst level, and these colleagues are acclimating and performing well,” Brown says. Last year, 25 percent of new hires were veterans, totaling 500 in all. Jobs where former military members are a good fit include Engineering (Electrical, Electro, Biomedical and Mechanical), Operations, Supply Chain, Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, Quality, Regulatory and Compliance and Finance. The company also goes to Fort Drum, NY, up to four times per year for Army Career and Alumni Program Career Fairs.
Patterson-UTI Drilling Company LLC (Houston, TX): APatterson-UTI Drilling has a “New To Industry” training program that assists veterans in making the transition to the corporate culture, say Rob Emr, Director of Talent Acquisition, and Methella Green, Military Recruiter. Patterson-UTI and its subsidiaries operate land-based drilling rigs, primarily in oil and natural gas-producing regions of the continental United States and western Canada. Given market conditions, Patterson-UTI is currently not hiring. However, the company works with various military organizations such as NextOp and LoneStar Vets, to help with resume writing, interview skills and to build a candidate pipeline for future positions. Employees also volunteer with Hiring Our Heroes and ESGR, among others. The company’s goal is to hire 40 percent military veterans. Thirty-two percent of employees are veterans.
Pratt & Whitney (East Hartford, CT): Veterans can apply to all Pratt & Whitney’s (P&W) rotational/training programs, including shop floor, general management, finance and engineering, says Michael Flatley, Program Manager, Israel. Additionally, P&W is running both Quality and Tool Making apprentice programs and is making selections for a Machine Tool apprentice program. P&W has former and current military leaders serving across all areas of the company and at all levels, to include the President of Aftermarket, the Vice President of Military Engines Business Development and the Director for Military Engines Domestic and Aftermarket Business Development (who continues to serve as a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve). Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units.
Puget Sound Energy (Bellevue, WA): Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is seen by the local military community as “a great option” for civilian employment, says Tyler Friess, Recruiter. “PSE is very lucky in that we have local Army, Air Force, Navy and National Guard bases, where we participate in seasonal recruiting fairs and networking events,” he says. Former military employees work in a variety of departments, including, HR, Accounting, Executive, Administrative and Skilled trades. The company boasts “a strong core” of employees who mentor and provide resume and interview coaching. In 2015, the company attended 11 events focused on military outreach. “We also try to catch any new employees as they go through our New Employee Orientation and link them with the affinity group (for veterans),” Friess says.
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