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Announcing the 2013 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® A-C
by Heidi Lynn Russell, Contributing Editor

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Company profiles: A-C, D-J, L-Sp, St-X

Below, please find employer profiles of the 2013 MVEs. The brief snapshots capture some of the highlights regarding why these employers of military veterans were recognized as winners, and why they are companies worth seeking out if you are a military-experienced job seeker.


AC FIRST, LLC an AECOM managed joint venture with CACI (Fort Worth, TX): AC FIRST’s defense-related contracts translate into ideal career opportunities for veterans. “In many cases, the veteran is able to take the uniform off and continue work in the same skill as a civilian contractor. This makes for very high retention and employee satisfaction,” says George Bassut, director of recruiting. AC FIRST is an AECOM-managed joint-venture with CACI that provides maintenance and operational support to the U.S. Army and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan. In 2013, the company will add more than 100 veterans. AC FIRST has a robust military recruiting team in the United States and the Middle East.


Amazon (Seattle, WA): “A typical work day at Amazon is jam-packed with non-stop problem-solving and process improvement. The tempo is quite quick and challenging,” says Kate Hagar, Amazon In-Stock Books Manager and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Hagar isn’t the only military service member who enjoys the Amazon work environment; during the years, veterans “have thrived” and “have found rapid success and career progression,” says Dave Clark, Vice President of Amazon Global Customer Fulfillment. This year alone, Amazon has hired hundreds of veteran leaders into its fulfillment network, corporate business units, customer service and beyond. Amazon will hire more than 1,200 veterans in 2013.


Bank of America (Charlotte, NC): Bank of America has a history of supporting veterans and their families dating back to 1920, says O’Hentrice Love, communications manager, Corporate Communications and Global Human Resources. The bank has nearly 6,000 military-background employees working across several lines of business. As a global organization in more than 40 countries, Bank of America is always looking for talented individuals, Love says. In 2012, the company hired nearly 1,600 veterans. Bank of America is also a founding member of Veterans on Wall Street, a consortium of five banks that connects veterans to jobs within the financial services industry.


BNSF Railway (Fort Worth, TX): BNSF Railway has a strong military recruiting program and tradition of hiring veterans, says John Wesley, Manager of Military Staffing. “BNSF has hired more than 5,000 veterans since 2005. The company currently employs more than 6,000 veterans, which equates to approximately 15 percent of its workforce,” he says. Opportunities are in the 28 most-western United States and two Canadian provinces. The company also has an exclusive military staffing program. Job opportunities include diesel mechanics, electricians, pipefitters / sheet metal workers, telecommunications and more. BNSF attends approximately 50 veteran-focused recruiting events annually and offers enhanced and extended benefits for those called to active duty. or contact:


CACI International Inc (Arlington, VA): The White House invited CACI to the national Joining Forces initiative. CACI promotes all open positions through its Veterans Job Bank, says Natasha Hunt, communication specialist. Employees in 22 countries deploy biometrics tools, deliver maps and geospatial imagery and provide the supply chain security framework to transport medical supplies. About 20 percent of all employees are veterans. The company seeks those with IT, engineering and tactical law enforcement specialties. Because of its “Deploying Talent Creating Careers” program, CACI’s disabled veteran population has grown by 157 percent over the past five years.


Capital One Financial Corporation (McLean, VA): In March 2012, Capital One committed millions to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Hiring our Heroes” program. The national campaign engages businesses in committing to hire 500,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014. The company saw a 200+ percent increase in military hires from 2011 to 2012. Capital One offers a military mentorship program, connecting new hires with veterans who made the transition. Capital One’s Military Recruiting Program is multifaceted: the company engages with bases, offers competitive benefits, attends and sponsors conferences and job fairs, and partners with military groups.


Capstone Corporation (Alexandria, VA): Of the 446 employees at Capstone Corp., 240, or 54 percent, are former military, or current Reserve or National Guardsmen, says John J. McNally III, Senior Vice President of Growth. The Department of Defense and Federal Government service provides military and civil operations, mission systems support, enterprise technical solutions and technical and administrative services. It currently supports customers in more than 30 states and eight overseas locations. Most employees require security clearances. McNally anticipates 130 new hires with military backgrounds in the next 12 months, an increase of 25 percent in the overall company size.


CBRE (Los Angeles, CA): Military veterans are within virtually every line of business in the CBRE organization and serve in vital roles such as IT management and Critical Facilities management, says Simone Fraid, communications specialist. CBRE is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, with about 37,000 employees worldwide. Among the 19,000 U.S. employees, approximately 990 are veterans. The firm is similar to the military, says veteran Brandon Keesee, director of engineering, CBRE Global Corporate Services. “If you are willing to work hard and uphold the highest degree of professionalism and class, then the possibilities are endless,” Keesee says.


Chesapeake Energy Corporation (Oklahoma City, OK): Chesapeake Energy has a multi-pronged approach to veteran hiring. The company is the second-largest producer of natural gas and is the most active driller of new U.S. wells. Chesapeake is part of the U.S. Chamber’s New Veteran Employment Advisory Council. In 2012, the company made a commitment to the White House Administration’s Joining Forces program to hire up to 500 veterans, which it exceeded. Chesapeake has also signed with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Last year, the company hired 685 veterans, and 9.4 percent of all employees are veterans, says Senior Human Resources Analyst, Kelly Lawson.


CN - North America’s Railroad (Montreal, Quebec): “As a veteran, your attention to detail and your ability to multi-task and work autonomously can take you far here,” says Adam Miller, division trainmaster, about CN, North America’s Railroad. CN - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America. “We are looking to hire hundreds of new employees this year,” says Todd Taylor, senior manager of Human Resources. “Ideal candidates are strong, safety-focused leaders with a background in transportation, mechanics and/or operations.” The company attended more than 20 military recruiting events in 2012 and is a partner business with the White House’s initiative, Joining Forces.


Convergys Corporation (NYSE: CVG), a global leader in customer management (Cincinnati, OH): Convergys “stepped up our military recruiting efforts tremendously in 2012,” says Rebecca Martin, sourcing specialist. The customer management firm helps businesses find new ways to enhance their customer relationships. It hires customer service, sales and technical support representatives in customer contact centers nationwide and in its Convergys Anywhere (work from home) program. Convergys has partnerships with several agencies to attract military veterans and spouses, which include: Military Spouse Employment Partnership, Military Spouse Corporate Career Network, Hiring Our Heroes Job Fairs, Veteran Recruiting Services Virtual Career Fairs, the White House Joining Forces Initiative and Military Officers Association of America.


Crete Carrier Corporation (Lincoln, NE): Throughout Crete Carrier’s company history, military veterans have been key members of the team, says Andrew R. Brabec, director of communications. Nearly 30 percent of employees have military backgrounds. The company seeks truck driving, shop and office professionals for all of its terminals nationwide. Crete launched “,” as part of its veteran recruiting efforts. It has partnerships with the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces and Hero
2 Hired. The company is working with the VA to develop an Apprenticeship Program for training during the first year of employment. In 2012, Crete hired 630 military-experienced employees, 26 percent of hires.


CSX Corporation (Jacksonville, FL): In 2012, CSX hired 766 veterans, about 24 percent of its new-hire workforce, says Steve Toomey, Manager of Military and Diversity Recruiting. CSX’s rail and intermodal businesses provide rail-based transportation. Customer Service Manager John D. Gipe is a
Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs and also a CSX Locomotive Engineer. “CSX has supported each of the more than 550 CSX employees who have been deployed with benefits that go far beyond what is required by law,” Gipe says. CSX recruiters attended 144 veteran-related job events in 2012. Military retention for CXS is 92 percent for the first year.


Company profiles: A-C, D-J, L-Sp, St-X

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