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Announcing the 2013 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military® D-J
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.

DaVita (Denver, CO): DaVita delivers dialysis services. The company recruits veterans because they “share the idea of embracing teammates and patients as a village,” says Corissa Keuler, recruiting manager/military recruiting. Since January 2010, DaVita has hired more than 1,020 veterans. It seeks registered nurses, social workers, registered dietitians, operational leaders, biomedical technicians, patient care technicians, and administrative, corporate, and business office support. Last year, DaVita attended 11 national career fairs, 15 virtual career fairs and one international event in Kuwait. DaVita offers pay differential of up to 100-percent salary for mobilized service members, for up to five years.


Deloitte LLP (New York, New York): When it comes to job candidates, Deloitte seeks “versatility, innovative thinking, analytical skills, flexibility and leadership qualities.” Military candidates offer “the total package,” says Analyst William Hubbard. Deloitte specializes in audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory services with clients in over 20 industries. The company employs more than 1,000 veterans, with nearly three-quarters in its Federal Practice. In addition, Deloitte’s Armed Forces Business Resource Group provides development and networking opportunities for veterans. The majority of veterans join the consulting practice, which includes Strategy and Operations, Human Capital, and Technology Consulting areas.


Edward Jones (St. Louis, MO): It’s important that Edward Jones provides trusted financial advisors, says John Boul, global media relations manager. In a survey commissioned by Edward Jones, 75 percent of responders say they would be likely to work with a veteran. Clients say veterans have the values and skills to help them reach long-term goals. Currently, more than 1,300 veterans are Edward Jones financial advisors, 11 percent of the total. Jeff Quesenberry, general partner, financial advisor and marine veteran, says Edward Jones “did an incredible job” of teaching him how to show civilians “that I am worthy of their trust.”


Elliott Group (Jeanette, PA): Elliott has spent ample resources during the past few years “ramping up our commitment to employ military personnel as they return from tours of duty. In our Houston headquarters, we have a Wall of Fame dedicated to honoring our heroes,” says Naveed Agha, talent acquisition manager, North and Latin America. Elliott’s business is turbo-machinery. Veterans are “fast tracked” into leadership positions after evaluations and currently comprise 25 percent of the workforce. Job positions include: project managers, shop engineers, industrial sales representatives and mechanics. The company will launch a military web page in 2013 that will code military experience to current openings.


Exelon Corporation (Chicago, IL): When Exelon changed its hiring process in 2012, it identified more military veterans among its job applicants, says Griffin Goldin, Senior Analyst National and Strategic Programs. “The new process allowed Exelon to identify almost 40 percent more veteran new hires,” Goldin says. Exelon handles every stage of the energy business, from generation, to competitive energy sales, to transmission, to delivery. The company has 18 sites approved for the On-The-Job Training Program, which offers an alternative for veterans to use the GI Bill education benefits. Exelon also targets veterans for the Cornerstone Program, a comprehensive developmental training initiative for leadership personnel.


Express Scripts, Inc. (St. Louis): Express Scripts actively works with the Department of Defense as a client. “We believe there are intrinsic benefits to employing veterans, as well as active members of the National Guard and Reserve,” says Aaron A. Jones, Human Resources/Talent Acquisition. Express Scripts provides integrated pharmacy benefit management services. Its Talent Acquisition department finds veterans through various channels, including Veterans Workforce representatives, Show Me Heroes, Hero2Hired, Wounded Warriors and Recruit Military. It also supports a myriad of organizations, including the Regional Alliance for the Troops, Operation Homefront care packages, the Armed Services YMCA Kids Comfort and the Families of the Fallen, among others.


Fluor (Irving, TX): Fluor serves on the Veterans Employment Advisory Council and wants to increase veteran hires in 2013, says Luke M. Hardaway, military recruiter. The company serves a global client base in the energy, chemicals, government, industrial, infrastructure, operations and maintenance, manufacturing and life sciences, mining, power and transportation sectors. During the past five years, Fluor has hired more than 1,800 veterans. Fluor supports organizations assisting military personnel through the Fluor Military Support Coalition program. The company seeks veterans in the following areas: engineers, logistics, project controls, contracts, craft, procurement and safety.


General Electric (GE) (Fairfield, CT): General Electric (GE) is one of a handful of companies selected for the prestigious Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. GE employs more than 10,000 U.S. veterans, including 79 Reservists and National Guardsmen. The company has a world-class, two-year rotational Junior Officer Leadership Program. In 2012, GE launched the Get Skills to Work program to help veterans translate their military experience and provide training in Advanced Manufacturing. In 2012, GE hired 1,095 veterans and in January 2013, 107 veterans. The company has committed to hiring more than 1,000 veterans for each of the next four years.


Halfaker and Associates, LLC (Arlington, VA): As President and CEO of Halfaker and Associates and a disabled veteran, Dawn Halfaker advocates for employment of veterans, particularly those with Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The award-winning professional services and technology solutions firm advises and assists government organizations.
More than 75 percent of its leadership has had a direct connection to the military, and veterans comprise 45 percent of employees. The company has developed a Wounded Warrior Transition Program; an important element of its mentorship. It also has a flexible work environment and promotes “an open communication atmosphere,” says Jessica Johnson, director of Human Resources.


Homeland Security Solutions, Inc. (HSSI) (Alexandria, VA): Instructors, security experts and intelligence analysts are sought by Homeland Security Solutions Inc. The veteran-owned company provides military and civilian law enforcement training and security services. Forty-two percent of employees are veterans, and 16 percent are dependents of active duty military personnel. “Vets bring decisiveness, discipline, work ethic, integrity, team building and loyalty - all traits that provide the foundation of our company values, beliefs and ethics,” says Alan A. Malinchak, chief learning officer. The company reaches job applicants via advertising in military publications, offering a military point of contact within its Human Resources office and partnering with academic institutions.


HON and Allsteel Manufacturing (Muscatine, IA): HON, a leading designer and manufacturer of workplace furniture including chairs, storage, panel systems, tables and desks, is in the early stages of recruiting veterans. The company plans to attend military career fairs and events, use military-focused third-party recruiters and advertise on social media sites, says Adrienne Wheeler, community relations. “We offer specialized training for all of our new employees, including business skills training, leadership training, interpersonal skills training and time management skills training.” Company hiring needs include production team leaders, production supervisors, engineers and factory managers. It is hiring in Muscatine, Cedartown, GA; and Florence, AL.


Humana Inc. (Louisville, KY): “Humana is taking a holistic approach to attracting military talent,” says Joshua Galle, Talent Acquisition, Military Veteran and Spouse Programs. Humana offers a range of insurance products. In January, the company announced it surpassed a goal of hiring 1,000 veterans and/or their spouses by mid-2014, and it now aims to hire 1,000 additional veterans during the next two years. Humana’s success is due in part to its 42,000 associates, who referred qualified veterans and veterans’ spouses, Galle says. Humana fills positions in Medicare Service Operations, Medicare Sales, Direct Marketing Services, Clinicians (Nurses and Physicians), Pharmacy and Information Technology.


Intel (Santa Clara, CA): Most jobs at Intel for veterans are at high-tech manufacturing facilities. “These roles offer the veteran work experience in some of the most cutting edge technologies in the world,” says Robert B. Polston, Director of Military Veteran Recruiting. Veterans work in finance, sales and marketing, supply chain, Human Resources, manufacturing, legal and corporate services. Intel created a new training package for managers of veterans and also has an integration presentation for new veteran employees. The company is part of the 100,000 Jobs Mission and plans to be a part of Operation Impact, which is dedicated to employing severely wounded warriors.


JPMorgan Chase & Co. (New York, NY): JPMorgan Chase and 10 other firms launched the 100,000 Jobs Mission in 2011 with a hiring goal of at least 100,000 veterans by 2020. In fewer than two years, the initiative has grown to 94 member companies that have hired more than 51,000 veterans. JPMorgan Chase hired more than 5,000 since 2011, says Tim Keefe, vice president of communications and senior manager. A main effort is to bridge the gap between military and corporate cultures. To that end, the company launched Military 101, an internal training program for hiring managers. Body Armor to Business Suits is another program to help veterans assimilate into the firm.


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

See the MVE winners' center spread from the Military Transition News print issue here.

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