Hiring America’s Heroes
Get your résumé ready…here are the Top 100 companies that can’t wait to hire you.
By Dan Fazio
Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are finding great civilian jobs, despite what is reported almost daily by the mainstream media. What gets lost in the incessant reports about the slow economic recovery and the threat of a so-called “double dip” recession is this: Corporate America has added 1.1 million jobs since December 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In October alone, 159,000 people were hired in the private sector. And in the first six months of fiscal year 2010, federal government agencies hired more than 32,800 military veterans.
One needs to look no further than the pages of G.I. Jobs for proof. The magazine in 2010 was filled with the success stories of military veterans who found rewarding civilian careers in the worst recession since the Great Depression.
The magazine also told the stories of the companies that are hiring America’s veterans. These employers recognize the valuable resource found in the hundreds of thousands of services members exiting the military every year. In this issue we present the elite corps of corporations that hire veterans: the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2011. These companies represent the top 2 percent of more than 5,000 eligible companies – those that earn a minimum of $500 million in annual revenue – competing for military talent.
The Most Military Friendly
Leading the charge this year is Booz Allen Hamilton, the top-ranked Military Friendly Employer for 2011. Nearly one-third of the employees working for this Virginia-based defense company are military veterans, including some of its rising stars.
“Service members have a commitment to upholding the greater good of the country and we have the same philosophy about the country and our clients,” said Booz Allen Executive Vice President Joe Logue. “We are looking for military veterans who think the same way we do and who want to be leaders.”
Booz Allen Hamilton works hard to recruit veterans. But it doesn’t stop there. The company is proud of its Armed Services Forum, which helps veterans transition from the military culture into the corporate culture. Once they’re settled in, the forum supports military employees with professional development and outreach opportunities, and helps Guard and Reserve employees acclimate when they return from deployment.
Dynamic Defense Industry
The defense industry is well represented on this year’s Top 100 list by 21 companies. Six companies in the top 10 positions operate in the defense arena, including four of the top five spots. The marriage between the defense industry and separating veterans is about as natural as it gets, and the senior leaders at these companies know it.
“While serving our country, veterans learn skills that translate well to the services ManTech provides our government and military, and we actively assist military veterans and Reservists in making their transition into the workplace,” said George J. Pedersen, chairman and CEO of ManTech International, which ranks 2nd on this year’s list. “It is our privilege to support those who have dedicated themselves to keeping our nation safe.”
Something for Everyone
Maybe defense isn’t your thing. No worries. The Top 100 list is loaded with an eclectic array of companies from every corner of the corporate world. The railroads are back in force with CSX taking the No. 3 position and BNSF and Union Pacific close behind. The financial world is represented in the top tier by perennial list-maker USAA Financial Services and the growing energy industry has more than 15 companies populating the 2011 list. From retail to health care to manufacturing, there are endless civilian career opportunities available for military veterans leaving the service.
The Top 100 Military Friendly Employers list is our holiday gift to you. Use it to map your future and GET HIRED™. Click here to view the 2011 Top 100 Military Friendly Employers list.