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Top Companies for Veterans

Top Companies for Veterans

Ever wonder who the best companies are for veterans and why?  In May 2017, the Military Times published the top companies for veterans, featuring over eighty companies that met their extensive criteria.  According to the published report, “We invited companies across the U.S. to take part in our rigorous, more-than-90-question survey.”

Featured below are the top twenty-five who are listed as they ranked in report’s findings.


1.       First Data

2.       BAE Systems

3.       Booz Allen Hamilton2

4.       General Motors2

5.       Hilton

6.       USAA2

7.       Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation

8.       Comcast NBCUniversal2

9.       Lockheed Martin Corporation2

10.   Marsh & McLennan Companies

11.   U.S. Bank

12.   PwC


13.   CDW

14.   Capital One

15.   Windstream Communications

16.   Merck & Co. Inc.

17.   Southern Company

18.   Werner Enterprises2

19.   Xcel Energy

20.   Verizon2

21.   CACI International Inc.2

22.   Leidos2

23.   Pacific Gas and Electric Company

24.   The Boeing Company

25.   Deloitte

Surprisingly, the list features a wide variety of industries in the top twenty-five to include Finance, Insurance, Telecom, Media and more.  What makes these companies better at recruiting and hiring veterans than most?  Some of the determining factors include processes like “Percentage of recruiting budget for veterans,” which means many of these businesses allocate anywhere from 1% on up to 85% of their budget targeting veterans.  These companies also take “Military experience instead of certification” which is huge for veterans. They see the value in the experience that many veterans have and how they can offer incredible insight into the workplace.  They also have special onboarding programs designed for veterans which in many instances helps ensure the success of veterans.  Take a look at the report and criteria of what many companies are doing to recruit and hire some of our country’s finest.

Why Hire a Veteran?

The Society of Human Resources published an article last October, discussing some of the many reasons why hiring a veteran is good for businesses.  Aside from the obvious leadership and teamwork skills needed in many positions, veterans have several other attributes that companies want and need.  These skilled workers are level-headed during challenging situations which are undoubtedly needed in any industry.  Veterans also have extensive experience in planning and know the importance of being cautious and can bring a great depth of knowledge into the civil workplace.  Many veterans have traveled, studied and experienced life abroad and can support companies looking to expand their business in other countries.  Veterans have experience with many of the latest technologies and depending on the industry can help companies install or improve many of their processes.  Lastly but probably most important is their code of honor and integrity.  Many companies strive to find these attributes daily when recruiting and are strangely surprised when they realize how hiring veterans can be like striking gold for their business.

When recruiting your next full-time position, consider carving out a process for veterans.  With all the hiring challenges companies have with finding top talent, targeting veterans just might be a great solution.  If you’re looking to refine your hiring process to include veterans among other things, contact us for a free consultation.

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Ingrid Moore

Ingrid Moore is the President and Owner of Corporate Resources of Illinois, an employment & staffing agency with over 20+years’ experience located in Schaumburg, IL. Ingrid and her team assist employers with finding the right hire for their business. For more info, follow us on our LinkedIn Company Page, or follow us Corporate Resources of Illinois‘s Google+ page.

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