The Top Employers For Veterans
Todays article is describing the top employers for Veterans according to data collected by payscale.com, the first being "Booz Allen Hamilton" a Virginia based defense and civil contractor. They hire the greatest number of former military service members in skilled labor positions. The second on the list is the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), which is a provider of scientific, engineering, systems integration and technical services and solutions. Read more about these companies by clicking the link below.
Booz Allen Hamilton is the top employer for veterans, according to new market data collected by Payscale.com. That means the Virginia-based defense and civil contractor employs the greatest number of former military service members in skilled labor positions.
Booz Allen Hamilton, commonly known as Booz Allen, provides consulting services to the U.S. government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets, and to major corporations, institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. Nearly one third of the company’s 25,000 employees have military backgrounds.
Betty Thompson, senior vice president and chief personnel officer at Booz Allen, says the company is proud to be the top employer for veterans. “We have maintained a deep and long commitment to the nation’s military community that began with our work assisting the U.S. Navy at the dawn of World War II and continues today with the Military Health System, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and our many engagements with the Department of Defense and armed services,” she says. “U.S. veterans and wounded warriors made personal sacrifices to serve our country, and it is in that same spirit of service that Booz Allen has pledged its commitment to these heroic men and women.”
Thompson says the company is committed to hiring and retaining veterans and wounded warriors who want to continue serving the nation in a “different and challenging way.” She adds, “We value them particularly because of the level of knowledge and training they bring to support our clients’ core missions.”
Booz Allen supports employees with military backgrounds through outreach, training programs, and its Armed Services Forum, which provides support, camaraderie, and resources for employees formerly or currently serving. “Veterans are exceptional individuals who have served our country, upheld the highest ethical standards, and strive to do important work that makes a difference,” Thompson says. “Because of these qualities, veterans embody many of Booz Allen’s core values and they thrive within our culture.”
The company also generates plenty of opportunities for veterans to convert military skills into marketable civilian opportunities, Thompson says. “Our strategy, technology, analytics, and engineering consultants help clients, including the U.S. Department of Defense, the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, the Department of Homeland Security and many others, achieve success in their most critical missions.”
Booz Allen was also ranked No. 1 on G.I. Jobs Magazine’s 2011 list of the “Top 100 Military Friendly Employers.”
For this study, Payscale looked only at employers that offer positions where military experience or training is highly relevant in day to day work. For example, Wal-Mart, which is one of the largest employers in the country, and as such employs among the largest number of veterans, was excluded from the study because of the lack of skilled labor positions.
“We focus on skilled labor positions for the reason that military training does not better prepare you for retail positions but does give you necessary skills useful for the skilled labor force,” says Katie Bardaro, Payscale’s lead economist. “After finishing a tour, veterans can always choose to move into a retail position–as long as those companies are hiring, which they often are–but the pay and benefits are minimal and the position would use very little of their training. If the veterans are looking for pay to rival their military pay and a position that lets them build upon the skills they gained in service, then skilled labor is the way to go.”
No. 2 on the list is Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a provider of scientific, engineering, systems integration and technical services and solutions. The Virginia-based firm works extensively with government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, among others.
“The strength and success of SAIC is a direct result of its employees,” says SAIC spokesperson Melissa Koskovich. “Veterans embody the characteristics we look for: integrity, ethics, perseverance, honor and commitment. The values and skill sets they bring to the table are easily translated to the workforce, and we’re proud to have them as members of the SAIC team.”
Nearly 25% of SAIC’s workforce is veterans, including its CEO, John P. Jumper, a retired general and former Air Force chief of staff. SAIC has 25 full-time professionals focused on military hiring, and 22% percent of all new hires for the past year were transitioned military members or veterans. This month the company launched a program to hire 1,500 veterans in 2012.
“SAIC is committed not only to employing veterans, but to giving back to them as well,” Koskovich says. “Our company is dedicated to serving the interests of veterans through the creation and unwavering support of its Military Alliance Group, and is heavily engaged in supporting programs aimed at recruiting military talent and helping wounded warriors transition into life after service.”
SAIC has also been awarded the Champions of Veterans Enterprise Award by the National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC) for exemplary commitment to working with veteran-owned small businesses.
Global aerospace and defense technology company Northrop Grumman holds the No. 3 spot and is the top aerospace employer on the list. The New York-based integrated space communications system designer and producer L-3 Communications, and Maryland-based global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin, round out the top five.
The top four industries represented in the study are weapons and security, aerospace, government agencies and information technology. Many of the top jobs in these areas involve engineering or other technical expertise, while others specialize in government processes.
“Veterans have trouble finding jobs just like non-veterans in today’s society,” Bardaro says. “Companies are not hiring like they did pre-recession, as [many] have found a way to operate successfully at the minimal sustainable labor level. However, unlike non-veterans, veterans have numerous resources to help them besides the every day job fair. There are organizations and government initiatives, like Michelle Obama‘s Joining Forces campaign, as well as tax deductions for hiring veterans, that exclusively exist to help veterans in their job search.”
Additionally, military service is like belonging to a very strong and influential alumni network, she adds. “Millions of people are veterans or associated with veterans and help to look out for their own.”Follow @nfvr
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