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The Monster and Military.com 2018 best companies for veterans

Our fourth annual list showcases companies with a dedication to providing jobs for veterans.

The Monster and Military.com 2018 best companies for veterans

The 10 best companies for veterans

Veterans, you gave your service to our country, and the least we can do is help you make a smooth transition to the civilian working world.

For most of you, the transition is still not as easy as it could be. A 2018 Monster survey of more than 300 veterans revealed that in spite of improving conditions for veteran employment, more than half of you still feel that HR professionals do not understand your military skills.

So it’s no wonder that nearly three out of four of you say you often look for employers with a strong track record of hiring veterans. Additionally, many vets look for companies with recruiters who are veterans themselves and that have special veteran onboarding programs and/or support groups for veteran employees.

We hear you. That’s why Military.com offers a Skills Translator to match military skills to civilian jobs and a Transition Center that creates a custom checklist for service members planning to leave the military. And it’s also why Monster and Military.com collaborated once again to put together this fourth annual Best Companies for Veterans list. We want to help you find the companies that will understand you from the get-go. We also want to commend these businesses for the incredible strides they’ve taken toward veteran inclusiveness and make them examples for other employers in hopes that it will someday be as easy for veterans to find work as it should be.

To assemble our 2018 list, we first reached out to a panel of veteran-hiring experts for their nominations of best-in-class companies with proven veteran hiring and retention practices. Receiving more than 50 nominees, we reached out to those companies to get their veteran hiring stats, veteran retention rates, and veteran recruitment plans and practices, then ranked those companies. (See below for our full methodology.)

As the list continues to get more competitive each year, this year’s minimum percentage of 2018 veteran hires at our top companies rose to 18%—a 20% increase from last year. Not to mention, the minimum percentage of veterans compared to total workforce at these companies also increased by 13% year-over-year. From the top down, all of the companies on our list have veteran recruitment goals, designed a veteran outreach strategy, and employ a team dedicated exclusively to veteran hiring. Additionally, these 10 companies all accept military training in place of civilian credentials and offer top-notch onboarding and training for new veteran hires.

Spanning a range of industries—including information technology, defense technologies, government, transportation, and consulting—the companies on our list correspond with the types of jobs veterans from our survey said they are most interested in. Here’s the full corps of companies that made our 2018 top 10:

1. ManTech

What the company does: ManTech provides advanced technological services to the U.S. government in the areas of defense, intelligence, law enforcement, science, administration, health, and other fields.

Headquarters: Fairfax, Virginia

Percentage of 2018 hires who are vets: 47%

Percentage of workforce who are vets: 47%

What we liked: ManTech holds their spot at the top of the list for a second year. Nearly half of the company’s employees are veterans, and they continue hiring veterans at the same pace, perhaps thanks to their dedicated veteran recruitment staff. Another sign of their commitment to veterans is ManTech University, which offers a range of training options for veterans to better understand the business concepts of the civilian landscape, business acumen courses, and a host of certifications—and it clearly works, as the company expects to end 2018 with a veteran retention rate of at least 71%.

Find jobs at ManTech on Monster.

2. CACI International Incorporated

What the company does: CACI is a multinational professional services and information technology company that provides defense, homeland security, intelligence, and healthcare to branches of the federal government.

Headquarters: Arlington, Virginia

Percentage of 2018 hires who are vets: 47%

Percentage of workforce who are vets: 37%

What we liked: A new entrant to our list, CACI comes in with impressively high numbers and resources that truly support veteran personnel. Starting from day one, CACI provides a Veterans Program orientation to all new hires, and the company is currently piloting a program for newly separated veterans to assist them in transitioning into the corporate world. But CACI doesn’t stop there, as the company also provides a veteran mentor program, membership to their Veteran Employee Resource Group, and offers specialized skill enhancement programs.

Find jobs at CACI on Monster.

3. U.S. Customs and Border Protection

What the agency does: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), one of the world’s largest law enforcement agencies, is charged with keeping terrorists and weapons out of the U.S., while also facilitating lawful international travel and trade.

Headquarters: Washington, DC

Percentage of 2018 hires who are vets: 31%

Percentage of workforce who are vets: 29%

What we liked: Making its third consecutive appearance on this list, CBP works to consistently and effectively recruit and employ qualified veterans—with an emphasis on “effectively,” as CBP retained more than 87% of its 2017 veteran hires. Within the company’s National Recruitment Division (which is staffed by many veterans themselves), CBP also employs a full-time Veterans Employment Program Manager who advocates for the placement of transitioning service members, veterans, and veterans with disabilities into both law enforcement and mission support roles.

Find jobs at U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Monster.

4. Booz Allen Hamilton

What the company does: Booz Allen Hamilton provides management and technology consulting and engineering services to major corporations, governments, and not-for-profit organizations.

Headquarters: McLean, Virginia

Percentage of 2018 hires who are vets: 31%

Percentage of workforce who are vets: 27%

What we liked: A veteran of our lists, having placed in all of our previous years, Booz Allen Hamilton understands the importance of veteran staffing. Boasting high hiring numbers, the company consistently updates leadership with veteran hiring reports and even hosts a military spouse forum. Next year, the company hopes to make even more veteran hires, with the goal of 35% new hires being veterans.

Find jobs at Booz Allen Hamilton on Monster.

5. PRISM Inc.

What the company does: PRISM provides cybersecurity and information technology enterprise solutions to public and private companies.

Headquarters: Reston, Virginia

Percentage of 2018 hires who are vets: 31%

Percentage of workforce who are vets: 23%

What we liked: PRISM knows that entry into the civilian world can be daunting, which is why they see it as their recruiting responsibility to help make veterans feel comfortable even before they're been hired. Prior to their start date, PRISM recruiters will coach veterans on resume writing, interview techniques, and overall professionalism in the workplace. On day one, PRISM then begins with a personalized onboarding process as well as a veteran's performance management process that consists of frequent check-ins throughout their tenure. Additionally, each employee is assigned a career counselor, who becomes an in-house advocate, and ensures a smooth process into the new job.

Find jobs at PRISM on Monster.

6. Lockheed Martin

What the company does: Lockheed Martin is a global aerospace, security, and advanced technology defense contractor.

Headquarters: Bethesda, Maryland

Percentage of 2018 hires who are vets: 26.5%

Percentage of workforce who are vets: 22.5%

What we liked: For the fourth time in a row, Lockheed Martin cracked our list—and it’s easy to see why. For one, Lockheed Martin employs a full-time military team that’s composed of vets and is dedicated to recruiting outreach to veterans and advocating for veteran job placement. Additionally, the company hosts a Veteran Employee Resource Group Leadership Symposium every year for military and veteran leaders across the enterprise to share best practices and build new initiatives in support of veterans. Perhaps most impressive, though, is Lockheed Martin’s Military Connect, the first-ever social media platform designed to enable discussions between external military candidates, veterans, and the company’s internal employees.

Find jobs at Lockheed Martin on Monster.

7. Intelligent Waves LLC

What the company does: Intelligent Waves LLC is a veteran-owned small business that specializes in providing IT and communications support to a wide variety of U.S. government customers. 

Headquarters: Reston, Virginia

Percentage of 2018 hires who are vets: 24%

Percentage of workforce who are vets: 42%

What we liked: At Intelligent Waves, veteran hiring is personal. As a veteran-owned small business, IW understands that veteran candidates come with unique needs, which is likely why the company boasts a high retention rate of 61% for 2017 veteran hires. While IW continuously strives to increase its veteran and military family hiring, the company also supports active duty members, with more than 15 employees going on military leave since 2017.

Find jobs at Intelligent Waves on Monster.

8. Union Pacific Railroad

What the company does: Union Pacific Railroad is North America's premier railroad franchise, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States.

Headquarters: Omaha, Nebraska

Percentage of 2018 hires who are vets: 20.5%

Percentage of workforce who are vets: 18%

What we liked: For years, Union Pacific has been recognized by Monster as a leader in hiring veterans—and this year is no exception, with 20.5% of 2018 hires being vets. The company frequently hosts seminars and briefs leadership on veteran issues and the value of veteran employment and employs Hiring Our Heroes programs to help veterans make the transition into the civilian workforce. It's no wonder that the company boasts a 2017 veteran retention rate of 65.5%.

Find jobs at Union Pacific Railroad on Monster. 

9. BAE Systems

What the company does: BAE is an international defense, aerospace, and security company that delivers a full range of products and services for air, land, and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions, and customer support services.

Headquarters: Arlington, Virginia

Percentage of 2018 hires who are vets: 19%

Percentage of workforce who are vets: 17%

What we liked: BAE’s commitment to veteran hiring keeps them on the list for the fourth year, and they’re going strong. They’ve set an impressive 2019 goal of 100 veteran hires per month, with a particular emphasis to serve military spouses, as well. Their Warrior Integration Program (WIP), now in its ninth year, focuses on integrating combat-wounded veterans into the workforce through onboarding, mentoring, and career development. Top management is actively engaged in the process, too, with the Veterans’ Support Network (VSN), which educates leadership on the value of veterans in the workforce.

Find jobs at BAE Systems on Monster. 

10. Schneider National

What the company does: Schneider National is a provider of trucking and transportation logistics services.

Headquarters: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Percentage of 2018 hires who are vets: 18%

Percentage of workforce who are vets: 22%

What we liked: Schneider is no stranger to this list—having been a winner the past two years. The company's ongoing commitment to veteran hiring is evident in the fact that 22% of the total workforce is veterans. Schneider also offers on-the-job training programs, apprenticeships, and both onsite and web-based instructor-led training. Plus, if you have military truck driving experience and obtained a CDL-A through the Military Skills Test Waiver, Schneider will accept it as certification when applying for a job at the company.

Find a job

As a veteran, you already have the necessary skills and experience in your arsenal. That brings us to your next assignment: Finding a job. Want some help with that? You need the combined power of Monster and Military.com behind you. You can join Monster for free today. As a member, you’ll get a free resume review to help you ensure that you’re civilian-world ready, and you can upload your resume (up to five versions!) so that recruiters can find you. But you’ll also want to head over to  Military.com, where you can search for veteran-friendly employers, use the Military Skills Translator and get career transition help, and learn about the latest news and trends affecting vets.

Methodology

We started with a panel of 5 outstanding veteran hiring experts: Lida Citroen, author and personal branding expert; Evan Guzman, founder of The MiLBRAND Project, an agency dedicated to helping businesses and employers attract and retain veterans and military spouses; Steve Jordon, CAPT (ret), U.S. Navy and Executive Director for the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Foundation’s Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI); Fred Wellman, Army Aeroscout Pilot and Public Affairs Officer (ret) and CEO and Founder of ScoutComms, a communications, advocacy, and philanthropic strategy firm supporting veterans, service members and military families; Kathy Roth-Doquet, CEO of Blue Star Families, a non-profit organization serving active duty, wounded, and transitioning veterans and their families; and asked each of them to nominate 10 companies they thought were standouts for their veteran hiring and retention practices. We then reached out to each of the nominees—plus past winners—for the following additional information: what percentage of the company’s 2018 hires were veterans; what percentage of the total workforce is veterans; what the retention rate was for 2017 hires; what 2018 recruitment plans it had for veterans; whether it has a dedicated veteran recruitment team and if any of that team are veterans; what kind of special programs it offers for onboarding, development and retention; whether they accepted military training in place of civilian credentials; and if the company’s leadership is updated on the value of hiring veterans, military culture, and veteran’s issues. We ranked first on 2018 hires, then on total workforce, and finally used the other data points to inform the final rankings.


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