These veteran-friendly companies offer everything from transition assistance to hiring bonuses.
By Lillian Childress
Returning to the workforce after a career in the military can have unique challenges, and some companies recognize that. We’re highlighting companies that make a special effort to provide resources for the veterans they employ and their families.
Last year, Glassdoor interviewed Mike Hansen, the national director of military affairs at Power Home Remodeling, who talked about returning to the workforce after his deployment.
“After the shock factor of not being in the military anymore subsides, it’s all about how quickly you can apply the skills that you developed in the military. This application phase is the biggest differentiator of success—if veterans can focus on understanding, ‘I bring all these attributes, now it’s just about applying them to a different environment,’ they can find proficiency more quickly.”
Power Home Remodeling is just one of the companies leading the charge in facilitating veteran success in the workforce, offering a $3,000 hiring bonus for veterans. The list we’ve drawn up here highlight companies who are going the extra mile for veterans:
Booz Allen Hamilton
Where Hiring: Washington, DC; Arlington, VA; Fort Meade, MD; Falls Church, VA; Bethesda, MD; McLean, VA; Rockville, MD; Reston, VA; Chantilly, VA, & more.
Resources for Veterans: If you’re a veteran at Booz Allen Hamilton, you’ll be in good company: one-third of the company’s workforce are veterans. The company has multiple military-focused employee forums that offer networking and career training, and serve as knowledge bases for veterans and military spouses. Booz Allen also offers enviable benefits for reservists, including differential pay for up to 6 months, and continuing health and retirement benefits for the duration of an employee’s active duty assignment.
What Employees Say: “Great option for transitioning veterans to get their ‘foot-in-the-door’ in the commercial sector.” (from a current employee)
Where Hiring: Centreville, VA; Largo, MD; Washington, DC; Miami, FL; Worcester, MA; Oakland Park, FL; Hurst, TX; Porter, TX; Orlando, FL; Falls Church, VA, & more.
Resources for Veterans: Walgreens offers a number of specialized programs for veterans, including their HERO Program, which includes retail management training, on-the-job mentorship, and program support for veterans. The chain also offers military leave and military bridge pay to eligible team members, as well as multiple resource groups for veterans.
What Employees Say: “I love working at Walgreens. I’ve been there since February 2017 and very quickly moved up in the company from Customer Service Associate, to Designated Hitter (which means I can also work in the pharmacy), to Shift Lead. This shows that if you work hard and have good customer and communication skills, you have a lot of opportunity here.” (from a current shift leader)
Power Home Remodeling
Where Hiring: Greenbelt, MD; Alexandria, VA; Philadelphia, PA; Tampa, FL; Arlington, VA; Canton, MI
Resources for Veterans: Power Home Remodeling is one of the leaders in innovative veteran employment programs, offering – get this – a $3,000 hiring bonus for both veterans and military spouses. The company also offers numerous programs to help integrate, train, and retain veterans.
What Employees Say: “Getting out of the army and finding a good job was hard for me. Power is the first place to not only recognize the leadership qualities that veterans have but to also recreate the feeling of comradery I felt in the military. It’s hard to put into words, but they somehow make me want to try my best each day” (from a current outbound marketer)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Where Hiring: Washington, DC; Bronx, NY; Indianapolis, IN; Hayward, WI; Austin, TX; Athens, GA; Miami, FL; Las Vegas, NV; Fayetteville, AR; Chillicothe, OH, & more.
Resources for Veterans: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs knows how to value veterans. They offer a host of benefits for veterans that choose to work for them, including specialized tools and programs to help transition into civilian life, tuition assistance and loan repayment programs to help facilitate education, as well as a host of hiring initiatives and incentive programs.
What Employees Say: “Great mission, incredible benefits, good work/life balance.” (current physician)
Where Hiring: Arlington, VA; Dallas, TX; Atlanta, GA; San Jose, CA; Orlando, FL; Minneapolis, MN; Richmond, VA; Pittsburgh, PA; Cleveland, OH, & more.
Resources for Veterans: A significant portion of the Southwest Airlines workforce comes from the military, with over 8,000 employees who have served or are actively serving, and more than 1,300 employees who are military spouses. Southwest offers a number of programs that help veterans transition into private sector jobs. Their website also features a military skills translator tool, where military members can enter their military job title or code to see the currently available opportunities at Southwest that align with their experience.
What Employees Say: “Culture is awesome. Lots of fun events throughout the year. Very family-oriented atmosphere. Flight benefits are great. Generally, you’re not expected to bring work home. Very stress-free environment. Benefits package is great. Profit sharing is great, 401k match is unheard of at 9.3 percent, and stock purchase plan is great.” (from a current yield analyst)
Where Hiring: Chantilly, VA; Annapolis Junction, MD; Manassas, VA; Washington, DC; Herndon, VA; Hanover, MD; Aurora, CO; Oklahoma City, OK; Huntsville, AL; Tukwila, WA, & more.
Resources for Veterans: Boeing is committed to hiring veterans, as they make up 15 percent of the company’s workforce. Over 800 veteran-specific programs and organizations were supported by Boeing and its employees in 2018, and the company offers more than 30 veteran-focused employee engagement teams. These include skill development and workforce transition training, supporting recovery and rehabilitation programs that focus on post-traumatic stress, and promoting employee volunteering in veteran communities, according to Boeing’s website.
What Employees Say: “Industry leading pay and benefits. Largest aerospace company in the world. Lots of flexibility in assignments and projects. Good opportunities for continued education and career growth.” (from a current senior systems engineer)
The Home Depot
Where Hiring: Bloomfield, NJ; Plainfield, IL; El Cerrito, CA; Odessa, TX; Tempe, AZ; Southfield, MI; Bolingbrook, IL; Hawthorne, NY; Vancouver, WA; Miami, FL, & more.
Resources for Veterans: Already famous for their 10 percent discount for retired military members, Home Depot has also a strong commitment towards hiring veterans, with 55,000 hired since 2012. At Home Depot, an associate-run group called Military Appreciation Group, or MAG, helps veterans transition back into the working world and supports the families of deployed military members.
What Employees Say: “The Home Depot is a really employee-oriented business. They allow you to grow and gain the skills needed in case you decide to move to another position. They are very flexible with your schedule.” (from a current appliance sales specialist)
Did you drive trucks or other large vehicles in the military? Right now, there’s an extreme shortage of qualified truck drivers in today’s pool of job seekers, and military veterans are the ideal candidate for this type of job. Some trucking companies are actively seeking out military veterans for positions at their companies. Drive My Way, a company that matches CDL truck drivers and owner operators with jobs, offers a list of trucking companies hiring veterans for you to consider, including Holland and Oldcastle.