The best employers for veterans can be determined by hiring, recruiting and retention practices. Over the past seven years, Military.com and its parent company Monster have consulted with America’s top employers looking for these criteria and created an annual list of the best places to work for vets in their post-military careers.
In a year when talent retention is paramount in the US workforce, retention practices were paramount for 2021. But hiring and recruiting veterans remain key factors in full employment for veterans. In making this year’s list, we found that the best companies for veterans all have similar characteristics:
- Recruit teams dedicated to recruiting veterans
- Including veterans in these teams
- Accept military training in place of civilian credentials
- Providing some of the best integration and support services for Veterans, such as Employee Resource Groups for Veterans and Families, Resume Translators, and paid time off for military service for Guard members and reservists
The emphasis on retention is so important because underemployment is fast becoming the biggest problem in veterans jobs. Half of veterans leave their first post-military job in the year. In the second year, this number increases from 60 to 80%.
Read: 5 Reasons Veterans Quit Civilian Jobs
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Top 10 Employers for Veterans 2021
1. ManTech International
ManTech is a cybersecurity and information technology company for government, intelligence and military organizations. It also provides technical assistance to small businesses.
ManTech regularly makes this list and has been at the top three times. It retained 80% of its first year veteran hires due to its internal veteran support programs, such as veteran and family resource groups, mentoring programs, certification transfers, employee support guard and reserve, etc.
The second-largest oil and gas company in the United States kept 75% of its veteran hires in 2020 for many of the same reasons as ManTech. It offers similar military-focused family leave programs, mentoring opportunities, and employee resource groups.
He also has a translator with similar skills to facilitate the process of integration from the military to the civilian world. The military doesn’t pump and maybe refine its own crude oil, but there are many areas of a military career that can result in this multinational corporation.
3. American systems
American Systems is another information technology company serving the computing needs of US government agencies. It was able to retain 77% of its 2020 veterans because it’s not only one of the largest employee-owned companies in the country, it also has stellar veteran employee support programs.
With many other support systems in place with the other big companies on the list, American Systems comes in at # 3 as it also partners with veteran and military family organizations to support veterans in transition.
4. US Customs and Border Protection
This US government agency has gone by many names and has been hosted by a few different government organizations. It now reports to the Department of Homeland Security and is the main border control agency, handling customs, trade and immigration.
Like many federal jobs, the U.S. CBP offers five and 10 point veteran hiring preferences, as well as skilled translators, to ease the transition to federal employment for outgoing military personnel. It has a 90% retention rate for its hires of veterans in 2020.
5. CACI International inc.
CACI International is another information technology company that focuses on public procurement. Do you see a trend here? This is the future of federal employment. If you are interested in IT as a career, now is the time to start learning.
This company is not only a great employer for Veterans, given its multitude of Veteran support programs. It is also regularly named as one of the country’s top employers and one of the world’s best tech companies.
6. General Dynamics mission systems
The company that brought you the Arleigh-Burke guided missile destroyer, M1 Abrams tank, and Stryker armored fighting vehicle now offers its seasoned employees some of the best benefits in retention and career development.
The defense contractor has kept 90% of its veterans hired with exclusive resources from veterans, skilled translators to find civilian job equivalents, mentoring programs and paid time off for members of the guard and reserve who are sent on active duty.
7. PKL Services inc.
2021 marks the first time PKL Services has been on the Top 10 for Hiring and Retaining Veterans list, which speaks volumes as it is significantly smaller than the other organizations on this list. With less than 750 employees, it’s the top-ranked mid-sized company on the list.
The aerospace maintenance and logistics company retained 90% of its 2020 veteran workforce due to its hiring and recruiting practices, as well as paid time off for members of the Guard and Reserve – a big problem for such a small company.
8. Advanced technology services
Advanced Technology Services provides testing, calibration, machine health, disaster recovery, technical training, preventive maintenance, service desk management, and customer IT services.
85% of ATS veterans hired in 2020 stayed with the company because of its employee support designed for veterans. In a company that undertakes outsourced industrial maintenance operations in three countries, having a veteran-specific employee resource pool is a great advantage.
9. United States Transportation Safety Administration
The Transportation Security Administration isn’t just limited to the people you see on airport passenger lines (although that’s a big part of the job). The TSA also has K9 dog handlers, federal air commissioners, and behavior detection specialists who monitor the movement of the public.
Now more than ever, security agencies like the TSA need qualified, experienced and disciplined military personnel to ensure the safety of the traveling public. No one recognizes this more than the TSA itself, which offers mentoring programs and skill translators and partners with veteran and military family organizations to improve the lives of its veteran employees.
Leidos works with the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Homeland Security and numerous intelligence agencies, including the National Security Agency, providing IT, scientific and technical solutions to these agencies.
With all of the aforementioned resources available to her veteran employees that are featured by other companies and organizations on this list, she retained 75% of her veteran hires for 2020 this year.
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