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Best for Vets: Employers 2015

The story | The methodology

We invited companies across the U.S. to take part in our rigorous, nearly 90-question survey. Not every company that responded made the cut. Rankings were developed based on the answers that companies provided to questions about their recruiting of people connected to the military; company policies related to veterans, reservists and their families; and the organization's culture. Not everything listed in this chart was considered in the rankings, and many items not listed were considered.

Employees 2014 hires Benefits for activated reservists
Rank Company Industry Total Military Total Military % of recruiting budget for veterans Military experience instead of certification Veterans on-boarding Company training about military Military spouse policies ESGR awards Medical insurance Life insurance Pay raises Retirement
contributions
Sick days Vacation days Do activated or drilling reservists receive their full civilian pay or the full difference between their military and civilian pay? And for how long?
1 Verizon Tele- communications 167,274 12,833 24,063 1,934 5% Freedom [1] Training: full difference, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, 156 weeks [2]
2 USAA Insurance 26,963 4,824 4,714 759 30% Freedom [1] Training: full difference, 4 weeks; activated: full pay, 4 weeks, then full difference, 23 weeks
3 Lockheed Martin Corp. Defense & aerospace 112,000 22,471 6,900 2,354 18% Patriot Full difference, unlimited
4 BAE Systems Inc. Defense & aerospace 33,700 4,230 5,500 1,125 20% Freedom [1] No pay
5 Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. Banking & financial services 13,907 548 2,095 132 10% Above and Beyond [1] Training: full pay, unlimited; activated: full difference, 104 weeks
6 Intuitive Research and Technology Corp. Engineering & services 297 103 28 13 46% Patriot Training: full difference, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, 6 months
7 AT&T Tele- communications 245,175 10,163 30,252 3,791 1% Freedom [1] Training: full difference, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, 30 months
8 Capital One Financial Corp. Banking & financial services 46,000 1,830 10,277 407 3% Freedom [1] Training: full pay, 11 business days, then full difference, unlimited; activated: full difference, unlimited
9 Humana Inc. Insurance 56,000 no data 15,000 404 no data Freedom [1] Full difference, 52 weeks
10 JPMorgan Chase & Co. Banking & financial services 241,325 no data 29,981 no data 15% Freedom [1] Training: full pay, 2 weeks; activated: full pay, unlimited
11 Union Pacific Railroad Transportation 47,000 9,853 6,200 1,727 38% Freedom [1] No pay
12 Booz Allen Hamilton Consulting 22,318 7,413 4,306 1,446 70% Above and Beyond [1] Full difference, 20 business days
13 Devon Energy Oil refining, petroleum & drilling 5,800 320 1,100 85 30% Pro Patria [1] Full pay, 3 months, then full difference, 9 months
13 Hilton Worldwide [3] Hospitality 56,407 1,156 18,625 674 35% Seven Seals Training: no pay; activated: full difference, 12 months
15 ManTech Defense & aerospace 7,118 3,052 1,824 777 75% Patriot Training: full difference, 20 business days; activated: full difference, 9 months
16 Alion Science and Technology Defense & aerospace 2,800 1,105 458 165 25% Full pay, 21 business days
17 LMI Consulting 1,063 368 204 50 40% Freedom Training: full pay, 10 business days; activated: full difference, 26 weeks
18 First Data Corp. Banking & financial services 24,000 1,039 2,800 no data 20% Patriot Full difference, 90 business days
19 Defense Mobile Corp. Tele- communications 21 8 17 6 100% Patriot Training: full pay, unlimited; activated: partial difference, unlimited
20 General Motors Transportation 212,000 6,894 5,100 734 1% Freedom [1] Training: full difference, 20 business days; activated: full difference, unlimited
21 Dominion Resources Inc. Energy, utilities, gas & electric 14,500 1,437 731 111 25% Freedom Full difference, 5 years
22 Southern Co. Energy, utilities, gas & electric 26,000 2,550 1,589 210 5% Freedom [1] Training: full difference, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, unlimited
23 Exelon Corp. Energy, utilities, gas & electric 29,353 3,582 3,001 312 33% Above and Beyond Full difference, 120 hours
24 Bank of America Banking & financial services 191,825 no data 29,643 2,008 no data Freedom [1] Training: full pay, 2 weeks; activated: full pay, 12 weeks, then full difference, 248 weeks
25 Concurrent Technologies Corp. (CTC) [4] Research & development 724 118 64 34 25% Extraordinary Employer Support [1] Full difference, unlimited
26 Walmart Retail 2,200,000 100,000 500,000 46,445 15% Freedom [1] Full difference, unlimited
Employees 2014 hires Benefits for activated reservists
Rank Company Industry Total Military Total Military % of recruiting budget for veterans Military experience instead of certification Veterans on-boarding Company training about military Military spouse policies ESGR awards Medical insurance Life insurance Pay raises Retirement
contributions
Sick days Vacation days Do activated or drilling reservists receive their full civilian pay or the full difference between their military and civilian pay? And for how long?
27 Prudential Financial Inc. Banking & financial services 20,091 593 3,510 182 15% Training: full pay, 2 weeks; activated: full pay, unlimited
28 The Exchange (Army & Air Force Exchange Service) Government & civil service 29,571 3,957 13,270 1,539 20% Pro Patria Training: full pay, 15 business days; activated: full difference, unlimited [5]
29 U.S. Bank Banking & financial services 66,358 1,728 11,874 256 5% Freedom [1] Training: full pay, 2 weeks; activated: full pay, 6 weeks, then full difference, 104 weeks
30 CDW Science & technology 7,200 321 1,200 82 20% Full difference, 104 weeks
31 Intel [3], [4] Semiconductor 50,366 3,917 3,518 102 10% Freedom [1] Full difference, 104 weeks
32 Performance Contractors Inc. Construction 6,200 653 1,400 194 33% Training: no pay; activated: full difference, unlimited
33 Express Scripts Health care & health services 30,000 657 11,439 168 1% Extraordinary Employer Support [1] Full difference, 6 months
34 United Rentals Inc. [3] Construction 10,907 1,344 1,963 278 25% Pro Patria [1] Full difference, unlimited
35 Computer Science Corp. (CSC) Science & technology 74,000 no data 13,999 no data 20% Extraordinary Employer Support [1] Full difference, 12 months
36 Cigna Health care & health services 36,000 672 8,275 112 10% Pro Patria Full difference, 52 weeks
37 Eaton Manufacturing 34,069 1,556 4,572 312 12% Freedom [1] Full pay, 2 weeks
38 Accenture Consulting no data no data no data no data no data Training: full difference, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, unlimited
38 KPMG LLP Accounting & finance 25,363 442 6,908 261 no data Patriot Full difference, 12 months
40 Exelis Inc. Defense & aerospace 10,000 1,522 1,100 214 15% Full difference, unlimited
41 GE Manufacturing 170,557 10,361 15,133 1,363 33% Freedom [1] Training: full difference, 17 business days; activated: full difference, 3 years, then full difference, 3 years
42 Citi Banking & financial services 78,000 2,500 13,013 526 no data Freedom Training: full pay, 4 weeks, then full difference, unlimited; activated: full pay, 4 weeks, then full difference, 256 weeks
43 Waste Management Environmental 42,000 2,900 7,600 580 10% Extraordinary Employer Support [1] Full difference, 60 months
44 Leidos Defense & aerospace 19,500 2,896 3,960 681 10% Full difference, 52 weeks
45 Kraft Foods Group Inc. Consumer products 20,000 1,100 2,664 158 0% Training: full difference, 15 business days; activated: full difference, 5 years
46 DaVita Kidney Care Health care & health services 46,000 no data no data no data 15% Freedom [1] Full difference, 5 years
47 Progressive Insurance Insurance 26,812 1,244 3,736 179 5% Pro Patria [1] Full difference, 24 weeks
48 Travelers Insurance 30,000 1,043 2,702 114 20% Freedom [1] Training: full difference, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, 5 years
49 Shell Oil Co. Oil refining, petroleum & drilling 21,700 804 0 99 10% Full difference, 17 business days
Employees 2014 hires Benefits for activated reservists
Rank Company Industry Total Military Total Military % of recruiting budget for veterans Military experience instead of certification Veterans on-boarding Company training about military Military spouse policies ESGR awards Medical insurance Life insurance Pay raises Retirement
contributions
Sick days Vacation days Do activated or drilling reservists receive their full civilian pay or the full difference between their military and civilian pay? And for how long?
50 Merck & Co. Inc. Pharmaceutical 23,304 325 861 25 10% Freedom [1] Full pay, 60 business days, then full difference, unlimited
51 First Command Financial Services Banking & financial services 1,051 654 132 39 100% No pay
52 CBRE Group Inc. [3] Real estate & property management 24,000 2,024 5,696 487 10% Above and Beyond Full difference, 1 year
53 TSYS Banking & financial services 10,014 no data 1,370 84 5% Freedom [1] Full difference, unlimited
54 EMC Computer hardware 52,000 no data 7,000 no data no data Pro Patria [1] Training: full difference, 30 business days; activated: full difference, 18 months
55 Xcel Energy Energy, utilities, gas & electric 11,500 no data 1,449 121 50% Pro Patria [1] Full difference, 1 year
56 Precise Systems Inc. Engineering & services 170 62 42 14 2% Full difference, 3 weeks
57 Brunswick Corp. Manufacturing 8,500 no data 3,000 300 no data Extraordinary Employer Support [1] Full difference, 12 months
58 Sprint Tele- communications 31,000 991 12,897 44 3% Freedom [1] Full difference, unlimited
59 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Health care & health services 23,013 603 4,634 98 2% Full difference, unlimited
60 Werner Enterprises Transportation 12,000 1,701 14,807 2,014 20% Freedom [1] No pay
61 DynCorp International LLC Defense & aerospace 13,573 7,709 2,615 1,576 50% Full difference, 13 weeks
62 Siemens US Engineering 46,000 2,955 6,807 311 no data Freedom Full difference, 12 months
63 The Home Depot Retail 365,000 35,000 189,636 19,878 10% Freedom [1] Training: full difference, 3 months; activated: full difference, 12 months
64 Level 3 Communications [3] Tele- communications 9,896 no data 1,444 no data 10% Above and Beyond Full difference, 6 months
65 Kearney & Co. Accounting & finance 419 114 139 15 20% Full pay, 1 week
66 Ecolab Inc. Chemical 20,050 1,091 3,540 250 no data Training: full difference, 15 business days; activated: full difference, 6 months
67 FDM Group [3] Science & technology 321 28 176 15 30% Full pay, 2 weeks
68 Hormel Foods Corp. Food 12,320 336 2,084 45 20% Patriot Training: full difference, 2 weeks; activated: partial difference, unlimited
69 Amazon Internet & e-commerce 154,000 no data no data 2,600[6] no data Pro Patria [1] Full difference, 80 hours
70 DRS Technologies Inc. Defense & aerospace 5,131 996 605 184 no data Extraordinary Employer Support Full difference, 12 weeks
71 The Hartford Insurance 17,500 421 4,045 55 no data Pro Patria [1] Full pay, 2 weeks, then full difference, 2 weeks
72 ProSol Government contracting 147 82 49 19 30% Patriot No pay
73 Convergys [7] Customer management 35,000 no data 0 no data 10% Training: full difference, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, 1 week, then partial difference, 1 week
74 Creative Computing Solutions Inc. Consulting 209 50 100 24 15% Full pay, 1 week
    Footnotes
  • 1 Multiple ESGR awards
  • 2 For training, up to 4 weeks if deemed specialty training. For activated, data applies to "emergency active duty." Non-emergency is 2 weeks if less than one year with company and 12 weeks if more
  • 3 Only includes U.S. operations
  • 4 Information does not include subsidiaries
  • 5 The 15 days of full pay may also be used by activated reservists
  • 6 Information from a recent interview
  • 7 Only includes North American operations