Best for Vets: Employers 2016

We invited companies across the U.S. to take part in our rigorous, nearly more-than-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.

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Employees New hires Benefits for activated reservists
Rank Company Industry Total Military Total Military Percentage 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 Reservist pay
1 Verizon Telecommunications 162,162 11,643 16,850 1,086 7%
Freedom [1]
Full difference, 36 months
2 Union Pacific Railroad Transportation 47,200 9,813 3,948 1,943 15%
Freedom [1]
Training: no pay; activated: full difference, unlimited
3 USAA [2] Insurance 28,681 4,758 3,922 588 30% Freedom [1]
Training: full difference, 4 weeks; activated: full difference, 23 months
4 PwC Consulting 1,039 128 351 49 10%
Seven Seals
Full pay, 30 business days, then full difference, 18 months
5 BAE Systems Defense/aerospace 29,320 4,523 6,106 1,150 25%
Freedom [1]
Training: full difference, 15 business days; activated: full pay, 30 business days, then full difference, 11 months
6 Booz Allen Hamilton [2] Consulting 23,000 7,414 5,273 897 70%
Above and Beyond [1]
Full difference, unlimited
7 Intuitive Research and Technology Corp. Engineering/services 324 102 57 19 46%
Patriot
Training: full difference, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, 6 months
8 The Boeing Co. Defense/aerospace 142,595 22,204 8,376 1,375 1%
Freedom [1]
Training: full difference, 80 hours; activated: full difference, 90 business days
9 CACI International [2] Information technology 15,742 5,572 5,572 no data 26%
Above and Beyond [1]
Training: full difference, 3 weeks; activated: full difference, 26 weeks
10 Capital One Banking/financial services 46,000 2,432 10,384 544 6%
Freedom [1]
Training: full pay, 11 business days, then full difference, unlimited; activated: full difference, unlimited
11 Hilton Worldwide Hotel/resort 58,002 1,874 21,423 1,227 37%
Seven Seals [1]
Full difference, 12 months
12 Lockheed Martin Corp. [2] Defense/aerospace 93,952 22,363 9,271 3,305 18%
Patriot
Full difference, unlimited
13 Bank of America Banking/financial services 181,475 no data 29,626 no data no data
Freedom [1]
Training: full pay, 2 weeks; activated: full pay, 90 business days, then full difference, 5 years
14 GE Industrial 124,347 10,553 15,460 1,170 33%
Freedom [1]
Training: full difference, 21 business days; activated: full difference, 36 months
15 U.S. Bank Banking/financial services 65,030 2,204 11,111 412 5%
Freedom [1]
Training: full pay, 2 weeks; activated: full pay, 6 weeks, then full difference, 104 weeks
16 Prudential Financial Banking/financial services 20,235 580 3,016 151 15%
Training: full pay, 2 weeks; activated: full pay, unlimited
17 General Motors [2] Transportation 91,149 6,664 14,307 1,932 1%
Freedom [1]
Full difference, 20 business days
18 Express Scripts [2] Health care/health services 25,875 2,673 5,464 109 1% Extraordinary Employer Support [1]
Full difference, 6 months
19 First Data Banking/financial services 15,920 1,073 4,555 446 no data
Freedom
Training: full difference, 90 business days; activated: full pay, 2 years
20 Comcast NBCUniversal [2] Media/technology/entertainment 140,000 7,389 32,030 2,389 15%
Pro Patria [1]
Training: full pay, 15 business days, then full difference, 3 years; activated: full difference, 3 years
21 Devon Energy Corp. Oil refining/petroleum/drilling 5,700 325 487 27 30%
Freedom [1]
Full pay, 3 months, then full difference, 9 months
22 Concurrent Technologies Corp. [3] Research/development 740 107 94 35 20%
Extraordinary Employer Support [1]
Full difference, unlimited
23 ManTech International Corp. [2] Defense/aerospace 7,175 3,158 2,047 741 75%
Patriot
Training: full difference, 20 business days; activated: full difference, 9 months
24 Pratt & Whitney Airline/aviation 16,000 1,879 1,425 247 15%
Above and Beyond [1]
Training: full difference, unlimited; activated: full difference, 5 years
25 Charles Schwab & Co. Banking/financial services 14,500 637 2,126 no data 10%
Above and Beyond [1]
Training: full pay, unlimited; activated: full difference, 104 weeks
26 Marsh & McLennan Cos. Insurance/consulting 57,000 691 4,156 178 5%
Seven Seals [1]
Full pay, 2 weeks, then full difference, unlimited
27 Humana Health care/health services 50,090 2,200 12,909 no data 3%
Freedom [1]
Full difference, unlimited
28 CDW Science/technology 7,080 336 1,263 90 8%
Full difference, 104 weeks
29 Walmart [2] Retail 2,200,000 100,000 500,000 43,415 15% Freedom [1]
Full difference, unlimited
30 Travelers Insurance 28,000 1,081 3,069 145 20%
Pro Patria [1]
Training: full difference, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, 260 weeks
31 JPMorgan Chase & Co. [2] Banking/financial services 230,000 6,017 43,000 1,757 15% Freedom [1]
Training: full pay, 2 weeks; activated: full pay, unlimited
32 Deloitte [4] Consulting/professional services 49,181 1,517 13,801 345 no data
Pro Patria [1]
Training: full pay, unlimited; activated: full difference, 18 months
33 Eaton Manufacturing 30,586 1,539 3,503 332 20%
Freedom [1]
Training: full pay, 2 weeks; activated: full pay, 1 year
34 Accenture Consulting 50,000 1,000 no data 511 no data
Training: full difference, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, unlimited
35 Citigroup Inc. [2] Banking/financial services 85,000 2,500 8,000 650 no data
Freedom
Training: full pay, 4 weeks, then full difference, unlimited; activated: full pay, 4 weeks, then full difference, 256 weeks
36 Cigna [2] Health care/health services 37,000 944 9,218 26 10%
Freedom [1]
Full difference, 52 weeks
37 Shell Oil Co. Oil refining/petroleum/drilling 20,847 1,132 990 125 10%
Training: full difference, 17 business days; activated: full difference, 12 months
38 Exelon Corp. Energy/utilities/gas/electric 29,764 3,638 3,074 382 33%
Above and Beyond [1]
Full difference, 15 business days
39 Dominion Resources Energy/utilities/gas/electric 14,743 1,611 959 191 25%
Freedom
Full difference, 5 years
40 Performance Contractors Construction 7,800 523 2,884 238 33%
Training: no pay; activated: full difference, unlimited
41 Pacific Gas and Electric Energy/utilities/gas/electric 23,874 no data 1,515 no data 12%
Freedom [1]
Full difference, unlimited
42 Ingenuity IEQ Environmental 25 4 4 1 25%
Full pay, unlimited
43 Leidos [2] Information technology 18,000 3,086 3,643 649 15%
Full difference, 12 months
44 AT&T Telecommunications 254,039 10,843 25,692 3,445 1% Freedom [1]
Training: full difference, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, 24 weeks
45 KPMG Accounting/finance 28,512 490 7,004 142 no data Patriot
Full difference, 12 months
46 Drexel Hamilton Banking/financial services 105 41 15 10 no data
Full pay, unlimited
47 Southern Co. Energy/utilities/gas/electric 26,000 2,421 1,533 238 10%
Freedom [1]
Training: no pay; activated: full difference, unlimited
48 La Quinta Inns & Suites Hotel/resort 9,000 322 8,000 264 40%
Patriot
Full difference, 5 weeks
49 Werner Enterprises [2] Transportation 12,862 1,856 14,443 1,935 20%
Freedom [1]
No pay
50 Merck & Co. Pharmaceutical 23,075 354 1,626 49 10%
Freedom [1]
Full pay, 60 business days, then full difference, unlimited
51 Intel Corp. [5] Semiconductor 53,636 3,885 4,815 no data 15%
Freedom [1]
Training: full difference, 104 weeks; activated: full difference, 2 years
52 Zurich North America Insurance 9,000 144 1,800 14 27%
Full difference, 5 weeks
53 DynCorp International [2] Defense/aerospace 11,922 7,638 2,694 1,730 50%
Patriot
Full difference, 13 weeks
54 The Exchange (Army & Air Force Exchange Service) [2] Government/civil service 35,500 3,968 14,746 1,844 20% Pro Patria [1]
Full difference, 260 weeks
55 CBRE Real estate/property managementt 29,299 1,617 9,611 403 7%
Above and Beyond
Full difference, 1 year
56 EMC Computer software 25,000 350 5,800 no data no data
Pro Patria [1]
Full difference, 18 months
57 United Rentals Construction 11,094 1,467 1,765 347 25%
Pro Patria [1]
Full difference, unlimited
58 BNSF Railway Transportation 48,000 7,890 3,158 883 no data
Freedom [1]
Training: full difference, 15 business days; activated: full difference, 12 months
59 Xcel Energy Energy/utilities/gas/electric 11,910 no data 930 no data 20% Pro Patria [1]
Full difference, 6 months
60 LMI [2] Consulting 1,154 396 319 no data 40%
Freedom
Full pay, 10 business days, then full difference, 26 weeks
61 DaVita HealthCare Partners, DaVita Kidney Care Health care/health services 50,806 2,100 12,374 494 9%
Freedom [1]
Full difference, 5 years
62 Waste Management Environmental 40,000 3,000 8,000 1,065 10%
Extraordinary Employer Support [1]
Full difference, 60 months
63 FDM Group Science/technology 519 50 348 16 30%
Patriot
Full pay, 2 weeks
64 Defense Mobile Telecommunications 34 18 10 no data 100% Patriot
Training: full pay, unlimited; activated: partial difference, 26 weeks
65 Precise Systems Government contracting 220 61 96 36 no data
Training: full difference, 12 weeks, then full difference, 3 weeks; activated: full difference, unlimited
66 TSYS [2] Computer software 10,000 no data 1,300 125 5%
Freedom [1]
Full difference, unlimited
67 Level 3 Communications Telecommunications 9,191 no data 908 no data 10%
Above and Beyond
Full difference, 6 months
68 Alion Science and Technology [2] Science/technology 2,644 949 657 243 40%
Above and Beyond [1]
Full pay, 15 business days
69 Amazon.com [2] Retail no data no data no data no data no data Above and Beyond [1]
Full difference, 1 year
70 Hormel Foods Corp. [6] Food 12,800 525 2,918 58 20%
Patriot
Training: full difference, 2 weeks; activated: partial difference, unlimited
71 Progressive Insurance Insurance 27,000 1,266 4,895 253 5%
Pro Patria [1]
Full difference, 24 weeks
72 FMC Technologies Energy/utilities/gas/electric 18,000 395 no data no data 5% Freedom
Full difference, 5 years
73 ProSol [2] Government contracting 85 45 32 13 30%
Patriot
No pay
74 CSC Services/corporate business to business 37,000 5,000 no data 902 5% Freedom [1]
Full difference, 1 year
75 The Home Depot [2] Retail 370,000 36,000 192,300 19,000 10%
Freedom [1]
Full difference, 260 weeks
  • [1] Multiple ESGR awards
  • [2] Includes operations outside of U.S.
  • [3] Includes information for Enterprise Ventures Corporation and CTC Foundation, which are affiliates of CTC
  • [4] Includes subsidiaries
  • [5] Does not include subsidiaries
  • [6] Does not include Applegate and Jennie-O Turkey Store
  • [7] Excludes AOL