Best for Vets: Employers 2017

We invited companies across the U.S. to take part in our rigorous, 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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Editor's note: This chart is occasionally updated, as companies amend and correct the information provided.

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 First Data Banking - Financial Services 15,683 1,084 3,482 257 no data
Freedom1
Training: full pay, 19 business days, then full difference, unlimited; activated: full pay, 2 years, then full difference, 5 years
2 BAE Systems Defense - Aerospace 29,263 4,787 5,889 1,216 25%
Freedom1
Training: full difference, 15 business days; activated: full pay, 30 business days, then full difference, 11 months
3 Booz Allen Hamilton2 Consulting 23,044 6,893 5,128 1,802 70%
Above and Beyond1
Full difference, unlimited
4 General Motors2 Transportation 97,744 6,842 12,721 948 1%
Freedom1
Full difference, unlimited
5 Hilton Hotel - Resort 60,709 1,943 25,587 1,189 37%
Pro Patria1
Full difference, 12 months
6 USAA2 Insurance 29,000 4,275 5,308 951 30% Freedom1
Training: full pay, 4 weeks, then full difference, 4 weeks; activated: full difference, 4 weeks, then partial difference, 4 weeks
7 Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation Engineering - Services 339 119 43 14 33%
Patriot
Training: full difference, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, 6 months
8 Comcast NBCUniversal2 Media - Technology - Entertainment 159,000 4,850 30,810 1,2763 15%
Pro Patria1
Full pay, 15 business days, then full difference, 3 years
9 Lockheed Martin Corporation2 Defense - Aerospace 90,621 18,375 8,583 2,909 18%
Patriot
Full difference, unlimited
10 Marsh & McLennan Companies Consulting 22,321 832 5,169 158 6%
Seven Seals1
Full pay, 4 weeks, then full difference, unlimited
11 U.S. Bank Banking - Financial Services 70,756 1,929 21,077 534 5%
Freedom1
Training: full pay, 2 weeks; activated: full pay, 6 weeks, then full difference, 104 weeks
12 PwC Consulting 1,100 150 288 no data 10%
Above and Beyond1
Full difference, unlimited
13 CDW Science & Technology 7,039 342 871 53 5%
Full difference, 104 weeks
14 Capital One Banking - Financial Services 47,314 1,424 11,067 400 5%
Freedom1
Training: full difference, 1 year; activated: full difference, 5 years
15 Windstream Communications Telecommunications 11,877 841 1,751 356 10%
Pro Patria1
Full difference, 25 business days
16 Merck & Co. Inc. Pharmaceutical 23,224 377 1,970 56 10%
Freedom1
Full pay, 60 business days, then full difference, unlimited
17 Southern Company Energy - Utilities - Gas - Electric 25,475 2,314 1,060 141 13%
Freedom1
Full difference, unlimited
18 Werner Enterprises2 Transportation 11,364 1,786 12,127 1,845 20%
Extraordinary Employer Support1
No pay
19 Xcel Energy Energy - Utilities - Gas - Electric 11,299 1,083 848 120 50% Pro Patria1
Full difference, 6 months
20 Verizon2 Telecommunications 140,946 10,108 11,574 1,046 10%
Freedom1
Training: full difference, 36 months; activated: full difference, 36 months
21 CACI International Inc.2 Information Technology 18,870 4,524 4,538 1,309 no data Above and Beyond1
Training: full difference, 3 weeks; activated: full difference, 26 weeks
22 Leidos2 Information Technology 31,705 6,245 4,579 1,370 30%
Patriot
Training: full difference, 10 business days; activated: full difference, 26 weeks
23 Pacific Gas and Electric Company Energy - Utilities - Gas - Electric 22,811 1,477 2,014 204 20%
Freedom1
Full difference, unlimited
24 The Boeing Company Defense - Aerospace 131,178 19,849 4,922 742 1%
Freedom1
Training: full difference, 80 hours; activated: full difference, 90 business days
25 Deloitte Consulting 53,470 1,237 11,753 221 no data
Pro Patria1
Training: full pay, unlimited; activated: full difference, 18 months
26 Pratt & Whitney Airline - Aviation 17,800 2,107 3,000 420 5%
Pro Patria1
Training: full difference, unlimited; activated: full difference, 5 years
27 Amtrak Transportation 20,280 4,020 1,639 414 5%
Pro Patria1
Full difference, 30 business days
28 Kellogg Consumer Products 20,297 807 5,833 249 15%
Extraordinary Employer Support1
Training: full difference, 12 months, then partial difference, 12 months; activated: full difference, unlimited
29 JPMorgan Chase & Co.2 Banking - Financial Services 243,000 5,800 48,400 1,800 15% Freedom1
Full difference, unlimited
30 Accenture Consulting 50,000 1,612 no data 626 no data
Above and Beyond1
Full difference, 6 months
31 Performance Contractors Inc. Construction 5,578 577 2,376 210 33%
Training: no pay; activated: full difference, unlimited
32 LMI2 Consulting 1,261 432 340 66 40%
Extraordinary Employer Support
Full pay, 10 business days, then full difference, 26 weeks
33 Dominion Resources Inc. Energy - Utilities - Gas - Electric 14,531 1,582 1,089 105 25%
Freedom1
Full difference, 5 years
34 Bank of America Banking - Financial Services 175,368 no data 26,980 no data no data
Freedom1
Training: full pay, 2 weeks; activated: full pay, 90 business days, then full difference, 5 years
35 United Rentals Inc. Services - Corporate B2B 11,079 1,396 1,814 189 25%
Pro Patria1
Full difference, unlimited
36 KPMG LLP Accounting - Finance 30,808 687 6,041 296 10% Spouse Patriot
Full difference, 12 months
37 Walmart2 Retail 2,300,000 105,000 500,000 40,935 15% Freedom1
Full difference, unlimited
38 ManTech2 Information Technology 6,631 3,226 2,254 852 50%
Patriot
Training: no pay; activated: full difference, 9 months
39 Combined Insurance, a Chubb Company Insurance 4,423 575 2,943 313 17%
Training: no pay; activated: full difference, 2 years
40 Eaton Manufacturing 30,523 1,8483 3,295 2393 20%
Freedom1
Training: full pay, 2 weeks; activated: full pay, 1 year
41 Humana Inc. Healthcare - Health Services no data 1,477 no data 357 5% Freedom1
Full difference, 12 months
42 GE Industrial 102,439 9,986 11,300 1,203 20%
Freedom1
Training: full difference, 21 business days; activated: full difference, 3 years
43 Citigroup Inc.2 Banking - Financial Services no data 3,176 no data 676 no data
Freedom
Training: full pay, 4 weeks, then full difference, unlimited; activated: full pay, 4 weeks, then full difference, 256 weeks
44 Bluehawk LLC2 Defense - Aerospace 60 39 42 27 85%
Full difference, 6 months
45 AT&T Telecommunications 223,715 11,029 22,767 1,951 1% Freedom1
Training: partial difference, 2 weeks; activated: partial difference, 24 weeks
46 Aetna Inc. Insurance 47,213 1,233 5,080 264 no data
Training: full pay, 2 weeks; activated: no pay
47 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Healthcare - Health Services 21,320 4,275 4,017 2,344 2%
Training: full pay, 45 business days; activated: full pay, 45 business days, then partial difference, unlimited
48 Zurich North America Insurance 8,500 1723 1,500 223 15%
Training: full difference, 3 months, then partial difference, 24 months; activated: full difference, unlimited
49 Exelon Corporation Energy - Utilities - Gas - Electric no data 3,911 no data 288 33%
Pro Patria1
Full difference, 15 business days
50 La Quinta Inns & Suites Hotel - Resort 7,300 268 8,200 255 40%
Patriot
Full difference, 5 weeks
51 DaVita HealthCare Partners Healthcare - Health Services 54,645 6383 14,937 1,9923 16%
Freedom1
Full difference, 5 years
52 Travelers Insurance 28,000 1,037 2,815 96 5%
Pro Patria1
Training: full difference, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, 260 weeks
53 Amazon2 Retail no data no data no data no data no data Above and Beyond [1]
Full difference, 1 year
54 Shell Oil Company Oil Refining - Petroleum - Drilling 20,010 931 850 88 10%
Pro Patria1
Full difference, 17 business days
55 The Exchange (Army & Air Force Exchange Service)2 Government - Civil Service 35,133 3,459 16,670 1,450 20% Pro Patria1
Full difference, 260 weeks
56 Precise Systems Inc. Engineering - Services 302 79 96 18 no data
Training: full difference, 3 weeks; activated: full difference, unlimited
57 Concurrent Technologies Corporation Research & Development 534 90 91 24 20%
Extraordinary Employer Support1
Full difference, unlimited
58 Level 3 Communications Inc. Telecommunications 9,263 no data 1,066 no data 10%
Above and Beyond
Full difference, 6 months
59 Progressive Insurance 30,572 1,355 7,132 378 5%
Pro Patria1
Full difference, 24 weeks
60 Rackspace Science & Technology 6,096 349 1,004 46 5%
Pro Patria1 Full difference, 30 business days
61 Consumers Energy Energy - Utilities - Gas - Electric 7,800 359 836 114 15% Pro Patria1
Full pay, 30 business days, then full difference, 1 year
62 DynCorp International LLC2 Defense - Aerospace 10,614 5,351 2,616 1,052 50%
Above and Beyond1
Full difference, 13 weeks
63 Sonoco Products Company Packaging 10,041 3263 1,817 593 10%
Extraordinary Employer Support1
Full difference, 12 months
64 Academy Securities Inc. Banking - Financial Services 58 24 11 4 80%
Training: partial difference, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, 2 years
65 First Command Financial Services Inc.2 Banking - Financial Services 1,949 665 no data 100 90%
No pay
66 Waste Management2 Environmental 40,000 3,675 11,000 1,049 10%
Extraordinary Employer Support1
Full difference, 5 years
67 Applied Materials Inc. Semiconductor 10,000 630 1,000 46 15%
Patriot
Training: full difference, 20 business days; activated: full difference, 1 year
68 Quicken Loans Credit - Loan - Collections 15,000 593 no data 210 no data
Pro Patria1
Full difference, unlimited
69 Associated Bank Banking - Financial Services 4,482 no data 900 no data 10%
Full pay, 6 months
70 Southwest Airlines2 Airline - Aviation 57,133 7,439 7,207 691 10% Freedom
No pay
71 Brown-Forman Corporation Consumer Products 2,502 883 268 163 0%
Training: full difference, unlimited; activated: full pay, 2 weeks
72 Vectrus Systems Corporation2 Defense - Aerospace 4,330 1,485 1,113 307 15%
Full difference, 30 business days, then partial difference, 2 years
73 FDM Group Science & Technology 716 47 376 26 30%
Patriot
Full pay, 2 weeks
74 Hormel Foods Corporation Food 10,588 4663 2,458 633 20%
Seven Seals1
Training: full difference, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, 2 years
75 The Home Depot2 Retail 400,000 35,000 no data 21,100 10%
Freedom1
Full difference, 260 weeks
76 CVS Health2 Healthcare - Health Services 248,224 no data 93,915 3,243 5% Freedom1
Full pay, 3 weeks, then full difference, 1 year
77 Tsys2 Computer Software 10,000 no data 1,400 no data 5%
Freedom1
Full difference, unlimited
78 Honeywell Industrial 46,211 4,033 4,144 393 no data
Freedom1
Training: full pay, 17 business days; activated: full pay, 18 months
79 Grunt Style Fashion - Apparel - Textile 150 803 65 403 75% Patriot
No pay
80 Roboteam Inc. Science & Technology 14 10 10 3 no data
Full pay, unlimited
81 Ecolab Inc. Chemical 20,898 no data 3,458 no data 10%
Patriot
Training: full difference, 15 business days; activated: full difference, 6 months
82 Macy's Inc. Retail 165,0004 4,1344 13,5004 7504 10% Above and Beyond1
No pay
  • 1 - Multiple ESGR awards
  • 2 - Includes operations outside of U.S.
  • 3 - Protected veterans, as defined by the federal government
  • 4 - 2015 Data