Best for Vets: Employers 2013

The story | The methodology

Military Times EDGE surveyed more than 1,000 major companies and top government contractors with a detailed questionnaire about their recruiting and hiring policies, social recognition for veterans and pay and benefits for reservists. We looked for companies that didn't just talk about how much they support the military but had in place tangible policies and programs to help veterans get in the door and feel welcome once inside. Here are the companies doing the most for you and yours:

Employees
2012 hires
Rank Company Industry Total % veterans Total % veterans % veterans executives Veterans hiring preference % of recruiting budget for
veterans
Military experience instead of
certification
1 USAA Insurance 25,000 9% 4,260 12% 16% Significant 30%
2 JPMorgan Chase & Co. Banking, Financial 200,000 no data 36,000 no data 32% -- 15%
3 ManTech International Corp. Science & Tech 9,300 46% 3,326 47% 45% -- 75%
4 Concurrent Technologies Corp. Research & Development 1,150 16% 219 23% 12% Significant 60%
5 Union Pacific Railroad Transportation 51,086 18% 3,875 23% 9% -- 45%
6 Verizon Communications Inc. Telecommunications 172,578 6% 10,723 4% 2% -- 10%
7 Lockheed Martin Defense, Aerospace 120,000 24% 7,503 27% no data -- 20%
8 Humana Health Care 48,000 no data 6,000 17% 1% Slight 10%
9 BAE Systems Inc. Defense, Aerospace 34,000 11% no data no data 11% -- no data
10 Intuitive Research and Technology Corp. Engineering, Services 266 35% 59 46% 25% -- 50%
11 Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. Banking, Financial 12,611 3% 1,353 4% 2% -- 6%
12 AT&T Telecommunications 240,000 1% 24,726 4% 9% -- 1%
13 BNSF Railway Transportation 40,000 15% 3,139 23% no data -- no data
13 Cisco Systems Science & Tech 73,000 3% no data no data no data -- no data
15 General Electric Manufacturing 135,000 no data no data 6% no data Slight 35%
16 URS Defense, Aerospace 12,936 37% 3,267 47% 22% Slight 70%
17 LMI Consulting 965 35% 135 23% 50% no data
18 Aon Corp. Insurance 60,000 no data 8,500 no data no data Significant 8%
19 Southern Co. Energy, Utilities 26,000 11% 1,272 15% no data -- no data
19 Werner Enterprises Transportation 12,000 13% 11,000 13% 10% -- 10%
21 Chesapeake Energy Corp. Energy, Utilities 11,880 9% 3,960 2% 0% Slight 15%
22 CDW Science & Tech 6,800 3% 947 7% no data Slight 20%
23 CACI International Inc. Science & Tech 15,500 19% 4,016 6% 24% -- 18%
24 DaVita Health Care 46,261 4% 14,383 3% no data Slight 5%
25 U.S. Bancorp/U.S. Bank Banking, Financial 66,000 3% 22,426 3% 16% -- 5%
26 Capital One Financial Corp. Banking, Financial 42,000 no data 11,185 3% no data Slight 3%
27 Prudential Financial Inc. Banking, Financial 48,498 no data 3,256 no data no data -- 15%
28 Safeway Inc. Grocery & Pharmacy 171,000 no data 51,522 0% no data Significant 40%
29 Siemens USA Engineering, Machinery 55,000 6% 4,725 7% 3% -- 20%
30 Alion Science and Technology Defense, Aerospace 2,900 40% 586 no data 20% Significant 25%
31 DynCorp International Defense, Aerospace 16,086 62% 7,723 51% 63% -- 50%
32 Waste Management Inc. Environmental 44,438 7% 7,807 8% no data -- 3%
33 Hormel Foods Corp. Food 10,450 0% 1,090 0% 3% -- 22%
34 Citi Banking, Financial 260,000 no data 800 no data no data -- no data
35 Dominion Resources Services Energy, Utilities 16,000 8% 486 21% 2% -- 25%
36 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Health Care 19,533 3% 3,941 2% no data Slight 2%
37 Accenture Consulting 38,000 no data no data no data no data -- no data
38 Avis Budget Group Transportation 30,000 no data 6,763 no data no data Significant 35%
39 Computer Science Corp. Science & Tech 93,000 no data no data no data 0% -- 0%
40 Exelon Corp. Energy, Utilities 26,000 9% 1,718 11% no data Slight 33%
41 Harris Corp. Defense, Aerospace 15,000 12% 1,703 17% 9% -- 20%
42 Progressive Insurance Insurance 25,000 5% 3,600 5% no data Slight 10%
43 Edward Jones Banking, Financial 36,337 11% 3,039 11% no data -- no data
44 Kearney & Co. Accounting, Finance 400 9% 121 3% 21% -- 20%
44 Norfolk Southern Corp. Transportation 30,500 12% 2,591 11% 5% -- 5%
46 DRS Technologies Inc. Defense, Aerospace 6,910 19% 781 31% 29% -- no data
46 Total System Services Banking, Financial no data no data 953 7% no data Slight 10%
48 The Hartford Insurance 20,000 2% no data 2% 3% Slight no data
49 Oshkosh Defense Manufacturing 3,500 9% 135 16% 33% Slight no data
50 Level 3 Communications Telecommunications 7,093 10% 1,034 11% 4% -- 4%
51 US Airways Inc. Airline, Aviation 32,000 no data no data no data 10% -- no data
52 Kraft Foods Food 24,000 5% 5,544 2% no data Significant 10%
53 Creative Computing Solutions Inc. Consulting 250 18% 62 18% no data -- no data
* Received multiple ESGR awards
 
Benefits for activated reservists
   
Rank Company  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?
1 USAA Freedom* Full pay, 100 weeks
2 JPMorgan Chase & Co. Freedom* Full pay, unlimited
3 ManTech International Corp. Patriot Full difference, 39 weeks
4 Concurrent Technologies Corp. Freedom* Full difference, unlimited
5 Union Pacific Railroad Freedom* No pay
6 Verizon Communications Inc. Freedom* Full difference, 157 weeks
7 Lockheed Martin Patriot Full difference, unlimited
8 Humana Pro Patria* Full difference, unlimited
9 BAE Systems Inc. Freedom* Full pay, 4 weeks; then full difference, 50 weeks
10 Intuitive Research and Technology Corp. -- Full difference, 6 months if called to active duty; full difference, 2 weeks for regular obligations
11 Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. Above and Beyond* Full difference, unlimited
12 AT&T Above and Beyond* Full difference, 2-3 weeks
13 BNSF Railway Freedom* Full difference, unlimited
13 Cisco Systems -- Full difference, unlimited
15 General Electric Pro Patria* Full pay, 4.3 weeks; then full difference, 156 weeks
16 URS Patriot Full difference, 2 weeks
17 LMI -- Full pay, 2 weeks
18 Aon Corp. Patriot Full difference, 104 weeks
19 Southern Co. Freedom* Full difference, 2 weeks
19 Werner Enterprises Pro Patria* No pay
21 Chesapeake Energy Corp. Freedom* No pay
22 CDW -- Full difference, 104 weeks
23 CACI International Inc. Above and Beyond* Full difference, 24 weeks
24 DaVita Pro Patria* No pay
25 U.S. Bancorp/U.S. Bank Above and Beyond* Full pay, 6 weeks; then full difference, 104 weeks
26 Capital One Financial Corp. Patriot Full difference, unlimited
27 Prudential Financial Inc. -- Full pay, unlimited if called involuntarily to active duty; full pay, 2 weeks for regular
28 Safeway Inc. -- Full difference, 261 weeks if employed at company for 1 year
29 Siemens USA Freedom Full difference, 52 weeks
30 Alion Science and Technology Above and Beyond* Full pay, 3 weeks
31 DynCorp International -- Full difference, 13 weeks
32 Waste Management Inc. Pro Patria* Full difference, 260 weeks
33 Hormel Foods Corp. Patriot Full difference, 2 weeks
34 Citi Freedom Full difference, unlimited
35 Dominion Resources Services Freedom Full pay, 3 weeks
36 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center -- Full pay, 3 weeks; then full difference, unlimited; differential pay only if called to active duty because of national emergency
37 Accenture -- Full difference, unlimited
38 Avis Budget Group -- Full pay, 52 weeks; then part of difference, 12 weeks
39 Computer Science Corp. Pro Patria* Full difference, 2 weeks
40 Exelon Corp. Full difference, 52 weeks if called involuntarily to active duty; 3 weeks of full pay for annual training
41 Harris Corp. Patriot Full difference, 2 weeks
42 Progressive Insurance Pro Patria* Full difference, 24 weeks if employed at company for 1 year; two weeks of full pay if employed for 3 months
43 Edward Jones Above and Beyond     Full difference, 26 weeks
44 Kearney & Co. -- Full pay, 1 week
44 Norfolk Southern Corp. Patriot Full pay, 2 weeks
46 DRS Technologies Inc. -- Full difference, 52 weeks
46 Total System Services Freedom* Full difference, unlimited
48 The Hartford Pro Patria* Full pay, 2 weeks; then full difference, 24 weeks
49 Oshkosh Defense Freedom Full difference, unlimited
50 Level 3 Communications -- Full difference, 26 weeks
51 US Airways Inc. -- Full pay, 4 weeks
52 Kraft Foods -- Full pay, 12 weeks
53 Creative Computing Solutions Inc. --   Full pay, 1 week