Best for Vets: Employers 2014

The story | The methodology

We invited companies across the U.S. to participate 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 2013 hires
Rank Company Industry Total Military Total Military Veteran Hiring Preference % of recruiting budget
for veterans
Military experience
instead of certification
1 USAA Insurance 25,117 3,175 7,426 1,161 Significant 30%
2 Verizon Communications Inc. Telecommunications 166,303 11,231 14,865 1,097 Slight 5%
3 CACI International Inc. Science & technology 14,133 2,682 3,799 822 26%
4 BAE Systems Inc. Defense & aerospace 31,650 3,769 5,788 596 20%
5 Union Pacific Transportation 46,000 8,985 3,000 849 43%
6 Charles Schwab & Co. Inc Banking & financial 13,482 493 1,627 92 Slight 7%
7 Capital One Financial Banking & financial 43,000 1,810 10,953 429 4%
8 JPMorgan Chase & Co. Banking & financial 251,000 no data 28,952 no data 15%
9 Intuitive Research and Technology Corp. Engineering 282 102 30 14 47%
10 Humana Inc. Health care 50,000 no data 16,000 no data Slight no data
11 Concurrent Technologies Corp. (CTC) Research & development 896 202 101 55 Significant 25%
12 AT&T Telecommunications 244,712 7,016 34,451 4,158 1%
13 Southern Co. Energy & utilities 25,998 2,563 1,293 154 85%
14 Bank of America Banking & financial 207,488 6,800 26,220 2,048 no data
15 URS Federal Services Defense & aerospace 9,892 4,002 2,224 949 Significant 80%
16 ManTech International Science & technology 7,639 3,399 2,548 1,282 75%
17 Intel Semiconductor 50,000 4,350 3,600 90 Slight 6%
18 LMI Consulting 1,043 342 212 60 40%
19 CDW Science & technology 6,900 284 160 75 Slight 20%
20 Safeway Inc. Retail 136,192 5,264 60,503 1,815 Significant 40%
21 Exelon Corp. Energy & utilities 26,770 2,718 2,472 280 Slight 33%
22 Accenture Consulting 40,000 no data no data no data no data
23 Walmart Retail 2,200,000 100,000 no data 30,000 15%
24 Prudential Financial Inc. Banking & financial 19,678 601 3,200 216 15%
25 U.S. Bank Banking & financial 66,000 2,000 22,000 no data 5%
26 Xcel Energy Energy & utilities 11,000 1,100 947 100 8%
27 DaVita Inc Health care 47,731 no data no data no data Slight 10%
28 Exelis Inc. Defense & aerospace 17,200 2,554 1,700 241 15%
29 Wells Fargo Banking & financial 280,000 7,613 no data 1,418 10%
30 CSC Science & technology 80,000 4,500 no data 1,800 Slight 30%
31 Army & Air Force Exchange Service Retail 38,484 550 13,288 424 20%
32 Shell Oil Co. Oil refining, petroleum, drilling 21,000 801 0 209 2%
33 Triple Canopy 6 Security 1,746 1,387 587 506 Slight 15%
34 Citi Banking & financial 85,000 2,000 no data 511 0%
35 Leidos Science & technology 21,865 3,916 4,308 1,280 5%
36 Eaton Manufacturing 35,000 1,557 4,847 257 12%
37 United Rentals Inc. Industrial 11,447 1,146 1,771 197 Significant 15%
38 Dominion Resources Inc. Energy & utilities 14,570 1,250 555 121 Slight 25%
39 Cigna Health care 36,447 572 5,049 94 Slight 10%
40 ISC Constructors LLC Construction 2,600 140 450 69 Significant 65%
41 Alion Science and Technology Defense & aerospace 2,800 1,120 623 373 Significant 30%
42 Travelers Insurance 28,300 932 2,025 57 10%
43 Bell Helicopter Defense & aerospace 7,979 1,911 375 116 Significant 16%
44 FDM Group Science & technology 236 26 107 23 30%
45 The Home Depot Retail 300,000 36,500 no data 10,000 10%
46 Performance Contractors Inc. Construction 7,300 386 1,400 168 Significant 25%
47 Chesapeake Energy Corp. Energy & utilities 10,906 1,248 2,965 421 Slight 15%
48 DynCorp International Defense & aerospace 8,625 5,661 2,406 1,640 50%
49 University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Health care 18,481 610 3,879 118 Slight 2%
50 EMC Computer hardware 55,000 no data no data no data no data
51 The Hartford Insurance 20,000 435 2,201 58 Slight no data
52 Hormel Foods Corp. Food 12,267 350 2,259 57 20%
53 Kearney & Co. Accounting & finance 390 43 75 6 20%
54 Waste Management Environmental 44,000 2,900 7,400 521 8%
55 Progressive Insurance Insurance 26,199 1,240 3,012 128 5%
56 Enterprise Holdings Hospitality 62,000 6,028 25,000 1,700 10%
57 CSI Aviation Inc. Airline & aviation 25 8 6 4 Slight 70%
58 Siemens USA Engineering 60,000 3,300 6,400 295 20%
59 Express Scripts Health care 30,000 515 9,675 68 Slight 1%
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? And for how long?
1 USAA Freedom 1
Training: full difference, 4 weeks; activated: full pay, 4 weeks, then full difference, 23 weeks
2 Verizon Communications Inc. Freedom 1
Training: full difference, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, 156 weeks 2
3 CACI International Inc. Above & Beyond 1
Training: full difference, 3 weeks; activated: full difference, 26 weeks
4 BAE Systems Inc. Freedom
Training: full difference, 3 weeks; activated: full pay,4 weeks, then full difference, 48 weeks
5 Union Pacific Freedom 1
Training: no pay; activated: full difference, unlimited
6 Charles Schwab & Co. Inc Above & Beyond 1
Training: full pay, unlimited; activated: full difference, 104 weeks 3
7 Captiol One Financial Above & Beyond 1
Training: full pay, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, unlimited
8 JPMorgan Chase & Co. Freedom 1
Training: full pay, 2 weeks; activated: full pay, unlimited
9 Intuitive Research and Technology Corp.
Training: full difference, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, 24 weeks
10 Humana Inc. Freedom 1
Full difference, 52 weeks
11 Concurrent Technologies Corp. (CTC) Pro Patria 1
Full difference, unlimited
12 AT&T Pro Patria 1
Training: full difference, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, 24 weeks
13 Southern Co. Freedom 1
Training: full difference, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, unlimited
14 Bank of America Freedom 1
Training: full pay, 2 weeks; activated: full pay, 12 weeks, then full difference, 248 weeks
15 URS Federal Services Above & Beyond 1
Full difference, 12 weeks, then partial difference, 12 weeks
16 ManTech International Patriot
Training: no pay; activated: full difference, 36 weeks
17 Intel Freedom 1
Training: full difference, unlimited; activated: full difference, 104 weeks
18 LMI
Training: full pay, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, 26 weeks
19 CDW
Full difference, 104 weeks
20 Safeway Inc. Freedom 1
Training: no pay; activated: partial difference, 260 weeks
21 Exelon Corp. Above & Beyond 1
Training: full pay, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, 52 weeks
22 Accenture
Training: full difference, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, unlimited
23 Walmart Freedom 1
Full difference, unlimited
24 Prudential Financial Inc.
Training: full pay, 2 weeks; activated: full difference, unlimited
25 U.S. Bank Freedom 1
Training: full pay, 2 weeks; activated: full pay, 6 weeks, then full difference, 104 weeks
26 Xcel Energy Patriot
Full difference, 26 weeks
27 DaVita Inc Freedom 1
Full difference, 260 weeks
28 Exelis Inc.
Full difference, unlimited
29 Wells Fargo Freedom 1
Training: full pay, unlimited; activated: full pay, 4 weeks, then full difference, 92 weeks
30 CSC Pro Patria
Full difference, unlimited
31 Army & Air Force Exchange Service Pro Patria
Full difference, 260 weeks
32 Shell Oil Co.
Training: full difference, 3 weeks; activated: full difference, 52 weeks
33 Triple Canopy 6
No pay
34 Citi Freedom
Training: full pay, 4 weeks, then full difference, unlimited; activated: full pay, 4 weeks, then full difference, 256 weeks
35 Leidos (go to Military Professionals) Freedom 1
Training: full difference, 2 weeks;activated: full difference, 52 weeks 4
36 Eaton Freedom 1
Full pay, 2 weeks, then partial difference, unlimited
37 United Rentals Inc. Pro Patria 1
Full difference, unlimited
38 Dominion Resources Inc. Freedom
Training: full difference, 3 weeks; activated: full difference, 260 weeks
39 Cigna
Full difference, 52 weeks
40 ISC Constructors LLC
No pay
41 Alion Science and Technology Above & Beyond 1
Full pay, 3 weeks
42 Travelers Freedom 1
Training: full difference, 2 weeks;activated: full difference, 260 weeks
43 Bell Helicopter Patriot
Full difference, 52 weeks
44 FDM Group
Full pay, 2 weeks
45 The Home Depot Freedom 1
Full difference, unlimited
46 Performance Contractors Inc.
Full difference, 78 weeks
47 Chesapeake Energy Corp. Freedom 1
No pay
48 DynCorp International
Full difference, 13 weeks
49 University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Training: full difference, unlimited; activated: full difference, unlimited
50 EMC Above & Beyond 1
Full difference, 78 weeks
51 The Hartford Pro Patria 1
Full pay, 2 weeks, then full difference, 24 weeks
52 Hormel Foods Corp. Patriot
Training: full difference, 2 weeks;activated: partial difference, unlimited
53 Kearney & Co.
Full pay, 1 week
54 Waste Management Extraordinary Employer Support 1
Training: no pay; activated: full difference, 260 weeks 5
55 Progressive Insurance Pro Patria 1
Full difference, 24 weeks
56 Enterprise Holdings Freedom 1
Training: no pay; activated: full difference, unlimited
57 CSI Aviation Inc. Freedom
Full pay, 5 weeks, then partial difference, unlimited
58 Siemens USA Freedom
Full difference, 52 weeks
59 Express Scripts Pro Patria 1
Training: full difference, 56 weeks; activated: full difference, 52 weeks
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