These are the 2018 Best Companies for Veterans

November 7, 2018

Monster and Military.com worked together to identify the top ten employers demonstrating extraordinary success in veteran hiring and retention — and the 2018 winners are: 

1. ManTech

What the company does: ManTech provides advanced technological services to the U.S. government in the areas of defense, intelligence, law enforcement, science, administration, health, and other fields.

Headquarters: Fairfax, Virginia

Percentage of 2018 hires who are vets: 47%

Percentage of workforce who are vets: 47%

What we liked: ManTech holds their spot at the top of the list for a second year. Nearly half of the company’s employees are veterans, and they continue hiring veterans at the same pace, perhaps thanks to their dedicated veteran recruitment staff. Another sign of their commitment to veterans is ManTech University, which offers a range of training options for veterans to better understand the business concepts of the civilian landscape, business acumen courses, and a host of certifications—and it clearly works, as the company expects to end 2018 with a veteran retention rate of at least 71%.

2. CACI International Inc.

What the company does: CACI is a multinational professional services and information technology company that provides defense, homeland security, intelligence, and healthcare to branches of the federal government.

Headquarters: Arlington, Virginia

Percentage of 2018 hires who are vets: 47%

Percentage of workforce who are vets: 37%

What we liked: A new entrant to our list, CACI comes in with impressively high numbers and resources that truly support veteran personnel. Starting from day one, CACI provides a Veterans Program orientation to all new hires, and the company is currently piloting a program for newly separated veterans to assist them in transitioning into the corporate world. But CACI doesn’t stop there, as the company also provides a veteran mentor program, membership to their Veteran Employee Resource Group, and offers specialized skill enhancement programs.

3. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

What the agency does: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), one of the world’s largest law enforcement agencies, is charged with keeping terrorists and weapons out of the U.S., while also facilitating lawful international travel and trade.

Headquarters: Washington, DC

Percentage of 2018 hires who are vets: 31%

Percentage of workforce who are vets: 29%

What we liked: Making its third consecutive appearance on this list, CBP works to consistently and effectively recruit and employ qualified veterans—with an emphasis on “effectively,” as CBP retained more than 87% of its 2017 veteran hires. Within the company’s National Recruitment Division (which is staffed by many veterans themselves), CBP also employs a full-time Veterans Employment Program Manager who advocates for the placement of transitioning service members, veterans, and veterans with disabilities into both law enforcement and mission support roles.

4. Booz Allen Hamilton

What the company does: Booz Allen Hamilton provides management and technology consulting and engineering services to major corporations, governments, and not-for-profit organizations.

Headquarters: McLean, Virginia

Percentage of 2018 hires who are vets: 31%

Percentage of workforce who are vets: 27%

What we liked: A veteran of our lists, having placed in all of our previous years, Booz Allen Hamilton understands the importance of veteran staffing. Boasting high hiring numbers, the company consistently updates leadership with veteran hiring reports and even hosts a military spouse forum. Next year, the company hopes to make even more veteran hires, with the goal of 35% new hires being veterans.

5. PRISM INC.

What the company does: PRISM provides cybersecurity and information technology enterprise solutions to public and private companies.

Headquarters: Reston, Virginia

Percentage of 2018 hires who are vets: 31%

Percentage of workforce who are vets: 23%

What we liked: PRISM knows that entry into the civilian world can be daunting, which is why they see it as their recruiting responsibility to help make veterans feel comfortable even before they're been hired. Prior to their start date, PRISM recruiters will coach veterans on resume writing, interview techniques, and overall professionalism in the workplace. On day one, PRISM then begins with a personalized onboarding process as well as a veteran's performance management process that consists of frequent check-ins throughout their tenure. Additionally, each employee is assigned a career counselor, who becomes an in-house advocate, and ensures a smooth process into the new job.

6. Lockheed Martin Corporation

What the company does: Lockheed Martin is a global aerospace, security, and advanced technology defense contractor.

Headquarters: Bethesda, Maryland

Percentage of 2018 hires who are vets: 26.5%

Percentage of workforce who are vets: 22.5%

What we liked: For the fourth time in a row, Lockheed Martin cracked our list—and it’s easy to see why. For one, Lockheed Martin employs a full-time military team that’s composed of vets and is dedicated to recruiting outreach to veterans and advocating for veteran job placement. Additionally, the company hosts a Veteran Employee Resource Group Leadership Symposium every year for military and veteran leaders across the enterprise to share best practices and build new initiatives in support of veterans. Perhaps most impressive, though, is Lockheed Martin’s Military Connect, the first-ever social media platform designed to enable discussions between external military candidates, veterans, and the company’s internal employees.

7. Intelligent Waves LLC

What the company does: Intelligent Waves LLC is a veteran-owned small business that specializes in providing IT and communications support to a wide variety of U.S. government customers. 

Headquarters: Reston, Virginia

Percentage of 2018 hires who are vets: 24%

Percentage of workforce who are vets: 42%

What we liked: At Intelligent Waves, veteran hiring is personal. As a veteran-owned small business, IW understands that veteran candidates come with unique needs, which is likely why the company boasts a high retention rate of 61% for 2017 veteran hires. While IW continuously strives to increase its veteran and military family hiring, the company also supports active duty members, with more than 15 employees going on military leave since 2017.

8. Union Pacific

What the company does: Union Pacific Railroad is North America's premier railroad franchise, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States.

Headquarters: Omaha, Nebraska

Percentage of 2018 hires who are vets: 20.5%

Percentage of workforce who are vets: 18%

What we liked: For years, Union Pacific has been recognized by Monster as a leader in hiring veterans—and this year is no exception, with 20.5% of 2018 hires being vets. The company frequently hosts seminars and briefs leadership on veteran issues and the value of veteran employment and employs Hiring Our Heroes programs to help veterans make the transition into the civilian workforce. It's no wonder that the company boasts a 2017 veteran retention rate of 65.5%.

9. BAE Systems

What the company does: BAE is an international defense, aerospace, and security company that delivers a full range of products and services for air, land, and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions, and customer support services.

Headquarters: Arlington, Virginia

Percentage of 2018 hires who are vets: 19%

Percentage of workforce who are vets: 17%

What we liked: BAE’s commitment to veteran hiring keeps them on the list for the fourth year, and they’re going strong. They’ve set an impressive 2019 goal of 100 veteran hires per month, with a particular emphasis to serve military spouses, as well. Their Warrior Integration Program (WIP), now in its ninth year, focuses on integrating combat-wounded veterans into the workforce through onboarding, mentoring, and career development. Top management is actively engaged in the process, too, with the Veterans’ Support Network (VSN), which educates leadership on the value of veterans in the workforce.

10. Schneider

What the company does: Schneider National is a provider of trucking and transportation logistics services.

Headquarters: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Percentage of 2018 hires who are vets: 18%

Percentage of workforce who are vets: 22%

What we liked: Schneider is no stranger to this list—having been a winner the past two years. The company's ongoing commitment to veteran hiring is evident in the fact that 22% of the total workforce is veterans. Schneider also offers on-the-job training programs, apprenticeships, and both onsite and web-based instructor-led training. Plus, if you have military truck driving experience and obtained a CDL-A through the Military Skills Test Waiver, Schneider will accept it as certification when applying for a job at the company.

Companies went through multiple tiers of analysis before making it to the top ten list. Monster and Military.com worked together to assemble a panel of veteran-hiring experts who then nominated more than 50 different companies. Those companies were contacted for veteran hiring stats, veteran retention rates and veteran recruitment plans and practices. 

This is the fourth year that Monster and Military.com have compiled this list — and eight of these companies are repeat winners. CACI International and PRISM, Inc. are first timers in the rankings. For each of the winners, at least 18 percent of 2018 hires were veterans and 17 percent or more of the total workforce are veterans.

"It's a really eclectic mix of companies — large size government contractors, a big defense contractor, a smaller technical firm, a federal agency and a railroad," said Steve Jordon, retired U. S. Navy Captain and Executive Director of Veterans Employment Initiative for the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), and a member of the panel of judges. "That's pretty neat. They're all looking to bring in that veteran and military spouse talent, but they do so in different capacities."

What did all of these companies across a range of industries have in common?

"It's really a wide array depending on the size and scale of the company, but at the end of the day the most important things is that from the very top — from the chief executive officer all the way down to the talent acquisition team — they put a priority on bringing in veteran and military spouse talent."

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