Military experience can give you a leg-up in the civilian job market. While most companies appreciate the job training and values that come with military experience, some companies go the extra mile to help military members transition to civilian life by providing lucrative career opportunities and training for veterans.
Veteran.com’s list of veteran-friendly employers is not an endorsement of any of the companies. Listed employers advertise unique opportunities and supportive programs for veterans, National Guardsmen, reservists and military spouses.
- Accenture – Accenture Federal Services recruited over 5,000 military veterans, service members and spouses by the end of 2020. The company offers employee technology and sales training programs and several opportunities geared toward student veterans and junior officers.
- AECOM – This multinational firm provides design, consulting, construction, and management services to the U.S. Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Department of Homeland Security, among others. AECOM enthusiastically recruits prior military talent.
- AT&T – The telecommunications company is on a mission to hire the best talent. On its website, you can search for jobs by military occupational specialty (MOS) code or proximity to military installations.
- Allied Universal– The security industry is an ideal career transition for military personnel, and Allied Universal strives to employ veterans. In 2020, Allied Universal hired more than 20,000 veterans. The company’s careers page includes a job search tool that allows users to browse opportunities by their military job title or specialty code.
- Amazon – The tech giant recruits military veterans to grow and maintain its e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, artificial intelligence and extensive delivery network. Amazon even hires veterans who are still pursuing their degrees. Or, you can get up to $10,000 to build your own Amazon Delivery Service Partner business. Apply at logistics.amazon.com
- Amentum Services – A third of the global services company’s more than 34,000 employees served in the U.S. military, according to the company’s website. Amentum supports critical programs across defense, security, intelligence, energy and environment across the U.S. and in 105 foreign countries.
- Baker Hughes Co. – The energy technology company provides veterans with quality industry training, structured career development and flexible working practices. Baker Hughes operates in more than 80 countries and employs more than 60,000 people.
- The Boeing Company – Boeing’s military skills translator tool helps veterans match their background and experience to current job opportunities at the world’s largest aerospace company. . Boeing advertises its commitment to helping veterans get the skills necessary to land aerospace manufacturing jobs across the country and offers candidate training opportunities.
- Booz Allen Hamilton offers consulting services related to defense and intelligence. The company offers a special military forum to help service members transition to civilian life.
- BNSF Railway – If you are transitioning from military to civilian life, have prior service, are a retired veteran or a member of the National Guard and Reserves, BNSF Railway can offer rewarding career opportunities working in North America’s largest freight railroad network.
- Capital One – The financial corporation offers opportunities for veterans and military families. Use Capital One’s online tool to translate the skills you learned serving in the military–including specialties and sub-specialties–into civilian professional qualifications.
- CDW – The information technology products, expertise and services company supports those who serve by hiring and training transitioning military personnel and veterans. CDW’s careers page includes job searches using military titles or codes.
- CSX Corporation is another employer known for being very military-friendly. Veterans employed by this railroad company can join their Military Affinity Group. It’s not surprising that one-in-five CSX employees have served in the military. CSX has been named as one of the top military employers by organizations such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
- Charles Schwab – The financial services company places a high emphasis on hiring veterans for employment.
- Chesapeake Energy Corp. – The energy company offers specialized orientations, mentoring by fellow veterans, professional gatherings, career development training and Troop Connect. In this online community, employees with military backgrounds can connect and support each other in transitioning to civilian life and growing.
- Cintas Corp. – The company, which provides a range of products and services to businesses, recruits transitioning military personnel from all branches.
- Cisco Systems – Cisco’s special veteran skill matching program connects returning service members with civilian opportunities at the telecommunications, technology and networking company.
- Citigroup – The investment bank and financial services company has a dedicated recruiting effort to help find jobs for transitioning military personnel and their families.
- Combined Insurance – The multi-product individual supplemental and life insurer has partnered with the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), Hiring Our Heroes, The National Council on Aging (NCOA), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and local veterans organizations and military-specific job sites to recruit military veterans.
- Costco – For those completing service at home and overseas and using the GI Bill to attend school, the world’s fifth-largest retailer offers flexible part-time hours complete with competitive wages and benefits.
- CSX – The rail transportation and real-estate company seeks employees with U.S. Armed Forces experience. One in five CSX employees has worked in the military.
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – The agency’s VA for Vets has everything you’ll need to get started in federal government work focused on other veterans.
- Dominion Energy – The energy provider offers challenging opportunities that demand technical and problem-solving skills, leadership abilities, craft skills and more.
- Edward Jones – The financial services firm is focused on recruiting, training and retaining military veterans and helping them transition to civilian life. The company’s FORCES program is designed specifically for people without a financial services background who possess the skills and competencies to succeed.
- Deloitte not only sponsors the Warrior Games, but they’ve also pledged to set a goal of doubling veteran hiring numbers over the next three years.
- DXC Technology – The business-to-business technology information services company recruits and hires wounded warriors, veterans with disabilities and military spouses. The firm also provides one-on-one assistance to transitioning veteran employees.
- FedEx – The shipping and delivery services and supply chain management company connects veterans with others in its talent community and provides skill transition assistance and application tips on its military careers page.
- Fluor – The engineering and construction firm has numerous career opportunities that match military occupational skill sets. You can search for and filter job opportunities on the company’s job search page.
- General Electric – GE recognizes and values the leadership, loyalty, integrity and commitment to excellence instilled through participation in military service. The digital industrial company combines engineering, software and analytics to help the world work more efficiently, reliably and safely through manufacturing, materials science and data.
- Google – Google believes veterans make great Googlers, and tries to help veterans put their military skills and experience to work at the technology company. The company’s careers section includes job searches by military occupation code. The Google Veterans Network also provides support and learning opportunities to help military communities.
- Hormel Foods – The meat and food product manufacturing, distributing and marketing company actively recruits veterans and their family members.
- J.B. Hunt – The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Feedom Award-winning transportation and logistics company hires 1,600 veterans each year. It offers a comprehensive military support and benefit package, including a deployment re-entry guide and differential pay for employees on military orders.
- Johnson Controls, which works to develop systems and equipment for the building and automotive industries, offers a variety of programs for veterans. It also has policies in place to ensure job security of members of the Reserves or National Guard.
- JP Morgan Chase Bank – The banking and financial services company has a centralized military recruiting team focused solely on hiring veterans and military spouses.
- Lexmark – Separating active duty service members can take advantage of Lexmark’s free, online VALORR Printer Service Training program to get certified to service Lexmark products before applying to work as a field service technician. Lexmark received an ESGR Freedom Award in 2020 for supportive military benefits programs, including military leave policies, veteran mentorship programs and a large military network group.
- Merck & Co., a pharmaceuticals company, offers competitive pay for veterans, continuing base salary for six months after being discharged from the military to help veterans adjust. National Guard members and Reservists retain full benefits from the company while deployed.
- Progressive – Veterans can apply their transferrable skills every day at Progressive, which offers 100% differential pay for military employees called to active duty. The company’s Military Employee Resource Group (MILNET) raises awareness promotes successful career pursuits and a healthy work-life balance for military personnel and families.
- Prudential – The multi-faced insurance provider has several education, job training and employment programs for military veterans. Through its Veterans Initiative Offices, Prudential strives to be an employer of choice for military veterans and their spouses. The company this year partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide veterans, transitioning military members and their families no-cost access to financial wellness education and resources.
- Schneider – The transportation and trucking firm has military-friendly apprenticeship programs, training, mentoring, flexible work schedules and military leave for reservists. The company also counts military experience as educational credit.
- Siemens AG – The Germany-based technology and manufacturing company offers opportunities in the industry, infrastructure, mobility, healthcare and energy sectors. Since 2010, Siemens has hired more than 4,000 U.S. military veterans. The Siemens USA Veterans Initiative Program provides free training for veterans, enabling veterans to enhance their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills for the civilian workforce. It also offers the Siemens Veterans Network, an employee resource group with more than 550 participants.
- Southern Company – The gas and electric utility provider values the teamwork, responsibility and dedication that military service demonstrates. Southern, which is a DOD-preferred energy partner, proactively recruits veterans for their background and experience.
- 7-Eleven – 7-Eleven offers transitioning veterans management and operations opportunities, including a special veterans’ franchise program. The company is a member of the JP Morgan Chase Veteran Jobs Mission and has participated in veteran employment programs like Hiring our Heroes.
- Starbucks – Starbucks has a military recruiting team and supports and participates in the Hiring Our Heroes program. The company offers 80 hours of military service pay for National Guard and reserve service obligations.
- The Hartford – Hartford recruits veterans and helps them transition to new careers. The Hartford benefits package is military-friendly, with two weeks paid military leave and up to 24 months of military differential pay for deployments. The company’s Military Community Network employee resource group offers mentoring and support for military members and their families.
- Transportation Security Administration (TSA) – TSA hires veterans for a wide range of positions, including transportation security officers, federal air marshals, explosives specialists, intelligence analysts and other mission support positions.
- Union Pacific Railroad – Over 20% of the freight hauling railroad’s employees have military experience, with some active in the National Guard or reserves. The company offers a military skills translator on its careers page, regularly participates in military recruiting events and provides mentorship through its employee resource group, UP VETS.
- U.S. Bank – US Bank provides programs and policies to meet the unique needs of transitioning veterans, military spouses and current National Guard and reserve service members. U.S. Bank provides military benefits, including paid time off after deployments and military family member support programs during employees’ deployments.
- USAA – The United Services Automobile Association (USAA) is committed to hiring at least 30% of its employees from the military community, including veterans and military spouses. You can explore job opportunities using USAA’s hiring tools for veterans and military spouses. The company’s offerings include Veterans Transition Leadership Development, a one-year program for newly-hired veterans, and a VETNET employee resource group for veterans and military spouses.
- Verizon – The communications, technology and wireless network provider offers personal and professional development programs and a flexible work environment to military veterans and spouses. About 10,000 veterans currently work at Verizon.
- Veterans United Home Loans – Veterans United was ranked #8 in Glassdoor’s 2022 list of best places to work and #33 on Fortune’s 2021 list. The company supports its veteran, military and military spouse employees with care packages, pay differential, paid time off for military training and more.
- Walmart – Through its Find a Future commitment, Walmart aims to help veterans, military spouses and transitioning active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members discover meaningful futures. Walmart has hired more than 300,000 veterans and military spouses since it launched its veteran hiring effort in 2013.
Federal Government Jobs for Veterans
Feds Hire Vets – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Transition Assistance Program provides military members and veterans the resources they need before and after transitioning. The website is specifically tailored for individuals seeking federal government job opportunities. There is also a directory listing the Veterans Employment Program Office that serves each federal agency.
Companies with Veteran Hiring Programs
American Corporate Partners
American Corporate Partners (ACP) focuses on helping veterans and spouses of active duty service members find their next career.
Through one-on-one mentoring, networking, and online career advice, ACP will help the more than one million veterans that are expected to transition from the armed forces to civilian life over the next five years.
The companies that partner with ACP give preference to job candidates with military experience and provide support to military members as they advance in their new careers.
Some of the companies that work with American Corporate Partners include:
- Johnson & Johnson – Johnson & Johnson offers skillbridge, sales and leadership career programs designed specifically for transitioning military members.
- Lockheed Martin – Veterans can match their military skills to open positions at the security, aerospace and technology company. Twenty percent of Lockheed Martin’s workforce is veterans, and the majority of its business is with the U.S. Department of Defense and the federal government.
- Nike – Nike partners with military and veteran organizations across the country to offer employees military-focused programs and benefits, including a generous military leave program.
- Northrop Grumman – Roughly a quarter of Northrup Grumman employees are military veterans. The company offers a military career search tool on its website and a military skill bridge program.
- PepsiCo. – In 2013, the Washington Post ranked PepsiCo as #1 for hiring veterans among the 50 largest companies in America. The company supports numerous military and veteran-focused foundations and other nonprofit organizations.
- Raytheon Technologies – Many Raytheon job descriptions are built around military occupational specialties. You can search available opportunities at Raytheon with its military occupational specialty matching tool. The employer offers veteran employees a range of military benefits including community outreach and employee networking opportunities.
- The Coca-Cola Company – The iconic beverage company seeks applicants with military experience. Coca-Cola’s military connections span the globe, employing more than 4,000 U.S. veterans and serving more than two million beverages each day to active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces, reservists, retirees and their families.
- The Home Depot – The home improvement retailer and services provider works with the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide rewarding and challenging career opportunities for current and former members of the U.S. military. Home Depot employs more than 35,000 veterans.
- UPS – The package delivery solutions and shipping services company offers opportunities that build on military experience. Military veterans and National Guard and reserve members make up nearly 10% of the UPS workforce.