It is important to tout the diverse skill sets and strengths of veterans who have joined the civilian workforce. With so many reasons to hire a Veteran, we want to help promote companies that support Veteran initiatives.
While some employers may have been hesitant to hire veterans in the past due to lack of experience or training, this is no longer as much of an issue as military training is now more aligned with the needs of today’s businesses. The skills that veterans bring have been shown to translate well into many roles. Industries including IT, banking, cybersecurity, engineering, and airlines see the extra value of hiring veterans.
As more and more employers are pledging to hire veterans, the trends seem to point to an increasingly attractive job market for those who have served. This also may explain why Veterans experienced an unemployment rate of 2.5% in January 2023, which is lower for veterans compared to 3.4% for the general population. Latest Employment Numbers | U.S. Department of Labor (dol.gov)
In this post, we highlight some of the best companies for veterans in Arizona and across the U.S. For those veterans in Arizona, we invite you to come out and meet these veteran-committed employers on March 30th, 2023.
Who are these companies that hire veterans? In this article, BestCompaniesAZ recognizes companies that honor our heroes and demonstrate a commitment to hiring veterans.
- American Express
- American Furniture Warehouse
- Desert Financial Credit Union
- Donor Network
- Dignity Health
- Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona
- Hensel Phelps
- Northern Trust
- Sonora Quest Laboratories
- Voya Financial
- Willscot Mobile Mini
At Achieve (formerly known as Freedom Financial Network), employees are empowered to put their ideas into action and transform their careers. The leading digital personal finance company helps put people on a path to better financial futures by offering solutions from personal loans, home equity lines of credit (HELOCS), debt solutions, educational resources and tools, and more. Achieve values its diverse workforce, which strengthens company culture and collective work ethics. For this reason, Achieve welcomes military service members and veterans at every level of the organization.
Additionally, Achieve supports veterans’ transition from the service to the civilian work environment with their “Heroes” veterans employee resource group that creates a welcoming and warm-hearted community with ongoing events, speakers, and other opportunities to build lasting relationships with other veterans at Achieve and within the community.
American Express is a global company, that offers a compelling colleague value proposition that includes meaningful work and many opportunities to grow throughout their career, a flexible and inclusive culture with a strong sense of belonging, and competitive pay and benefits to support their holistic wellbeing which includes their physical, financial and mental health.
Amex has a colleague network for veterans to join. The Amex Veterans Network (VET) was launched in 2012 and supports colleagues who are currently serving in the military, are veterans, have friends or family in the military, or just want to show their support for our troops.
Veterans bring highly unique skills, experiences, and perspectives to Axon’s public safety mission, making it the perfect place for transitioning service members to continue their national security careers. Many of Axon’s workforce identify as active duty military or veterans, and there is an employee resource group dedicated to veterans. Check out this career advice from five Axon veterans in the affinity group.
After retiring from the military, Master Sgt. Hardenio Abdon described his experience joining Axon. “Axon found me,” Abdon says. “Once I retired from the military and started in the private sector, an Axon recruiter reached out to me on LinkedIn. I still wanted to serve my community and law enforcement, and Axon’s mission aligned with mine. I’m now supporting law enforcement with the necessary products they need.”
In 2022, Axon debuted its vision for securing the Army base of the future with the Axon Ecosystem. Inside the booth, attendees experienced how connected devices like TASER smart weapons, body-worn cameras, and in-car video systems all work together to form a common operating picture for base security. Veterans will not only find a mission with purpose at Axon, the benefits at Axon are excellent, including health and wellness, financial and work flexibility offerings. Here your work will be challenging, meaningful, and self-led. Search job openings today!
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is well known for its philanthropic service projects which serve underserved populations. In addition to its tremendous community engagement, Habitat for Humanity’s veteran hiring efforts make it one of the best companies that hire veterans.
The company actively recruits veterans to work at Habitat as employees, board members, volunteers, and AmeriCorps members. A perfect match in our books! After all, the military’s values — integrity, respect, selfless service, and more — coincide with Habitat for Humanity’s strong values.
At USAA our mission is to empower our members to achieve financial security through highly competitive products, exceptional service and trusted advice. We seek to be the #1 choice for the military community and their families. We offer members, the military community and their families competitive insurance, banking, financial products and advice that help the achieve financially stronger futures. Service, Loyalty, Honesty, and Integrity form the foundation of USAA’s business practices. These core values also represent a shared bond with our loyal members, whose sacrifice inspires us to deliver on our mission. Founded in 1922, we have a strong legacy of serving our members through a code we live by.
At USAA, we have programs specifically aimed at mentoring and developing veterans and military spouses. Veterans and military spouses benefit from a host of specialized programs such as the Veteran Transition Leadership Development (VetsLeaD) and the VETNET Employee Resource Group (ERG). VetsLeaD, one-year program, focuses on the personal, transitional, and business skills veterans need to best function in their corporate roles. The VETNEG ERG was created for veterans and military spouses to connect, foster appreciation, understanding, and respect for our military culture and our members.
There are plenty of opportunities for veterans to explore at USAA! Build a new career of service (https://www.usaajobs.com/)
Voya Financial believes that focusing on inclusion at every level of the organization, leads to better performance, increased innovation, an enhanced ability to address customer needs, higher employee engagement, lower employee turnover rates, and helps to strengthen our communities. Voya is proud to award a series of scholarships to help veterans and their spouses further a career in financial services. The scholarships, which are awarded through The American College of Financial Services, are available to all qualified applicants but have a specific focus on helping to advance diversity in this field.
Additionally, Voya’s Employee-Led Veterans Council is one of many ways the company fosters diversity, equity and inclusion at work.
WillScot Mobile Mini
WillScot Mobile Mini understands the dedication, skills, and commitment of veterans, and encourages former service members to join its team. Employee and former service member Gina Gillis shared, “WillScot Mobile Mini offers a positive work environment with valuable training and opportunities for learning and growth. I’ve been able to grow personally and professionally and enjoy the challenging nature of the work.”
To further show the commitment of hiring Veterans, Sean Lau, retired Navy Chief and Sr. Recruiter, Veteran Programs, has joined the Talent Acquisition team. He understands the value of the veteran and knows the strengths and diversity veterans bring to the company.
Veterans are also encouraged to participate in the variety of development options available, which includes training via our LMS, Language Training with Rosetta Stone, a robust Leadership Developmental Program (LDP) with BTS, and a partnership with ExecOnline and the University of Virginia’s Darden Business school. There is also Veterans United, an Inclusiveness Resource Team (IRT) geared toward veterans, their families, and allies. These programs offer veterans the opportunity to grow personally and professionally while employed at WillScot Mobile Mini.
At Workiva, veterans are empowered to lead and innovate. The leading cloud platform for transparent reporting is committed to hiring veterans and their spouses and offers a wealth of resources including training and development programs, job shadowing opportunities, mentorship opportunities, and community involvement to support them in their transition to the civilian workforce. Workiva’s “work where you work best” approach to workplace flexibility supports employees working from wherever they work best. The Veterans Business Employee Resource Group offers a support system where veterans can connect, and also works to build awareness and strengthen allyship across Workiva.
Find the Best Companies That Hire Veterans Through BestCompaniesAZ
These are just a few of the best companies for veterans, but it doesn’t stop there! Each of the employers on our list is committed to hiring military service members, veterans, and their spouses. These organizations offer a variety of resources to support veteran employees and their families, including training and development programs, mentorship opportunities, job shadowing opportunities, community involvement, and more.
Military service members and veterans alike have a unique skill set that many companies value. Learn to leverage your skills, transition out of the military, and find veteran job help on BestCompaniesAZ to land your next career.
BestCompaniesAZ is proud to present our 9th Annual Veteran Business Networking and Career Event in conjunction with Career Connectors. This event brings together Arizona’s award-winning, military-friendly companies with veteran business professionals. Explore careers with Veteran-committed companies on March 30th, 2023!