Hiring Heroes: NBCUniversal and Comcast Hiring 1,000 Vets

March 29, 2012 |

Brian Roberts, Comcast Chairman and CEO, has announced that Comcast and NBCUniversal are commiting to hire 1,000 veterans as part of the Hiring our Heroes campaign: “It’s clear that the leaders of tomorrow are the youth of today. There’s no better youth of today than the people who’ve been fighting overseas and protecting our country.”

 The 1,000 positions will be filled over the next three years.

For more details, see this video with Roberts below, and visit the MSNBC article, which includes a video of Retired Lt. Col. Kevin Schmiegel, founder and executive director of Hiring Our Heroes, and Navy veteran John Finneran of Capital One discussing the initiative. And if you’re looking to take advantage of the recent push for hiring veterans, visit the 100,000 Jobs page on Military.com.

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About Ho Lin

Ho Lin is an editor at Military.com. His interests include naval history, the New York football Giants, and loud rock music.

Comments

  1. Marko says:

    STAY CONNECTED VETS!

    Now there is a ALL VET Social Network called http://WWW.VETSVILLAGE.COM

    check out their commercial on youtube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og2VlZX-4T8&co

    • Don't forget, there is also TogetherWeServed.com and IAVA … TWS.com is the best way to keep up with vet buddies…IAVA is for those deployed to Iraq/Afghanistan or in some other way qualify for GWOT Expedition, not GWOT Service..Still, both websites are worth looking at as well …

  2. Cable Guy says:

    Baaa…Comcast! I worked there for over 6 years performing technical support & part of the reason I enlisted was to get out of there. There's almost no opportunity to advance past entry level, even with a degree. If you do take a job with them, don't allow yourself to get lowballed @ hire…as raises total $0.15 a year. I wish I was kidding. You do get cheap cable/internet service though. Good luck!

    • Kim says:

      Nay sayer

    • dadxfour says:

      I've been with them for a few years and there is opportunity to advance and they offer great benefits. They are even letting me relocate to my hometown to take care of my sick father. But you have to earn the chance

  3. PFC Anderson, Aaron says:

    I would like to take advantage of this opportunity. Please let me know what I have to do.

  4. joseph bethea says:

    i would like to interview for a position

  5. What I am going to do is look at Comcast and NBC Universal and see if any of their jobs fit my talents. Then I will make a resume for each job and send it to them.

    What I gather from the video is that they may give veterans some kind of preference, in what form I do not know, so make sure to claim what ever options they allow.
    http://www.comcast.com/Corporate/About/Careers/Ca
    http://www.nbcunicareers.com/

    • Yes, they're giving a opportunity to those that have sacrificed them selfs for their freedom and yours. So if you didn't serve your country as you should of if you loved it so much, then stand at the back of the line mister, cause veterans are going in first.

      • jskinz says:

        Be nice, Juanez. After retiring from Navy and disabled, I haven’t found work since 2008. The Vet preference we earned (gov’t jobs) still isn’t what its cracked up to be. It’s still a network & to get in, gotta take a swabbie position just to apply within. Employers are still looking for the highest qualified candidate that will work for peanuts. This new hire-a-vet is another good deal for them, than it is for us. The tax credit is true, & being shadowed for the period of time like you’re about to **** up, would feel belittling. My advice, if you haven’t already, go to college so you can have the liberals influence you.

  6. christopher a. martinez says:

    Verry interested.

  7. Thomas says:

    I am interested too.

  8. Bri says:

    Please let me know what to do!

  9. GARy P. Joyce says:

    I'm an ol' Nam vet … here's what you boys gotta do …

    If you've never done a formal resume, learn how to do one …and do it now. There's info on line or at a library. You've got experience (even if you were a trigger puller) that most people your age won't/don't have. Think about everything you've done or experienced as it relates to a civilian job. And don;t sit on your ass … do it now and get it to the right people at MSNBC or NBC …

    I'm a writer/editor … did a story embedded in Bosnia a bunch of years ago. The E-5 they assigned to watch my ass was a decent photographer (for an Armored Cavalryman!) … well … we swapped some pointers, stayed in touch after he got out (he did 6). And he now makes a living shooting cameras … it CAN BE DONE … don't wait for it to happen … make it happen … good luck to all of you …

    Gary P. Joyce
    E-58 /K-75 Rangers; 61st MP
    RVN: 8/68 to 1/71

  10. william says:

    i would love to apply for 1,2,3,4,5 til i get one

  11. I want my own show!

  12. SGT T says:

    Dont you mean get a $10 million tax writeoff? Any company will now get a $10,000 writeoff if they hire a vet and retain them for 6 months. Make sure as an employee prospect not to waste this $10,000 tax writeoff on ANY job that does not provide enough income to support a family on.

    I have hit many of the 'veteran job fairs', make sure you remind your prospective employer how much money he is making off you when bartering any income. For example, tell the 3 month $15 an hour internship that they will rape your $10,000 benefit and will require appropriate compensation for the retention of this tax writeoff.

    I am already seeing the testing of these loopholes by companies. Do not waste your $10,000 benefit to a company that doesn't even have the balls to pay you more than your unemployment benefit.

    • Tracker5usmc says:

      Good observation! You are correct in the light that too many of these so-called "patriotic" companies only get "patriotic" and like vets when it is in their own best interests. Comcast is the king of such gimmicks. They may give you a job, but when you examine their policies and disloyalty to their employees you will soon know the real deal. Take the job but leave yourself an out and never trust anything Comcast says.

    • Dee says:

      SGT T, where can I get more info on this $10K Veteran benefit?

      • SGT T says:

        Develop a relationship with a VA veteran service officer to assist with tracking of new plans being implemented.

        If a vet is unemployed for 6 months, companies get an immediate $5k, and another $5k if the vet is still there 6 months after hire.

        President Obama pushed this through with an exectutive order, bypassing congress, around the first of the year.

        Here is a businessweek article to get you started;
        http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-11-30/obama

    • top dog says:

      you guys must be dish networks subscribers, either that or right wingers….mabe both.

      • SGT T says:

        I am a comcast customer, and comcast takes very good care of me. I even enjoy many NBC/Universal created entertainment.

        Amusing, how did you get Republican out of this conversation? I just wanted to shout out the new $10k promotion for the long term unemployed veterans, to assist in negotiation of their salary.

        If I appeared as a member of whatever political party that you are against, I apologize. I am more than confident that your party will win and save the world as we know it (Like an awesome Universal Movie)!

  13. Pessemist says:

    I find it very hard to believe… I've applied for 3 positions with Comcast in the past 6 months. I'm a retired Navy IT and they wouldn't even accept me in a call center position, so I'm pretty pessimistic.

  14. darlene says:

    No comment

  15. Jerry Brown says:

    As a Army Reservist that did back to back tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, I was screwed royally by a huge French company that sells hair care products when I returned home. I posted my resume on Monster.com and employerpartnership.org and Comcast called me. I started in Nov 2011 and I love it. My service and sacrifice has been noted publicly and profusely by my fellow Comcast employees, I am paid well for my hard work and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity

  16. Robert Vaught says:

    As a disabled vet I am very interested in this opportunity, please let me know what it is that I have to do.

    Thanks,

    Robert

  17. Roberta says:

    As a Chapter 31 VET I would like to know more.

  18. E-4 Chan says:

    I was interviewed there and very interested in working at NBCUniversal in their 2012 O&TS internship program. After a week later I received my rejection letter for broadcast operations/engineer even with a Satellite Communications background in the Active Army. Point is, they don't hire veterans, they just hire qualified people whom just so happens to be a veteran.

  19. chuck kelly says:

    I'd like to take advantage of this oppertunity, please get back to me

  20. Robert says:

    That is excellent and wonderful news. I have but one thing to ask. Where were you when the vets came back from Viet Nam? Were you in the crowds that were spitting on them? Were you calling them the names everyone else did?

    • SGT T says:

      Since I was born in 1978, I was in my daddys nutsack when you were having this difficult time.

      Reapproach the VA, get on the agent orange regristry, and look into new offers that are available to ALL veterans.

  21. jskinz says:

    To start, we need to rid all of these terrible commercials and waste of money TV series and broadcast something more appropriate for the entertainment of the whole family. Keyword: entertainment. How are these so-called celebrities making millions off of a 21 or 43 minute program. I doubt that I’d be hired due to these companies stating they’re hiring vets, when its still a networked society for employment, all vets know how that works. Thanks for hearing my rant. Make a difference in this society.

    • jskinz says:

      One more thing. Comcast, Cox, Time Warner are making a killing with the bundled BS. Why do I have a $170/mo bill, & when I work with them to turn features off, I’m saving $5 under the “bundled” price. I’m required to pay for 300+ channels to only watch 10 of them. I have no need for the many Spanish channels, which are included, but if I want the only Japanese channel it costs $25/mo and its a free government access channel. To watch many of my favorite programs, I need to use an outdated DVR which costs rental and service fee. These companies need to stop the monopoly. Another rant, thanks..

  22. David says:

    It's more difficult than I imagined finding a job these days, I thought having an honorable discharge would give me a leg up but it doesn't seem so. I'm having a hard time find a job as well. I will definitely look at these jobs when they post.

    David – USAF

    • Tina - MAED/MBA says:

      Hi David,

      I have retired from the Air National Guard. After retiring I ended up in the manufatcturing business where I have not been happy mainly because I get treated so unfairly (being a female). Anyway, I went to school and obtained not one but 2 master degrees and I still have not been able to find work. Forget about government work I have tried for well over 3 years to get on DSCC and DLA.

      Thanks for sharing.

  23. Tracker5usmc says:

    In this economy, if Comcast will give you a job, as a veteran- take it!
    However do not ever trust, believe, or dare to turn your back on them. Comcast is a company that has no loyalty what so ever except to one thing-money! Comcast does all it can to polish up their external image and public relations but internally is run wholly by sociopaths and sycophants.

  24. Joseph Bruni says:

    I am a retired US Navy Hospital Corpsman and I would be interested in an opportunity for employment.

  25. The Hammer says:

    Well I would not get to comfortable with this 1000 jobs business. Disney and many other companies have made the same offer but nobody knows for certain if they hire 1000 or 10 Vets. The bottom line all of this companies are Obama's clonies and they are doing anything to show support for his agenda. in my opinion you should look for work elsewhere because this is a gig that everyone will be trying to apply for and it will attract over 50000 vets for a possibility of hiring 1000. I have my doubts about all of this. God Bless our Veterans.

  26. SGT Ronald Hill says:

    SGT Ron Hill US Army Wounded Warrior

    I am definitely interested in this please forward me any job positions in Palm Beach County, Fl. Thank you

  27. walter12 says:

    NBC, MSNBC, and Comcast are stooges and lapdogs for this monster Obama, the evil one, the Spawn of Satan. They are lying and deceitful and should not be trusted one bit. They are to be scorned and ridiculed.

  28. Tony says:

    I am very interested also. I would definitely even consider P/T in the Panama City FL local.Tell me what to do next!

  29. Tim Menary says:

    NBC hireing veterens. Interesting.

  30. joe johnston says:

    are you open to hiring old vets?ww2/korea.had some experience was in movie w/beyonce,cuba gooding "fighting tempations"of course im 81 yrs old but im a
    old veteran whos been there,done that,sh#t at and missed,shot at and hit.
    jjj188@att.net if youre interested send me an email.

  31. Alex Baugh says:

    Do you hire Disabled Veteran? What qualification are you looking for? I live in Philadelphia.

  32. gene says:

    I take it that it has nothing to do with the older vets with injuries, we all can go to hail…

  33. Tim says:

    yep the old ones take the back seat.

  34. E-4/ 1141 says:

    Ok, what's the real deal with this? Is it legit? Because I'm making full use of the post 9/11 G.I Bill as of right now, and I have one year left of it, but I'm looking for a job that pays more than fifteen an hour. For a corporal who did four years in the Marines and has two kids, one of which I pay child support for, I need a job where I make a considerable ammount of money, and trust me, I would work my ass to the bone if a good beneficial job presented itself. Not some job that only offers $15 an hour with no benefits. Thank You

    • Thomas says:

      E-4/1141 Does the GI Bill pay enough to live off month to month? I see that it's pays E-5 BAH but is that paid consistently while going to school? Heard some things about a backlog and people not getting money on time each month. Appreciate your input. -J

  35. JonOEF says:

    They get tax credits for hiring veterans do not act as though its all such a great thing.

  36. jskinz says:

    Why doesn’t our commander in chief give, or at least match the tax credit to the vets? Are we the blue collar scum living in a white collar world?
    To answer our elder brothers/sisters of foreign wars, the VA doesn’t offer the treats, you gotta go through the pain of asking and twisting of arms to get them. Gotta do your own networking and research to find the good stuff.

  37. Stonzz says:

    To all the vets or soon to be, never forget that you are your best advocate! You made it through training courses that the ACLU is constantly trying to regulate or change because some lard *** couldn’t cut it. YOU took the fight to the bad guys when folks back home protested our Commander and Chiefs decisions. You stood tall, saluted smartly, picked up you weapon and killed those who wished to do us harm! Don’t know if these programs are a bunch of political eye wash, or if they are legit. But I do know one thing…..every one of you volunteered to run towards the gunfire,at that is all that counts. You all will be successful if you continue to trust your gut, that kept you alive, and never accept anything of yourself or others except excellence…period. No magic formula, no hand out. Just honor, trust and integrity. May God bless all of you and our great country, even with all its faults! Stonzz, Colonel, USAF retired (100% medically disab led. Thanks for letting me rant:-)

  38. Stonzz says:

    To all the vets or soon to be, never forget that you are your best advocate! You made it through training courses that the ACLU is constantly trying to regulate or change because some lard *** couldn’t cut it. YOU took the fight to the bad guys when folks back home protested our Commander and Chiefs decisions. You stood tall, saluted smartly, picked up you weapon and killed those who wished to do us harm! Don’t know if these programs are a bunch of political eye wash, or if they are legit. But I do know one thing…..every one of you volunteered to run towards the gunfire,at that is all that counts. You all will be successful if you continue to trust your gut, that kept you alive, and never accept anything of yourself or others except excellence…period. No magic formula, no hand out. Just honor, trust and integrity. May God bless all of you and our great country, even with all its faults! Stonzz, Colonel, USAF retired (100% medically disab led. Thanks for letting me rant:-)

  39. Army Mom says:

    My son came home from Iraq 2008 and enrolled at an University with his GI bill and received his degree in Computer Science. He had an excellent grade point average, combat medic with 6 years of military service and everyone would say employers will snap you up in a hear-beat!! He graduated in Dec 2011 and had interviews with some top companies and even a medical firm telling him how his medical & computer skills put him at the top for a position. He did land a part-time positon with a tech company and does free-lance work to make ends meet. He wants to show employers that he is using his skills after college but the market is not any better for him because he served his country. I believe my son will succeed in the future but it will take many door knocks. It took many for my husband a Viet Nam Vet. God bless all our Veterans whom have given so much.

  40. jskinz says:

    Beware, does “we finance military E-1 and up” sound familiar? Trust your gut instinct during these times. For those posting “I’m interested…etc”, won’t take you anywhere. For the retired corpsman, you have the upper hand than most of us…DoD, VA, etc is your place.
    As people will find “temp to hire” positions, those are good because that employer is screening out the bums without commitments.

  41. ECH says:

    In my own opinion this is a joke. I worked at comcast for five years. During my deployment my wife filed for divorce so I had to move out. Long story short I moved to another comcast district but no positions were open. A couple months went by and a position opened. I applied for that position after seeing this post. Comcast says I was not qualified for the position. While this is a great PR stunt for them I am calling B.S. They are just in a struggling market and they are doing anything they can to make some publicity

  42. link wheel says:

    I understand that an issue like this cannot, and perhaps should not, be reduced to an electoral equation of whether the Party is ahead on a net sum basis.

  43. spencer jackson says:

    This is good that after they retire from the military, there are work still waiting for them. They may want to undergo leadership training and be a part of a rescue team.

  44. SGT T says:

    A new VRAP program is staring 01JUL12, look into it.