Ten Happiest Companies for Vets?

May 23, 2012 |

10 Happiest Companies for Veterans

Ah, that tricky word “happiness” — depending on who you’re talking to, happiness can mean a lot of different things. To Charles M. Schulz, it was a warm puppy, and to George Burns, it was “having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” But going on the assumption that happiness is a good thing, CareerBliss.com has come up with a fresh list of the “10 happiest companies for veterans for 2012.” The main takeaway? Companies that specialize in technology seem to be the best fit for those with military backgrounds.

Below is content from the official press release from CareerBliss on the study, along with the ten top companies according to their research. Have your own feedback on the list? Sound off in the comments section below.

CareerBliss’ Top 10 Happiest Companies For Veterans for 2012

RankCompanyBlissScore
1Dell4.239
2Sprint4.116
33M4.093
4Microsoft4.005
5Verizon Communications4.003
6Bank of America4.001
7General Dynamics4.001
8American Red Cross4.000
9Lockheed Martin3.983
10Intel3.979

Methodology used to find the Top 10:

CareerBliss data evaluate the key factors that affect work happiness including work-life balance, one’s relationship with his/her boss and co-workers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks, and job control over the work performed on a daily basis. The data account for how an employee values each factor as well as how important that factor is to the employee’s overall happiness. Each review is given an average score indicating where the company
places between one and five. All 2,500 assessments are derived from April 2011– April 2012 employee generated reviews. The CareerBliss data also analyzed tens of thousands of job opportunities at companies that require military experience, ranking the top 10 companies with the highest number of job openings and highest bliss rating.

About CareerBliss

CareerBliss is a unique online career community designed to help everyone find happiness in the workplace. An information hub for everyone that works—employers, job seekers and recruiters—CareerBliss offers the ability to find out what constitutes happiness, to seek out new jobs, or to improve upon a current job using our PhD Board of Advisors. CareerBliss offers more than six million independent company reviews and salary comparisons, and three million job listings.

For more information, visit: www.CareerBliss.com.

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. Tom Abbey says:

    Sprint lays off too much.

    • Edward Roldan says:

      When i was released in 87 from the U.S. Army Sprint was my first employer and less than a yr later they were moving there operations to Denver and they laid off a bunch of ppl. Sprint doesn't really take care of their ppl. They use you and get rid of you!

    • Danl P says:

      No layoffs in several years at Sprint, and they taake good care of the reservists.

  2. Steve Wolff says:

    You might want to add Siemens to that list.

    • Hank Charleston says:

      I am a retired Navy veteran and work in the healthcare industry. I was laid off by G.E. Healthcare after 11 years and can't even get a phone call from Siemens to say 'sorry, we're not interested', much less an interview with Siemens Healthcare. They have been holding an open position (in a military town) for one of the area manager's friends in another state for nearly a year. I think Siemens is best left off of the list.

  3. John Tracey says:

    I spent almost 30 years in active duty and National Guard while employed by GTE/Verizon Communications. Although company policy was favorable towards military personnel, lower and middle management was extremely hostile towards us. Although we were afforded our legal time off we paid for it in our job performance reviews which hampered our progression within the company.

    • WRG01 says:

      I work for a small employer (just under 100 employees). Only after assuring them (on three different occasions) that I was no longer Reserve or IRR did they extend an offer of employment. Employers look at reservists and guard personnel like they do young women, as potential work liabilities. They think, yep…he/she is going to be out two more weeks a year, maybe get activated, etc just like they look at women as having to leave on-time to care for children, have children, etc….so, you rise to the top in corporate America by 1) if you have a family, make enough to have others care for the kids 2) just plain have family or others to raise your kids 3) don't be in the reserve or guard. But, hey…when everyone chips in on veterans day and gets you a $15 Starbucks card…well, wow…that makes you feel so special that you can forget all about working under the fkn puke who's 10 years younger than you and did not serve his country so that he could get a headstart in the corporate world.

    • ANDY says:

      IF YOU WERE A UNION MAN?! YOU COULD HAVE GONE THROUGH GRIEVANCE STEPS: AS LONG AS YOU COULD PROVE WHAT YOU HAVE STATED HAPPED TO YOU. IF YOU WERE ON A LIST FOR PROGRESSION TO A HIGHER JOB TITLE, AND YOU WERE AWAY ON MILITARY TIME, AND A PERSON BEHIND YOU WAS MOVED UP YOU COULD HAVE WON THE CASE, YOU DON'T LOSE YOUR SENIOR STANDING BECAUSE OF MILITARY SERVICE…

  4. James Wright says:

    USAA is the best company around for veterans! I'm REALLY surprised to see it not on the list. Something's wrong.

    • WRG01 says:

      I used to love USAA…but, dropped them as my insurance carrier after they raised my house rates because i got a dog! Yep…Nationwide bundled matched what USAA was going to charge with the increase…so, I brought my business elsewhere.

      • Roy says:

        I dropped USAA too. I had been with them for 21 years and they kept raising my home insurance rates. I never had a claim, so I went with the HartFord Company. Their rates were almost half of what USAA was charging me for basically the same type of coverage. I also dropped my auto insurance because HartFord will save me approx $150.00 a year on the auto insurance. USAA will lose a lot of customers if they don't change their ways.

        • Wow! I've had USAA since 1985. I keep comparing them about every 3 months (for auto Ins in CA.) and they still come up as the favorite (lowest cost per dollar insured). Maybe it's the state you are in. In California no one comes close to USAA.

    • WD40 says:

      Mr. Wright,
      You are mistaken about USAA. There is nothing wrong with this list, however, your assumption is what is mistaken. USAA does not take care of neither veterans nor those still in a Guard or Reserve unit.
      I speak from experience, as I am a Navy veteran, with a graduate business degree, and I left USAA after two years because of their terrible treatment of those with military experience. On more than one occasion when I showed initiative or took it upon myself to ask a needed question, I was informed by more than one supervisor (with no military experience) to "follow orders," since that was what we did in the military, according to the supervisors. General Robles talks a good game, but those in senior and middle management are lifelong civilians who are riding the gravy train of USAA's inequitable compensation that benefits only those in management, and taking every employee (veteran or otherwise), as well as members, for a disgustingly filthy ride.
      At USAA, there is consistent turnover in senior and middle management (I had seven supervisors in two years), and it is no longer the company it once was under Generals McDermott or Herres. Bob Davis ran the operations and morale into the ground, and USAA has not recovered. The operating systems are antiquated, employees are not trained nor inspired to perform at their best, and USAA is a model of mediocrity. There is a reason why the list of former members is increasing – USAA's shoddy products are representative of the corporate climate.

      • R wev says:

        USAA is on thin ice with me. They are getting to big for their own good. They their way and abandoned the people they set out to serve. Tried to get a mortgage with USAA they said no. after pre approving with the same info. One rep said I would get 2,400 back at closing another said I would have to pay 10,000. Went else where they said yes.

        A lot of companies say they hire vets USAA is one of the companies that do. But only for one job position every 6 months if you're trying to get any other type of job as a vet good luck if your enlisted.

    • Colonialpara says:

      I am a 30+ year member of USAA and retired military and the first time I had a catastrophic auto loss, I was screwed over by USAA. Their Investment Mgt. Co. is MEDIOCRE at best and the USAA mutual funds that they offer are limited and poor performers. Their managed accounts don't do all that well either. I am waiting for the market to improve and at that time, will move all my accounts out of USAA. BTW, read some of the online reviews of USAA by employees; they are almost always scathingly negative.

    • Laidoff Vet says:

      Mr Wright, USAA is the best company around for veterans!????????
      How can you qualify that statement? USAA as a financial/insurance provider has higher premiums & less return on investments than other top rated companies. In 2000, USAA's business model changed from "taking care of their own" to "Let's make a lot of Money". Not exactly an Enron strategy but an outsourcing one. USAA laid off more employee's than any other financial/insurance company and contracted with companies from India to supply labor in San Antonio, TX. Just show-up between 6:30 and 8:00am at USAA's main entrance and you will see hundreds of Indian contractors walking to work. Oh yeah they get paid about 1/3 our wages and leave the US when their work is done. Dispensable Employees. Ever wonder how USAA fell off the "Best Places to Work" list? Hundreds of vets and local San Antonians were laid off (Off the books) and USAA being a private "not public" company, only reports to their "Board of Directors" for moral guidance $$$$$. Buy American – Not out-sourced to India.

      • Devil Dog23 says:

        Amazingly enough USAA was voted #1 employer for veterans by Times Edge recently. The sad thing is, every fellow vet I come across seems to think USAA is the place to go because of their exclusivity to vets and their families. It's a shame that they aren't holding up to their reputation and slogan.

    • Corinne Marie Moskal says:

      Its Moskal, is this you James?

  5. george says:

    Why has noone considered the technical trades.Does anyone out there realize that the Power Generation technician field is wide open in the private sector and that service techs are in high demand all over the world,it seems as though everyone wants to be a computer geek. When I was on active duty we had a vast training requirement,I do not know that that still is true,from what I see comming out of the service it appears they do not get the proper training,well the field pays up to $39 an hour at current ant higher in other areas not bad wages for people that want to work and learn every day for life,this field never stops changing,make it known to service men and women.

    • Joanne says:

      What exactly is the Power Generation technician field? How do I research op
      ortunites farther and what companies are the best ?

      • Bill says:

        It's repairing generators, I was that plus operator during the Vietnam War MOS 52B20

      • Dave says:

        A Power Gen Tech is now called an Instrument and Controls Tech. I’m a former Chief Electricians Mate. Got out in 85 with 10yrs in. Been with my present employer sence 2001.

    • Danny says:

      Hi Bill. Would you be able to recommend a company that might hire someone without experience in the field? I work in a medical laboratory and I do have a field service technician skillset (limited), as we are required to repair and maintain our laboratory instruments when they malfunction. Thank you.

    • Flanary says:

      Look up CACI

  6. Thank you for hiring veterans.Dell, Sprint, 3M, Microsoft, Verizon Communications, Bank of America, General Dynamic, American Red Cross, Lockheed Martin, and Intel

  7. Hank Charleston says:

    I am glad to see that General Electric is NOT on this list. They run commercials about how 'military friendly' they are, but they laid off many veterans in their 2009 welcome to Barack Obama campaign. Aramark is another company that I would not recommend.

    • Aramark is a Joke. I worked there for 2 years and it was pure hell. In the Uniform Services division. However I would recommend Cintas. If you can handle the uniform delivery business.

    • Terry says:

      Ditto! Used to be a great company when Jack Welch ran it. The current CEO is our vaunted "Jobs Czar" who is a manic job outsourcer…overseas. This, truly, was one of the great companies. It's lost it's soul. Sad story.

      • GE (as well as other very large companies) is a global Juggernaut. They don't "outsource" they have established facilities worldwide. Granted they could still increase production/ manufacturing here in the US, but they need not "outsource" anything. They have the infrastructure to simply hire in country. The world marketplace is truly global now.
        I worked for them as a middle manager and walked away after 4 years to spend more time with my family. I am still available for re-hire (although I'm very happy where I am currently). They have some of the very best employee benefits offered anywhere. This is just my experience of course.

    • Dan says:

      Another one not on the list is United Technologies which does loads of defense work at its divisions. I ( a disabled vet) was laid off at their Sikorsky (BLACK HAWK, Seahawk) Helicopter div. after 37 years.

      • maria says:

        Your right, I work there as well, and I never knew what being invisible was like till I worked for one of their subcontractors. I was welcomed as part of the equal opportunity act, and for the Tax write off the hiring employer would receive. My skills were appreciated, but after that, I had no voice or was even asked to partake in manufacturing meetings. I never felt so small.

    • Roy Carvalho says:

      I am sorry you feel that GE picked on veterans in 2009, Ge has always had large swings in laying off people. Yes many people got laid off, some were veterans. There are many veterans working at GE an they mostly work in the aircraft and power generations departments. I was laid off from ge in 1996 for three years and called back at the end of the third year. My call back allowed me to retire from ge with 35 years service.
      I will admit their lower / middle management really stink, I was hourly and laid off, salary non exempt managment & salary exempt. I managed to get laid off in all areas. But, Ge Always went after veterans . I retired a level 10 exempt employee. GE always left all doors to all off their employees hourly, non exempt and exempt to seek their advancments no matter who you were.

    • GE would and has laid off vets regardless of who Evers in the White House. I worked for Aramark for 6 years. I live I Junction city, KS . Yeah that one outside Fort Riley.
      The Aramark custodial contract they had here for the school district was good. We had better benis than the teachers and this was with out us having a union. Thankfully 1/3 of the employees and management were vets and 65% of the city is affiliated with the military in some way. So if you mess with a vet you mess with Fort Riley and the city so every thing was good.
      Every VA appointment I had in Topeka and Leavenworth was ok'ed with no problems. Loss of work due to my disabilities where never looked down upon.
      But that was with Aramark now we have a "Different" company and their idea for vets is simple. Get tax breaks for hiring then cut reduce the vets hours then lay them off with a" see you and I wouldnt want to be ya". It depend on the mind set of these fat cat CEOs and accountants.

    • colonialpara says:

      I was laid off by GE after 4 years after I returned from being recaled to active duty for DESERT STORM. Two other members of my department, all of us white males, all single and all (at the time EMs in the NJ National Guard) were laid off at the same time. The reservists who were NOT recalled, who incidentally were officers and married did NOT get laid off. When I went to the the USAF Program Office to report the violation by GE, the Government did NOTHING. I later served in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq aftet leaving GE. Jack Welch was an egomaniac and Jeff Immelt would sell his mother to make a buck and try to run up share price. GE IS a big part of the economic problem in the USA; they are a financial services company now that has some manufacturing companies, but they took TARP money and Immelt is still giving Barack Obama BJs as the loyal, servile, fawning yes man that he is. I haven't bought a GE product since 1991. BTW, the day they laid me and 1,250 others off in E. Windsor, NJ and Valley Forge, PA was 9/11/91.

  8. Doc Hawkins says:

    Caterpillar Tractor had a NG 1stLt die in 2005. They gave his department time off and flew the immediate family in their Corporate jet to the town of the funeral.

    I met some resistance from lower level managers but overall I was treated excellent by the Cat while deployed.

    • Ted says:

      It depends on which plant you work in. I worked for Cat for 11 years and was denied every oppurtunity to advance or even make a lateral move. One of the people I started with and helped to train got promoted to supervisor and actually told me that as long as I was in the military I would have no chance of advancing. I went to Iraq got injured, came off orders then I was placed on short term disability, then I was fired the moment it ran out. No attempt was even made to find a position I could do while recovering.

  9. Derek says:

    Please add The Hershey Company to the list!

  10. Derek says:

    Sorry, add Hershey to the HAPPY list!

  11. Paul says:

    I returned from Iraq in 2009 and the hospital where I worked gave me a hard time. Essentially they ignored me until I used ESGR which was helpful. Soon after I was reinstated I began feeling the discrimination so the gloves came off and I filed a complaint with the Fed Labor Dept. They were very, very helpful. I had already lined up another job elsewhere but I did this strictly on principle. How dare any employer do this to a veteran.

    • Ann says:

      What is ESGR? I was wrongly fired after working at a private Quaker School for 11 yrs. The new Nurse Practioner decided to clean house and I was the 7th nurse to go. However, she wanted me out so badly that she falsified a medical document to get rid of me. All I want is reinstatment

    • Tom says:

      I'm currently going through the same thing, same sector as well.

  12. guest says:

    I have applied for numerous positions with Sprint. Even though I did work for them in the 90's, I haven't heard anything back from any application. The only thing I can believe at this point is that I am facing age discrimination as I have held those positions in the past. I quit to move into a higher paying position and they did a massive layoff. Now I can't get hired anywhere. Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T. Even BNSF who was excited to have my resume until they saw my military service portion of the resume. 23 years in addition to what I did after retirement

    • danl P says:

      Drop all references in your resume that indicates your age! Age discrimination is rampant everywhere. It wil kill you even if you are in a preferred hiring category. Even a gay black handicapped Hispanic female will be ignored if she says she is over 50 on a resume.

    • Mark says:

      Have you tried Level 3 Communications? Fiance works there and she retired from ATT. Very good company she says.

    • colonialpara says:

      Hard to believe SPRINT made this list. For the last 5-6 years they have been on everybody's HATE list for the way they treat customers, especially those who complain or have customer service issues one time too many. I don't know who provided the qualifications to make the list, but I doubt its honesty because each of the companies listed here has had some major PR issues with the public and by extension, I would think that would impact how they treat employees, especially veterans and serving members of the Guard and Reserve components.

  13. Why is that some here feel that whenever a company hires you, that you simply must be retained for LIFE? That isn't the way it is in the military, so why should you expect that it be that way in the private sector. You have to get a life, expect that you're not always going to be "loved" wherever you go, or that your skills are up to snuff. So you get fired, or laid off in a RIF. Get a life and move on. Sheesh.

    • Nobody is expecting a hand out just a thank you. it doesn't have to be verbal thank or a pat on the back but if your making a "killing" on SUPPORTING THE TROOPS or get financial incentives (tax breaks, good P.R. gpvernment contracts) at the expense of vets then you better put up. The public has a very short memory and an even shorter appreciation for sacrifices made by vets and corperations have a limited attention span when it comes to veteran issues profitability vs. decency. That's why this article was written. That's why where blogging. We all believe regardless of background or political leaning that if you take the oath you should be accorded some gratitude be it medical treatment or employment security.

  14. BJW says:

    TO SAD that EVERY AMERICAN company doesn't make this list. Come on AMERICA these are our WARRIORS>

  15. Ron Bafus says:

    Have any of you thought about owning your own business? Matco Tools is looking for a few good men and women to own franchises all over the country. I did my 20 yrs, 10 hrs amd 37 min before retiring at 20 years active duty. THE next day I was employed by Matco. Eventually I owned a franchise of my own. You need to seriously look at this opportunity. Check out Matco Tools on line. Getting out soon or retire after 20 years… own your own business for 15-20 years and retire again…it doesn't get much better than that!

  16. Airborne says:

    I can assume that from the insane amount of griping that these 'veterans' were not infantrymen. :-)

  17. Mark says:

    There are so such co that are military friendly. Bunch of lips service.

  18. Walmart. Been there 7 years and don’t know how I made it this long with all the back stabbing and crap going on in the place. No body cares nowadays. It’s you and me until it’s you or me

    • USMC Grunt says:

      Back stabbing is everywhere. Lower and Middlemanagement don't like reservists. Upper management hates them. I work for a company and have heard many disturbing stories. While the "parent" company of this organization allegedly 'loves' vets the actual people present paint a much different picture. I have heard statements from upper management won't make vets supervisors because they 'think they know it all' I've heard lower management bitch that they shouldn't hire reservists because they get "free time off" 1 weekend a month and leaves them "short handed"

      Somehow I've made it, but I sure as hell am keeping a laundry list for my local state senator to look over whenever I finally do leave here. I would love to do it now, but seeing as this state is a "Right to Work" state (aka we can fire you for any reason what-so-ever state with no due process) I know if I went public I would have a multi million dollar PR machine tearing me down and denying all such allegations, not to mention I'd be jobless and homeless shortly thereafter.

  19. Utah Cox says:

    Any list that does not have USAA on it is probably bogus!

  20. CalinGA says:

    How about Boeing Aircraft? I also think USAA should be on the list.

    • WD40 says:

      CalinGA,
      You are mistaken about USAA. There is nothing wrong with this list, however, your assumption is what is mistaken. USAA does not take care of neither veterans nor those still in a Guard or Reserve unit.
      I speak from experience, as I am a Navy veteran, with a graduate business degree, and I left USAA after two years because of their terrible treatment of those with military experience. On more than one occasion when I showed initiative or took it upon myself to ask a needed question, I was informed by more than one supervisor (with no military experience) to "follow orders," since that was what we did in the military, according to the supervisors. General Robles talks a good game, but those in senior and middle management are lifelong civilians who are riding the gravy train of USAA's inequitable compensation that benefits only those in management, and taking every employee (veteran or otherwise), as well as members, for a disgustingly filthy ride.
      At USAA, there is consistent turnover in senior and middle management (I had seven supervisors in two years), and it is no longer the company it once was under Generals McDermott or Herres. Bob Davis ran the operations and morale into the ground, and USAA has not recovered. The operating systems are antiquated, employees are not trained nor inspired to perform at their best, and USAA is a model of mediocrity. There is a reason why the list of former members is increasing – USAA's shoddy products are representative of the corporate climate.

    • jayk says:

      Maybe the Boeing where you are located CalinGA, but the new plant here in Charleston S.C definitely not they want even give a Vet a look.

  21. Rob says:

    Advanced Technology Services (ATS) should be added to the list…"We make factories run better"!

  22. Joe says:

    Freedom is not FREE. It is your turn to show your respect to our troops who put their lives in harms way for you, your families, relatives, etc. Hire our troops!!!

  23. Patricia says:

    Being a 26 year veteran did not help me at all. If anything it hurt me, because I didn't know state laws and federal laws.

  24. Scott says:

    USAA is a great company, but surprisingly enough only around 1 in 5 employees are veterans. Kinda hard to believe when the slogan is we know what it means to have served. Check out http://www.100000jobsmission.com. It’s a coalition of companies that made a commitment to hire 100k veterans by 2020.

    • Scott says:

      When I reference them as a great company I am referring to feedback that I hear from other vets, but not as an employer. My comment is how can they say they know what it means to have served when only around 1 in 5 employees are vets.

  25. Eric says:

    I worked for the Boeing Company for 25 yrs. called to active duty during the first Gulf War . Boeing continued to pay me my salary while I was gone for 13 months and all medical, no other company except I believe Microsoft did that for us who served , Boeing Aerospace Seattle should have been on the list.

    • Sarge says:

      Eric,
      Boeing is great. Before selling off their aircraft business they used to be run by Rockwell Automation. Now Rockwell runs the Allen-Bradley Co. plus other businesses.
      26 of my 42 years at Allen-Bradley I was in the National Guard. Week-end drills were not a problem because I worked week days only.
      During the two week summer camps I was treated with great respect and the company always paid me any difference in pay if it was less. Usually it was less. I've been retired for 10 years but I'd have to put a plug in for Rockwell Automation as being a military friendly company.

  26. WD40 says:

    Utah,
    You are mistaken about USAA. There is nothing wrong with this list, however, your assumption is what is mistaken. USAA does not take care of neither veterans nor those still in a Guard or Reserve unit.
    I speak from experience, as I am a Navy veteran, with a graduate business degree, and I left USAA after two years because of their terrible treatment of those with military experience. On more than one occasion when I showed initiative or took it upon myself to ask a needed question, I was informed by more than one supervisor (with no military experience) to "follow orders," since that was what we did in the military, according to the supervisors. General Robles talks a good game, but those in senior and middle management are lifelong civilians who are riding the gravy train of USAA's inequitable compensation that benefits only those in management, and taking every employee (veteran or otherwise), as well as members, for a disgustingly filthy ride.
    At USAA, there is consistent turnover in senior and middle management (I had seven supervisors in two years), and it is no longer the company it once was under Generals McDermott or Herres. Bob Davis ran the operations and morale into the ground, and USAA has not recovered. The operating systems are antiquated, employees are not trained nor inspired to perform at their best, and USAA is a model of mediocrity. There is a reason why the list of former members is increasing – USAA's shoddy products are representative of the corporate climate.

  27. Junior Say Ow says:

    Keep up the good work! USAA is NOT on this list for good reason. Read more here, and if you are a member, take your business elsewhere. http://www.indeed.com/forum/cmp/USAA.html

  28. Thomas says:

    being a civilian sucks…i have applied for than 50 jobs and nothing…even usajobs…we served thus country and this is how we r being treated…? i guess this country should b left alone…all these companies say military friendly…buts its all bs….they just want that tax write off…and even tho they state that they hure vets…they dont…all these dn companies could suck the d..k of the president…the hell with them…if i knew tjat this is how civilians treat their vets…i would of been better left for dead overseas

  29. Gio says:

    Most of you should try to get some sort if certification through your local college. I was discharged in 05 and i contracted from 05 untill 2011 i faced hardship getting a job when i returned from active duty so in the “recession” i did not even bother to search for employment. I have 2 kids a wife and a morgage. In a new city 1000 miles from the closest relative. If i can you can Semper Fi

  30. Norman Corts says:

    The fact that CACI Inc is not on this list makes it totally meaningless! CACI should be #1. A $3B IT Company made up of almost all veterans headed by an ex navy Captain (Jack London) and voted the best IT company in the Washington DC area.

  31. Del says:

    What about Sam's and Lowe's which give a 10% discount to military personnel and military retiree's?

  32. Ed1961 says:

    Law firm (insert name here) is at the very bottom of the bliss score.

  33. Luis says:

    I work for Sprint since 15 days after I retired from the regular Army. I've been promoted 3 times in 7 years and continue to enjoy my work. Jumping right into Sprint helped me tremendously integrate into the "Corporate World". I thank those who gave me the opportunity to join the Sprint Caribe team.
    Luis M. Serrano-Davila, MS-Regional Account Manager, PR/USVI

  34. Patricia says:

    My problem was I worked hard in the military and worked hard in college. I got my master's degree and couldn't get hired.

  35. geust says:

    DELL really i cant remember the last time i called dell and got an american on the other end of the line, no matter what the call was for….

    • Kevin says:

      Not all Dell employees are working a tech support line. They have factories throughout the US and offices in Round Rock, TX. I work for them. I am a Marine. It is the second BEST job I have ever had! The Marines was number one!

    • cathcam says:

      and can you define an American these days? I and thousands of other Dell employees are not white Americans, we don't speak with a NY, Detroit or other accent. In the Round Rock TX area alone Dell employees some 15,000 people directly, the big operations in Dallas, in the Silicon Valley area and increasingly distributed in the North East, but these are supporting, developing and selling products to America and the world. We have massive operations around the world where we sell products to their countries around the world. When someone calls for help in China, they don't expect to get an American, call center operations are distributed, global and staffed by people from all sorts of races, religions and backgrounds.

  36. Richard says:

    Another great and happy place for employment of Veterans, all over the country and even all over the world, is the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. Formerly known by our abbreviation — "AAFES" — and now known by our new branded shortened name — "The Exchange" — we operate the stores (aka: PX's & BX's) for active duty military members and their families and retirees. From the HQ in Dallas, Texas, we work hard at being a good choice of Vets and their spouses and their children for employment. Plus our Associates volunteer for deployment to stores in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan to bring a taste of home for our military men and women there in harm's way. Come go to work for us!

    • eric says:

      I'm an eighteen year, disabled veteran of the Marine Corps and have been working at Dell for over 13 years. Dell not only ensure that our deployed reserves have a job when they return from active duty, Dell "trues-up" the pay an benefits for ALL of our active reserves while they're gone; and has done so since the beginning of the Afghan war. I don't know of another company that does that.

  37. Muley says:

    Somebody made a mistake adding Lockheed Martin to the "Happy List". Aeronautics is not a happy place to work. I was proud to work there but, never happy. They recently laid me off after nearly 15 years of Reliability Engineering service on the C-130J. I came to them with 20 years of USAF maintenance experience on C-130. I was lucky I could just retire six days later!

  38. Have any of the Veterans or Guard & Reservist who commented ever heard of a DoD sponsored program called The Employer Partnership of The Armed Forces? There is a program support manager that handles every area of the country to include Guam, Puerto Rico, Alaska & Hawaii. They can assist you with your resume and helping you land an interview. Every company on this list is an employer partner.

  39. Andi says:

    Female Disabled Veteran working for Dell, they rock and truly empower their employees-but you have to have the required skill set and that goes for any employer.

  40. Davon says:

    I worked for 3 of those companies .. this is not really very true at all ..

  41. Retired SMSgt says:

    After 22 years in the Air Force, I had many options on career changes. Dell is without a doubt the BEST choice I could have ever made! The people, culture and mission are all just as rewarding as was my Air Force experience.

  42. SSG says:

    After 15 years in the Army, I started working at Dell. I've worked my way up the pay scale and am very happy with my job. I'm glad they are on the list.

  43. Some interesting surprises in this list

  44. Joe Schmo says:

    If being a vet is so hard why don’t we just all buy an Island with our VA loans and create our own nation. We could call it “*** Americ-ania” or “So what I’m easily startled, wanna fight about it-land”

  45. retired navy chief says:

    when I demobilized from an active recall and went back to work at a county government medical program, my work hours were decreased and i almost had to contact USERRA to talk to a supervisor who gave me a hard time about going on 2 weeks of annual navy training.

  46. Kevin says:

    Sonalysts is a great company as well. They are a diversified organization that hires Jointly (all 4 branches) but a lot of submariners. The founder was a submariner. They are employee owned which is a great way to go. It was tough to leave them after 9 years but Govt service is pretty nice also.

  47. Michael says:

    Dell is one of the top ten!
    1. Treats their employees like numbers–not people.
    2. Acts like a dictatorship to their employees.
    3. Act like a dictatorship to their customers.
    4. Acts like a dictatorship to their vendors.
    5. Constantly fires high performers and retains low performers.
    6. Splits its body in half to separate the right hand from the left hand.
    7. Drives profit from cutting staff and costs–not very effective or smart.
    8. Repeats its mistakes but renames them to protect their innocence.
    9. Ignors history.
    10. Does anyone even know who does what when?

    Top ten WORST companies for supporting active duty, vets, or citizens. They market well but act in opposition.

  48. Vern Vet says:

    Yes, being a veteran does suck. I do, however – get to park at the DFW airport for free for being a 60 % disabled vet!!! Yippie.. Lockheed is on the list. Guess it’s because they hire vets who have mostly come from the Air Force!!! Very few Army, Navy and other service’s vets. The only reason I got hired on with Lockheed (as a 17 year regular Army vet) is because I had a talk over dinner with my wife’s X husband, who happened to be a Sr VP at the time. If it wasn’t for his help I would be getting close to losing my job with American Airlines; which is another joke. Carry on Vets. Good luck finding, getting promoted and keeping a job as a veteran.

  49. Mandy says:

    I agree, I live in Austin and everyone I know that has worked at Dell, from shipping all the way to director level says that it sucked! Management treats people bad and always lay people off, not to mention their products are not of very high quality. Y

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