Companies across the country were invited to take part in our detailed and rigorous, more-than-90-question survey. We developed the rankings based on the answers provided, focusing in particular on recruiting of veterans and service members, company culture, policies, and reservist accommodations. Not every company that responded to the survey made the list. Not everything listed in the chart was considered in the rankings, and many items not listed were considered.

Industry

categories are courtesy of CareerBuilder.com.

Employees

data show the number of employees, both overall and military-connected, at the end of calendar year or fiscal 2016, unless otherwise indicated. Military employees data show the number of current and former service members at the end of this period, unless otherwise indicated.

New hires

data show the number of hires, both overall and military-connected, over calendar or fiscal 2016, unless otherwise indicated. Military hires data show the number of current and former service members hired in this period, unless otherwise indicated.

Military experience instead of certification shows whether companies accept military training instead of civilian credentials in some cases.

Veterans on-boarding

rates the way companies acclimate new veteran employees, including orientation, training and mentorship programs. Best rating is 4 stars.

Company training about military

rates the frequency and scope of training that company officials receive about military career paths, culture and other issues.

Military spouse policies

rates the efforts made by companies to recruit and accommodate military spouse employees.

ESGR awards

shows the highest award companies have received from the Defense Department’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve national committee. From most to least selective, the awards are: Freedom, Extraordinary Employer Support, Pro Patria, Above and Beyond, Seven Seals, and Patriot and Spouse Patriot.

Reservist pay

shows the level of pay offered to reservists, training or activated, and how long that pay continues. Full pay is the full civilian pay plus the military pay; full difference is the entire difference between military and civilian pay; partial difference is part of the difference between military and civilian pay.