Best for Vets: Employers 2019

A record number of companies and other organizations — about 190 — completed surveys to try to earn a place in the 2019 Best for Vets: Employers rankings.

The Best for Vets: Employers survey included 91 questions focused on company culture, veteran recruitment, military policies and accommodations for reservist employees. Questions related to company culture and military recruiting each accounted for about 35 percent of the evaluation, while reservist policies made up 17 percent and military-related policies accounted for about 14 percent.

The rankings, compiled annually since 2010, are and have always been objective, independent, and held to the same standard as all other Military Times news and editorial content.

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Employees and New hires data are from calendar or fiscal year 2018, unless otherwise indicated.

Veterans on-boarding rates the way companies acclimate new veteran employees, including orientation, training and mentorship programs. The best rating is 4 stars.

ESGR awards are given by the Defense Department’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve national committee. A bronze medallion indicates that a company has received the Patriot or Spouse Patriot award. A silver medallion indicates a Seven Seals, Above and Beyond or Pro Patria award. A gold medallion indicates a Freedom or Extraordinary Employer Support award.

Military spouse policies indicates whether a company, when possible, allows military spouse employees to either work remotely (symbolized by a laptop), work flexible hours (clock) or transfer to another branch (arrows) if they face hardship due to a spouse’s deployment or schedule.

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.

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