Recently, the U.S. Veterans Magazine released a list of its top veteran-friendly companies. The magazine polled hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies in order to analyze them and make recommendations for veterans. The editorial team chatted through a list of organizations with employment, business, and supplier opportunities within the federal government for veterans, transitioning service members, disabled veterans, spouses, and veteran business owners. While the full list includes businesses from a variety of industries, we pulled those that include jobs requiring a security clearance or entities that do work with the government.

Listen to our a speed round, highlighting 25 of the defense contractors that made the veteran friendly list:


Top Veteran-Friendly Employers Who Support The Defense Industry

Sometimes choosing more well-known names or a small business organization in the national security industry is the way to go, but it’s also helpful to shop around to see which companies consistently deliver for veterans – either with their benefits, promotion opportunities, and compensation, or with their overall culture, making the transition from military to civilian a little easier. Everyone’s organization preference is different, and much of what you decide to do is reliant on where you live and what you want to do with the rest of your life.

Here is the full list of of defense oriented employers that made U.S. Veterans Magazine’s list:

  1. AAR Corp
  2. Accenture
  3. ADS, Inc.
  4. AECOM
  5. Air Force Reserve Command
  6. Amazon
  8. AT&T Inc.
  9. Aviall Services Inc
  10. Aviation Training Consulting LLC
  11. BAE Systems
  12. Bluehawk LLC
  13. Booz Allen Hamilton
  14. CACI International, Inc.
  15. CDWr
  16. CGI
  17. Cisco Systems, Inc.
  18. Comcast-NBCUniversal
  19. Concurrent Technologies Corporation
  20. Dell
  21. Deloitte
  22. DXC Technology
  23. DynCorp International
  24. Ernst & Young LLP (EY US)
  25. Fluor Corporation
  26. Fortinet Inc.
  27. G4S Secure Solutions (USA) (now Allied Universal)
  28. General Dynamics Information Technology
  29. General Electric
  30. Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  31. Honeywell
  32. Huntington Ingalls Industries AND Newport News Shipbuilding, A Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries
  33. IntelliGenesis LLC
  34. Intuitive Research and Technology, Inc.
  35. Johnson Controls, Inc.
  36. KPMG LLP
  37. L3 Technologies
  38. Leidos
  39. Level 3 Communications Inc.
  40. LMI
  41. Lockheed Martin
  42. ManTech International
  44. Microsoft
  45. MSA Security
  46. NEXCOM
  47. Northrop Grumman Corporation
  48. Oak Ridge Associated Universities
  49. OMNI Technologies
  50. OshKosh Defense
  51. Pacific Architects and Engineers
  52. Parker Hannifin
  53. Parsons Corporation
  54. Peraton
  55. Perspecta
  56. Precise Systems Inc.
  57. PRIDE Industries
  58. PwC
  59. Raytheon Technologies
  60. Robert Half
  61. Roboteam Inc.
  62. Salesforce
  63. Siemens
  64. Sodexo, USA
  65. The Boeing Company
  66. Vectrus Systems Corporation
  67. Verizon Communications Inc.
  68. Zeiders Enterprises Inc.

Veteran-Friendly: A Key Component in a Long Career

Choosing an organization to work for when you first transition may seem like an easy choice, but it’s not uncommon for veterans to to make a switch only after one year with an organization. Whether the pay was lower than expected or the office culture didn’t align well, many jump ship and make another change in the first year. It’s perfectly normal to ask questions about growth opportunities and workplace culture in the interview process. More questions just make you seem interested – as long as you’re not being critical. It’s also okay to ask for higher compensation, as there are a lot of financial considerations to take into account when agreeing to a salary.

Find an organization that fits your personality and gives you space to make that adjustment out of the military – with all the bumps and hurdles. It makes all the difference to find companies where you feel understood, as well as, a place where you can make some mistakes or career tweaks without being penalized. One of the best types of companies when you transition from the military are the ones who give different career options while you are employed. Do you have options to switch lanes? That’s a key piece in finding the right post-military employment. So, keep your eye on organizations within the defense industry, as well as, companies on this list, and you are on your way to seamlessly making that transition.


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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.