Leidos debuts on Forbes’ Best Employers for Veterans 2021
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Leidos debuted at No. 90 on America’s Best Employers for Veterans 2021, published by Forbes.
Leidos ranks in the top ten in the IT, Internet, Software & Services category. It’s the company’s first year on the list, which is in its second running.
Why you should know: Roughly 200,000 veterans transition from military service to the civilian workforce every year, according to the Labor Department. Companies on the list and many others are committed to supporting veterans and their families in this transition.
Methodology: The list, powered by Statista, ranks the top 200 U.S. companies with more than 100 employees that veterans in the workforce like best.
“To determine the list, Statista surveyed more than 5,000 American veterans who have served in the U.S. armed forces, either in the regular military or in the National Guard or military reserves,” according to its publishers.
It’s based on criteria that measure an employer’s “working conditions and approach to diversity and inclusion, as well as whether their environment is veteran-friendly.”
Other criteria include salary and wage, image and atmosphere and development.
The data says: Leidos employs nearly 8,500 veterans, who represent 20% of the company’s workforce, including roughly 2,200 disabled veterans.
From the sources: “Hiring and supporting military veterans and their spouses is a core component of both our company’s values and strategic plan,” said Leidos Defense Group President Gerry Fasano. “We are humbled to have been selected as one of America’s Best Employers for Veterans and look forward to strengthening our long-standing commitment to those who have bravely served our country with honor and distinction.”
“Veterans bring training, experience and oftentimes certifications which are requirements for many of our positions,” says Alex Verhulst, head of the company’s veteran outreach program. “They’re familiar with the fast-paced environment and mission-oriented culture of our organization and have the best mindset and work ethic for putting mission execution and success first.”
It’s the latest in a series of major recognitions for Leidos, which also ranks as one of America’s most female-friendly companies, most ethical companies, most admired companies and best employers for diversity.