Military Spouse Magazine Releases its List of America’s “Military Spouse-Friendly Employers”

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Fortune 100 company USAA named to No. 1 spot.

Military Spouse Magazine 2011 Military Spouse-Friendly Employers

Military Spouse Magazine - November 2011

“Military spouses are experts at multi-tasking and thriving under pressure, and they are a highly educated and mobile workforce,” said Babette Maxwell, co-founder and executive editor of Military Spouse.

Financial services company USAA tops the list of America’s “Military Spouse-Friendly Employers,” according to the November 2011 issue of Military Spouse magazine which hits newsstands next week. The list is available here: http://www.milspouse.com/msfemployers2012.

The fifth annual list recognizes those companies which hire spouses of our active duty service men and women, and make an effort to develop hiring and workforce development policies that acknowledge the unique challenges of military life.

“So many companies today avidly recruit this trusted and valuable workforce," said Babette Maxwell, co-founder and executive editor of Military Spouse. “Military spouses are experts at multi-tasking and thriving under pressure, and they are a highly educated and mobile workforce.”

Since 2007, USAA has more than doubled its percentage of military spouse employees from 4 percent (905) to 8.4 percent (1,905) of total employees. And earlier this year, USAA established its Relocating Military Spouse Program, which allows qualified current USAA employees to transfer to work-at-home positions upon receiving Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders.

“USAA has always recognized the unique skills that military spouses provide employers,” said Shon Manasco, USAA’s executive vice president for people services and a United States Military Academy graduate. “We’re very proud of our selection as the top employer.”

TriWest Healthcare Alliance came in at the number two spot on this year’s list. More than half of the company’s staff is made up of veterans or dependents of the military. TriWest’s “We Care” program offers military spouse employees flexible work hours during deployments, plus paid time to attend homecomings for their service spouses, a reduction of work hours without losing full-time benefits, childcare assistance and free phone card minutes.

The honored employers were selected from a pool of approximately 5,000 eligible companies with a minimum of $500 million in annual revenues. Employers were assessed on a variety of factors, including the number of military spouse employees, the effort and results to recruit military spouses and the firm’s willingness to find new jobs for military spouses who are relocating on orders from the military.

Closing out the top 20 after USAA--in order of rank – were Triwest Healthcare Alliance, AlliedBarton Security Services, Adecco Group NA, AAFES, West Corporation, T-Mobile, CSC, Kelly Services, Johnson Controls, Sears Holding Corp., Health Net, Verizon, IAP Worldwide Services, RE/MAX LLC, Waste Management, 24-Hour Fitness, CB Richard Ellis, United Retail and Dominion Resource Services.

Military Spouse (http://www.milspouse.com) is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business. The company also publishes G.I. Jobs (http://www.gijobs.com) and Vetrepreneur (http://www.buyveteran.com). Additional supporting materials are available at http://www.milspouse.com/msfemployers2012 and a preview of the November issue is available digitally here: http://digimag.milspouse.com/publication/?i=83075.

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