In April 2011, Siemens Corporation publicly pledged to fill 10 percent of the company’s 3,000 open positions with veterans. In August, it reached that goal, and then some—with reportedly more than 450 veterans having new jobs with Siemens by the end of the year.
The company announced that although it had far exceeded its goal, it planned to further increase its commitment to actively seek and hire from the nation’s military by reserving an additional 150 positions for veterans.
To meet its hiring plans, Siemens developed a national partnership with Orion International, a company that helps find, select and hire veterans. Many of the hires from this partnership are placed in field service, technician, or specialist roles.
“The comprehensive technical training and experience gained in military service is extremely valuable in today’s workplace,” said Mike Panigel, senior vice president of Human Resources for Siemens Corporation. “Veterans possess a unique skill set in technical areas that are a great match with many of our over 3,000 open positions.”
Siemens has also mobilized job training and mentoring initiatives through the Siemens Veterans Network, the first national employee resource group at Siemens. With more than 275 members, the group supports veterans through a mentorship program with American Corporate Partners, community outreach events, and other organizations that support veterans and their families.