CSX Corp. recently was ranked No. 3 on G.I. Jobs magazine’s 2012 list of the top 100 military friendly employers, behind Amazon and Southern Co. The Class I held the No. 3 spot for the second year in a row. BNSF Railway Co. landed at No. 4, Union Pacific Railroad at No. 28, CN at No. 49 and Norfolk Southern Corp. at No. 50.
G.I. Jobs analyzes military recruiting efforts at more than 5,000 U.S. businesses with annual revenue exceeding $500 million and ranks the firms based on dedication to military hiring, percentage of new veteran hires, internal recruitment programs and other outreach activities.
Nearly one in five CSX employees are armed services veterans, who have “invaluable” leadership, critical thinking, and technical and problem-solving skills, CSX officials said in a prepared statement.
“Hiring veterans is … something we are committed to continuing,” said CSX Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Ward. “Our military veterans prove themselves exceptional employees, and their hard work helps us to continue delivering quality service to our customers.”
G.I. Jobs' rankings also include General Electric Co. at No. 22, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. at No. 54, DuPont at No. 65 and Schneider National Inc. at No. 81.
U.S. railroads aggressively seek out military personnel because “there is an attitude and skill set indicative of railroad employees that mirrors greatly with those of military service men and women,” said Association of American Railroads President and CEO Edward Hamberger in a prepared statement.
“Those characteristics that make for a successful military career also make for a successful railroad career,” he said. “The freight rail industry plans to hire 15,000 people next year and we want veterans to consider a career in railroading.”
For more information on Class Is’ military recruitment efforts, follow this link to read an article (“Seeking those who have served”) that was published in Progressive Railroading’s September issue.
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