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G.I. Jobs Ranks AT&T Among Most Military Friendly and Military Friendly Spouse Employers

Recognized for inclusion of active and retired military employees and their spouses

Dallas, Texas, November 13, 2013

Military personnel, veterans and their spouses are finding career opportunities and an environment that cultivates and nurtures their talent at AT&T.  G.I. Jobs recognizes AT&T for its military and military spouse programs as it advances to #15 of their Top 100 Military Friendly Employer® list. This marks the ninth year that the company has been included on the prestigious military-friendly employer list.  AT&T debuted at #25 of the Top 50 Military Friendly Spouse Employer® list.

“We value the incredible skills, character and leadership experience veterans bring to AT&T,” said Scott Smith, senior vice president of human resources operations, AT&T.  “That’s why we provide career opportunities, education and training for veterans and military spouses, and it’s why we’re honored by this recognition.”

About 5,000 companies participated in the survey. Criteria for selection included the strength of military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs, and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service. 

AT&T recently doubled its goal of hiring veterans and their family members over the next five years to 10,000.  The original goal was set in April with the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative.  AT&T also announced then that it is leading an initiative with JPMorgan Chase and the 100,000 Jobs Mission to create the veteran talent exchange, www.vtx.jobs. The exchange enables active duty military and veteran job candidates to “opt-in” to a talent-sharing database to facilitate the sharing and referral of veteran candidates among participating 100,000 Jobs Mission member companies. AT&T recently launched a military spouse career site that showcases the breadth of AT&T’s portable and virtual careers across our US locations and shares testimonials from our military spouse employees.

“We know that diverse, talented and dedicated individuals are critical to our success, so we look for people from various backgrounds and give them opportunities to grow,” said Debbie Storey, senior vice president – Talent Development & chief diversity officer, AT&T. “This inclusive culture is something we live every day and positively impacts our employees and customers.”

AT&T provides numerous resources to its military employees, including differential pay and benefits options to employees and their families.

Here are other ways AT&T actively supports veterans and their family members: 

  • AT&T’s veteran career site includes tools for veterans to match their military skills with AT&T jobs. 
  • AT&T’s military talent attraction manager focuses on military recruitment. 
  • The company has a Careers for Veterans program where AT&T Veterans provide job search advice to veterans transitioning from military service. 
  • The AT&T Veterans employee resource group has more than 7,000 members. The group is in its 30th year and mobilizes AT&T veterans as recruitment ambassadors and for community outreach and volunteerism opportunities. 
  • AT&T has been a pioneer and leader in the inclusion of disabled-veteran-owned business enterprises in the corporate supply chain through a program called Operation Hand Salute.
  • AT&T also works with multiple organizations such as Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Military Spouse Employment PartnershipMilitary Child Education Coalition, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and state veterans’ agencies and commissions.
  • AT&T was named one of 2012’s Best Military Talent Programs by Electronic Recruiting Exchange, the premier recruiting industry association.
  • AT&T was recognized by the Direct Employers Association for veteran recruiting programs.
  • The Military Times EDGE Best for Vets  ranked AT&T No. 12 for 2013.

Now in its 11th year, the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers® list is the premier resource for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment.  The survey results that determined the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year companies taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Advisory Board consisting of leaders in the military recruitment community.  A full list of board members can be found at MilitaryFriendly.com/board. AT&T’s company profile, including open positions that are a fit for military personnel, can be found on MilitaryFriendly.com.  

To find out more about AT&T’s military programs visit www.att.com/troopsupport

For employment opportunities at AT&T visit http://att.jobs/military