Monsanto (No. 43 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) has been named a 2017 Military Friendly Employer by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse magazines. Monsanto earned the recognition based on its commitment to hire and recruit talented veterans and military spouses.
Each year, the list of Military Friendly Employers is provided to service members and their families, helping them discover the best post-military career opportunities.
"It's very important for me to work for a company like Monsanto because they value and care about veterans. Monsanto appreciates our leadership, experience and the unique perspectives we bring to the company," said Michael Clements, a retired U.S. Marine Corps sergeant and Monsanto's global customer IT technology development and agronomy lead.
One way Monsanto invests in veterans is through its VANGUARD (Veterans and National Guard) employee business resource network that supports veterans, service members and family members through professional and personal development opportunities.
"It can be difficult for a veteran who has just left the military to adjust to a corporate environment," added Clements, who recently served as president of the VANGUARD network. "Here, veterans become connected to other veterans which provides a sense of community. They are working with people who can relate to their experiences, which in turn can be leveraged for the business."
"Companies that have earned the 2017 Military Friendly Employer designation have exceptionally strong hiring programs and meaningful jobs for transitioning service members, veterans and spouses," said Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and chief product officer at Victory Media. "Our Military Friendly employers have moved beyond answering 'why hire military?' They are aligning their jobs and recruiting efforts with Military Friendly® Schools to translate military competencies into civilian careers."
Monsanto will be featured with other 2017 Military Friendly Employers in the December issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and the January 2017 issue of Military Spouse Magazine and on militaryfriendly.com.
Companies receiving the Military Friendly Employer designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media's proprietary survey. More than 200 companies participated in the 2017 survey. Final ratings were determined by combining an organization's survey score with an assessment of the organization's ability to meet thresholds for applicant, new hire retention, employee turnover and promotion and advancement of veterans and military employees.