Prudential listed as a Best for Vets Employer by Military Times
NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU ) announced today that it has been recognized by Military Times as a “Best for Vets Employer” for its commitment to providing job training and opportunities for veterans and support for military personnel on reserve duty.
Military Times surveyed more than 1,000 major companies and top government contractors with a detailed questionnaire about their recruiting and hiring policies, social recognition for veterans and pay and benefits for reservists. “We looked for companies that didn't just talk about how much they support the military but had in place tangible policies and programs to help veterans get in the door and feel welcome once inside,” said Military Times.
Prudential was ranked 27th on the list of 53 employers. “Prudential is committed to helping veterans develop meaningful careers after their military service and between deployments. Through our VETalent program, we are lead sponsor of a work/study program that educates, trains, and provides employment opportunities to enlisted veterans transitioning from the military,” said Barbara Koster, senior vice president and chief information officer at Prudential, and head of the company’s Veterans Initiatives Program. “In addition to those hired through VETalent, many other veterans are employed across our businesses in a variety of positions.”
Toni McDaniel, director of Diversity Recruiting at Prudential, said, “Veteran recruitment is an important component of Prudential’s overall talent acquisition strategy. We focus on veterans by building strong relationships with veteran organizations, attending recruiting events that target military veterans, posting job openings and advertising on military-specific job boards, publications and websites.”
McDaniel added that the Veterans Initiatives Program includes a business resource group called VETNet that connects employees who are veterans and gives them professional development, mentoring and networking programs, events and opportunities.
Prudential’s Veterans Initiative is the recipient of several honors and recognitions. In 2012 it received the US Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring our Heroes Award in the Post 9/11 Veterans Employment category; and for three consecutive years was named to the GI Jobs Top 100 Military Friendly Employers® list.
As part of Prudential’s longstanding commitment to U.S. veterans, active service members and veterans already in our employ, Prudential’s Veterans Initiative team coordinates companywide efforts to create sustainable programs for transitioning veterans, and collaborates with corporate peers to support similar programs with an emphasis on providing veterans access to quality education, job training, and employment opportunities. These efforts include Prudential’s sponsorship of VETalent, an innovative training and hiring program run by Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS), a nonprofit 501©(3) organization with a proven track record. For more information, visit www.prudential.com/veterans.
Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU ) , a financial services leader with approximately $1.060 trillion of assets under management as of December 31, 2012, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit http://www.news.prudential.com/.
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