Harris Corporation Named One of Top 50 Military-Friendly Employers for 2008 by G.I. Jobs Magazine
Selected from Among 2,500 Eligible Corporations with Annual Revenue More Than $1 Billion
MELBOURNE, Florida — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has been recognized by G.I. Jobs magazine as one of the nation’s top 50 military-friendly employers for its commitment to hiring veterans and for its participation in various initiatives that support veterans and their families. Criteria for the award include a company’s assets dedicated to military hiring, its Reserve and National Guard employee policies, the percentage of new hires who are veterans, veteran training programs, and the company’s prior-three-years’ rankings in the preceding categories.
“In the military, our troops learn how to define a mission, develop a plan, apply resources and execute the plan with superior leadership skills,” said Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher. “This real-world experience solving complex problems at such a young age makes our veterans hot commodities to corporate America. And it’s why our Top 50 employers have put their military hiring programs into overdrive. Simply making the list is a remarkable achievement. Only two percent of eligible firms make the list of 50.”
“Thousands of veterans return to the civilian workforce annually, representing a rich resource of talented and motivated employees who help companies like Harris to grow and compete more effectively,” said Howard L. Lance, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Harris. “We are proud to have achieved this honor in what is a very competitive selection process. Our deep commitment to programs that recruit and serve the men and women of our nation’s military will continue.”
Harris has 1,493 veterans among its almost 16,500 employees worldwide. The company has specific programs focused on military recruitment, with four full-time employees averaging 50 percent of their time on sourcing and hiring candidates with military-related skill sets or with prior military experience. In addition, 40 percent of the annual recruitment-advertising budget targets military-related hiring. The Harris recruiting team posts available positions at Transition Assistance Programs offices at military bases across the nation and has participated in more than 13 military-related job fairs within a 12-month period.
Four times a year, Harris hosts the Space Coast Industry Liaison Group, a strategic and interactive networking partnership among federal contractors and federal, state and local equal employment agencies. The agencies include Job Link, a network of one-stop career centers offering a variety of services to veteran job seekers, and the Veterans Administration, which offers employment assistance.
In 2008, Harris received the Champions of Veterans Enterprise Award in the category of Corporate Achievement from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Veterans Enterprise. The program recognizes federal contractors that have awarded $1 million dollars or more to Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses.
Other Harris initiatives include support of the non-profit Fisher House, which provides a ’home away from home’ for military family members who wish to remain close to a loved one during hospitalization; support of the Walter Reed Medical Center I, II and III in Washington, D.C., which provides services to patients, family members and soldiers serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom; and support of the USO of Metropolitan Washington. Harris also teamed with the Orlando Magic in 2007 and 2008 to honor military men, women and their families with two free Seats for Soldiers nights.
The complete list of all 50 companies is available at www.gijobs.com/top50pr. G.I. Jobs (www.gijobs.com) is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The company also publishes Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of $5.4 billion and 16,500 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications®; products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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