OMAHA, Neb., Dec. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Union Pacific Railroad has earned the Military Friendly Employer® designation from Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, ranking sixth among the top 100. The company was selected based upon the strength of its military recruiting efforts, percentage of new hires with prior military service, veteran retention programs, and policies on National Guard and Reserve service.
"We are honored to have military veterans performing critical roles in almost every aspect of Union Pacific's operations," said Sherrye Hutcherson, Union Pacific vice president–Human Resources. "These men and women strengthen our company through proven leadership skills, exceptional teamwork and adaptability. Our commitment to recruiting, engaging and supporting veterans as they transition into the civilian workforce is an enduring component of our hiring strategy."
So far this year, Union Pacific has hired nearly 1,000 military veterans, including more than 50 disabled veterans. Veterans made up about 24 percent of all new hires in 2014. Overall, veterans comprise approximately 20 percent of Union Pacific's workforce.
Union Pacific offers unique employment opportunities for veterans, including train crew, diesel mechanics, diesel electricians, assistant signal workers and track laborers. Engineers in the computer science, electrical, civil and mechanical areas will find leadership opportunities in the Information Technologies Department or through the company's Operations Management Training Program. Job opportunities are available at www.UP.jobs.
The railroad actively recruits veterans through its involvement with military transition offices, military education offices, reserve and National Guard units, career fairs, information sessions, employer panels, resume review assistance and by serving on local military committees and boards. Union Pacific also was recently recognized as a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Lee Anderson Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award finalist and named No. 2 on the Monster/Military.com and Monster.com's 2015 Best Companies for Veterans List.
ABOUT UNION PACIFIC
Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2005-2014, Union Pacific invested more than $31 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure. The railroad's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.
SOURCE Union Pacific Railroad