OMAHA, Neb., March 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Union Pacific Railroad jumped to the No. 2 spot on Military Times' Best for Vets: Employers 2016 rankings, up from No. 11 the previous year. Union Pacific is among 75 companies selected, and the only business in the transportation industry ranked in the top five. Rankings are based on recruiting, mentoring, on-the-job training and spouse employment.
"Military veterans are a great fit for Union Pacific because of their focus on safety, proven leadership skills and experience working in challenging environments," said Sherrye Hutcherson, Union Pacific's vice president-Human Resources. "Our blueprint for talent management is focused on recruiting, developing and engaging top talent, and veterans are a cornerstone of that strategy."
More than 20 percent of Union Pacific employees have military experience, and some remain active in the National Guard or Reserves. Union Pacific actively recruits veterans through various initiatives, including its membership in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Veteran Employment Advisory Council, through which the company participated in 14 Hiring our Heroes career fairs in 2015. Union Pacific recruiters also participated in 11 virtual career fairs and 135 other military fairs and events, such as those facilitated by Wounded Warrior Project.
Union Pacific offers unique employment opportunities for veterans, including train crew, diesel mechanics and 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.
This is the seventh consecutive year Union Pacific has been named to the Military Times rankings.
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 2006-2015, Union Pacific invested approximately $33 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.
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