Comcast and NBCUniversal completed a pledged three-year goal to hire 1,000 veterans, which is an important component of the Hiring Our Heroes initiative by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In addition, the cable MSO announced that it plans to double the pledge by hiring another 1,000 veterans by 2015.
The Hiring Our Heroes Initiative was launched in March 2011, in order to help almost half a million veterans and their spouses find employment by the beginning of 2015. Comcast and its broadcast subsidiary NBCUniversal have hired military veterans throughout all their divisions, including customer service, network engineering, operations, theme parks, marketing, human resources, and many more.
So far, major businesses that have taken part in the hiring program have pledged to employ more than 210,000 veterans and their spouses, compared to 93,000 confirmed hires.
“Comcast and NBCUniversal are thrilled to have reached our original hiring commitment early,” announced William Strahan, Comcast’s exec VP of Human Resources. “We have had the privilege of hiring extremely talented men and women over the last year and we look forward to making our workforce even stronger with our next wave of veterans joining our team.”
“To move the needle on veteran unemployment, it will take companies increasing their levels of veteran hiring and Comcast and NBCUniversal have stepped up to do just that,” noted Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Schmiegel, executive director of Hiring Our Heroes. “Comcast and NBCUniversal are among the biggest supporters of our program and through their dedication and leadership, we are seeing a difference in how businesses across America are recognizing the value in hiring a veteran.”
As the nation’s largest cable provider, Comcast is known for having a veteran friendly employment culture. The company provides employee resource groups, a mentoring program, as well as seminars and events that encourage professional and personal progress.
It can be difficult for veterans to find gainful employment after finishing active duty, so it’s helpful for major businesses like Comcast to do their part in helping our servicemen integrate back into civilian society.