Schneider National recognized as top military employer

user-gravatar Headshot, an online resource connecting U.S. military members with civilian careers, announced that Schneider National has been named a finalist for the 2011 Most Valuable Employers for Military award. The list of finalists serves to help military-experienced job seekers identify the top employers to target for civilian careers.

“Being recognized as a top employer choice by an organization that serves military members is a terrific honor for all of us at Schneider National and a true tribute to our heritage,” says Mike Hinz, a vice president at Schneider and a veteran of the U.S. Army and Reserve. “Our commitment to providing our nation’s military with excellent career opportunities began 75 years ago when our founder Al Schneider – a longtime member of the Wisconsin National Guard – recruited fellow Guardsmen to fill his company’s need for quality truck drivers.”

Hinz says that tradition continues today, with former and current military members comprising 25 percent of the company’s work force. “The reason is simple – we know it takes a special individual to commit his or her life to the service of others, and individuals like these make exemplary employees,” he says. Schneider offers guaranteed home time for weekend drill and annual training for Guard and Reserve members, as well as extended benefits and differential pay during deployment.

All U.S.-based companies were eligible for the 2011 MVE for Military honor. The finalists were selected on the basis of surveys in which employers outlined their 2011 recruiting, training and retention plans that best serve military service members and veterans. Winners will be selected from the pool of finalist companies and will be announced May 2.

“I would like to thank all the companies that submitted applications for the 2011 MVE for Military recognition,” says Bill Basnett, vice president of operations for “Participation in this year’s program has increased dramatically, and we are pleased to consider this outstanding group of military-friendly companies for the 2011 award.”