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Best Companies for Veterans to Work

Best Companies for Veterans to Work

With more veterans returning home from overseas deployment and looking for work, a new poll shows they might be happiest working for the Dell Corp.

The computer giant topped CareerBliss' second annual list of the happiest places to work for U.S. veterans, conducted in honor of May's National Military Appreciation Month.

With the top five places in the list going to computer companies or wireless providers, the study shows that companies specializing in technology often yield the happiest work environments for those with a military background.

The rankings were compiled based on several key factors that affect work happiness, including work-life balance, one's relationship with their boss and co-workers, work environment, job resources, compensation, growth opportunities, company culture, company reputation, daily tasks and control over the work performed on a daily basis.

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Following Dell in the rankings are:

  • Sprint
  • 3M
  • Microsoft
  • Verizon Communications
  • Bank of America
  • General Dynamics
  • American Red Cross
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Intel

"When these skilled candidates leave the military, it is always encouraging to know what types of environments not only value their background but also help foster the skills received during their time in the service," said Heidi Golledge, chief happiness officer and co-founder of CareerBliss. "These companies should be honored to be on our list, as this truly shows they know how to provide a great workplace for one of our most precious national resources, our veterans."

The research was based on tens of thousands of job postings that require both a military background, as well as CareerBliss' happy employee reviews.

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance business and technology writer who has worked in public relations and spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter. You can reach him at chadgbrooks@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @cbrooks76.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer who has nearly 15 years' experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.