Heroes Among Us
In fact, three members of the Comcast Board of Directors are veterans, and our Comcast Cable President and CEO Neil Smit is a former Navy SEAL. We are proud to actively recruit prospective employees with military backgrounds and we provide an array of networking and professional development resources to help them succeed.
Comcast and NBCUniversal deepened this commitment in 2012 by becoming a corporate sponsor of Hiring Our Heroes, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation campaign that helps veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. Between January 2012 and November 2013, Comcast and NBCUniversal proudly achieved two veteran hiring commitments. We reached our original 2012 hiring commitment of 1,000 veterans two years ahead of schedule and, in turn, doubled-down our pledge in 2013 by committing to hire an additional 1,000 veterans by 2015. By YE 2013, we successfully hired more than 2,000 veterans into our Comcast and NBCUniversal workforce.
"From the payment center to the C-suite, veterans are a critical part of our workforce. Veterans and reservists returning to civilian work offer Comcast far more than just the technical skills they developed in the service," said Will Baas, Vice President of Talent Acquisition at Comcast and a Captain in his 14th year with the U.S. Navy. "They come to us with a complete set of talents: individual responsibility, discipline, leadership, and the ability to motivate large groups.
"I appreciate how much Comcast has enabled me to succeed in both careers," Baas continues. "We have well-established leave policies, offer extended benefits, match the differential between civilian and military pay, and hold positions for those deployed. Our company is a true leader in this area."
Along with participating in local Hiring Our Heroes-sponsored job fairs around the country, we’ve created Next Steps for Vets, a jobs and education resource portal for veterans and their families to help smooth the transition from military service to civilian life. This online hub, veterans.nbcnews.com, features tools and information on résumé-building, interviewing, finding a job, or starting your own business.