NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First Data (NYSE:FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, has been recognized as the #1 company for a third year in a row on the Military Times’ annual “Best for Vets: Employers” 2019 list. Military Times bases its annual rankings on veteran employee onboarding processes, company training, mentorship programs, Guard and Reserve member policies, and military spouse support.
“It is an honor to receive the top ranking on Military Times annual ‘Best for Vets: Employers’ list for a third consecutive year,” said First Data’s Chairman and CEO Frank Bisignano. “At First Data, we recognize the unique skills, values, leadership, and dedication veterans gained throughout their years of service to our country. This is why we created First Data Salutes and continue to strengthen and enhance our support for the military community.”
First Data’s veterans initiative, referred to as First Data Salutes, is an enterprise-wide program that includes recruiting and hiring veterans and military spouses, as well as supporting veteran entrepreneurs. Since the start of the program, First Data has increased the number of veterans and military-affiliated employees by more than 10%. First Data is dedicated to supporting veterans beyond their initial hire, and in 2018, launched its Military Affiliated Analyst Program, which offers veterans and military spouses an opportunity to build their careers within the organization. In addition, First Data’s Military Affinity Group, which supports military-affiliated employees, has grown 450% since its debut in 2014 and boasts nearly 900 members.
First Data has also strengthened its support of Guard and Reserve members via its Commander’s Intent Declaration, which is committed to going above and beyond the legal standards to improve the reintegration of service members returning from extended military service. The company enables military spouses to transfer their role to another First Data office location in the event of a military move, and provides specialized onboarding for military-affiliated employees.
About First Data
First Data (NYSE:FDC) is a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, serving approximately six million business locations and more than 3,700 financial institutions in more than 100 countries around the world. The Company’s 19,000 owner-associates are dedicated to helping companies, from start-ups to the world’s largest corporations, conduct commerce every day by securing and processing more than 3,000 transactions per second and $2.6 trillion per year. For more information, visit www.firstdata.com and follow us on Twitter at @FirstData and LinkedIn.