"The skills veterans gain during military service can translate well into successful and rewarding railroad careers," said Roy Schroer, UP's vice president of human resources. "Veterans play a key role in nearly every aspect of Union Pacific and we take pride recruiting, retaining and developing our veteran employees."
Military Times EDGE selected UP based on recruiting, mentoring, on-the-job training and spouse employment. In 2013, UP hired more than 800 military veterans, including 95 disabled veterans. These veterans make up approximately 25 percent of all 2013 new hires. Since 2005, 24 percent of UP's hires have been veterans and, overall, veterans comprise about 20 percent of the company's workforce.
Last year, UP participated in 11 virtual career fairs sponsored by military-based organizations and in 2012, the company donated $60,000 from a veteran-hiring tax credit to the Wounded Warrior Project. UP received the inaugural Hiring Our Heroes Award for Post 9/11 Veteran Employment and Internships from the National Chamber Foundation and has been named a military-friendly employer more than 10 times by G.I. Jobs. The company is a member of the Army Reserve's Employee Partnership Initiative, supports the Army Partnership for Youth Success program and is a past recipient of the Freedom Award.