Sodexo Recognized as Top Military Friendly Employer

November 11, 2009

Recruiting Programs Ease Transition for Veterans; Company Launches Employee Network Group to Support Veterans’ Career Success

Sodexo Recognized as Top Military Friendly Employer

GAITHERSBURG, Md., November 11, 2009 – Sodexo, Inc. recently was named one of the nation’s top 100 Military Friendly Employers for its enterprise-wide focus on hiring, supporting and retaining military veterans and reservists, according to GI Jobs, the premier publication for post-military employment. It’s the second consecutive year Sodexo has been named to the list, which is the primary benchmark of corporate recruiting programs aimed at veterans, including the 400,000 new civilian workers annually who retire or separate from the military. To see the full list of 100 Military Friendly Employers, go to

Sodexo, with 2008 revenues of $7.7 billion, is a leading provider of on-site service solutions specializing in corporate, health care, education and government markets in the US, Canada and Mexico. Sodexo employs 120,000 people in the company’s six business lines serving more than 6,600 clients and ten million customers daily.

“Sodexo focuses on hiring, supporting and retaining military veterans and reservists because their leadership skills, initiative and integrity reflect our core values,” said George Chavel, chief executive officer, Sodexo, Inc. “With more than 3,000 employees who are veterans, Guard members and reservists, Sodexo has learned from experience how to ease veterans’ transition back to working life.”

Criteria for the GI Jobs Top 100 rankings include: assets dedicated to military hiring; an employer’s Reserve/Guard policies; the percentage of new hires that are veterans; and veteran training programs. 

To build on its commitment to the success and professional development of military employees, Sodexo today announced the formation of its eighth employee network group – HONOR (Honoring Our Nation’s finest with Opportunity and Respect) – which will provide support, guidance and resources to employees and families connected to the military, and establish partnerships with community groups that support veterans, active duty, National Guard and military reserve forces.  

Other ways Sodexo supports its veteran employees include:  

  • A Military Sourcing and Strategy Team within Sodexo's Talent Acquisition Group that recruits former military personnel for all divisions and disciplines
  • Training for recruiters to help veterans translate their military experience into strong leadership qualities for civilian employment;
  • A career-oriented Web site – – just for veterans; 
  • Participation in more than 20 military-focused career fairs across the US; and 
  • Tangible reminders of company-wide support for deployed employees such as division and departmental care packages, letters and e-mail campaigns.

In 2007, Sodexo earned the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest federal-level employer recognition for exceptional support of our nation's defense, and the Pro Patria Award from the Maryland Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the highest state-level award from the Department of Defense to a civilian employer.

The company also uses social media for recruiting. Job candidates can follow SodexoHiresHeroes on Twitter; join Facebook or LinkedIn groups, or share comments at

Sodexo, Inc.
Sodexo, Inc. ( is a leading integrated facilities management services company in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with $7.7 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. Sodexo serves more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care and retirement centers, schools, college campuses, government, and remote sites. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., is a member of Sodexo Group, and funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (, an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $11 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at

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