Making veterans a priority


Veteran recruitment has long been one of Nationwide’s strategic goals.

“Hiring and retaining great talent is key to Nationwide’s success,” says Rocky Parker, vice president of Talent Acquisition. “Recruiting and hiring veterans is a focus for us because these individuals bring to our company a wealth of experience and knowledge — plus unique perspectives — that we need to succeed.”

In 2012, Nationwide set a goal to recruit and hire 1,000 veterans in five years. This month, we hired our 1,000th vet, a goal we had not planned to achieve until the second quarter of 2017.

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“We were able to reach this important milestone a year early because of support from Nationwiders across the company, the efforts of our Military Associate Resource Group (MARG) and our community partnerships,” Parker says.

Our veterans work in roles throughout the enterprise and in offices across the country. Geographically, Ohio, Iowa and Texas have the most associates who are veterans.

“An inclusive workplace that clearly values the leadership, unique life experiences and technical abilities of America’s service men and women is key to creating a great place to work for veterans,” says Matt Nicol, a veteran and president of MARG. “Having an Associate Resource Group comprised of service-connected associates provides a tremendous forum and builds valuable collaboration across the company, making Nationwide an employer of choice for many of the nation’s veterans.”

Although we’ve reached our goal, veteran recruitment continues to be an area of focus for us.

“An inclusive, diverse workplace is critical to our success, and we are committed to creating a workplace where all voices are heard and valued,” says Mia Hairston, vice president of Diversity and Inclusion.

“We are excited to reach such an important goal,” Parker adds. “Part of what makes us a great company is that we value making an impact within our company and within the communities we serve. Ultimately, we’re committed to bringing on board talent from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Our veteran workforce offers unique skills that make them great for Nationwide.”

Visit our Veterans Careers page to search for job opportunities for veterans.