In celebration of Armed Forces Week, Comcast NBCUniversal announced today that the company is committed to hiring 10,000 reservists, veterans and their spouses or domestic partners between 2015 and 2017. The new employees will work in a variety of positions across all levels of the organization, including network engineering, technology, operations, theme parks and resorts, programming, customer service, marketing, human resources, and other careers. From January 2012 through March 2015, Comcast NBCUniversal has already hired approximately 4,200 veterans, far outpacing the company's goal to hire 2,000 veterans by 2015 as part of its ongoing partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes initiative. It is estimated that between 2012 and 2017, approximately 1 million active-duty service members will have separated from service, and Comcast NBCUniversal is committed to helping them find jobs as they enter the civilian workforce. "We are so grateful for the impressive men and women who served our country to preserve our freedom," said Neil Smit, President and Chief Executive Officer of Comcast Cable and former Navy SEAL. "The military teaches valuable life lessons about leadership, teamwork and commitment ― all skills which are highly transferable and we are excited to bring this new talent to Comcast NBCUniversal." In conjunction with this hiring news, Comcast NBCUniversal also announced the creation of a new role, called the Vice President of Military and Veterans Initiatives. The role will work collaboratively across Comcast NBCUniversal to provide strategic leadership to all aspects of programs and outreach engaging the military and veteran community. The role will report to David Watson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Comcast Cable, and to John Wallace, President of Operations and Technical Services at NBCUniversal. As military employees depart their civilian life for training or deployment, there are often concerns connected to the impending leave process, transition to or from the work environment, and family. Comcast NBCUniversal is pleased to announce new enhancements to the company's military leave policies to help ease this transition for our military employees and their families. Some of the enhancements include:
- Granting up to 15 days of annual military leave with full pay to support annual training obligations of drilling reservists and National Guard members,
- Increasing military leave supplemental pay to three years for employees on active duty,
- Providing the option of staying on Comcast NBCUniversal health and welfare plans during deployment, and
- Providing certain financial and job transfer assistance to an employee whose spouse or domestic partner is being called, reassigned, or transferred to active military duty in a different geographic area.