Norfolk Southern actively recruits people with military backgrounds for railroad operations and management. Over the past seven years, NS has hired 2,400 veterans, and today, about 12 percent of NS’ workforce – more than 3,300 employees – comprises veterans, members of the National Guard, and reservists.
“The railroad is an excellent environment for veterans to continue using their training and leadership skills in a second career,” said Norfolk Southern President Jim Squires, a U.S. Army veteran. “There are many opportunities for veterans at Norfolk Southern, and we make a special effort to encourage those who have served their country to join the Thoroughbred team.”
Norfolk Southern recruits veterans through www.NorfolkSouthern-veterans.jobs, at job fairs on military bases, and at the federal government’s Transition Assistance Program classes. Service members preparing to leave the military can register their separation dates and desired work locations with Norfolk Southern, allowing recruiters to contact them with current job opportunities.
Additionally, Norfolk Southern provides training to help veterans who have management experience transition into supervisory roles within the company. If veterans are called to active duty through the Reserves or National Guard while working at Norfolk Southern, they can serve their country knowing they can return to their railroad jobs.
In October 2013, trains, patriotism, and history were on display at Rose Yard in Altoona, Pa., as Norfolk Southern and Amtrak hosted “All Aboard Altoona.” Amtrak displayed its Exhibit Train, pulled by its custom-painted Locomotive 42, while Norfolk Southern displayed our Veterans Locomotive.
Top 100 employer
For the seventh time, G.I. Jobs magazine named our railroad as one of the nation’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers®, ranking Norfolk Southern No. 75 on the 2014 list. The list represents the top 2 percent of more than 5,000 eligible companies with annual revenues exceeding $500 million. The magazine’s selection criteria included the strength of a company’s military recruiting efforts, percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs, and company policies toward National Guard and Reserve service.
Best for Vets
Military Times EDGE magazine ranked Norfolk Southern among the top 50 companies on its 2013 list of “Best for Vets” employers. The railroad ranked No. 44 out of more than 1,000 large companies and government contractors surveyed by the magazine. The rankings were based on veteran recruiting, corporate culture, reserve policies, and other criteria.