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Cisco sets veterans up for success

March 20, 2019 - 2:15 pm

Our Employer of the Week series features one company each week that has made a commitment to hiring and supporting veterans. This week’s employer is Cisco

Cisco is a multinational technology conglomerate headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley. The company works to develop, manufacture, and sell hardware, equipment, and services to protect, serve, and educate the nation. They also have a company culture in which veterans can thrive. 

"Part of Cisco's culture has always been to give back," said Larry Payne, senior vice president of U.S. Public Sector for Cisco. "We always feel like we have to have that corporate social responsibility as one of the key tenants of our mission and our culture."

Cisco's Talent Bridge for Veterans program combines targeted technology training with employer matching capabilities to help veterans find a career after service in which they can thrive — whether that's at Cisco or one of Cisco's partner companies. And this is just the beginning of resources the company has to offer. 

"Looking at our veteran programs, it's really a lifecycle approach," Payne said. "We have programs that will do technology training and development while they're still in service. We also have programs that help in the transition from identifying their skills to matching those with job opportunities — with Cisco or one of our business partners. And at Cisco we have an employee resource organization once they are a member of the Cisco family and that organization gives them the forum to meet one another, connect, give back, and support one another."

And these programs do exactly what they're designed to do — building a culture where veterans want to work. 

"Being able to participate in programs like that is something that really drives a lot of folks to Cisco for careers after the military," said Cisco federal business lead and retired Air Force Col. Cindy DeCarlo. "They always took great care of me when I was on active duty." 

To learn more about Cisco's veteran support programs click here.

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