Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Careers for Veterans with Hershey

With more than 100 years of success under their belt, Hershey continues to grow, including expansion into international markets. Having recently tied for the Second Most Patriotic Brand, Hershey is probably what comes to mind when you think of chocolate. In fact, they have three of the top six brands in America, with #1 in Chocolate, #1 in Mints, and #1 in Sugar Snacks. 

Hershey, an Orion Featured Employer, began its military recruitment program in 2008 with a long-term strategy of incorporating military recruitment across all disciplines within the company. Hershey’s SVP of Global Operations is former military and is a strong supporter of recruiting JMOs for the company. Over the last two years, Hershey has had more than 50 veteran hires across the company including more than 20 veteran hires in Global Operations through Orion.

Among those veterans is Timothy Cho, a former Infantry Officer. “My time at Hershey as a Production Supervisor has been filled with both exciting and challenging opportunities since I began in August 2012. In many ways, the world of production closely parallels my experience in the Army,” Cho explains, “Here at Hershey, I lead a group of between 15-30 people, depending on the day, and I am responsible for everything that the people on my line accomplish and fail to accomplish. Things constantly change, and I need to remain flexible and react to each situation accordingly. Furthermore, the machines require a lot of maintenance, and you must make sound operational decisions that will result in either great financial gain or catastrophic loss.”

Cho continues to enjoy his career with Hershey and says the most rewarding part of this job is motivating the people on his line to accomplish a goal together as a team. “Also, being able to see my family every day is a huge plus! I would recommend the Hershey Company to others because they offer great opportunities for both lateral and upward mobility, great pay, a quiet but quaint location, and a great family oriented community,” says Cho.

Hershey most recently participated in a hiring event at Naval Station Mayport hosted by Orion earlier this month, where they conducted interviews for technical, operations, and leadership positions. "We were thrilled to be a part of this event," said Anna Serafin, Sr HR Business Partner with The Hershey Company, "Hershey continues to see terrific results from the great Veterans we hire into a variety of different roles across our organization. Being able to also provide career transition support to service members and their spouses at a major military installation like Mayport is something that not only helps them and their families – it also helps us and our business."

Many opportunities exist within the company for veterans. These include multi-plant movement, production management, maintenance supervision/management, operations planning, as well as continuous improvement and quality assurance. There are also numerous Diversity Councils and Affinity Groups at Hershey, including one specifically for veterans. Hershey was featured in the April 2013 issue of GI Jobs. Read the article to learn more about what makes The Hershey Company such a great place for Veterans to work.

Hershey’s commitment to the military goes beyond hiring them; however, as to date, they have shipped more than 1,000 individual care packages to troops serving abroad and more than 2,000 cases of product have been donated to non-profit organizations in support of the military. Today, Hershey responds to each request that is received from members of the military, as well as from non-profit organizations that support the troops.

Hershey’s story spans a century-and-a-half and continues to evolve with the times. A career with Hershey is your chance to be a part of that growth and offers many opportunities to grow your career with a world-renowned company in a successful and socially responsible atmosphere. Click here to learn more and apply.

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