Veterans Share Their Words of Wisdom About Working Here
We recognize the unique strength and skills that veterans bring to our workforce. That's why we're always looking for employees who are ready to problem-solve, be active leaders, and work hard to deliver on our mission. Time and time again, our former and active service men and service women have excelled in careers at Kaiser Permanente, becoming invaluable contributors to our teams.
That’s one reason we support the professional development and transition of high-performing junior military officers through our JMO Program. Over the course of two years and multiple job rotations, veterans in this program not only get the opportunity to learn about many aspects of our organization, they gain vital skills to become leaders at Kaiser Permanente.
This is simply one example of the many ways we work to ensure that veterans find success with us. The Kaiser Permanente Veterans Association, one of our Business Resource Groups, offers a wealth of mentoring and training opportunities. And we were recently named a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer and Military Spouse Friendly Employer. These designations are given to organizations that offer the strongest job opportunities, hiring practices and retention programs not only for transitioning service members, but for their spouses as well.
Some of these men and women have offered some words of wisdom to share with other veterans who may be considering a career move to Kaiser Permanente:
WORDS OF WISDOM FROM VETERANS AT KAISER PERMANENTE
“Be intentionally curious. Everyone is willing to help and you will be amazed by the diversity of work happening here. Also, be confident in your skills. The skills you gained in the military are very transferable and will serve you well! You will have a lot to learn — especially early on — but you have the fundamental skills you need to succeed and thrive here.”
– Gary Mullaney, JMO Associate, National Facilities Services
“If you’re applying for a job here, don’t disregard your military experience just because it doesn’t match what’s listed in a job description. Use the Military Skills Translator when applying and make sure recruiters and hiring managers understand your military experience. Be more specific about how you accomplished tasks and projects in the military.”
– Pedro Villacorta, Senior IT Project Manager
“Ask a lot of questions and challenge the status quo. People at Kaiser Permanente will appreciate a fresh perspective. As former members of the military, you bring invaluable leadership skills to Kaiser Permanente.”
– Brandon Comer, JMO Associate, IT
“Reach out to your local VA or Multicultural Business Resource Group for transition assistance. You can also get a sponsor to help with skills translation or validation.”
– Christopher Markesino, Manager of Building Services
“Enjoy the process of learning about Kaiser Permanente. The organization has a very unique and interesting history. Make efforts to connect with KP leadership and discover areas of the business that exist outside of your assigned role.”
– Kevin Chapman, JMO Associate, Human Resources
OUR MANAGERS SHARE THEIR PRAISE OF OUR VETERANS AT KAISER PERMANENTE
“I've always believed that the military cultivates great leaders, and our Junior Military Officers have validated that belief. They've brought dedication, loyalty, and a strong work ethic to their rotations. The same values that compelled them to serve their country have driven our JMOs to provide patients with world-class service."
– Corwin N. Harper, senior vice president/area manager, Napa Solano Area Administration
“The JMO program is yet another reason I am proud to be an employee of Kaiser Permanente; this program provides talented veterans a chance to smoothly transition into civilian careers within a great organization.”
– Francesco Kerns, senior manager, HR Strategy and Management
Mary Wood is an Air Force veteran, a Navy wife, and the President-elect of the Kaiser Permanente Veterans Association. Hear more from her about her experience and about some of the work Kaiser Permanente's Veterans Association is doing:
Learn more about what it means to be a veteran at Kaiser Permanente, and about ways we can support your personal and professional development.