June 27, 2014
On Veterans Day, Richard Davis, U.S. Bancorp President and CEO, hosts a conference call with all of the company’s current and former members of the military to personally thank them for their service. Melinda Thein, a Plymouth, Minnesota-based Army veteran and mother of three, first learned about the annual call when her husband worked for U.S. Bank — and was inspired to be a part of the company herself.
“It made me realize how much U.S. Bank truly honors and values veterans,” she says. “So when I was ready to re-join the workforce in 2012, it was the first place I wanted to work.”
The Value of Military Skills
Thein, Process Integration Manager for U.S. Bank's Business Transformation division, is one of the company's 2,000 veteran employees. Of the bank's 66,000 employees nationwide, 3 percent are veterans, including National Guard and Reserve members.
“Our specific set of skills can’t be taught, and they can’t always be put on paper,” Thein says. “It was important to me to work for a company that appreciates those skills.”
Skills such as an innate sense of urgency, the ability to take initiative or smoothly navigate the chain of command, and knowing when to let others lead and when to take charge make veterans ideal employees, she says.