Adding Talent: Hiring Disable Veterans

Case Study

In FY2006, Cisco established relationships with the Army and the Marine Corps to improve its recruiting and hiring process.

In July 2006, Cisco hired Dennis McEntee through the Disabled U.S. Veterans Hiring Program. Dennis, a former Army Specialist E4, joined Cisco as a customer service specialist in the Global Service Supply Chain group in Gold River, California. Instrumental in helping create this program were two military veterans working for Cisco,Vice President Mike Quinn and Director Dillard Myers.

Cisco is building relationships with other service branches to make disabled veteran hiring a standard part of our hiring practices. Communications and training for Cisco hiring managers will also increase over the coming months, so managers can more effectively take advantage of the increased access to this talent.

"We're tapping into great talent," says Laura Quintana, director of product management, corporate affairs. "We're not the only company doing this, so it's just as important to be competitive in this program as it is in any other recruiting effort we undertake."