Published in the May/June 2010 issue of print Search & Employ® |
CenterPoint Energy is proactive when it comes to hiring veterans – an idea that’s smart for a company with more than five million metered customers. The company includes an electric transmission and distribution utility serving a 5,000-square-mile area that includes Houston; local natural gas distribution businesses in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas; interstate pipeline operations with two natural gas pipelines in Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas; a field services business with natural gas gathering operations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas; CenterPoint Energy Services (CES), a natural gas sales and service business serving approximately 7,000 customers in the eastern half of the United States; and The ServiceStar division, which installs and operates remote data monitoring and communications services in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming. The company is headquartered in Houston.
Angela Kohl, a military recruiter for CenterPoint Energy, has been with the company for slightly over a year. She’s served in human resources for ten years, often in a recruiting role. One of her main tasks has been to create and oversee an initiative to make more people aware that CenterPoint Energy is a military-friendly employer.
CenterPoint Energy offers a comprehensive policy designed to support those employees who serve in the Reserves or National Guard, as well as those who may be called to active duty in an emergency. Employees receive paid time off for required annual training and emergency call-ups, “make whole” pay, re-employment of veterans, and continuation of health benefits. CenterPoint Energy is a proud member of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. In March 2010, 659 of CenterPoint’s 8,500 employees had military experience.
Kohl noted that veterans make great employees because they are very well-spoken and passionate about the work they do. “Veterans are not afraid to work hard to get a job done, and that’s sometimes important in the work that we do,” Kohl said. “We also like the diversity that can be found in the military because we recognize that having a diverse group of employees also makes us a stronger company.”
Kohl said that veterans will find CenterPoint a great place to work because it’s the type of place where employees stay for a long time. “CenterPoint Energy is a solid company that’s dedicated to its employees,” she said. “There is a healthy respect for the work-life balance here, and a lot of respect for the employees. The benefits are great, and there is plenty of room to grow.”