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Desjardins Group / Mouvement des caisses Desjardins

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Desjardins Group / Mouvement des caisses Desjardins was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) :

Here are some of the reasons why Desjardins Group / Mouvement des caisses Desjardins was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016):

  • Desjardins Group not only provides great career prospects but is a leader in helping employers plan for life after work with retirement planning assistance services and generous employer contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and a health benefits program that also extends to its retired employees, with no age limit
  • True to its raison d'être, Desjardins Group is an incredible corporate citizen, re-investing over $82 million last year (and similar amounts every year) in the broader community through sponsorships, scholarships and charitable partnerships
  • Along with reserved parking for carpoolers, and a guaranteed ride home if needed, Desjardins Group offers a daily shuttle service that runs between the Lévis head office and its Montréal location -- the credit union also offers indoor bike parking at the head office and discounts for cyclists using the BIXI shared-use bike programs in Montréal and Toronto

Employer Background

Industry Credit Unions
Major Canadian hiring locations Québec QC, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON, Calgary AB, High River AB, Lévis QC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 38,873
Part-time employees in Canada 6,987
Full-time employees worldwide 38,955
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 10.2%
Average age of employees in Canada 42.2
Longest serving employee 48.7 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features reserved parking for carpoolers (and a guaranteed ride home), daily shuttle service that runs between Lévis and Montréal locations, head office features a new second office tower that has been built to meet LEED certification standards and features the tallest interior living wall in the world, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, instructor-led classes (Spinning, Zumba, Bodypump, Bodyflow), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, fitness facility is operated by Energie Cardio (Goodlife Fitness outside of Quéabec) allowing employees use facilities in other cities across Canada
Other nearby amenities fitness club, ferry linking Lévis to Québec City, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Parcours des Anses (15km bicycle path along the River), Lévis Golf Club

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Employee social committee name over 30 active social committees across the firm (first established in 1965)
Recent social events regional (and popular) Christmas parties, summer golfing and family waterpark excursion, wine and cheese parties, winter outings and a fall long-service awards gala
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

In addition to ensuring competitive compensation rates, the cooperative offers

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,500) for some positions
Signing bonuses subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance, preferred single-night rates at hotels across Canada

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 80% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 10 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative
Eyecare $45 every 2 years
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Healthclub subsidy $250 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 18 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 95% of salary for 12 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 95% of salary for 12 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, daycare centre onsite
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B+

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 5 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 5 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 24 months

Employee Engagement & Performance A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, generous performance recognition bonuses (depending on position), unique "Women on the Move" contest hosted to coincide with International Women's Day to highlight leading female employees, manager and executives within the company, discounted hotel rates (and other retail)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development A

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 50% of non-related tuition per year
Subsidies for professional accreditations yes
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs financial bonuses for certain course completions (to $1,000)

Community Involvement A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Some of the community organizations supported Centraide/United Way (over $547,000 raised last year), Operation Red Nose, Western Communities Foundation's Support the Cause Day (over $237,000 raised last year)
Community highlight A focus on building community is integral to the credit union's long term mission -- over $82 million was reinvested in the community in the form of sponsorships, scholarships and charitable partnerships last year.

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