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Accenture employees celebrating a project milestone at the Lonsdale Quay in Vancouver, British Columbia

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

Here are some of the reasons why Accenture Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2016) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • Accenture helps employees in their family planning through a very generous IVF subsidy to employees requiring in-vitro fertilization treatments (to a maximum of $15,000) as well as maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 85% of salary for 15 weeks) for new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents
  • Accenture encourages employees to think beyond their roles through an enlightened "Inventor Award Program" that offers financial awards to employees who create patentable assets -- since 2006, over $2.4 million in cash awards and other recognition have been awarded to over 1,450 employees
  • Accenture is also helping to redefine how we work with most employees working from laptops (there are no desktop computers) and deciding from where to work within the office (or at home), depending on their role and daily commitments
Accenture employees took a tour of Volvo's Quebec manufacturing plant in preparation for a project with Volvo Cars of Canada
Accenture employees collaborating across offices with the latest videoconferencing software
Accenture employees team up for United Way's Day of Caring in Fredericton, New Brunswick

Employer Background

Industry Management Consulting
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Accenture plc
Full-time employees in Canada 3,476
Part-time employees in Canada 558
Full-time employees worldwide 328,291
Average age of employees in Canada 38.3
Longest serving employee 49 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features 28-storey head office building offer great views and easy access to the city's vibrant downtown, employees receive their own laptops (there are no desktop computers) and decide from where to work in the office (or at home) depending on their role and daily commitments, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television
Snacks available still and lemon filtered water, Seattle's Best coffee and Nestle hot chocolate, new cappuccino and latte machine
Other nearby amenities YMCA, fitness club, David Pecaut Square, Tommy Thompson Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Toronto's underground PATH network, which offers all-weather access to shops, restaurants and the subway

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Employee social committee name People Advocate
Recent social events variety of client- and employee-focused celebrations, holiday parties during the Christmas season (with over 1,000 guests at the Toronto soiree), Stampede celebration in Calgary, unique "First Friday" networking initiative where office-based and out-of-town employees, as well as senior executives, enjoy informal gatherings every month
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter

Financial Benefits & Compensation

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $6,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits home computer purchase discounts, hotel room discounts, the firm's unionized personnel (15% of the workforce) receive contributions to a defined benefit pension plan

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 14 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
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), private duty nursing (to $10,000 per year), orthopedic shoes, smoking cessation drug coverage, the "Athletic Minded Traveller" program that includes reimbursement for use of hotel health clubs for travelling employees, sick day policy is open with days determined by need
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $15,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 2 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 85% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 85% of salary for 15 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 85% of salary for 15 weeks
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information new fathers and adoptive parents (non-unionized, 85% of the workforce) also receive 100% of their salary during the two week waiting period prior to commencement of their employment insurance benefits, state-of-the-art "Tele-Presence" rooms that create an in-office feeling for telecommuting employees, weekend travel home policy for employees who work outside of their home city

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 4 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information senior-level/management employees start with 4 weeks of paid vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance

Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, formal "points-program" that features redeemable points for a range of products and services, "Thank a Colleague" peer recognition program, unique "Inventor Award Program" that offers financial awards to those who create patentable assets (since 2006, over $2.4 million in cash awards and other recognition have been awarded to over 1,450 employees)
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

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Unique training & development programs tuition subsidy coverages vary by request

Community Involvement

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 5,875 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 61 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Acces Employment, Junior Achievement, United Way, Free the Children, Immigrant Services Calgary, Autism Niagara, Curve Lake Youth Mentoring Program, Ottawa Food Bank, Montréal Children's Hospital Foundation, Changes Fredericton, Journalists for Human Rights
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Accenture launched the "Skills to Succeed" initiative in 2009, an international effort to help individuals develop the skills required to secure employment -- over 800,000 people have been helped thus far with the goal to help 3 million people by the year 2020

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Accenture Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016):

  • Accenture manages a summer consulting internship program, which includes an opportunity to attend a student leadership conference in the United States, participation in a Thought Leadership project (presented to senior leaders at the end of the term), and volunteer opportunities through the company's "Intern Day of Service" event
  • Accenture offers a mobile "app" to help candidates prepare for their interview -- the app includes mobile notifications regarding the time, date and location of the interview, a summary of the position, the name of the recruiter and general interview tips -- Accenture continues to extend its support to new grads who are hired by assigning a career counsellor and offering regular access to senior leaders through meetings, lunch and learns and community events
  • Accenture recruits diverse youth by participating in the Workplace Essential Skills Partnership career fair for university and college graduates with disabilities and recently hosted students from UofT's WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) association for a workshop and networking session with senior-level employees
Accenture consultants in Calgary gearing up before taking a tour of an energy client's secure location
Accenture summer interns gather for a team derby during the Accenture Student Leadership Conference


Industry Management Consulting
Full-time employees in Canada 3,476
Student opportunities summer jobs, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives Accenture Future Technology Leaders Program, multi-year program that includes mentoring, global networking, hands-on workshops and career guidance from Accenture's leadership team

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Accenture Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016):

  • Accenture's Canadian office recently participated in the Partners for Mental Health "Not Myself Today" campaign and conducted a national mental health survey to better understand employee knowledge and attitudes towards mental health and illness -- the company also maintains a global Persons with Disabilities Champions program, with over 1,500 members, focussing on workplace accommodations, providing assistive technology and supporting global networking and recruitment efforts, as well as facilitating mentoring opportunities for employees with disabilities
  • Accenture manages global and Canadian networks to support LGBT employees, providing opportunities for networking and mentoring, and offers North American LGBT leadership training -- additionally, the organization sends monthly LGBT newsletters to subscribing employees and maintains a "Transgendered Portal" intranet site to help transgendered employees to connect as well as provide resources and information on related issues
  • Through Accenture's 18-month diverse supplier program, certified minority and woman-owned business enterprises are partnered with Accenture executives for mentoring and professional development opportunities
Accenture employees taking part in the organization's Not Myself Today campaign
Accenture employees collaborate on ideas using the latest videoconferencing software
"I helped organize the mental health campaign (Not Myself Today) activities in my local office in November. Not only was I impressed by Accenture's commitment to this campaign, but I was truly inspired by the interest from the different offices and project teams to get involved. The events that were hosted all across Canada prompted conversations and dialogue about mental health in the workforce and serve as a great example of an employer and its employees working together to help make the fundamental changes needed to overcome the stigma of mental health." Shelley B., Business Operations Specialist


Industry Management Consulting
Full-time employees in Canada 3,476
Workforce representation female employees (32.6 %), female managers (30.4 %), visible minority employees (34.2 %), visible minority managers (35.4 %), Aboriginal employees (1.1 %), Aboriginal managers (1 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT, military veterans
Employee resource groups persons with disabilities, LGBT, Aboriginal peoples, women
Formal commitment diversity council, comprised of senior-level employees, inclusion and diversity advisory committee, women's steering group
Unique diversity initiatives inclusion and diversity celebration month, Not Myself Today (mental health awareness campaign), LGBT sensitivity training, paid internships for Aboriginal peoples (offered in partnership with the Government of Canada and Accosys Consulting)
Diversity community partnerships True Patriot Love, Workplace Essential Skills Partnership (career fair for job-seekers with disabilities), Aboriginal Human Resources Council (Inclusion Works career fair)

The Career Directory

Accenture Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Management Consulting
Parent company Accenture plc
Full-time employees in Canada 3,476
Part-time employees in Canada 558
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Entry-Level Technology Consulting Analyst, Entry-Level Management Consulting Development Program Analyst
Starting salary $60K to $65K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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