Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 6, 2016)
Here are some of the reasons why Accenture Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2016) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017):
- As part of Accenture's LiveWell 365 initiative, the company encourages employees to maintain or improve their health, offering onsite health screenings across the country and hosting a variety of local health and wellness events
- Accenture offers a range of financial benefits including a share purchase plan, available to all employees, signing and year-end bonuses for some, and generous referral bonuses of up to $6,000
- Through a dedicated strategy, Accenture helps redefine how employees work, leveraging new technologies and workspace tools to increase flexibility and support a greener way of working -- a number of employees work from laptops (there are no desktop computers) and decide where to work in the office (or at home), depending on their role and daily commitments
Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016)
By Kristina Leung and Richard Yerema, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 23, 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
"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
Women execs value Accenture's flexibility, culture
Late last year, Accenture announced its promotions to the position of managing director in Canada. Eight of the 13 new appointments were women, and to start 2016 they met in Toronto to receive training for their new role. Let's listen in.
Naomi Manley-Casimir, Managing Director, Accenture Innovation Centre for Utilities, has come from Vancouver. She's been with the company 22 years.
Susan Johnston, Managing Director, Financial Services, Canada West, is in town from Edmonton. She's a 29-year Accenture veteran.
And Jocelyn Kolkman, Client Relationship Managing Director for Resources/Utilities, has flown in from Calgary. Although she's been at Accenture for 12 years, she's the newcomer.
The three new managing directors are discussing what makes Accenture - the world's foremost management consulting, technology, digital, strategy and operations firm - an employer of choice for women. Flexibility is high on their list.
Johnston, who had been a consultant travelling several days a week, chose to move into a services role when her children were young. "I decided to do a lateral transfer," she says. "As an individual, you have to prioritize what's important to you at different points. There are points where your career is number one and points where family is number one."
In the services role, Johnston saw "an opportunity to do something different and develop really deep client skills." When her children were older and she returned to consulting, she brought those skills with her.
Manley-Casimir also limited her travel after her daughter was born. While maternity benefits have always been great for Accenture employees in Canada, she says the programs are even better now. "You don't have to travel for the first year after your child is born, there's real support for parental leave for both women and men, and you can even ship your breast milk around free when travelling on business."
Kolkman finds herself taking advantage of Accenture's family friendliness at the other end of the spectrum. Her mother-in-law recently had a health crisis which caused her to have to fly home in the middle of a meeting. "It was not a problem and when I got home, I had a network to tap into," she says. As part of her Accenture benefits, she was connected to elder support programs.
Kolkman's also pleased that Accenture recently doubled from 40 to 80 the number of hours of backup dependent care it provides for children, spouses or elderly family members.
The women all feel they have seen a real shift in attitudes over the course of their careers. "Twenty years ago there was a pretty standard set of expectations," says Johnston. "Now,
both males and females having families want flexibility. And I think Accenture has responded very positively in creating the programs they have."
She notes that the number of women in senior roles at client companies has also grown immensely and that "having a diverse leadership team at the table with a diverse client team is a huge strength in a customer oriented business."
Kolkman says that while "technology has been the enabler of a lot of flexibility policies, the differentiator is really around the culture and thinking of our leadership team."
For Manley-Casimir, one of the things that has helped her advance at Accenture is that the criteria for success are clear and the company is a meritocracy. "I've always been confident my career success is in my own hands," she says, adding that she can reach out to colleagues and the leadership team to seek advice. "If you need a new challenge, they're more than willing to understand what you're looking for and how to bring that to life."
All of the women value Accenture's commitment to training - the company spent $840 million worldwide on training in fiscal 2015 - and have taken advantage of it. Ditto the women's networks, employee resource groups, and, for Kolkman, the book club "which may involve food and a glass of wine."
Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017)
By Kristina Leung and Richard Yerema, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 9, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Accenture Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):
- Accenture manages a summer consulting internship program which features an opportunity to attend a 3-day student leadership conference in Chicago, a Thought Leadership project (with presentations to senior leaders at the end of their term) and volunteer opportunities through the "Intern Day of Service" event
- Through Accenture's Future Technology Leaders Program, the firm encourages and supports undergraduate interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers and increases the number of students graduating with STEM degrees -- the multi-year program is open to first and second year students and includes mentoring, global networking, hands-on workshops and career guidance from Accenture's leadership team
- Accenture created an Interview 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