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Agriculture Financial Services Corporation / AFSC
AFSC IT employees connecting over a breakout session at the company's 2014 staff conference

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

Here are some of the reasons why Agriculture Financial Services Corporation / AFSC was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2016) and Alberta's Top Employers (2016):

  • AFSC considers previous work experience when setting vacation entitlements for experienced candidates and actively seeks experienced adjusters for their knowledge (with the average age for adjusters being 53 years) -- also helps employees prepare for life after work with retirement planning courses tailored to employees under and over 45, phased-in retirement work options and generous contributions to a defined benefit pension
  • AFSC's forward looking "New Graduate Hire Incentive Program" helps new hires who are recent graduates offset the cost of post-secondary studies with annual payments of $1,000 per year, to a maximum of $4,000 over the course of 4 years
  • AFSC enrolls new employees into an "Orientation Buddy Program", pairing them with senior personnel, and manages a unique "Farmin' 101" training program for all employees without an agricultural background -- the 2-day program includes classroom training and a bus tour to farm operations and even a stop at a farm equipment dealership
AFSC's President and employees celebrating Vegreville's Ukrainian heritage at a staff conference

Employer Background

Industry Financial Services
Parent company Alberta Hail Board
Parent company head office Lacombe AB
Major Canadian hiring locations Lacombe AB
Full-time employees in Canada 598
Part-time employees in Canada 113
Average age of employees in Canada 47
Longest serving employee 36 years

Physical Workplace B+

Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, free parking
Workplace features a recently updated outdoor courtyard area, shower facilities for those who cycle to work, situated in the historic town of Lacombe, the head office is located inside a modern glass and brick building that is walking distance to a variety of amenities and surrounded by mature trees, professionally landscaped gardens and steps from an outdoor walking trail that winds around Cranna Lake, employee feedback was sought when renovating and expanding the head office, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, board games, massage chair (doubles as a nap chair), internet access for personal use, book exchange program, permanent chess table in the lounge
Snacks available vending machines that include healthy snack options
Other nearby amenities Lacombe Sports and Leisure Complex, fitness club, Cranna Lake, Lake Anne, Elizabeth Lake, daycare, restaurants, Lacombe has a population of just over 12,000 people, which means most everything people need is within a 30 minute walk

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name Fit and Fun Club (est. 1978)
Recent social events annual Christmas party, lunch hour sports such as basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, floor hockey, aerobics, and badminton, arranges for cards, flowers and gifts for significant events in employees' lives
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, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications the company's President and CEO publishes a monthly blog and maintains an ongoing communications page to capture direct employee feedback

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

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
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,500) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits variety of discounts on a range of products and services, including residential and auto insurance, fitness club membership, mortgage rates, hotel bookings, computer software and auto service

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B

The company's maintains separate health benefits plans for its salaried and hourly personnel. There is no waiting period for salaried personnel and an 80-day waiting period for hourly employees.

Health plan note AFSC has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 80% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 15 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
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, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy), sports therapist, speech therapist, ambulance (ground and air), annual health spending account (to $950 annually) to complement existing group benefits and provide employees with greater flexibility to manage health related expenses
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $10,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 17 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 academic scholarships of up to $1,500 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours, earned days off program
Additional family-friendly information employees can earn up to 15 days off each year through the earned days off program

Vacation & Personal Time-Off A

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 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information new employees receive an upfront credit of five additional vacation days in their first year of employment, thereafter vacation increases by one day after two years on-the-job, with additional days added after every second year to a maximum of 30 days after 25 years on-the-job, employees may receive additional paid days off for family care, community service, special leave and military leaves of absence

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

Managers receive performance review training yes
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 on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, individual performance awards (invitations to various events, from gala dinners to the Calgary Stampede and sporting events), team awards for groups of two or more employees, gift card program
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 3 months

Training & Skills Development A

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
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
Unique training & development programs As part of the tuition subsidy program, AFSC covers the cost of textbooks and offers salary continuance for courses directly related to their job, new certificate program (working with the University of Alberta to design its Leadership Development program), an "Orientation Buddy Program" to pair new employees with senior personnel, and re-introduced the popular "Farmin' 101" training program for all employees without an agricultural background (a two-day program that includes classroom training and a bus tour to farm operations and even a stop at a farm equipment dealership)

Community Involvement A+

The company supports a variety of local and national charitable initiatives each year.

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 3 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 409 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 200 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, Canadian Blood Services, Relay for Life (Alberta Cancer Foundation), Canadian Blood Services, High River Flood Assistance, Big Bike Ride (Heart & Stroke Foundation), Prostrate Cancer Research
Charitable giving yes
Community highlight AFSC maintains a Share and Care committee, which meets on an annual basis to create a yearly calendar of events the organization is interested in supporting. The employee-based committee is responsible for planning, developing and recommending fundraising initiatives to support -- over $16,000 was raised last year

The Career Directory

Agriculture Financial Services Corporation / AFSC has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
AFSC corporate head office

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Financial Services
Parent company Alberta Hail Board
Parent company head office Lacombe AB
Major Canadian hiring locations Lacombe AB
Full-time employees in Canada 598
Part-time employees in Canada 113
Student opportunities 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 Risk Analyst, Legal Assistant, Business Risk Management Field Analyst, Verification Clerk, Service Desk/Desktop Analyst, Administrative Clerk, Finance Clerk, Human Resources Consultant, Administration Support, Financial Analyst, IT Architect, IT Analyst, Project Manager, Readiness Analyst, Product Specialist Lending, Product Specialist Insurance, Team Coordinator, Area Manager
Starting salary $40K to $45K
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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