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Desjardins Group / Mouvement des caisses Desjardins
Desjardins Group's cycling team participating in the Grand de?fi Pierre Lavoie's 1000km cycling fundraiser

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) and Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2016):

  • Desjardins Group supports new parents with maternity leave top-ups (to 95% of salary for 18 weeks) for new mothers and parental leave top-up payments (to 95% for 12 weeks) for new fathers and adoptive parents -- and offers an onsite daycare centre for head office employees returning to work
  • 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 includes family coverage and 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 Union
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

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 (employees only) 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

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

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

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
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)
Fitness club 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

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 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 24 months

Employee Engagement & Performance

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

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, subsidies for professional accreditation, tuition subsidies related to job
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
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs financial bonuses for certain course completions (to $1,000)

Community Involvement

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.

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

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

  • Desjardins Group manages a "Young Intern Officer" program for individuals between the ages of 18 and 30, allowing them to work as a member of the Board of Directors of the Board of Supervision of a Desjardins caisse for a 1-year period -- participants also have an opportunity to work with elected officers as well as sit-in on meetings and discussions
  • To help young people gain employment experience, Desjardins Group created the Desjardins Youth Work Experience program which provides summer jobs and internships for participants between the ages of 15 to 18 -- the program was developed in partnership with Carrefour jeunesse-emploi and local businesses, with Desjardins offering financial support to facilitate internships
  • Through "Fondation Desjardins", Desjardins Group offers scholarships to students interested in technical, vocational and post-secondary studies, providing nearly $16 million in support since the initiative's inception


Industry Credit Union
Full-time employees in Canada 38,873
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunites, paid internships, tuition subsidies related to job
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives Desjardins Young Executives Network for managers under the age of 35

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016)

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

  • Over 800 Desjardins Group employees have registered with the organization's online carpooling website since it was first established in 2011 -- and over 75 employees utilize the "Communauto" car-sharing service, which Desjardins supports through its corporate membership
  • Desjardins Group maintains a number of longstanding initiatives to recycle as much as possible, including donating used office furniture to schools and non-profit organizations, proper recycling or reuse of used computer equipment and the ongoing "Desjardins Paper Challenge" to remind employees to reduce colour printing and overall paper consumption
  • Desjardins Group introduced a special financing rate for members who purchase new hybrid and electric vehicles as well as discounts on insurance rates (up to 20 percent for electric vehicle purchases) -- similarly, home buyers who purchase LEED certified homes or commercial properties are eligible for a discount of up to 10 percent on their property insurance


Full-time employees in Canada 38,873
Formal employee "green team" yes
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Secretary General and Vice President, Governance
Formal strategy/policy name Sustainable Development Policy, Change the World One Step at a Time Campaign
Unique green initiatives A New Route for Your Commute program (to encourage employees to consider public transit, cycling, car pooling and sharing), discounts for BIXI bike users in Toronto and Montréal, discounts on loans for hybrid (15%) and electric (20%) vehicles, discounts on insurance for LEED certified buildings, unique energy-efficient loan product for commercial, industrial and agriculture customers
In-house waste reduction and recycling used computer equipment (66% captured for recycling and 34% for donation to schools last year), ink cartridges, furniture (donate unused to schools and non-profits)
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green community initiatives Carbon Disclosure Project, David Suzuki Foundation, Climate Reality Project, Equiterre, Fondation québecoise en environnement, Vélo Québec, Centres de gestion des déplacements (sustainable transportation)
Head office LEED Gold
Other location LEED Unknown
Building footprint includes other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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