Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 19, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Richter LLP was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2017):
- Richter LLP provides maternity leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers (to 100% of salary for up to 13 weeks) and offers a number of alternative work arrangements to help them transition to their new roles as parents
- Along with supporting a number of local, national and international charitable organizations each year, Richter LLP manages the Richter Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Program to provide employees with opportunities to volunteer their expertise to social enterprises
- Richter LLP offers a number of financial rewards including signing bonuses for some employees, year-end bonuses for all and generous referral bonuses as an incentive for employees to recruit candidates from their personal network (to $5,000)
Mid-size Richter offers king-size opportunities
Alexandra Batelli got her first taste of working at the mid-sized accounting firm Richter LLP as a summer intern in 2010 and quickly decided it was perfect for her. "I came here seven years ago and I love it," says Batelli, who took a permanent position with Richter in 2012 after completing the chartered accounting program at Concordia University's John Molson School of Business.
Batelli is currently a Manager in the audit group, but because Richter is a mid-sized firm she does a lot more than just audits. "I work with clients in a variety of industries who have different needs," she says. "I am frequently the point of first contact, which allows me to handle tax issues and occasionally consulting issues as well."
In 2015, Richter launched its Mentoring and Apprenticeship Program (MAP) for young associates. Essentially, it gives them an opportunity to work in all the firm's business units. They typically spend six to nine months working with the audit group, the consulting group and the tax group.
Traditionally, says Mindy Mayman, Head of Richter's Human Resources Committee, new employees started in audit. "Junior accountants typically wouldn't work in other areas till later in their careers," Mayman says. "The Mentoring and Apprenticeship Program makes them more holistic practitioners and better business advisors."
Those who start as junior accountants out of university typically still have to earn a professional accreditation, such as their chartered professional accountant (CPA) title. Richter covers the cost and provides paid leaves of limited duration to study for the accreditation exams.
As a long-time Montreal firm that recently celebrated its 90th anniversary, Richter is committed to giving back to the community. Once a year the company shuts the office for a day and allows employees to volunteer with various non-profit or charitable organizations.
"The employees always tell us how much they enjoyed it," says Mayman. "One of the other benefits is that people get to work with colleagues from other parts of the organization."
Batelli has served meals to guests at a homeless shelter, painted rooms at a women's shelter, and wrapped Christmas gifts for underprivileged children.
Richter offers a number of alternative work arrangements, such as flex time, 80-per-cent work weeks and working from home. "The partners I work with understand the needs of their staff and allow us to work from home and keep our own hours," says Batelli. "If you get the work done they're happy."