Accenture Inc.
Accenture employees celebrating the completion of a project with a client in Ottawa

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Accenture Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2018) :

  • Accenture encourages employees to have a little fun in the workplace through a variety of social events including the newly created "Sip and Celebrate" socials, hosted on the first Friday of each month to encourage employees to network and socialize
  • Accenture offers its new moms and dads industry-leading maternity and parental leave top-up payments (up to 16 weeks) and offers new parents the opportunity to reduce their travel and work locally for one year following their return to work
  • 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
Accenture leadership employees at the new Accenture-sponsored Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Employer Background

Industry Management Consulting
Established in Canada 1989
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Accenture plc
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 3,576
Part-time employees in Canada 378
Full-time employees worldwide 395,161
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 7.9%
Average age of employees in Canada 38 years
Longest serving employee 48 years

Physical Workplace Rating: B+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features 28-storey head office building offers great views and easy access to the city's vibrant downtown, employees receive their own laptops (there are no desktop computers) and decide where to work in the office (or at home) depending on their role and daily commitments, adjustable work stations available, private collaborative meeting rooms with large screen displays, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, large flatscreen television
Snacks available tea and three blends of Starbucks coffee, sparkling water and filtered water, a variety of fresh fruit
Other nearby amenities YMCA, Toronto Athletic Club, Goodlife Fitness, fitness club, David Pecaut Square, Simcoe Park, Harbour Square Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Toronto's underground PATH network which offers convenient all-weather access to shops, restaurants and Union Station (with direct access to the subway, GO and VIA rail travel as well as UP Express train to the airport)

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Company organized social events yes
Recent social events variety of client- and employee-focused celebrations, holiday parties during the Christmas season (last year's Toronto event was hosted at the Hockey Hall of Fame), an annual Stampede celebration in Calgary, unique "Sip and Celebrate" socials hosted on the first Friday of each month
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B+

Financial benefits note Accenture has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
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 yes
Referral bonuses (max) 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, deferred profit sharing plan for some employees, the firm's unionized personnel (approximately 18% of the workforce) receive contributions to a defined benefit pension plan

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan note Accenture has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
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
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, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Other health plan information private duty nursing (to $10,000 per year), orthopedic shoes, smoking cessation drug coverage, coverage for various professional services, the Athletic Minded Traveller program that includes reimbursement for use of hotel health clubs for travelling employees, 6-month survivor benefit policy
Family-friendly benefits note Accenture has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
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, 82% of the workforce) also receive 100% of their salary during the 2-week waiting period prior to commencement of their EI 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 Rating: B

Vacation note Accenture has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 10 years of employment
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 vacation varies with employee group, from non-union clerical personnel starting with 2 weeks of paid vacation (10% of workforce) to management employees starting with 4 weeks of paid vacation (29% of workforce), open sick day policy with days determined by need

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

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, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), formal points program that features redeemable points for a range of products and services, leadership awards, the "Everyday Innovator Award" to recognize employee innovation in helping to serve clients, and the unique "Inventor Award Program" that offers financial awards to those who create patentable assets (since 2006, Accenture has awarded over $2.4 million in cash awards and other recognition to over 1,450 employees)
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 3 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B+

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 coverage varies by request

Community Involvement Rating: A+

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 6,309 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 109 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported ACCES Employment, CivicAction, Code.org, Habitat for Humanity, Jack.org, NPower Canada, Red Cross, United Way, YMCA, YWCA, and the firm also supports a number of charitable organizations every year with pro-bono consulting services.
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 12,000 people across Canada have been helped thus far with over 4,000 people securing employment or starting their own business.

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

Here are some of the reasons why Accenture Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2018):

  • Accenture manages an analyst development program with streams in consulting and technology for entry-level hires -- each program features opportunities to work within various industry and functional roles and includes training, mentorship and networking
  • Additionally, all analysts travel to Illinois to participate in hands-on training and are assigned a dedicated career counselor and internal community group, which meets regularly for learning sessions, networking and socials
  • Participants of Accenture's summer consulting internship program engage in a variety of unique learning and development opportunities, including attending 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 an "Intern Day of Service"
Accenture employees and alumni creating their own unique shades of lipstick at a networking event in Toronto

Highlights

Industry Management Consulting
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 3,576
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 hosted a 24-hour virtual career fair in celebration of International Women's Day, the firm's Montréal office hosted a Women in Technology Networking event for female students from computer science and engineering programs at a number of local universities, manages the Accenture Strategy Consultant Development Program to accelerate skills development for MBA graduates

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Accenture Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2018):

  • Accenture recently created a National Accent on Enablement employee resource group, which features two distinct chapters for mental health and persons with disabilities, and is developing a pilot recruitment program for individuals on the Autism spectrum
  • Accenture recently graduated its third cohort of its diverse supplier development program, which partners certified minority and woman-owned business enterprises with executives for mentoring and professional development opportunities
  • Accenture manages an employee resource group for members of the Canadian military and sponsored the launch of Career Edge's Canadian Armed Forces Reservists' Paid Internship Program -- the company also attends the Canada Company National Transition Symposium to meet members of the Canadian Forces interested in transitioning to the civilian workplace
Olympian and public speaker Silken Laumann (center) with Accenture employees at an International Women's Day event in Calgary

Highlights

Industry Management Consulting
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 3,576
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Managing Director, Inclusion & Diversity
Formal commitment global and Canadian diversity councils, Office Diversity Advocates
Employee resource groups Accenture organized an ERG Leadership Learning Symposium for ERG leads and sponsors, Canadian ERGs include persons with disabilities and mental health, LGBT, Aboriginal peoples, men, women, faith and military
Diversity training and awareness training on managing diverse workforces, LGBT sensitivity and anti-bullying training, global LGBT Ally training program (over 8,000 participants)
Diversity highlights global Persons with Disabilities Champions program (provides work place accommodations, assistive technology, networking and mentoring opportunities, and training and recruitment initiatives), women's executive leadership program, dedicated training for high performing women, global mentoring program for LGBT employees, LGBT Leaders Learning training for high potential employees, paid internships for Aboriginal peoples offered in partnership with the Government of Canada and Accosys Consulting, confidential Canada-wide diversity census in partnership with Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Workplace Essentials Skills Partnership (career fair for persons with disabilities), Start Proud, Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work, Aboriginal Human Resources Council (Inclusion Works), Military Employment Transition, Pride at Work Canada, Performance Plus Rehabilitative Care, Job Opportunity Information Network, Canadian Aboriginal Minority Supplier Council

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