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

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Accenture Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):

  • Accenture invests in the development of its workforce, spending approximately $3,200 per person on training in the past year -- the firm offers a variety of training opportunities, including tuition subsidies for job-related courses, formal mentoring and inclusive leadership training
  • Accenture offers new moms and dads industry-leading maternity and parental leave top-up payments (up to 16 weeks), as well as the opportunity to reduce work-related travel for the first year following their return to the office
  • As part of the company's corporate citizenship initiative, Accenture launched the Skills to Succeed initiative in 2010, an international effort to help individuals develop the necessary skills for employment -- over 2.2 million people have been helped worldwide, including over 27,000 Canadians last year
Accenture employees participating in a unique cycling challenge known as 'Everesting' to raise money and awareness for mental health through Jack.org  

Employer Background

Industry Professional services
Established in Canada 1989
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Accenture plc
Major Canadian hiring locations Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 4,864
Part-time employees in Canada 61
Full-time employees worldwide 433,803
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 6.7%
Average age of employees in Canada 39 years
Longest serving employee 45 years

Physical Workplace Rating: B+

Commuter amenities 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, workplace features private collaboration rooms, dedicated wellness room, mother's room, a meditation room, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, nap room, and a religious observance room, the firm also maintains an ongoing workplace strategy (referred to as the Four E's: efficiency, effectiveness, engagement and environment) to enable employees to work from home, client sites and local offices
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television
Snacks available tea and three blends of Starbucks coffee, sparkling water and filtered water, a variety of fresh fruit delivered daily
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility
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, as well as the UP Express train to the airport)

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Recent social events combined business and social networking events (such as Toronto's community meeting, where employees volunteered at the Daily Bread Food Bank), unique "Sip and Celebrate" socials hosted on the first Friday of each month, and employee-led interest group events across the firm
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications Canada Now (for employees to post business updates), The Accenture Stream (internal microblogging tool for employees worldwide)

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
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

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 for coverage 1 day
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Other health plan information 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)
Additional health and wellness information private duty nursing (to $10,000 per year), orthopaedic shoes, smoking cessation drug coverage, coverage for various professional services, optional long-term disability coverage, transgender coverage, 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
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 85% of salary for 16 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 85% of salary for 16 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 85% of salary for 16 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, daycare centre onsite
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information weekend travel home policy for employees who work outside of their home city, a variety of extended and compressed work week policies to provide additional time at home for travelling employees

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 (32% 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)
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 3 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: 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
Unique training & development programs dedicated in-house inclusivity and diversity training program, which includes LGBT leadership, developing female executives and unconscious bias

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 9,000 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 115 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, Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, Soldier On, Indigenous Skills to Succeed
Community highlight Accenture launched the Skills to Succeed initiative in 2010, an international effort to help individuals develop the skills required to secure employment. Over 2.2 million people have been helped worldwide, with over 27,000 individuals in Canada last year. Across the country, each office also supports a volunteer Corporate Citizenship Lead who works with senior leadership and employees to help choose local charities for support (with over 680 local charitable initiatives supported in 2017).

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Accenture Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

  • 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
  • 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"
  • Three times a year, Accenture recruits a cohort of NPower graduates, a charitable organization that launches underserved youth into careers in the IT sector, placing them in a specialized 6-month internship as an Accenture Technology Analyst in the organization's Technology Development Program -- interns are also given the opportunity to attend training at Accenture's facility in St. Charles, Illinois
Members of Accenture's financial services team taking part in the Guts and Glory challenge to raise money for Covenant House  

Highlights

Industry Professional services
Major Canadian hiring locations Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 4,864
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 manages the Accenture Strategy Consultant Development Program to accelerate skills development for MBA graduates

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Accenture Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

  • Accenture continues to work towards advancing women in the workplace and achieving a gender-balanced workforce by 2025 -- the firm offers a dedicated network to support female employees, a variety of training programs to help women further develop their skills, and a new career site specifically dedicated for women
  • Accenture created a National Accent on Enablement employee resource group, which features distinct chapters for mental health and persons with disabilities -- collectively, the group works to create networking opportunities as well as raise awareness of related issues
  • Accenture recently welcomed its fourth cohort of its diverse supplier development program, which partners certified minority and woman-owned business enterprises with executives for mentoring and professional development opportunities
Employees at Accenture's Toronto office participating in Learn to Code Day in collaboration with Ladies Learning Code  

Highlights

Industry Professional services
Major Canadian hiring locations Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 4,864
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, global Inclusion and Diversity Center of Expertise
Employee resource groups Canadian ERGs include persons with disabilities and mental health, LGBT, Indigenous peoples, men, women, faith and military, Accenture organizes national ERG leadership meetings on a quarterly basis
Diversity training and awareness training on unconscious bias, disability in the workplace, non-visible disabilities, mental health awareness, mental health ally program, global LGBT Ally training program
Diversity highlights ACTualize program to help women build confidence and executive presence to advance into senior-level roles, women's executive leadership program, training for high-performing women, global 24-hour virtual career fair to celebrate International Women's Day, global Persons with Disabilities Champions Network (networking and mentoring opportunities, training and recruitment initiatives), global disabilities mentoring program, pilot Accenture Autism Advantage Neurodiversity Recruiting Program, global mentoring program for LGBT employees, LGBT Leaders Learning training for high-potential employees, paid internships for Indigenous peoples offered in partnership with the Government of Canada and Acosys Consulting, social media campaigns to raise awareness on a variety of issues such as #InclusionStartsWithI
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (conducted internal Canada-wide diversity census), Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work, Employment Accessibility Resource Network (career fair for persons with disabilities), Canada Company (military employment program), Start Proud, Centre for Immigrant and Community Services, Canadian Mental Health Association, Canadian Aboriginal Minority Supplier Council

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Accenture Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

  • Accenture recognizes the environmental impacts of business travel and developed impressive travel management and formal Smart Work programs to reduce travel -- the firm is also one of the largest users of Skype for Business and hosts an annual "Travel Smart Challenge" to encourage employees to reduce unnecessary travel
  • Accenture works with Terracycle to ensure proper recycling of almost everything found in the office, including batteries, e-waste, printer cartridges, coffee packets and writing instruments
  • Accenture encourages its employees to get involved through a number of initiatives every year, including Canadian Environment Week Celebrations (with a number of engaging events for employees), the World Wildlife Fund's CN Tower Climb, tree planting in Mississauga with Partners in Project Green, and volunteer initiatives with The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup in Vancouver
Accenture employees visit schools across Canada to participate in Hour of Code  

Highlights

Industry Professional services
Major Canadian hiring locations Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 4,864
Employee green team Canada Eco Team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Global GS Environment Director, Environmental Health and Safety Lead, Canada
Formal strategy/policy name Environmental Management System (ISO 14001 Certification)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights carbon reduction strategy (reduced per-employee emissions by 47 per cent over the 2007 baseline year), energy reduction strategy (energy use reductions by 30 per cent over 2007 baseline year), sustainability training (online training for clients and employees), Earth Ally (program for Canadian employees to recognize their colleagues for their sustainable behaviours), Canada Eco Portal (online initiatives to help employee get involved in environmental initiatives)
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating
Extended recycling batteries, e-waste, printer toner cartridges (works with Terracycle to ensure proper recycling of everything from coffee packets and writing instruments)
Commuter amenities ongoing travel management and formal "Smart Work" programs (one of the largest users of Skype for Business), annual "Travel Smart Challenge" to encourage employees to consider how to minimize unnecessary travel, walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, electric vehicle charging stations
Community partnerships United Nations Global Compact (signed in 2008, the initiative aims to advance corporate citizenship and sustainability), World Economic Forum (provides pro-bono work to help design and deliver public-private partnerships to address climate issues), World Environment Day (hosted a global "Eco Summit" webcast), Earth Hour (hosted an accompanying employee photo competition), Canadian Environment Week Celebration (daily events to engage employees), World Wildlife Fund's CN Tower Climb, Mississauga Partners in Project Green (tree planting), Niagara Conservation Park Clean-up and Tree Planting, Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup (tree planting and invasive species removal volunteer initiatives in Vancouver)

The Career Directory

Accenture Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Through their partnership with Club des Petits Déjeuners, staff at Accentures's Montréal office serve breakfast to children at École Champlain every week

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Professional services
Full-time employees in Canada 2,501 to 5,000
Parent company Accenture plc
Major Canadian hiring locations Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Ottawa ON
Student opportunities paid internships, 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 Entry-Level Technology Consulting Analyst, Entry-Level Management Consulting Development Program Analyst
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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