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Agriculture Financial Services Corporation / AFSC
AFSC employees from the processing and verification department unwrapping honey bee hives while job-shadowing an inspector role

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018)

Here are some of the reasons why Agriculture Financial Services Corporation / AFSC was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and Alberta's Top Employers (2017):

  • New employees at AFSC start with 3 weeks of paid vacation and receive an upfront credit of 5 additional vacation days in their first year of employment, with vacation increasing by 1 day after 2 years on-the-job and moving to a maximum of 6 weeks of paid vacation for long-serving employees
  • AFSC provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers or fathers (including adoptive parents), to 95% of salary ranging from 12 to 17 weeks -- additionally, the organization offers a generous subsidy for IVF when needed (up to $10,000)
  • 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 52 years) -- the organization also helps employees prepare for life after work with tailored retirement planning courses, phased-in retirement work options and generous contributions to a defined benefit pension
The courtyard at AFSC's head office in Lacombe, AB

Employer Background

Industry Financial Services
Established in Canada 1938
Parent company Alberta Hail Board
Parent company head office Lacombe AB
Major Canadian hiring locations Lacombe AB, Athabasca AB, Brooks AB, Barrhead AB, Camrose AB, Fairview AB, Foremost AB, Ponoka AB, Rimbey AB, Three Hills AB, Claresholm AB, Edmonton AB, Falher AB, La CrĂȘte AB, Manning AB, Oyen AB, ROCKY VIEW COUNTY AB, Smoky Lake AB, Vermilion AB, Wainwright AB, Drumheller AB, Hanna AB, High River AB, Lethbridge AB, Medicine Hat AB, Peace River AB, Provost AB, Spirit River AB, Stony Plain AB, Thorhild AB, Vulcan AB, Grand Prairie AB, Lamont AB, Sedgewick AB, St. Paul AB, Taber AB, Vegreville AB, Westlock AB, Grimshaw AB, High Prairie AB, Leduc AB, Olds AB, Red Deer AB, Stettler AB, Strathmore AB
Full-time employees in Canada 522
Part-time employees in Canada 194
Average age of employees in Canada 46
Longest serving employee 40 years

Physical Workplace B+

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features courtyard patio has tables, umbrellas, and brick-tiled pathways, walking trails surround the office, shower facilities onsite, recently upgraded training and meeting rooms, telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, board games, employee lounge is named The Link, features lunch tables, game tables, massage chairs, puzzles and magazines, employees can use the employee book exchange to read new titles
Other nearby amenities Lacombe Sports and Leisure Complex, Burman University Physical Education Centre, fitness club, Cranna Lake, Big Dipper Park, daycare, restaurants, Lacombe has a population of just over 13,000 people, which means most everything people need is within a 30 minute walk

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name ASFC Fit and Fun Committee (est. 1978)
Recent social events annual Christmas party, Staff Recognition Week, 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, hosts a community breakfast as part of the annual Lacombe Days celebration in June (and donates all proceeds to a local charity)
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
Other in-house communications Employee Advisory Committee (EAC) is comprised of employees from across the company who act in a liaison role between management and non-management employees, "theIDEA" online forum to capture employee feedback and ideas

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 (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,500) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounts on a range of products and services including residential and auto insurance, fitness club membership, mortgage rates, hotel bookings, computer software, local restaurants, office items and equipment at Grand and Toy, auto service and even moving services

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B

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)
Health spending account up to $950 each year
Other health plan information coverage for eye exams every 2 years, sports therapist, speech therapist, ambulance (ground and air), retiring employees are eligible for benefits through the Alberta Teacher's Association Benefits Plan (retirees cover their premium costs)
Family-friendly benefits note AFSC has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
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 extended parental leave to unpaid leave, 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 an earned time off program

Vacation & Personal Time-Off A

Vacation note AFSC 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 8 years of employment
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
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 10 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information new employees receive an upfront credit of 5 additional vacation days in their first year of employment, thereafter vacation increases by 1 day after 2 years on-the-job, with additional days added after every second year to a maximum of 30 days after 25 years, manages a Special Leave Policy to ensure that employees receive paid time off for family care, bereavement, elder care, community service and personal wellness (up to 10 days each year), no maximum on unpaid leave of absence

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

Managers receive performance review training yes
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)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 4 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
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 50% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
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), and re-introduced the popular "Farmin' 101" training program for all employees without an agricultural background (2-day program that includes classroom training and a bus tour to farm operations and a stop at a farm equipment dealership)

Community Involvement 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, (up to 1 paid day)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 495 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 4-H Alberta, The Canadian Foodgrains Bank (food sharing initiative), Movember, Fort McMurray, Tools for School, Run for the Cure, Operation Christmas Child, Habitat for Humanity, SPCA, Agriculture More Than Ever, Ag For Life, Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference
Community highlight AFSC maintains a Share and Care committee which selects 4 charitable organizations in addition to Movember to support each year. Charitable organizations fall under four selected categories of children and youth, health, animals and social services.

The Career Directory

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AFSC's central office in Lacombe, Alberta

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Financial Services
Parent company Alberta Hail Board
Parent company head office Lacombe AB
Major Canadian hiring locations Lacombe AB, Athabasca AB, Brooks AB, Barrhead AB, Camrose AB, Fairview AB, Foremost AB, Ponoka AB, Rimbey AB, Three Hills AB, Claresholm AB, Edmonton AB, Falher AB, La CrĂȘte AB, Manning AB, Oyen AB, ROCKY VIEW COUNTY AB, Smoky Lake AB, Vermilion AB, Wainwright AB, Drumheller AB, Hanna AB, High River AB, Lethbridge AB, Medicine Hat AB, Peace River AB, Provost AB, Spirit River AB, Stony Plain AB, Thorhild AB, Vulcan AB, Grand Prairie AB, Lamont AB, Sedgewick AB, St. Paul AB, Taber AB, Vegreville AB, Westlock AB, Grimshaw AB, High Prairie AB, Leduc AB, Olds AB, Red Deer AB, Stettler AB, Strathmore AB
Full-time employees in Canada 500 to 750
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, 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, Client Service Representative
Starting salary $40K to $45K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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