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Agriculture Financial Services Corporation / AFSC
AFSC employees delivering gifts for grandparents  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Agriculture Financial Services Corporation / AFSC was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2019) and Alberta's Top Employers (2018) :

  • AFSC actively seeks experienced adjusters for their knowledge (with the average age of adjusters being 50 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
  • AFSC offers new employees 3 weeks of paid vacation to start as well as a credit of 5 additional vacation days during their first year of employment -- considers previous work experience when setting vacation entitlements for experienced candidates
  • Additionally, AFSC supports employee efforts to balance work and their personal lives with a variety of flexible work arrangements and a special leave policy that provides employees with up to 10 paid days off each year for family care, bereavement, community service and personal wellness
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 181
Average age of employees in Canada 46 years
Longest serving employee 43 years

Physical Workplace Rating: B+

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features courtyard patio with tables, umbrellas, and brick-tiled pathways, walking trails surrounding the office, outdoor fitness classes hosted in the summer months, onsite shower facilities, recently upgraded training and meeting rooms, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand 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 an agriculturally-themed original wall mural (by a well-known Alberta artist), lunch tables, game tables, massage chairs (a popular place for a relaxing break), puzzles and magazines, employees can use the employee book exchange to read new titles
Snacks available vending machines include a number of healthy snack options
Other nearby amenities Lacombe Sports and Leisure Complex, Burman University Physical Education Centre, fitness club, Cranna Lake (walking path traces the shoreline around the lake and features outdoor fitness stations), 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, including the city's historic main street

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name ASFC Fit and Fun Committee (est. 1978)
Recent social events annual Christmas party, Employee Appreciation Week (various events held at offices across the company, from potlucks and pie socials to bowling and scavenger hunts), lunch hour sports and fitness activities such as basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, floor hockey, aerobics, and badminton, hosts a community breakfast as part of the annual Lacombe Days celebration in June (and donates all proceeds to a local charity), the Committee also arranges cards, flowers and gifts for significant events in employees' lives
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working, organized social activities for retirees
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, newly redesigned intranet Homestead

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: 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 $750) 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 memberships, mortgage rates, hotel bookings, computer software, local restaurants, office items and equipment at Grand & Toy, auto services and even moving services

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: 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
Other health plan information 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
Additional health and wellness 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 16 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 Rating: 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, vacation increases by 1 day after 2 years on the job thereafter, 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, eldercare, community service and personal wellness (up to 10 days each year), no maximum on unpaid leave of absence

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: 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 pay increases (from 3% to 8% of salary)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 6 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, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
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
Education leave educational leaves of absence are available
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs AFSC covers the cost of textbooks and offers salary continuance for job-related courses as part of its tuition subsidy program, developing a new certificate program with the University of Alberta, re-introduced the popular "Farmin' 101" training program for all employees without an agricultural background (2-day program that includes classroom training, a bus tour to farm operations and a stop at a farm equipment dealership)

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, (up to 1 paid day)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 378 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 The Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Ag For Life, Agriculture More Than Ever, The Do More Agriculture Foundation, 4-H Alberta, with individual departments arranging fundraisers for the Central Alberta Women's Shelter, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Central Alberta, and The Open Door in Camrose
Community highlight AFSC supports a "Share and Care Committee" which selects 4 charitable organizations to support each year, in addition to Movember. The charitable organizations fall under 4 selected categories, including support for children and youth, health, animals and social services.

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AFSC employees during the company's annual chili cook-off contest

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Financial Services
Full-time employees in Canada 500 to 750
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
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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