Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 30, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why CSL Group Inc. was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2019):
- CSL Group encourages ongoing employee development with tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions, subsidies for professional accreditation and a variety of in-house and online training programs, including apprenticeships
- Along with helping employees save for the future, CSL Group offers a number of financial rewards including signing bonuses for certain positions, year-end bonuses for all and generous referral bonuses for employees who successfully recommend new employees (to $3,000)
- Depending on their employee group, CSL Group employees may receive maternity leave top-up payments, to 100% of salary for up to 12 weeks
From ship to shore, CSL offers a world of opportunities
When Louis Martel joined Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) as a naval architect in 1997, he embarked on a journey - one that would see him become chief executive officer of CSL Group Inc. two decades later. And why not?
"CSL is the type of company that dares you to think big," says Martel. "People are not put into boxes here. If you're up for the challenge, there are plenty of opportunities to make your mark and progress within the company."
Headquartered in Montreal, CSL is a privately owned shipping company, with a rich history that began more than 100 years ago on the St. Lawrence River. Today, CSL is a global business that has brought Canadian marine shipping ingenuity to the world.
"There's a real sense of entrepreneurship in our workplace, both on our ships and at shore," says Martel, who takes pride in CSL's strong corporate values and culture of innovation. "The marine transportation industry is going through massive technological changes right now and our people are placing CSL at the forefront of that transformation."
Laura Espinosa, who first came to CSL as a co-op student from Concordia University studying mechanical engineering with a specialization in aerospace, is helping to drive that change. "Right away I felt that CSL was just the right fit," says Espinosa, who was energized by the prospect of working on CSL's cutting-edge projects in collaboration with colleagues from a wide variety of departments and regions.
Espinosa was hired full-time last year and assigned to CSL's newbuild and conversion programs in Asia. "The opportunity to work on the next generation of ships has been incredibly rewarding," she says. "We all work hard, but the camaraderie and sense of accomplishment you share with your colleagues makes it all worthwhile."
CSL employees such as Espinosa benefit from a broad range of advantages, including a competitive salary, work-life balance and a strong employee bonus and benefits program. Notably, CSL's educational development program subsidizes tuition and professional accreditation, which has allowed Espinosa to work on a certificate in marine transportation with the Shipping Federation of Canada.
"My experience with CSL has opened up a world of possibilities I didn't know existed," Espinosa says. "I've grown so much both professionally and personally. And thanks to a great working environment and colleagues who have become friends, I'm having a great time."