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Desjardins Group / Mouvement des caisses Desjardins
Desjardins Group recently opened a beautiful 'Career Space' in downtown Montreal where the public can learn about, and interview for, positions at the company.

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

Here are some of the reasons why Desjardins Group / Mouvement des caisses Desjardins was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2018) and Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2017):

  • Along with helping employees save for retirement through contributions to a defined benefit pension plan, Desjardins Group helps employees prepare for life after work with retirement planning assistance and phased-in retirement work options when nearing retirement -- retired employees continue to receive health benefits (shared contributions) with no age limit
  • Desjardins head office features one of the tallest interior living walls in the world, an extensive original art collection (to provide "a touch of humanity and beauty to the workplace") as well as outdoor rest areas from spring to fall that feature comfortable patio furniture as well as ponds and plenty of surrounding vegetation
  • Desjardins Group supports new parents with maternity leave top-up payments for new mothers (to 95% of salary for 18 weeks) and parental leave top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents (to 95% for 12 weeks) -- head office employees can also take advantage of onsite daycare when they return to work
Desjardins Group employees preparing to participate in the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie

Employer Background

Industry Credit Union
Established in Canada 1900
Major Canadian hiring locations Québec QC, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON, Calgary AB, High River AB, Lévis QC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 41,294
Part-time employees in Canada 6,246
Full-time employees worldwide 41,406
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 9.84%
Average age of employees in Canada 42.1
Longest serving employee 50.7 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office includes a second office tower, built to meet LEED certification standards, and features one of the tallest interior living walls in the world, extensive original art collection on display at all major locations (over 2,500 pieces with new acquisitions every year), reserved parking for carpoolers (and a guaranteed ride home), daily shuttle service that runs between Lévis and Montréal locations, libraries, small rooms for privacy, outdoor rest areas from spring to fall feature comfortable patio furniture as well as ponds and lots of vegetation, telecommuter workstations, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, instructor-led classes (spinning, bodypump, bodyflow, step), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, fitness facility is operated by Energie Cardio (GoodLife Fitness outside of Québec), allowing employees use facilities in other cities across Canada
Other nearby amenities fitness club, ferry linking Lévis to Québec City, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Parcours des Anses (15km bicycle path along the River), Lévis Golf Club, belvédère de la Terrasse-du-Fleuve (offering great views of Québec's historic citadel), quick highway access

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Employee social committee name over 30 active social committees across the organization (first established in 1965)
Recent social events popular regional Christmas parties that bring employees together from across all operating regions, seasonal events including summer golfing and family waterpark excursions, wine and cheese parties, winter outings and sugar shack events, and an annual long-service awards gala in the fall
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, internal social media

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
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,500) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance, corporate discounts on a range of products and services, including hotel accommodations, travel, home computer equipment and telecommunication services, and health and wellness activities

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 80% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 10 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative
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, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor
Health spending account up to $600 each year
Fitness club subsidy up to $250 each year
Other health plan information health spending accounts vary by employee, from $400 for single persons to $600 for couples to $800 for employees with families
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 18 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, daycare centre onsite
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information job-sharing arrangements

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B+

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 5 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 5 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 24 months

Employee Engagement & Performance A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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, long-service awards, generous performance recognition bonuses (depending on position), formal "BRAVO!" program to recognize exceptional performance as well as encourage peer-to-peer recognition
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development A

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, 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
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs financial bonuses for certain course completions (to $1,000)

Community Involvement A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Some of the community organizations supported in 2016, over 7,000 employees volunteered with more than 400 projects that support academic success and perseverance in Quebec and Ontario
Community highlight As part of its raison d'être, Desjardins is actively involved in communities where it operates and supports the environment, education and culture, cooperative values and healthy lifestyles. Over $259 million was invested in the form of donations, sponsorships, philanthropic partnerships and scholarships last year. The credit union recently created a $100 million development fund to support important socioeconomic projects that benefit members, communities and their regions. As part of this program, project requests can be made by local and regional partners to better reflect the needs of particular regions.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Desjardins Group / Mouvement des caisses Desjardins was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):

  • Desjardins Group manages a Young Intern Officer program for individuals between the ages of 18 and 30, allowing them to work as a member of the Board of Directors or the Board of Supervision of a Desjardins caisse for a 1-year period -- program participants also engage with committees and commissions on ideas to better serve younger co-op members
  • To help young people gain employment experience, Desjardins Group created the Desjardins Youth Work Experience program to provide summer jobs for participants between the ages of 15 and 18 -- the program was developed in partnership with Carrefour jeunesse-emploi and local businesses, with Desjardins offering financial support to facilitate internships
  • Desjardins Group maintains a Young Executives Network for managers under the age of 35 -- the network organizes a number of activities for members including an annual conference with workshops and senior-level speakers, a networking cocktail hour, monthly newsletters and community involvement initiatives
Employees at the Desjardins Group Career Space

Highlights

Industry Credit Union
Major Canadian hiring locations Québec QC, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON, Calgary AB, High River AB, Lévis QC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 40,944
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives offers scholarships to students interested in technical, vocational and post-secondary studies through Fondation Desjardins, providing nearly $16 million in support since the initiative's inception

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Desjardins Group / Mouvement des caisses Desjardins was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • Desjardins Group encourages employees to utilize alternative forms of transportation through a number of initiatives -- over 1,040 Desjardins Group employees have registered with the organization's carpooling website since it was first established in 2011, approximately 155 employees utilize the "Communauto" car-sharing service, and more than 230 employees receive discounts on bike sharing programs in Toronto and Montréal
  • Desjardins Group maintains a number of longstanding initiatives to recycle as much as possible including donating used office furniture to schools and non-profit organizations, proper recycling or reuse of used computer equipment, and the ongoing "Paper Challenge" to reduce paper consumption by 10 percent by 2018 and increase the use of recycled papers by 10 percent, also by 2018
  • Desjardins Group introduced special financing rates for members who purchase new hybrid and electric vehicles as well as discounts on insurance rates (up to 20 percent for electric vehicle purchases) -- similarly, home buyers who purchase LEED certified homes or commercial properties are eligible for discounts on property insurance (up to 10 percent)
Desjardins Group's new LEED certified office building features a bio-wall in the atrium

Highlights

Industry Credit Union
Major Canadian hiring locations Québec QC, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON, Calgary AB, High River AB, Lévis QC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 40,944
Employee green team Cooperation and Sustainable Development Advisory Services Department
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Secretary General and Vice President, Governance and Social Responsibility Division
Formal strategy/policy name Sustainable Development Policy
Green highlights alternative transportation programs (transit subsidies, discounts for bike-share programs, online carpool sign-up, daily shuttle bus between Lévis and Montréal, electric car charging stations, customer discounts for purchase and insurance of electric, hybrid and fuel efficient vehicles), real estate (reduced mortgage rates and discounts for insurance on LEED certified and environmentally constructed homes), energy efficient loans for commercial customers
Extended recycling used computer equipment (from desktops to printer cartridges), office furniture, telecommunications equipment (including cellphones), organics
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
In-house environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Head office LEED Gold
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, green roof, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, LED lighting pilot project ongoing, 8 buildings have applied for LEED certification, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

The Career Directory

Desjardins Group / Mouvement des caisses Desjardins has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Desjardins Group employees working at the organization's Innovation Lab

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Credit Union
Major Canadian hiring locations Québec QC, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON, Calgary AB, High River AB, Lévis QC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 25,000 to 50,000
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
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
Starting salary $45K to $50K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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