Desjardins Group / Mouvement des caisses Desjardins
Participants in Desjardins Group's Coopérathon event  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Desjardins Group / Mouvement des caisses Desjardins was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2018) and Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2019) :

  • 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 Group organized the "5/30 Health and Wellness Challenge" to encourage employees to adopt healthy habits, such as better eating habits and engaging in a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity each day -- the organization also maintains a "Health is Cool 360" site to provide simple and relevant information
  • Desjardins Group's distinctive 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"), and outdoor rest areas that include comfortable patio furniture as well as ponds and plenty of surrounding vegetation
Desjardins Group employees celebrate the inauguration of the Desjardins Lab  

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 39,587
Part-time employees in Canada 5,868
Full-time employees worldwide 39,678
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 8.23%
Average age of employees in Canada 41.9 years
Longest serving employee 51.7 years

Physical Workplace Rating: 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 an impressive interior living wall, 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 which feature comfortable patio furniture from spring to fall as well as ponds and lots of vegetation, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, outdoor patio, self-serve lunchroom, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, library
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, take-home meals
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, instructor-led classes (spin, bodypump, bodyflow, step), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, the fitness facility is operated by Énergie Cardio (GoodLife Fitness outside of Québec), allowing employees to use facilities in other cities across Canada
Other nearby amenities ferry linking Lévis to Québec City, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Parcours des Anses (15-km bicycle path along the River), Lévis Golf Club, belvédère de la Terrasse-du-Fleuve (offering great views of Québec's historic citadel)

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Employee social committee name over 30 active social committees across the organization (first established in 1965)
Recent social events regional Christmas parties that bring employees together from across all operating regions, seasonal events including summer golfing and family water park excursions, wine and cheese parties, winter outings and sugar shack events, an annual long-service awards gala in the fall (over 5,000 members are part of the Group of Desjardins Retiree Association)
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, internal social media

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
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
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 Rating: 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
Other health plan information 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
Additional health and wellness information health spending account varies by employee, from $400 for single persons to $600 for couples to $800 for employees with families, unique "5/30 Health and Wellness Challenge" to inspire better eating habits and getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day, smoking cessation program, "Health is Cool 360" website to provide clear, simple and up-to-date information (the site is managed by healthcare professionals)
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 Rating: A

Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 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 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B+

Managers receive performance review training yes
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
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

Training & Skills Development Rating: 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

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Community highlight Desjardins and its employees are actively involved in initiatives that support education and culture, cooperative values and healthy lifestyles in the community. The credit union recently created a $100-million development fund to support important socio-economic 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. Over $20-million from the fund has been donated in support of 70 community projects.

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

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 (2018):

  • Desjardins Group recently created a new Youth Advisory Board comprised of 12 young people between the ages of 18 and 35 -- the Board reports directly to the Office of the President and is mandated to influence the work of the cooperative's Board of Directors and Management Committee
  • 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
  • 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
Employees at Desjardins Group warming up for a bike race  

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 41,294
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives Desjardins Youth Work Experience program to provide summer jobs for participants between the ages of 15 and 18 (developed in a partnership with Carrefour jeunesse-emploi and local businesses), scholarships for students interested in technical, vocational and post-secondary studies, offered through Fondation Desjardins

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Desjardins Group / Mouvement des caisses Desjardins was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • 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, and proper recycling or reuse of used computer equipment -- the company's formal paper challenge has led to a reduction in overall paper consumption by 10%, with a simultaneous increase in the use of recycled papers by 10% since 2015
  • Desjardins Group introduced special financing rates for members who purchase new hybrid and electric vehicles as well as discounts on insurance rates (to 20% for electric vehicle purchases) and special incentives for green home purchases or renovations -- employees can also incorporate environmental sustainability into their long-term investments through the "SocieTerra" portfolio of investment products
Desjardins Group's 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 41,294
Employee green team Sustainable Development 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, specialized "SocieTerra" environmentally-focused savings products
Extended recycling glass, metal, plastics, office furniture, e-waste, organics, toner cartridge recycling partnership, paper reduction challenge launched in 2015 (has reduced paper consumption by 10% while increasing use of recycled paper by 10%)
Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
In-house environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives signatory to the international "Carbon Disclosure Project", WWF Earth Hour, Climate Reality Project Canada (non-profit organization founded by Al Gore)
Head office LEED Gold
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, green roof, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, LED lighting pilot project ongoing, bio-wall at head office, 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.
Staff at Desjardins Group working together at the Desjardins Lab

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Credit Union
Full-time employees in Canada 25,000 to 50,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Québec QC, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON, Calgary AB, High River AB, Lévis QC, Vancouver BC
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 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited


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