Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 6, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Keurig Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and Montreal's Top Employers (2018):
- Keurig Canada provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new or adoptive mothers, depending on employee group (up to 90% of salary for 18 weeks) -- and also offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
- Keurig Canada invests in the education of current and future generations, offering academic scholarships for children of employees (to $2,000 per child) and tuition subsidies for employees who take courses at outside institutions (to $1,500)
- In addition to supporting a number of local charitable organizations each year, Keurig Canada encourages employees to give back with matching employee donations (to $1,000 annually) and financial donations to charities where employees volunteer their time ($250 for every 25 volunteer hours)
Coffee company Keurig Canada has plenty of perks
If you thought the coffee trends of the past few decades might have been played out, think again. According to Stéphane Glorieux, the president of Keurig Canada Inc., coffee is set to become even more ubiquitous in the future. Single-serve Keurig K-Cup pods have "literally been a revolution," he says. "And we're only starting. This is definitely a very exciting business to be in."
As coffee knowledge has grown, the tastes of individual drinkers have become more refined, paving the way for the single cup servings. Keurig coffee makers are now present in 25 per cent of Canadian households, offering consumers both convenience and choice. Coffee compromises have become a thing of the past.
Toronto-based Jason Rakovitis joined Keurig Canada in 2014 after noticing the company, which has its headquarters in Montreal, was actively hiring. He researched Keurig, liked the high growth rates he saw, and applied to work as a national account manager. He began with a grocery chain account, added a national pharmacy to his brief, switched to another grocery chain, and then moved on to manage a top hardware retailer where he was involved in promoting and selling coffee makers as well as pods.
"Keurig seems to always find a way to offer me new career opportunities to support my growth," says Rakovitis who enjoys changing things up and keeping motivated with new challenges. Just recently, he was promoted into a position where he works with partner brands developing new pod products and helping them grow within the Keurig ecosystem. Keurig Canada offers over 180 varieties of beverages from more than 35 brands including Keurig-owned Timothy's and Van Houtte, which is about to mark its centenary.
For the first time, Rakovitis is also taking on management responsibilities, something he had told his managers he wanted to do. "I've had great mentors in the past, they heard me, and we identified a role that would be a good fit," he says.
Glorieux says he's extremely open to having people try out different jobs, something he himself has done over his decades in the food and consumer packaged goods industries. "If you are hired in finance, there's no reason you shouldn't have an opportunity to play in different functions. I feel that in today's world, that equips folks to be better business people. It makes us dynamic."
Employees can switch it up by making their wishes known, as Rakovitis did, or, in a more structured way, through the new Caffeine program which involves formal rotations through different roles over a three-year period.
Other employee programs include Keurig's Origin Trips, which bring employees to coffee farms where they experience harvesting and the life producers lead. "We have pretty strong values and we're very in tune to make sure folks here can make a difference," says Glorieux.
In keeping with its goal of "Brewing A Better World", Keurig Canada is on track to make all K-Cup pods in Canada recyclable by the end of 2018, a commitment that prompted the company to retool its factory in Montreal to produce pods in recyclable No. 5 polypropylene.
And Keurig Canada's CAFE program (Community Action For Employees) enables employees to volunteer up to 52 hours each year during their work time. Rakovitis, who has a good friend who lost his vision in Grade 12, uses his hours to support Canadian Blind Hockey. Throughout the year, he helps out at learn-to-skate programs and also at an annual tournament. It's a benefit he really values and very different from another favourite company perk -- the free coffee he orders each month and gets to enjoy at home.
Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2018)
By Kristina Leung and Richard Yerema, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 8, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Keurig Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2018):
- Keurig Canada offers internships for undergraduate students completing their 2nd or 3rd year in a variety of fields including marketing, sales, supply chain and finance -- the internship features a half-day orientation (with "Coffee 101" training), lunch with the Vice President of HR, a networking lunch with former interns, and the opportunity to present completed projects to managers and the leadership team
- The company also launched a new rotational program in the past year called "CAFFEINE" for recent graduates and former interns -- the program includes three different assignments ranging from 12 to 18 months in sales, supply chain and marketing