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 PSB Boisjoli LLP was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2019):
- Along with helping employees save for the future, PSB Boisjoli LLP offers a number of financial benefits including signing bonuses for some employees, year-end bonuses for all, and generous referral bonuses for employees who help recruit candidates from their personal networks (ranging from $1,000 to $10,000)
- PSB Boisjoli LLP offers employees 3 weeks of starting vacation allowance, moving to 4 weeks after only four years on the job
- PSB Boisjoli LLP supports a number of local charitable initiatives each year and encourages employees to take action with a paid day off to volunteer and matching employee donations
At PSB Boisjoli, staff members are treated like they're top clients
When Marc Elman makes presentations to accounting students about PSB Boisjoli LLP, he often slips in a somewhat dated - but apt - reference to make an important point. "We're like the Hotel California," Elman tells them. "You come here and you'll never want to leave."
Elman should know. He started as a summer student at PSB Boisjoli in 1981, and has been a partner for the past 30 years. "Probably half a dozen of the senior partners are like me in the sense that they're homegrown," said Elman, who is managing partner. "They joined here as summer students and they're still here,"
When Elman returned to PSB Boisjoli as a university graduate, it was because he liked the people he'd worked with. But he soon came to appreciate the opportunities to expand his abilities and grow in whatever direction he chose. "I wasn't pigeonholed or subjected to the type of bureaucracy you'd see at some of the other firms," he said.
PSB Boisjoli impressed Alexis Gabbay when he was first introduced to the company at a student networking event. "I'm a very ambitious guy," said Gabbay, who started at the company as an intern and is now audit and assurance manager.
Like Elman, Gabbay wanted to be at a firm where he wasn't stuck in one role.
"I wanted to be exposed to a lot of things and to have the ability to make an impact," he said. "At the end of the day, accounting is accounting. What makes a difference is the people you're working with and the opportunities you're exposed to."
To make sure employees get the experiences they want, PSB Boisjoli assigns each a performance coach, who offers regular feedback and helps them on their chosen paths through the company. "It's really tailored to you, depending on your needs and career goals," said Marisa Rezzara, vice-president of human resources and operations. "Someone may want to branch out to a different specialty so we gear them up for that."
And the partners at PSB Boisjoli understand that work is only one component of life. The firm supports employees with, among other things, flexible work options, opportunities for giving back to the community, tuition subsidies, summer hours, a health and wellness program - even massages during the busy tax season.
"I always say: 'Treat your staff like they're your best clients and you're going to have a very productive work force,' " Elman said. "And we do just that. It's part of what our value system is all about."