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 Richter LLP was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2019):
- As part of the company's health benefits plan, Richter LLP employees receive $1,000 to be distributed to a health spending account or a health and well-being account, which can be used to subsidize various wellness-related activities such as sports classes, painting, pottery and photography
- Richter LLP provides maternity leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers, to 100% of salary for up to 13 weeks
- Along with supporting a number of local, national and international charitable organizations each year, Richter LLP manages the Richter Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Program to provide employees with opportunities to volunteer their expertise to social enterprises
Jeans, tech savvy and a family feel at Richter
It's a small thing, but also a tad revolutionary. The sober-suited accounting/consulting world isn't known for being cool, but recently 93-year-old Montreal company Richter LLP decided to allow jeans at work.
"We gear ourselves to what people want in today's environment," says Scott Binns, a partner at one of Canada's top 10 business advisory firms. "We try to be as progressive as we can and to continually learn about what our talent needs, so we can attract them and retain them. Obviously, we dress to the clients' needs as well, but otherwise it's jeans every day. And while we offer a myriad of perks, our people also benefit from a collaborative work environment and diversity of thought, in a firm that is evolving with today's emerging technologies.''
Richter is innovative in many ways. Binns, who's been with Richter for "19 glorious years" - since he was a graduate student in accounting - is also lead of the firm's emerging technology group.
"In today's world, our younger people come out of university with magnificent ideas, and we want to empower our Richter people and encourage them to bring technology to the firm."
At the same time, Richter offers a welcoming atmosphere. At the annual town hall last year, company staff - 400 of them in Montreal, with another 100 split between Toronto and Chicago - were asked which word first comes to mind for their employer. Most people answered "family," Binns recalls.
"We try to promote the Richter family image, even with students. So, school comes first. You could be working on a file with a tight deadline, but our senior people ensure that if we have someone who is in school, they succeed."
Alexandra Brazeau, a senior auditor who started at Richter five years ago while completing her chartered professional accountant program, notes that she's had a personal performance adviser from the get-go. "I feel super-supported here. The mentors guide us in our careers, and the company allows us to work in the sphere we want to work in."
Esprit de corps is also reinforced by Richter's dedication to charity. The firm and Its foundation gave roughly $1 million last year for non-profits and has a paid annual community volunteer day.
Brazeau is also inspired by the firm's commitment to women employees.
"I had a female mentor who eventually became a partner. That tells me, as a woman, that I can achieve such a thing."