Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2018)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 31, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Richter LLP was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2018):
- 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
- Richter LLP offers a health spending account of up to $1,000 as part of its health benefits plan, allowing employees to top up coverage according to their personal needs
- In addition to helping employees save for the future, Richter 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 (to $5,000)
Pushing the envelope on achievement at Richter LLP
Tanya Greenidge first joined Richter LLP as a summer student in 2002 and has risen steadily through the ranks of the venerable accounting and consulting firm ever since. After working in the audit division for five years, Greenidge switched to the tax division, where she was ultimately appointed Partner. Now Greenidge has taken on an entirely new challenge: as Human Resources Partner, she is responsible for ensuring the firm's business strategy is strongly aligned with its single greatest asset -- Richter employees.
"Richter has always encouraged me to follow my passion and my drive to continuously learn," says Greenidge. "I am a learning addict and I love to be challenged. I've never worked in HR before so this new job is out of my comfort zone. But at Richter, we believe that's when some of the best professional growth takes place."
Over the years, Greenidge oversaw a lot of hiring interviews. "A big thing we look for is a willingness to try new things and really push the envelope on what you can achieve," she says. "As long as you are open to learning, we will provide you with the training and support to reach your full potential."
A good example is Richter's recently launched Mentoring and Apprenticeship Program (MAP), which takes new accounting graduates and places them in four, nine-month work assignments through the firm's tax, audit, consulting and enterprise divisions.
Sandrine Bohbot, who is currently on her third MAP assignment, credits the initiative with helping her figure out which area of financial advisory she wants to focus on.
"Based on what you learn in school, it's hard to know exactly what you are going to feel passionate about," says Bohbot. "It's only by getting practical experience that you discover where you want to spend your career."
Founded in 1926, Richter is now Canada's ninth largest independent accounting and consulting firm. But despite all that history and growth, Bohbot is impressed by Richter's commitment to innovate -- and to engage employees in how the firm functions on a day-to-day basis.
One example is the Innovation Committee, a grassroots initiative which draws employees from every level for quarterly discussions on new ways to do business and make the workplace experience more enjoyable.
Bohbot also finds that junior employees have regular access to senior managers, who are willing to hear and act on their input. "There's a real willingness here to innovate, evolve and to always stay ahead of the curve."