Recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 19, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why RSM Canada was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2019):
- RSM Canada provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers and fathers (including adoptive parents), up to 100% of salary for up to 8 weeks -- additionally, the firm offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
- RSM Canada invests in ongoing training and development, providing unlimited tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions and subsidies for professional designation -- the firm also offers opportunities to work overseas for temporary, paid work terms, allowing employees to experience different client engagements, regulations and cultures
- RSM Canada encourages employees to adopt healthy, active lifestyles with subsidies for gym membership (up to $500 per year) and organizes a number of onsite activities throughout the year, including a running club, a step challenge, onsite instructor-led Barre Body classes and acupuncture during the busy season
Mentoring is a big part of the culture at RSM Canada
The high level of training offered at RSM Canada was a huge pull for millennial Tyler Halsted, who first started with RSM on a six-month co-op from his university. The accounting firm's strong mentorship program for CPA students also ensured that Halsted would get the kind of feedback on career development that he craved.
"My mentors really made our discussions personal," says Halsted, now a senior associate in RSM's Calgary office. "They're interested in knowing what you think, but also bring you feedback from people you've been working with, as well as from managers and partners. I love getting feedback and rely on it to get better, so that was a big plus."
RSM Canada's focus is audit, tax and consulting services for middle market companies, but CPA training is a big investment. According to David Hird, Calgary office managing partner, the Calgary office hires anywhere from 10 to 12 university grads every year who go through 30 months of formal training and work experience to get their designations. Students are responsible for their own work, but can access supervisors, managers and partners for whatever information they need.
"It's invigorating to have young people coming into your office excited about starting their careers," Hird says. "We naturally have a great social environment. We encourage all employees to take the opportunity to get together to know one another personally outside of just working together."
As a member of both the social committee and corporate social responsibility committee, Halsted helps organize events that bring people together, such as a casino night, a fundraiser for their charity of choice. They currently partner with Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids, which makes lunches for school children.
"RSM's community partnership is another thing that pulls me in," Halsted says. "Knowing that RSM Canada has that mindset from the top down - that they're involved in the community and want us to be involved in the community - is important to me. It's so cool to help people."
The firm gives employees volunteer days to work for charity, which they recently used to schedule group volunteering days at Brown Bagging. Halsted says attendance was great, with people coming together to help make sandwiches for kids.
"It's an important part of RSM's values, one that gets commitment from everyone across the organization," Hird says. "It's our responsibility to look after the community and each other."