Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 11, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why Teed Saunders Doyle & Co. was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2019):
- Teed Saunders Doyle counters the accounting stereotype with employees enjoying a busy social calendar throughout the year, including a Christmas party, after tax season party, box seats at hockey games, a team building escape room event, curling, sip-and-paint at a local wine bar, and a summer party with whale watching and zip lining
- Teed Saunders Doyle helps employees save for the future through matching RSP contributions -- and encourages employees to become recruiters for the firm with generous new employee referral bonuses, up to $2,000
Teed Saunders Doyle finds many ways to support staff
Keith McQueen grew up in Saint John, N.B., went to university in his hometown and has spent his entire career in the Saint John office of the accounting firm Teed Saunders Doyle. And he wouldn't have it any other way.
Chartered Professional Accountant and a Manager with the firm, McQueen says there are many advantages to working for a mid-size firm like Teed Saunders Doyle. "There's lots of opportunities for personal and professional growth," he says. "We deal with a lot of local companies. You may be retained to do an audit, tax returns or their year-end, but you can become an advisor on pretty well anything financial."
The partners in the firm have endeavoured to create a supportive atmosphere that enhances the prospects of success for younger employees or those who are new to the profession. "We invest in our people," says TJ (Trevor) Smith, a Partner in the Fredericton office. "It's one of our top strategic priorities. And we treat people like family. People stay here because of that."
Investing in people starts with new hires who are pursuing their CPA designation. The firm covers tuition fees on the understanding that the employee remains with Teed Saunders Doyle for three years after completing the program. Employees are entitled to a paid day off to study for each exam and are reimbursed for hotel, meals and other travel expenses. The firm also covers annual accreditation fees for those who are certified CPAs.
McQueen adds that the firm has a formal mentorship program and he personally serves as mentor for five employees who work under him. Mentoring is available to employees at all levels of the firm - from staff to managers, senior managers and partners.
As well, the firm covers the cost of training sessions offered to managers and senior managers through DFK Canada, headquartered in Markham, Ont. "A lot of firms our size don't have the internal resources available to large national firms," says Smith. "By affiliating with an organization like DFK we can give our employees the same opportunities available to their counterparts at the bigger firms."
Accounting is a seasonal profession that comes with heavy workloads and extra hours during the first six months of the year, when clients are filing personal or business tax returns and many companies require year-end audits. "We know many people work exceptionally hard during that time of the year, but we can't change the seasonality of the profession," says Smith. "We don't expect nearly as much of them the rest of the year."
In fact, Teed Saunders Doyle compensates staff by allowing them to take Friday afternoons off during nine weeks of the summer. That is just one way in which the firm promotes a culture of collegiality among staff.
Each branch has a social committee that organizes events throughout the year, some of them formal, other less so. The Fredericton committee hosts curling and bowling nights while some team members take turns inviting colleagues to their homes to watch weekly network reality television shows.
Teed Saunders Doyle was founded in 1974 and has long had a culture of giving back to the communities it serves. The Saint John office allows employees to volunteer the equivalent of one hour a week at a local elementary school under a program sponsored by PALS (Partners Assisting Local Schools). The same branch joined a group of 10 companies that promised to raise $1 million for the United Way over a 10-year period. Each company contributed $10,000 annually - no small undertaking for Teed Saunders Doyle's Saint John branch, which has only 20 employees.