Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 19, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Vigilant was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2017):
- Vigilant provides exceptional maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers or adoptive parents, offering up to 100% of salary for 25 to 50 weeks, depending on the employee, and also offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
- As part of the company's health benefits, Vigilant offers a generous health club subsidy of up to $1,200 per year to encourage employees to keep fit and stay active
- New employees at Vigilant receive 3 weeks of paid vacation allowance to start and can schedule additional time off with up to 5 paid personal days each year
With Vigilant's generous benefits, there is a free lunch
Wondering what it's like to work for Vigilant, the Montreal technology firm? You could start by taking a simple stroll through its spacious new offices on busy Boulevard René-Lévesque.
The environment is open and bright. The attractive cafeteria, where employees can enjoy a free breakfast and lunch, overlooks beautiful Mont Royal and the St. Lawrence River. There's a cool games room. And during your walk, someone is bound to say "bonjour" or "hello!"
The culture is so collegial at Vigilant that the company even offers employees an annual $500 social subsidy that covers an arts event, hockey game or any other special group activity that five or more colleagues want to do together.
"Nobody's isolated in this company," says Software Developer Shahab Razavi. "It's very easy to have conversations with pretty well anybody, from the founders to the person at the next desk. Everyone is interested in making connections at work."
Razavi eyed a number of opportunities before completing his computer science degree at McGill University last spring. Vigilant lured him with the prospect of exciting work using cutting-edge technology.
"I didn't want to be doing busy work," he says. "My manager made it clear I would be working on my own projects from the beginning. There is a hands-on approach to learning that I really enjoy."
In a competitive industry that relies above all on innovation, Vigilant knows employees are the key to its success, says HR Manager Laurie-Anne Foucault. "We want to be the best place to work," she adds. "That really is a mission for us."
New employees at Vigilant receive three weeks of paid vacation to start, and can schedule additional time off with up to five paid personal days each year. The company's generous benefits include a health club subsidy of up to $1,200 per year to encourage employees to stay active.
To support families and promote work-life balance, Vigilant provides exceptional top-up payments for employees who are new mothers or adoptive parents, offering up to 100 per cent of salary for 25 to 50 weeks. Employees also have the option to extend their parental leave into an unpaid leave of absence.
"If we want to contribute to an employee's well-being," says Foucault, "we have to see them as a whole and help them take care of their lives at work and at home. We aim to do that every day."