Accenture Inc.
Members of Accenture's Canada Innovation Hub team, a group of employees who collaborate across the organization's operations to develop client solutions  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Accenture Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2022):

  • Along with financial support for mental health services, Accenture manages a dedicated mental health group to help educate and empower employees as well as a Mental Health Ally program to train employees as workplace ambassadors and advocates
  • Accenture offers a variety of professional development opportunities, including e-learning (digital classrooms and coaching, chatbots, and mobile-friendly learning such as broadcast sessions and video mini-series), leadership development programs, and immersive experiences (such as board game-based "escape rooms")
  • Accenture supports employees who want to start a family with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 85 per cent of salary for up to 16 weeks) -- and, over the past year, provided crisis care reimbursement to help offset additional costs incurred as a result of school and daycare closures
Accenture employees came together for a virtual holiday party  

Employer Background

Industry Professional services
Established in Canada 1989
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Accenture plc
Parent company head office Dublin, Ireland
Major Canadian hiring locations Fredericton NB, Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 5,471
Part-time employees in Canada 399
Full-time employees worldwide 526,530
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 8.8%
Average age of employees in Canada 37.5 years
Longest serving employee 45 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Editorial note due to the pandemic, some workplace amenities may be temporarily unavailable
Commuter amenities electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station, corporate ride-sharing account
Workplace features workplace features the company's Innovation Hub (part of a network of 10 hubs in North America, designed to enable physical and digital collaboration across the firm), dedicated wellness room, mother's room, unique Pop-in Studio (lets employees create professional-level HD video recordings and broadcast live), state-of-the-art video-conferencing technology, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, nap room, sleep pods, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, the firm also maintains an ongoing workplace strategy (referred to as the Four E's: efficiency, effectiveness, engagement and environment) to enable employees to work from home, client sites and local offices
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television
Snacks available espresso, flavoured, sparkling and still filtered water, hot chocolate, two choices of breakfast cereals and fresh organic fruit delivered daily
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, sauna, shower facilities, Toronto's underground PATH network offers convenient all-weather access to shops, restaurants and Union Station (with direct access to the subway, GO and VIA Rail, as well as the UP Express train to the airport)

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Past social events virtual national events, town halls, online speakers and other networking opportunities
Cultural aspects dress-for-your-day policy, music while working, concierge services available, employee sports teams
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications Accenture Stream (internal microblogging tool for employees worldwide), virtual bi-monthly Canada Connect Days (features All People Broadcast led by the president, town hall sessions from different service groups, learning sessions, guest speakers and networking sessions)

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $6,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits year-end bonuses for some employees, corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.), pet insurance, deferred profit-sharing plan with 6% matching contributions (for all permanent full- and part-time employees below the level of managing director), new tax-free savings plan (TFSA) opened upon hire with no company contributions

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 14 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 1 day
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Paid sick days employees receive 10 days off each year
Health plan includes traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs), employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy)
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $1,000 each year
Health spending account up to $275 each year
Additional health plan information health care spending account can be directed to mental health practitioners, access to digital therapy programs
Additional health and wellness initiatives mental health resource group (hosts local office events and partners with outside mental health initiatives), mental health ally network, Desk Warriors video series (to encourage fitness breaks, flexibility and stretching), Mindful Moments initiative (20-minute sessions available throughout the week), digital wellness program with challenges and opportunities to earn wellness incentives
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $15,000 per lifetime
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 85% of salary for 16 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 85% of salary for 16 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 85% of salary for 16 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information backup dependent care program (external provider) and crisis care reimbursement program during the pandemic (to help offset additional costs of school and daycare closures, can also be used for elder care), parent interest groups, nursing rooms available at all offices, fitness programs for new mothers (through MommaStrong), weekend travel home policy for employees who work outside of their home city, a variety of extended and compressed work week policies to provide additional time at home for travelling employees, Back-Up Care Advantage benefit (subsidized rates for in-home care)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation note Accenture has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 10 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 4 weeks of vacation over their career
Company paid days off employees receive 3 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information vacation varies with employee group, associate personnel start with 2 weeks, analysts and consultants start with 3 weeks, management and above start with 4 weeks

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition online recognition platform, individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (e.g. travel), new Whole Self Recognition platform to encourage employees to appreciate the big and small things (and to help make recognition a habit), Greater Than Ever Awards (global program to showcase innovation, passion and excellence), Making a Difference Award (local-level awards for individuals who have made significant contributions to their communities across Canada), new Value 360 (V360) Awards (recognition of excellence over a range of areas, from financial success to diversity and inclusion to sustainability)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 1 month

Training & Skills Development Rating: A

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Unique training & development programs e-learning initiatives including digital classrooms and coaching, chatbots, and mobile-friendly learning (broadcast sessions, video mini-series), extensive leadership development programs, training on topics related to diversity and inclusion, immersive experiences such as board game-based "escape rooms" and virtual reality, Careers Marketplace (internal job search tool)

Community Involvement Rating: A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 11,100 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 748 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported ACCES Employment, Actua, Code.org, Dress for Success, Junior Achievement, Kids Code Jeunesse, Let’s Talk Science, Toronto Region Immigrant Education Council (TRIEC), NPower Canada, United Way, and Youth Employment Services (YES), and many more
Community highlight Accenture's charitable focus includes the future-oriented "Skills to Succeed" initiative, which was launched in 2010 as an international effort to help individuals develop the skills to secure employment or build a business. Through this program, employees have donated over 11,000 pro-bono hours and helped over 288,000 Canadians since its founding. Additionally, the company provides financial support to its charitable partners through the community investment grants initiative, with $1-million provided annually in pro bono services and cash grants, and over 150 grants provided to charity partners since 2017.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Accenture Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2022):

  • Accenture manages an analyst development program with streams in strategy, consulting, security development, technology development, and interactive development for entry-level hires -- each program features opportunities to work within various industry and functional roles and includes training, mentorship and networking
  • Participants of Accenture's summer analyst internship program engage in a variety of unique learning and development opportunities, including attending a two-day virtual conference that brings together students across North America, thought leadership projects (with presentations to senior leaders at the end of their term) and volunteer opportunities through a "Week of Giving"
  • In 2020, Accenture launched a new gamified application process for all entry-level, student opportunities called Digital Assessment that includes online questions and challenges based on real Accenture clients and projects, allowing candidates to experience what working at Accenture would be like and what the role of a consultant entails in a fun, gamified approach emphasizing technology and innovation
An Accenture employee is given a seasonal produce box from a local farm  

Highlights

Industry Professional services
Major Canadian hiring locations Fredericton NB, Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 5,471
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Unique training and development opportunities "Launch Week" orientation program (gamified and digitized first-day experience for "joiners" collaborating with other new employees to solve puzzles and practice behaviours that support their future success), Year One at Accenture (site for new employees), analyst development programs for new grads, summer analyst program for penultimate year students, co-op program for technology students (from first to fifth year), apprenticeship program for students facing barriers to employment, recent grads assigned a dedicated people lead who helps with professional development, students participate in Accenture's buddy program, matching every candidate with a current analyst (matches usually attended the same school or have similar educational background) and transitions as an informal contact when they start at Accenture, strategy consultant development program to accelerate skills development for MBA graduates and candidates from advanced degree programs,
Additional highlights gamified application process with challenges and online questions, maintains internal analyst communities specific to development programs (learning sessions, networking and socials), mentorship program for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour) students, recruits a cohort of NPower graduates (underserved youth) annually for a specialized 6-month apprenticeship as an Accenture Technology Analyst
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Accenture Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2022):

  • Accenture continues to work towards advancing women in the workplace and achieving a gender-balanced workforce by 2025, along with a minimum of 40 per cent women in leadership -- the firm offers a dedicated network to support female employees, a variety of targeted recruitment initiatives and internal training to help women further develop their skills
  • Accenture rolled out mandatory anti-racism and unconscious bias training to their workforce, to help people identify, speak up and report racism -- in addition, the company offers a workshop for inclusive leadership as well as an I&D Team Lead Guide to help leaders facilitate discussions on bias and inclusion
  • Accenture publishes annual demographics of its Canadian workforce by gender, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, military and LGBTQ2S+ -- in 2021, Accenture announced 2025 internal workforce representation goals (at the total workforce, executive and managing director levels) across nine dimensions of diversity (Asian, Black, Latin/Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, military, LGBTQ2S+ and women) to achieve its long-term goal of full workforce and leadership representation
An Accenture employee participates in the company’s We Can Rise inclusion and diversity photo challenge  

Highlights

Industry Professional services
Major Canadian hiring locations Fredericton NB, Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 5,471
Management of diversity and inclusion initiatives global and Canadian diversity councils, global Inclusion and Diversity Center of Expertise (team of subject matter experts that report to Accenture’s chief human resources officer)
Performance management and accountability scorecard measures gender mix, recruitment and attrition (reviewed on a monthly basis by business leaders and quarterly by the diversity council on progress), internal diversity census (conducted by Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion), set internal 2025 workforce representation goals across 9 diversity dimensions (sian, Black, Latin/Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, military, LGBTQ2S+ and women), committed to reach and sustain overall gender balance (50%) with a minimum of 40% in leadership (includes managers, senior managers and managing directors), publishes annual workforce demographics by gender, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, military and LGBTQ2S+, long-term goal of full workforce and leadership representation
Employee resource groups organizes national ERG leadership meetings on a quarterly basis, Canadian ERGs include persons with disabilities, BOLD (Black Outreach Learning and Development), mental health, PRIDE, Indigenous peoples, Cross Cultural Interest Group, men, women, interfaith, military, and French language
Noteworthy diversity strategies and policies conducting an advanced I&D analytics project to drive the advancement of women (and help achieve a gender-balanced workforce by 2025), conducted account talent deep dives on key Canadian accounts to provide insights on key talent drivers and develop a roadmap to prioritize actions for the account's success using an I&D lens, 18-month diverse supplier program (partners Accenture executives with certified diverse suppliers and includes monthly one-on-one meetings and opportunities to attend quarterly training events)
Recruitment initiatives diversity recruitment strategy focuses on addressing systemic barriers to entry, targeted recruitment events, community partnerships such as Acosys Consulting and Indspire, BOLD mentorship program (mentees from college, undergraduate and graduate programs paired with employees from a variety of levels)
Retention and development programs "ACTualize" program to help women build confidence and executive presence to advance into senior-level roles, dedicated career development resources and training for female employees, Women's ERG's PIVOT professional development series (provides information, tools and strategies to navigate their career), global disabilities mentoring program, global Pride mentoring program for LGBTQ2S+ employees, LGBTQ2S+ Leaders Learning training for high-potential employees, ASPIRE mentorship program in collaboration with BOLD and Indigenous Peoples ERGs
Training and awareness initiatives training on unconscious bias and anti-racism, inclusive leadership, I&D team lead guides (to help leaders facilitate team discussions on bias and inclusion, mental health awareness, and LGBTQ2S+ awareness, extensive global resources on topics related to persons with disabilities (recruitment, management, enabling accessibility, and assistive technology, to name only a few), mental health ally program, LGBTQ2S+ ally program, training on Indigenous Canadian histories and reconciliation
Diversity highlights global persons with disabilities champions network (over 27,000 members, helps develop training and recruitment initiatives as well as provide networking and mentoring opportunities), Conduct Counts campaign to encourage individuals to speak up and promote a workplace free of harassment and violence, social media campaigns to raise awareness on a variety of issues, developed an entrepreneurship program in partnership with iSisters to help disadvantaged women in Ottawa-Carleton who are unemployed, have limited education, are disabled and may depend on government services, with a pilot launched in 2021 at Stepstone House
Highlights from the past year established a race and ethnicity roundtable to develop a roadmap and long-term strategy for overcoming racism and address the experiences of BIPOC at Accenture, held open forum discussions to engage in dialogue about racism in collaboration with BOLD and Indigenous Peoples ERGs, launched a new ERG platform in North America to make it easier for people to join, participate and communicate with ERG members in one location (also includes a calendar of ERG events), formalized recognition for ERG leaders in performance process so that those who dedicate time receive formal recognition of their efforts and are allotted a budget for the time they spend on initiatives

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Accenture Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

  • Accenture's Eco Teams are comprised of employee volunteers who organize numerous initiatives across the company and country, including office waste, promotion of telecommuting and alternative travel options, and volunteering in numerous community initiatives and events
  • Accenture has led many firms over the years through the development of travel management programs and increased investments in virtual collaborative technology to help reduce unnecessary employee travel
  • As part of Accenture's formal carbon reduction strategy, the company announced carbon reduction targets of 11 per cent by 2025 over a 2016 baseline year -- and set international goals to move to using renewable energy across its worldwide operations
Members of Accenture's Intelligent Operations Centre in Fredericton, NB, which helps implement environmental initiatives, with awards from the 2020 Contact New Brunswick Awards of Excellence  

Highlights

Industry Professional services
Major Canadian hiring locations Fredericton NB, Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 5,471
Part-time employees in Canada 399
Employee green team Canada Eco Team Network (over 10,500 members worldwide)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Global Geographic Services Environment Director
Formal strategy/policy name Environmental Management System (ISO 14001 certification)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights World Business Council for Sustainable Development (helped to develop the CEO Guide to the Circular Economy), signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and Sustainable Development Goals
Noteworthy initiatives carbon reduction strategy (after meeting original targets, set reduction targets of 11% by 2025 over the 2016 baseline year), zero-waste goal (target date is 2025), worldwide operational target to source 100% renewable energy by 2023
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, electric vehicle charging stations, incorporates environmental considerations into all leased properties (with many locations LEED- and/or BOMA BEST-certified), ongoing energy reduction strategies at offices worldwide have led to significant energy savings since 2007 (with the firm's goal to use 100% renewable energy across its worldwide operations by 2023)
Extended recycling batteries, e-waste, printer toner cartridges, coffee packets (in partnership with TerraCycle), electronic media, organics
Commuter amenities ongoing travel management programs and increased investments in virtual collaborative technology (to help reduce unnecessary travel), walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Community partnerships Earth Day (encouraged employees to celebrate in their own way, from walking to planting gardens -- over 43,000 employees worldwide participated), Eco Canada Missions (variety of activities with an environmental focus to enhance knowledge and support climate action), Earth Ally (program for Canadian employees to recognize their colleagues for their sustainable behaviours), Earth Ally Network (in-house network with over 2,800 employees), World Bee Day, World Oceans Day (Vancouver), Zooniverse (Calgary), holiday eco tips (Toronto), summer photo contest (Montréal), Travel Smart Challenge (6-week challenge to track and reduce unnecessary travel), Eco Innovation Challenge (worldwide initiative with sustainability ideas submitted by over 2,300 employees)

The Career Directory

Accenture Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Summer analysts from Accenture's Calgary office challenge themselves to white water rafting

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Professional services
Full-time employees in Canada 2,501 to 5,000
Parent company Accenture plc
Parent company head office Dublin, Ireland
Major Canadian hiring locations Fredericton NB, Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Ottawa ON
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Consulting Analyst, Technology Analyst, Strategy Analyst, Interactive Analyst
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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