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Desjardins Group / Mouvement Desjardins
Employees of the Plateau-Mont-Royal, Quartier latin and Complexe Desjardins caisses volunteering at the Refuge des Jeunes de Montréal   (Photo credit: Niko Mithieux)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021) and Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Desjardins Group / Mouvement Desjardins was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021) and Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2021):

  • Desjardins Group has implemented a number of creative ways to support its non-telecommuting employees over the course of the pandemic, including reimbursement for parking fees, cab fares, daycare fees, ergonomic home office equipment, an additional half-day of vacation per week, and even the reimbursement of the cost of cancelled personal trips that were not covered by insurance -- and over 80 per cent of employees have been able to work from home over the past year
  • Along with helping employees save for retirement through contributions to a defined benefit pension plan, Desjardins Group helps employees prepare for life after work with retirement planning assistance and phased-in work options when nearing retirement -- retired employees can remain in the health benefits plan with no age limit (with shared contributions)
  • Desjardins Group's distinctive head office features an extensive original art collection to provide "a touch of humanity and beauty to the workplace," a full-service cafeteria, and outdoor rest areas that feature ponds and plenty of surrounding vegetation
Desjardins Group employees  

Employer Background

Industry Financial institution
Established in Canada 1900
Major Canadian hiring locations Aurora ON, Québec QC, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON, Calgary AB, Lévis QC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 40,137
Part-time employees in Canada 5,994
Full-time employees worldwide 40,221
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 8.35%
Average age of employees in Canada 41.6 years
Longest serving employee 52.7 years

COVID-19

Pandemic response reimbursements for cancelled personal trips that were booked prior to the pandemic, reimbursed cab fare, parking and day care fees and a half-day of vacation per week for employees not able to work remotely, online health and wellness initiatives (from wellness videos to Q&A's with physicians, to online ergonomic consultations), weekly web conferences with senior leadership, over 80% of employees have been able to work from home

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities online carpool sign-up, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station
Workplace features outdoor rest areas with comfortable patio furniture from spring to fall, ponds and lots of vegetation, reserved parking for carpoolers (and a guaranteed ride home), daily shuttle service between Lévis and Montréal locations, generous discounts on Montréal's bike-sharing service, head office includes a second office tower (built to meet LEED certification standards) and features an impressive interior living wall, extensive original art collection on display at all major locations (over 2,500 pieces, with new acquisitions every year), telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, libraries, small "bubble" rooms for privacy
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, take-home meals, 4 cafeterias that offer a range of options, including pasta, pizza, poke bowls, salad bars and themed days
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (spin, BodyPump, BodyFlow, yoga, Zumba), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, fitness facility is operated by Énergie Cardio (GoodLife Fitness outside of Québec), allowing employees to use facilities in other cities across Canada
Other nearby amenities Cultural Center of Lévis, Parcours des Anses (15-km bicycle path along the river), Boisé de l'Abbaye (a 40-hectare green space with trails for pedestrians and cyclists), Lévis Golf Club, belvédère de la Terrasse-du-Fleuve (offering great views of Québec's historic citadel), ferry linking Lévis to Québec City

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Employee social committee name over 30 active social clubs with over 10,000 members across the organization (est. 1965)
Past social events regional Christmas parties that bring employees together from across all operating regions, seasonal events including summer golfing and family water park excursions, wine and cheese parties, sugar shack events, and an annual long-service awards gala in the fall (over 5,000 members are part of the Group of Desjardins Retiree Association)
Cultural aspects dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, employee sports teams, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, internal social media
Other in-house communications use of Skype Enterprise, dedicated Teams app (lets employees easily create chat groups and helps managers keep in touch regularly), weekly web conferences with the CEO and senior personnel, Yammer (multiple channels integrated with the corporate intranet and helping employees keep in touch during the pandemic)

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Signing bonuses employees (and customers) have been offered payment deferrals for loans, lines of credit and credit cards (including mortgages and home equity lines of credit)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 10 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative
Paid sick days employees receive 3 days off each year
Health plan includes traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs), employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $1,000 each year
Health spending account up to $800 each year
Fitness club subsidy up to $400 each year
Additional health plan information health spending account can be used as employees require and varies by employee, from $500 for single coverage, to $800 for couples and single parent, and $1,100 for employees with families, virtual healthcare services (includes telemedicine, 24/7 mobile app and website), free fall flu clinic
Wellness initiatives annual health challenge for employees, retirees and their families to inspire better eating habits and a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity each day, annual 6-week smoking cessation program, sleep health program (questionnaire to screen for sleeping disorders, educational modules and access to support services), "Health is Cool 360" website to provide clear, simple and up-to-date information (site is managed by health care professionals)
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 18 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 95% of salary for 12 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 95% of salary for 12 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, child care onsite
Flexible work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information job-sharing (arranged on a case-by-case basis)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A

Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 5 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 4 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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 individual performance bonuses, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards start at 15 years and are celebrated in 5-year increments thereafter, long-service awards feature financial bonuses (from $250 to $1,000) and additional vacation time (from 1 week up to 4 weeks), both increasing with length of tenure, long-service awards

Training & Skills Development Rating: A

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 50% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Education leave educational leaves of absence are available
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs new IT innovation labs in Lévis and Montréal, designed to cultivate a culture of innovation and provide dedicated space for the development of future IT services

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Some of the community organizations supported matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Desjardins and its employees are actively involved in initiatives that support youth, education, health and wellness, and co-operative values. The Desjardins Foundation is a registered charitable organization that awards scholarships to students, grants to schools and partner organizations -- over $2.9-million donated and helping to support over 219,000 students in Ontario and Québec last year.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Desjardins Group / Mouvement Desjardins was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

  • Desjardins Group manages a Young Intern Director program for individuals between the ages of 18 and 30, allowing them to become familiar with the role of an officer or administrator by completing an internship on the Board of Directors or the Board of Supervision at a Desjardins caisse -- participants may have opportunities to share ideas for new services for young members with committees and commissions
  • Desjardins Group maintains a Young Executives Network for managers under the age of 35, which organizes a number of activities for members including an annual conference, a networking cocktail hour, monthly newsletters and community involvement initiatives
Desjardins Group invited students to learn more about the organization during last year's Co-op Week  

Highlights

Industry Financial institution
Major Canadian hiring locations Aurora ON, Québec QC, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON, Calgary AB, Lévis QC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 40,137
Student opportunities summer jobs, paid internships
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unique training and development opportunities Desjardins Youth Work Experience program to provide summer jobs for participants between the ages of 15 and 18 (developed in a partnership with Carrefour jeunesse-emploi and local businesses), paid training to help new grads transition to member service advisor, personal finance advisor, and business account manager roles
Additional highlights Youth Advisory Board to provide young people between the ages of 18 and 35 with opportunities to share their insight with the Board of Directors and Management Committee, scholarships for students interested in technical, vocational and post-secondary studies (offered through the Desjardins Foundation), maintains partnerships between call centres and schools (including co-op opportunities at AccèsD for students pursuing their Diploma of Vocational Studies in Sales Consulting at ÉMICA)
Dedicated employee resource group Young Executives Network for managers under the age of 35
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Desjardins Group / Mouvement Desjardins was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

  • Desjardins Group established a goal to have women represent 50 per cent of senior management positions by 2024 and is implementing a female leadership development program in partnership with L’effet A
  • Desjardins Group's #togetherforreal initiative addresses a variety of topics related to diversity and inclusion, with events open to the public in order to help build bridges between employees and society (past activities include a conference on International Women's Day, a panel discussion on women in leadership and male allyship, and a workshop on trans realities)
  • Desjardins Group participates in "Un emploi en sol québécois," a program sponsored by the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec to help employ newcomers to the province
Desjardins Group employees and administrators at the Montréal Pride parade  
"I've been a Desjardins employee since 2011. As a lesbian, I feel lucky to be part of an inclusive organization that supports people, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, sex or cultural background." Carole-Ann J., Business Development Manager, Desjardins Mortgage Financing

Highlights

Industry Financial institution
Major Canadian hiring locations Aurora ON, Québec QC, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON, Calgary AB, Lévis QC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 40,137
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives VP, HR Advisory Services Division
Formal commitment 3-year diversity and inclusion plan (includes goal of achieving gender parity in senior management by 2024), diversity and inclusion ambassadors for each sector as well as local action plans and initiatives, workforce indicators are monitored on a quarterly basis
Recruitment initiatives is implementing a hiring program for individuals with autism spectrum disorder
Retention and development programs is implementing a female leadership development program in partnership with L'effet A
Diversity highlights participated in the Montréal Pride Parade and organized a ProPride cocktail event, #togetherforreal initiative to address different topics related to diversity and inclusion (events are open to the public)
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships participates in the City of Montréal's campaign to create an inclusive work environment for new Canadians, is a partner of "Un emploi en sol quebecois," a program to support newcomers to the province (sponsored by Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Desjardins Group / Mouvement Desjardins was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2021):

  • Desjardins has financially supported municipal recycling programs across Québec for a number of years, and more recently introduced the formal company-wide RÉCÜP waste management program to ensure the proper recycling of most everything, including office furniture, e-waste, organics, toner cartridge recycling partnership, construction waste, paper and cardboard, plastics and metal -- the program is managed by a full-time employee
  • Desjardins Group introduced special financing rates for members who purchase new hybrid and electric vehicles, as well as discounts on insurance rates and special incentives for green home purchases or renovations -- employees can also incorporate environmental sustainability into their long-term investments through the ever-expanding SocieTerra portfolio of investment and savings products
Coop Week at Desjardins Foundation  

Highlights

Industry Financial institution
Major Canadian hiring locations Aurora ON, Québec QC, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON, Calgary AB, Lévis QC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 40,137
Part-time employees in Canada 5,994
Employee green team Sustainable Development and Responsible Finance Department
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Secretary General and Vice President, Governance and Social Responsibility Division
Formal strategy/policy name Sustainable Development Policy
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights introduced a $100-million fund in 2017 (supports a variety of initiatives, including sustainable development initiatives), real estate (reduced mortgage rates and discounts for insurance on LEED-certified and environmentally constructed homes), green auto loans and discounted insurance (hybrid and e-cars qualify), business loans (to encourage business to invest with the goal of reducing energy consumption), continues to expand "green" financial investments portfolio, energy efficiency loans for commercial, industrial and agricultural business customers, ongoing support and development of programs to affirm its commitment to shift into a low-carbon economy (includes carbon offset purchases, incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into all business decisions)
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, green roof, geothermal heating/cooling, electric vehicle charging stations, ongoing LED lighting pilot project, bio-wall at head office, rooftop honey bee apiaries at multiple locations (employees can purchase the final product), a total of 11 facilities are LEED-certified, 10 are BOMA BEST-certified, launched the Desjardins Energy Transition plan in 2019 to minimize its real estate portfolio’s energy consumption and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions (has set the goal to reduce emissions to 20% below its 2018 levels by the end of 2024)
Extended recycling launched the company-wide RÉCÜP waste management program in 2018 (managed by a full-time employee) to capture glass, metal, plastics, office furniture, e-waste, organics, a toner cartridge recycling partnership, construction waste, paper and cardboard across all its operations
Commuter amenities alternative transportation program "A New Route for Your Commute" launched in 2010 (includes transit subsidies, discounts for bike-share programs, locker rooms and showers for bike commuters with over 1,100 users in Montréal), daily shuttle bus between Lévis and Montréal (over 19,000 individual trips last year, equalling the elimination of almost 700 tonnes of greenhouse gases), electric car charging stations installed (in partnership with Hydro Québec), customer discounts for purchase and insurance of electric, hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles (55 models qualify), walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online carpool sign-up
Community partnerships ongoing support for municipal curbside recycling programs (invested over $6-million into initiatives that help fund municipal recycling across the province), Équiterre, Écotech Québec (clean technology cluster initiative) and Fondation québécoise en environnement, signatory to the international Carbon Disclosure Project

The Career Directory

Desjardins Group / Mouvement Desjardins has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Desjardins Group staff at the organization's Expo Lab

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Financial institution
Full-time employees in Canada 25,000 to 50,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Aurora ON, Québec QC, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON, Calgary AB, Lévis QC, Vancouver BC
Student opportunities paid internships in approximately 20 different disciplines, paid internships, summer jobs
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
Starting salary $45K to $50K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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