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Western Financial Group Inc.
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Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023) and Alberta's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Western Financial Group Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023) and Alberta's Top Employers (2022):

  • Western Financial Group offers compassionate workplace policies, including a Supporting Our Staff (SOS) fund for employees who are in need of emergency financial relief as a result of personal or family crisis, and a Wellness Days program which offers up to 14 paid days off each year (can be used for personal or family illness, self-care and personal matters)
  • Additionally, Western Financial Group maintains a unique exception program to support individuals with health or medical needs that may not be covered as part of the company's group benefits plan (employees can request confidential assistance if coverage is not approved)
  • Western Financial Group lets employees share in the company's successes through a share purchase plan and supports long-term savings through matching RSP contributions
Employees at Western Financial Group take part in the company's annual National Walk to Support the Cause fundraiser for the Western Communities Foundation  

Employer Background

Industry Insurance and financial services
Established in Canada 1996
Parent company Trimont Financial
Parent company head office Winnipeg MB
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC, High River AB, Winnipeg MB
Full-time employees in Canada 1,931
Part-time employees in Canada 127
Average age of employees in Canada 42 years
Longest serving employee 49 years

Work Environment Rating: B+

Hybrid work return to office plan includes a variety of flexible work options
Flexible work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Onsite workplace features local art collection, onsite shower facilities, weekly laundry and dry cleaning services, Founders room with private lounge space, telecommuter workstations, private phone booth, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, outdoor barbecue
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, video games, board games, library, dart board, puzzles
Other food options at main location 'Snack Shack' where employees can purchase a selection of food and drink items (proceeds are donated back to the local community)

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Employee social committee name Western Social Committee (est. 2016)
Past social events Pink Shirt Day, Movember, International Women's Day
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, concierge services available
Employee communications intranet site, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications senior leader listening tours

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 phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,500) for some positions
Additional financial benefits year-end bonuses for some employees, corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 28 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 60 days
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Eyecare $400 every 2 years
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 $1,500 each year
Health spending account up to $500 each year
Additional health plan information Exception program for employees to request confidential assistance if they have medical or health needs that are not covered as part of the group benefits plan
Additional health and wellness initiatives Supporting Our Staff (SOS) fund to support employees who have suffered a personal or family crisis and is in need of emergency financial relief
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B+

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 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 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 14 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 6 months
Additional time-off information 14 paid Wellness Days (can be used for personal illness, family illness, appointments or self-care, and personal matters that occur during the work week)

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, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, Wow Wall on the company intranet to highlight peer shout outs, milestone anniversaries, and work achievements
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B+

In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year

Community Involvement Rating: B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 488 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 104 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Community highlight Western Financial Group manages an Infrastructure Grant program to enable employees to nominate a local project or initiative to receive a grant of up to $5,000 to make the project happen.

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