PwC, Deloitte, and Accenture among Indeed's top Canadian workplaces

05 September 2018 Consulting.ca

Three consultancies were among the top 25 workplaces in Canada, as determined by popular job search website Indeed. Big Four accounting and consulting firms PwC and Deloitte ranked at 16 and 17 respectively, while tech and management consultancy Accenture was #18.

When candidates are looking for a new job, most research the company to see what current or former employees say the workplace experience is like. People often check reviews on Glassdoor or Indeed’s Company Pages. According to a recent poll from leading job search site Indeed, 92% of Canadian workers take into account an employer’s reputation when considering a new job opportunity.

Last month, the Indeed released its Top-Rated Workplaces in Canada list. In order to compile its 25 top-rated workplaces, Indeed looked at over 600,000 company reviews, accounting for key indicators of work-life balance, salary and benefits, job security and advancement, management, and culture.

Though metrics like compensation and job security still matter a lot, Indeed found that each of the top companies, regardless of industry, boasted strong corporate cultures. “In a candidate-driven market where job seekers have a lot of options, a positive corporate culture, sense of community and a strong mission can really help set companies apart,” said the Indeed release.PwC, Deloitte, and Accenture among Indeed's top Canadian workplaces10 of the top 25 firms were in financial services, while 3 were consultancies – PwC at 16, Deloitte at 17, and Accenture at 18. Companies from both industries consistently place in top workplace rankings, with high salaries, good benefits, and world-class offices. Meanwhile, job security is good since their industries are growing, while they have the money and HR capabilities to create a fun and inclusive workplace.

Meanwhile, consultancies and financial services firms need to battle it out for top talent – like MBAs, tech heads, and futurists – so they have to put together an attractive package. If you’re in a low-demand sector with low-demand skills, good luck getting that employee benefits package with spa treatments, that company Segway, or what have you.

"With such a tight labour market and a low unemployment rate, there is a lot of competition in recruiting today,” commented Jodi Kasten, managing director at Indeed Canada. “In order to stand out to job seekers, companies are continuing to evolve their overall employee experience in the hopes of attracting and retaining top talent for their open positions."

"The 25 organizations on our list are considered among the best places to work and have worked hard to listen to the specific needs of their employees to provide an outstanding experience through strategic and thoughtful workplace programs."

Last year, RBC ranked in first place, dropping to sixth this year. Meanwhile, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts rocketed to the top spot on the strength of its excellent culture, good salary, benefits, and job security. Employees at the hotel and resort chain can tap into perks like discounted hotel rooms, spas, and golf. 

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PwC Canada announces finalists in 2019 Vision to Reality Awards

03 April 2019 Consulting.ca

Accounting and consulting firm PwC Canada announced the finalists in its annual Vision to Reality (V2R) Awards, which recognize innovative and creative Canadian organizations.

The finalists included organizations across a wide range of industries, including agriculture, healthcare and life sciences, financial services, and the public sector. Twenty organizations were chosen across the four categories of visionaries, builders, reinventors, and accelerators.

“The visionary” award is given to a small organization with $0-50 million in revenue (including pre-revenue) that has a new idea that is adding value to people, businesses, or society. “The builder” award is given for the same sort of innovation, but eligibility is limited to organizations with between $51 million - $1 billion in revenue.

“The reinventor” award is presented to a company with more than $1 billion in annual revenue that has transformed how it operates or interacts with customers in a way that supports overall strategy and gears the company towards future success. “The accelerator” award is conferred on a public sector organization (of any size) which has launched a progressive initiative that positively impacts Canadians.

PwC Canada announces finalists in 2019 Vision to Reality Awards

The visionary award finalists for 2019 are: Decisive Farming, GHGSat Inc., Livestock Water Recycling, Loop Industries, Inc., and Ondine Biomedical Inc.

The builder award finalists are: Interac, Mircom Technologies Ltd., PointClickCare, Raptor Mining, and the Vancouver Airport Authority.

The reinventor finalists are: Agropur Cooperative, BMO Financial Group, Loblaw Digital, Rogers, and Sun Life Financial.

The accelerator finalists are: The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), British Columbia's Ministry of Health, Canada Border Services Agency, Medavie Health Services New Brunswick, and Oakville Hydro.

The organizations across the four categories are strong indicators that innovation – a major component of competitiveness in a globalized world – is still alive and well in Canada. GHGSat, for example, is using high resolution satellites to detect greenhouse gas emission from industrial sites anywhere in the world. The Vancouver Airport Authority has implemented the first automated border clearance kiosk in the world, using biometrics and self-service technology to speed up border clearance and improve customer experience.

Sun Life Financial has introduced digital platform Lumino, which helps Canadians find healthcare providers and innovations with built-in credible ratings and cost information to enable informed choices. Oakville Hydro has also blazed into the future with the implementation of distributed grid intelligence that automatically responds to changing grid conditions and cuts down on outage frequency.

The shortlisted organizations were chosen by an independent panel of judges from the public and private sectors who have experience assessing innovative organizations. The panel will continue its work as it selects the four ultimate winners next month. They will be announced at an exclusive event in Toronto on May 9th.

"We're thrilled to celebrate our V2R Awards finalists who represent some of Canada's best innovators and leaders," Chris Dulny, chief innovation officer, PwC Canada, said. "In addition to giving innovators well-deserved recognition, V2R brings together a community of trailblazers to collaborate and share ideas. Ultimately, this type of collaboration helps make Canada a more competitive place for innovation and we're proud to be a part of that."