McGill among Montreal’s top 30 employers

Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2014

montreal-2014-english_0For the sixth consecutive year, McGill has been named one of Montreal’s Top 30 Employers, as selected by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. In addition to the University itself, this year’s list of Montreal organizations again includes the McGill University Health Centre and the Jewish General Hospital.

The competition’s judges noted that employees working on campus can take advantage of a variety of onsite amenities including a cafeteria with healthy and special diet menus and subsidized membership to the University’s fully-equipped athletics centre, which includes instructor-led classes, gymnasiums, tracks, courts, a swimming pool, a skating arena and a sports medicine clinic. Community members benefit from some of the finest recreation and athletics facilities in the country.

As well, new employees receive three weeks of paid vacation allowance after one year and receive paid time off during the summer months. McGill helps employees prepare for the future with retirement planning assistance and a defined contribution pension plan.

The University supports employees who are new parents with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 95 per cent of salary for 20 weeks) and offers an option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence, while providing parental top-up to adoption parents (to 100 per cent of salary for 10 weeks).

Employees who are eager to hone their skills at work can choose from a wide range of professional development programs offered at no cost.

“We are proud to rank among Montreal’s Top 30 Employers for the sixth consecutive year,” said Lynne B. Gervais, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Resources).  “While we are in the middle of a challenging period in terms of staff shrinkage through attrition and retirements, we are still able to maintain a generous benefits package, which includes our health and wellbeing program, to help employees achieve balance in their work and personal lives.”

Now heading into its 10th year, Montreal’s Top 30 Employers is an annual competition that recognizes the Montreal-area employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. The criteria used during the selection process focuses on physical workplace; work atmosphere; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.

Employers are compared with other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.

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