McGill once again a top employer

By McGill Reporter Staff

McGill’s subsidized on-site daycare, holiday shutdown, and phased-in retirement program are among the reasons the University has, for a second year running, been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, a list unveiled in the Oct. 14 issue of Maclean’s magazine.

This is the ninth annual edition of the country’s most comprehensive independent study of workplace benefits, established by the magazine with Toronto publisher Mediacorp.

“It is a great honour for us to have once again been included in this impressive roster of institutions who take their role and responsibilities as an employer very seriously,” said Associate Vice-Principal (Human Resources) Lynne Gervais. “We continually strive to make McGill one of the most stimulating and rewarding work environments in the country. This recognition tells us we are on the right path, and encourages us to do even more.”

Aside from those listed above, the survey noted maternity leave top-up benefits, the inter-university leadership development program, and its location in “one of Canada’s most liveable and vibrant urban centres” as some of the advantages to working at McGill. For each organization, the editors assigned grades in eight key areas including physical workplace, work atmosphere, health/financial and family benefits, vacation, employee communications, performance management, training and skills development, and community involvement.

In the Public Sector and Non-Profit category, McGill is joined by such organizations as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Royal Canadian Mint, and the City of Vancouver.

The recognition is based both on an application submitted by the employer and by research conducted by Mediacorp. This year, Mediacorp editors reviewed the recruitment histories of more than 75,000 employers across Canada and invited about 16,000 of these to apply. More than 2,600 organizations applied-up 3.7 per cent from last year, and the most applications in the history of the survey.