Concordia is a top Montreal employer
For the fifth year in a row, Concordia has been named one of Montreal's Top Employers by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. The group compiles national and citywide lists annually.
Criteria for making the cut included scoring high in categories such as physical workplace, performance management and health, financial and family benefits — including parental leave top-ups and on-site child care.
"There’s a real respect for employees' individual needs," says Krista Byers-Heinlein, an associate professor of psychology and Concordia University Research Chair in Bilingualism.
"Since I have a young child, there’s a willingness to make a teaching schedule that fits with my family life, and that’s seen as totally normal. There’s a perfect understanding that we have personal lives,” she says.
Byers-Heinlein says she also values the collegial atmosphere and exceptional research support she receives from Concordia colleagues.
The Canada's Top Employers group highlighted Concordia’s flexible work hours, numerous paid vacation days, and in-house professional development courses.
The group also applauded the university for campus amenities like its libraries, art galleries, greenhouse, sports facilities and location among restaurants, on site and nearby.
“The work culture at Concordia tries to be very supportive of staff,” says Graham Carr, Concordia's president and vice-chancellor.
"We think about what's next in research and academics, but we also think about what's next in how we relate to our employees. This is an important topic, particularly in a context where the nature of work is expected to change dramatically.”
Carr also believes that the university’s commitment to innovation and openness further helps set it apart.
“We're a university that’s always been accessible to talented individuals regardless of their background. We are one of the most diverse universities in Canada in terms of languages and cultural background. That cultural and linguistic diversity is also reflected in large segments of our workforce. It's a real asset for us and part of what helps us be so innovative.”
Read the full Montreal’s Top Employers feature about Concordia online.