Charles River is proud to be recognized as one of Montreal’s Top Employers for 2018. Now entering its 19th year, the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project is a national competition to determine which employers lead their industries in offering exceptional workplaces for their employees. Employers are evaluated by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers using eight criteria, which have remained consistent since the project’s inception: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.
Glenn Washer, Corporate Senior Vice President of North American Safety Assessment, says Charles River’s desire for employee satisfaction plays a key role in the company’s success. "We recognize that well-trained, highly engaged, happy employees are the key to our success as an organization. We can pour money into facilities and equipment, but if we don't focus on the engagement, satisfaction and development of our employees, the rest is wasted time and money."
Here are just a few of the supporting details:
- Charles River supports charitable initiatives that align with its corporate social responsibility pillars: humanitarian efforts; health and wellness; environmental sustainability; and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education – and encourages employees to give back to the community through a matching gifts program (to $500 per year).
- Along with helping employees save for the future, Charles River offers many financial benefits including year-end bonuses, referral premiums of up to $900, and relocation programs for some.
- Employees working at Charles River's primary office can take advantage of numerous onsite amenities, including a cafeteria with healthy and special diet menus, an employee lounge with a pool table, foosball and board games, and subsidized access to a fitness facility, featuring circuit training, yoga, Pilates and Zumba classes.