The Top-Rated Workplaces in Quebec for 2019

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With the proliferation of review sites and social media, a company’s employer brand is heavily influenced by what people share online. Third-party review platforms such as Indeed Company Pages offer a forum for two-way communication between organizations and job seekers, who not only seek out information from current and former employees, but also share their own experiences. According to Indeed research, 83% of people say reviews influence where they apply, so those opinions have increasingly more weight.

Indeed Company Pages play a vital role for job seekers looking to discover what it’s like to work at an organization. These platforms provide information about key facets of a business, including work-life balance, compensation and benefits, job security, management and culture. They’re also the basis for Indeed’s Top-Rated Workplaces lists.

About Indeed’s Top-Rated Workplaces

With 1.3 million company ratings and reviews in Canada (including more than 100,000 reviews in Quebec), Indeed captures an unparalleled view of employees’ opinions about places to work.

The companies that made Indeed’s Top-Rated Workplaces in Quebec list are rated on the overall employee experience and represent reviews left between March 2017 and March 2019.

Quebec’s Top-Rated Workplaces of 2019

Vidéotron slides in at number one

After placing fourth on our list last year, Vidéotron takes the number one spot in 2019, standing out because of its corporate culture. Jean Coutu, always a strong contender, comes in second and is the only pharmaceutical company on our list. Bombardier is another return honouree, ranking ninth.  

The financial services industry was prominently featured on the list, earning three of the top 10 spots, with Desjardins, National Bank and BMO Financial Group coming in third, fifth and sixth, respectively.

Four companies made their mark this year, witnessing an increase in ratings and reviews. As a result, Simons (#4), Ultramar (#7), Structube (#8) and Saputo (#10) rank on our list for the first time.

Read on to learn more about the 2019 Top-Rated Workplaces in Quebec.

The best of the best: Who they are and what they do

  1. Vidéotron
  • Founded: 1964
  • Headquarters: Montreal

Founded more than half a century ago by Alain Chagnon, Vidéotron has since become a telecommunications giant in Quebec and other parts of French Canada as well the main profit-maker for Quebecor Media Group. Vidéotron has been a pioneer in its field, becoming Montreal’s first cable television network when it was established, covering all of the province of Quebec within five years.

Vidéotron has fostered a very positive work environment for its employees, many of whom offer praise on Vidéotron’s Indeed Company Page (not to mention, in the video featured in this post). Employees agree that the company boasts a “small-business feel,” where managers are accessible and support employees in their efforts to balance their work and personal life.

  1.    Jean Coutu
  • Founded: 1969
  • Headquarters: Varennes

The large drugstore chain, founded in 1969 by pharmacist Jean Coutu and his associate Louis Michaud in Montreal, now has its headquarters and main distribution warehouse in Varennes, Quebec. It operates more than 400 franchised stores in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario. It was acquired by Metro in 2018 and has become a very profitable acquisition.

It has long fostered its employer brand, opening a daycare next to a sports centre in 1992. Often mentioned as one of the most admired companies in Quebec by several organizations and publications, Jean Coutu has placed in the top three multiple times in the annual Léger Marketing survey, and ranked first on Indeed’s Top-Rated Workplace List in 2018.

Employees are quick to gush about Jean Coutu on its Indeed Company Page, talking about the people, team work, great training and learning opportunities.

  1. Desjardins
  • Founded:  1900
  • Headquarters: Levis

Founded more than a century ago by Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins, the financial cooperative now has more than 46,000 employees, boasts the largest ATM network in Quebec and serves more than seven million members and clients in Quebec and Ontario. Offering retail banking, insurance, real estate, venture capital funds, in 2010, it became Quebec’s biggest financial institution.

Reviews on its Indeed Company Page showcase how much its employees appreciate the compensation, advancement opportunities and productive work environment and feel they have work-life balance.  

  1. Simons
  • Founded: 1840
  • Headquarters: Quebec City

La Maison Simons (commonly known as Simons) was established in 1840 in Quebec City by John Simons, the son of a Scottish immigrant as a dry goods store, but has since become a fashion retailer. It started expanding across the province, opening stores in Sherbrooke and Montreal 1999. Eventually, starting in 2012, it continued its expansion across the country, opening a store in West Edmonton Mall, and subsequently in Calgary, and Ottawa and Mississauga in Ontario.

Appearing for the first time ever in Indeed’s Top-Rated Workplaces list, Simons’ employees often highlight how it’s a very human workplace with an interesting and stimulating work environment, great attitude and focus on teamwork.

  1.  National Bank of Canada
  • Founded: 1859
  • Headquarters: Montreal

Founded in 1959 by Francophone businessmen in Quebec in Ontario, National Bank of Canada managed to survive financial panics in 1873 and 1884 as well as the Great Depression in the 1930s. It is now the largest bank and second largest financial institution in Quebec, and the sixth largest bank in Canada, with 2.4 million customers. In 2002, it acquired US-based investment bank Putnam Lovell under National Bank Financial and started operating in New York, Toronto and London.

National Bank’s Indeed Company Page is filled with stellar reviews about its professional environment, learning and advancement opportunities and flexible working conditions.

  1. BMO Financial Group (Banque de Montréal)
  • Founding date: 1817
  • Headquarters: Montreal

Established more than two centuries ago in Montreal, BMO is Canada’s oldest bank. It’s the fourth-largest bank in Canada and one of the ten largest banks in North America. Its legal headquarters remain at the historic Montreal structure it has occupied since 1847. It has more than 900 branches and serves over seven million customers. BMO prides itself on having employees that are diverse and engaged.

  1. Ultramar
  • Founding date: 1961
  • Headquarters: Montreal

Ultramar is also new to the list. The gas and home fuel retailer established operations in 1961 and built its refinery in Lévis a decade later. Aside from its vast network of gas station, it offers services in home energy, air conditioning and business energy. It is a proud partner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

  1. Structube
  • Founded: 1974
  • Headquarters: Montreal

A home furniture and accessories specialty retailer, Structube was founded 45 years ago as a family business, Structube first specialized in tubular retail clothing racks – its name comes from an abbreviation of the French term “structures tubulaires.” Structube then opened a furniture retail store in 1980 in downtown Montreal.

It expanded its operations to Alberta in 2012 and to British Columbia in 2016. In 2015, the company launched a fully integrated retail site making it easy to shop online for anyone in Canada and in the United States. However, it still considers itself a family company, even though it is now the leading retailer of contemporary and modern furniture in Canada. This year, it makes it on Indeed’s Top-Rated Workplaces list for the first time.

  1. Bombardier
  • Founded: 1942
  • Headquarters: Montreal

The multinational aerospace and transportation company was founded more than 75 years ago by Joseph-Armand Bombardier in Valcourt Québec as a manufacturer of snowmobiles. It still has a large Bombardier Museum of ingenuity in Valcourt, featuring an array of skidoos and industrial design. It has since grown to manufacture regional airlines, business jets and mass transportation equipment. It operates in 28 countries and employs more than 68,000 people around the world.

  1. Saputo
  • Founded: 1954
  • Headquarters: Montreal

The fourth newly-minted Top-Rated Workplace in Quebec, Saputo is the only dairy company on the list and was founded by master cheesemaker Giuseppe Saputo and his son Lino more than 60 years ago. It operates in Canada and, through several acquisitions, also in the United States, Argentina and Australia. It is now one of the top 10 dairy processors in the world, and the largest cheese manufacturer in Canada. It still cherishes family values of hard work, passion and determination.

Make an impression with your employees so that they’ll want to talk about you

Building an employer brand is critical to finding top talent. In fact, 92% of workers say the reputation of a company would be important when considering a new job opportunity. Focus on creating a positive work environment, where people feel valued, supported and encouraged to do their best – and celebrate it online!

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