Canadian university and college students rank EY Canada #1 employer for accounting, #2 for business 4th year in a row
Firm moving to new offices that enable high performing teams, flexibility and engagement
(Toronto, 8 June 2017) For the fourth year in a row, Universum's Canadian Student Survey ranked EY Canada the #1 employer for accounting, and #2 for business.
“EY has a long-standing reputation for its learning and growth opportunities – and that’s attractive to university and college students seeking to launch their careers with our firm,” says Stephen Shea, EY Canada's Managing Partner, Talent. “But it’s the overall exceptional experience that keeps them here – an outstanding work culture where our diverse teams of people live out our purpose of building a better working world, every day.”
In May, EY’s purpose came to life as the firm’s people in Toronto moved into a completely reimagined workplace – the new EY Tower at 100 Adelaide St. W. The new Toronto office is the fifth – and largest – move of its kind for EY in Canada, and a testament to the firm’s investment in continually re-evaluating how its people work best.
EY’s new office design, dubbed EY@Work, enables the firm’s people to deliver exceptional client service through improved collaboration, flexibility and advanced technology options. In addition, the work space is completely fluid. Someone could sit in a virtual collaboration room working with colleagues in other locations across the country – or the world – and then move to a private (just in time) room to take a confidential call. EY’s people are empowered to work in a way that works best for them.
“Our research on generations finds flexibility is the most important non-cash benefit in the workplace,” says Shea. “Our new space is flexible and fluid to enhance how people work. Everyone from our co-ops to partners can choose which work space to use, based on the task at hand. Our more senior leaders who have been with our firm for a long time have the opportunity to learn a lot from our new hires, and sitting beside a diverse team of varying levels truly enables the highest performing teams.”
“I love our office’s bright, open environment, the sit-to-stand desks, and the opportunity to meet new people at each time I come in,” says Kristie Tran, Consultant with EY Canada’s People Advisory Services in Calgary, who graduated from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary in 2016. “I’ve really noticed the space has an impact on my productivity, overall health and fitness, and ability to learn and team. I love that EY recognizes the importance of these things, and provides a positive work environment.”
To date, EY@Work has been implemented in 84 EY offices globally and more are coming soon. In Canada, Halifax and St. John’s moved to EY@Work in 2014, Edmonton moved in January 2016 and Calgary opened its doors in April 2016. Montreal will make the transition in 2018.
In April, EY was also named one of the Best Workplaces in Canada by Great Place to Work® Institute Canada.
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