Sodexo recognized 2nd year running as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People
April 28, 2014
The editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers have recognized Sodexo as one of Canada's leading employers for people under thirty years old for the second year in a row.
Companies are assessed on their programs to attract and retain younger workers. The recognition from Mediacorp Canada is based on a number of initiatives which Sodexo has implemented across the country, including Sodexo’s popular Rising Stars program, which offers placements for interns, co-op students and new managers to assist their advancement in the organization.
“What I love about working at Sodexo is I’m given the opportunity to grow,” explains Marylou Gaudreault-Imbeault, a Sodexo General Manager. “I’ve learned a lot about finance and human resources thanks to my Director. She gave me a lot of training and a lot of confidence with things like management, collective agreements and financial reports.”
“I feel as though I’ve been given the creative freedom to carry out ideas that I come up with from creation to implementation and follow through. Doing it independently is great. I feel trusted. A lot of the ideas I had were things that were never done before,” said Noori Lee, Communications Manager at Sodexo. “If I didn’t have a boss that was willing to try new things it wouldn’t have taken off. Having creative freedom is about doing new things and that’s how a company grows.”
“I went from dishwasher, to general help in the kitchen, to food preparation, to breakfast cook trainee in five months. I’ve moved up so quickly”, says James Dennis. “I’ve been working hard and I’ve been bringing a lot of positive energy to the team, which I think people have noticed.”
Sodexo’s formal mentorship and training programs offer skill and competency building and give young employees personalized support toward achieving success. These programs receive positive feedback and play a key role in retaining younger workers. Sodexo’s human resource policies also take feedback from younger workers into account regarding work-life balance, flexible working arrangements, business casual dress code, tuition reimbursement, commitment to diversity and international opportunities.