WE is a lively, vibrant community of people who care about each other, their local community and giving back.
In 2018, the HR management firm Knightsbridge was engaged by WE to conduct a rapid culture pulse check for the organization. Their findings included the following observations:
“Employees of all tenures described WE as a unique culture with contagious energy stemming from employees’ unified passion to make a difference, both in their local community and world wide. The organization is highly mission-driven; employees’ personal values align to the organization’s mission, they are able to live their values at work, and they feel as though the work they do at WE is more meaningful than it would be elsewhere (especially at a for-profit organization) because of its focus on making a positive impact. Employees appreciate that WE’s organizational norms and cultural attributes are collaborative, and describe a culture of generally high appreciation of employees. They report experiencing an entrepreneurial culture that provides them with unique opportunities for personal and career growth, and they appreciate the travel perqs, participation in WE Days and other events, and above all the fulfillment they experience by making a difference. Employees derive high value from being a part of an organization where they can make a significant impact, locally and globally. It is primarily these attributes that draw people to the organization and retain them.”
We walk the walk
WE staff are passionate about creating change, and about the communities and neighborhoods around us. In Toronto, we serve sandwiches each April in a Cabbagetown park, run a program called WE read in St. James Town where employees become reading buddies to local children, and foster an ongoing partnership with the Regent Park Community Centre.
Sustainability is also important to the organization. There are Green Teams in most WE offices, to educate, promote and engage staff in environmental initiatives like park cleanups, community gardens and clothing swaps.
Endless opportunities for growth
WE has a passion for growth—both personal and professional—and provides team members with Sustainable High Performance training from leading experts, regular sessions on self-care and mindfulness, healthy snacks during busy seasons and opportunities to stay fit with a fitness center in the Toronto office and free GoodLife Fitness memberships.
WE has a team dedicated to the learning and development of staff, providing sessions on a range of topics, from people and time management to emotional intelligence and everything in between
Giving thanks and showing appreciation
The full team comes together several times throughout the year to celebrate each other’s successes at staff retreats and parties. Plus, to show appreciation for its hardworking team, the organization shuts down over the winter holidays. Every other year, WE offers staff the opportunity to travel to a WE Villages community at a discounted rate to spend the holidays seeing the impact of their work in action. WE staff discounts at restaurants, free tickets to music festivals and more are other ways that WE says thanks to its world-class team
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Staff at WE enjoy a number of benefits and rewards—from health and dental coverage and an EAP program to flexible work hours, travel opportunities and special discounts.
Some top WE rewards include:
- Birthdays off, and holiday shutdown between Christmas and New Year’s (which does not count toward your vacation days).
- Chances to travel to visit WE’s projects overseas: traveling on a staff trip to Kenya, India or Ecuador (all on-the-ground costs covered by the organization) or facilitating a group of young people, corporate employees or families.
- Opportunities to interact with and learn from WE’s celebrity ambassadors.
- Invites to WE Day events, staff socials and parties, as well as special experiences when working WE Days across North America and the UK.