WE Charity began as a labour of love—a collection of passionate volunteers working in a living room and compensated in pizza. Over more than 20 years, WE has grown and matured into an organization of more than 1000 paid employees around the globe.
Thousands of team members have been employed by the organization in the past two decades, and we are thrilled to see where many of these former colleagues have ended up in their careers. WE has an active alumni network to keep people connected.
Our People Operations and Culture team today possesses more than 50 years of collective experience in human resource management, with accreditations including Certified Human Resource Professional, Certified Human Resource Leader and Global Professional in Human Resources. They ensure that WE is not only in full compliance with labour laws and industry standards for compensation and benefits, but also strives every day to exceed those standards to provide a rewarding working environment for our incredible team of change-makers.
It’s no surprise, therefore, that WE has thrice been recognized as one of Canada’s top employers for young people, and twice as one of Canada’s 10 most admired corporate cultures
In receiving these awards, along with many others WE has won, the organization has undergone a variety of culture, HR, financial and management evaluations in a rigorous, independent and non-biased manner. WE was recently recognized as the first organization in history to be awarded the “Good Housekeeping Humanitarian Seal,” after an extensive independent evaluation process.
Our team at WE is passionate, driven and dynamic.
WE is all about having the greatest possible impact, so you could say our team works to the impact, not to the clock! Whether it’s setting up for another WE Day, traveling to deliver inspiring talks to school and youth groups, working with companies to engage their employees in giving back or working with partner communities around the world to deliver education, food, water, health, and opportunity, WE team members put in the hours needed to make the world a better place.
We provide our team with leadership opportunities and great responsibilities because we know they rise to the occasion. We reward that dedication and hard work with a total compensation package that goes well beyond base salary.
And you won’t find a friendlier, more caring work environment anywhere. In a recent organization-wide survey, 98% of WE team members said they enjoy working with their colleagues at WE.
The entry-level salary for full-time WE team members is $32,000 – 37,000 with the average being $35,000 paired with an annual rewards package valued at $5,000 for a 40-hour work week. Recognizing rising costs of living, especially for most our team who live and work in major urban centers, our total salaries have seen an approximate 5% increase since 2016. In addition, staff in non-management roles receive lieu time when they work overtime.
The average salary at WE is competitive within the non-profit industry but, of course, lower compared to other sectors in an effort to keep administrative costs low and the quality of programs high. Many of our senior team members, often coming in from the corporate sector, have generously chosen to take pay cuts in order use their professional skills to advance the mission of WE.
WE is a unique employer. Whether you work for WE Charity or the social enterprise, ME to WE, we are all driving towards our goal of creating a community of 100 million people who care and act. We know that it is our employees who make doing good doable for the millions who are part of the WE movement.
Many of our employees do not see themselves as simply taking a job or getting a paycheque. They see their employment with WE as a mission. Because of this, WE has created a very unique employment experience.
In addition to salary, WE further offers an industry-competitive total health and wellness package and a host of other benefits and perks, generally up to a value of $5000. Our Employee Value Proposition includes (but is not limited to):
WE routinely seeks the guidance and advice of outside specialists from leading human resources consultants as well as legal support from the Appiah Law Employment and Labour Counsel. WE regularly undergoes CRA audits, which ensure we are compliant with laws for all payroll practices. The People Operations and Culture team ensure that WE is not only in compliance with labour laws and industry standards for compensation and benefits, but also strives every day to exceed those standards to provide a rewarding working environment for our incredible team of change-makers.
WE is committed to continuously improving the employee experience to ensure our people achieve fulfillment, meaning and excellence in their career with us. Every year we listen and learn from our employees in order to improve the experience and make our culture even better. Employee surveys have indicated that we have made some significant improvements in key engagement areas. Since 2015, we have seen a 2.85 x improvement in the area of work-life balance, 5.33 x improvement in providing adequate compensation, 1.22 x improvement in overall employee recognition and 1.73 x improvement in the effectiveness of our internal employee communications efforts.
There is no better place to start your career than WE. The skills and work ethic, not to mention the invaluable friendships you make and networking connections you build, will serve you for the rest of your life.
In an independently-conducted survey, WE Team members overwhelmingly agreed that working at WE had improved their:
Whether it’s the female department heads and directors who make up 77 percent of our leadership, being selected three times as a Top Employer for Young People or named as one of Canada’s Top 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures, our impressive numbers help tell the story of our employee experience. So do the results of our recent anonymous staff survey executed by a third-party organization*:
*Please note that the standard methodology used is sentiment analysis. There are 4 answers for each question. If the respondent answers in the first 2 boxes – these are considered as positive sentiment. The results above are an aggregate percentage of employees who responded positively to the survey questions.
WE has made a huge investment in organizational leadership.
Our senior leaders—the section ‘Heads’—all have at least 10 years’ experience in their fields. They serve as mentors, providing training and guidance to our directors and junior managers.
WE has a team dedicated to the learning and development of staff, providing sessions on a range of topics, form our three-day onboarding orientation, people and time management, emotional intelligence and everything in between.
Absolutely. WE believes that one of our core assets is our diverse workforce. Diversity is a business priority fundamental to our success. For example, we are incredibly proud to say that 77 percent of our leadership team are women.
Our policies are built to foster a welcoming and inclusive working environment, including flexible holidays to accommodate all faiths, and accommodations in working environment for our team members with disabilities or accessibility requirements.
WE is a first job for many young people, attracted to social enterprise and non-profit work. Our organization provides a strong base and training across so many disciplines—education, philanthropy, retail, leadership, international development, marketing and communications, to name a few. Many of our staff grow their career by moving between departments within WE, expanding their knowledge base.
WE seeks to retain young talent and provide them with learning and development opportunities and career growth. Among those on a “career track”, it is not uncommon to stay at WE 3, 5, 10+ years. For example, we have a very significant core group of employees who have been here 15+ years. Career track employees are compensated competitively within the sector.
For many individuals, WE is not only a place of work, but also a family. The organization recently had out first retiree after 18 years of service, which was a true milestone.
In the most recent organization-wide employee engagement survey, 80% of WE team members said they see themselves staying with WE for the foreseeable future. 87% of our team said they are personally engaged by the work they do—an impressive result for any organization or company!
In compliance with the Employment Standards Act, WE does not engage unpaid interns.
WE does offer some paid co-operative education placement opportunities, as well short-term placements for post-secondary students, for course credit.