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Purdys Chocolatier Overview

Vancouver, BC
1001 to 5000 employees
1907
Company - Private
Food & Drink Manufacturing
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For more than 100 years, Purdys Chocolatier has helped make someone’s day sweeter with quality, handcrafted chocolates. A true Canadian chocolatier, Purdys was founded in 1907 in Vancouver, and is now Canada’s leading family-owned chocolatier, with over ... Read more

Mission: From our Factory Kitchen, to our Support Office and Warehouse, our Web sales, Group Purchase and Fundraising programs and every single one of our Chocolate shops, our mission is to create Purdys' Moments through fantastic chocolates, fantastic service and


Glassdoor Awards

Top CEOs: 2019 (#16)

Company Updates

  • We’re incredibly proud to announce that our CEO Karen Flavelle has been named a Top CEO in Canada by Glassdoor. Thank you so much to our current and former team-members for sharing the heartfelt reviews that led us to this achievement.

    Karen has been President of Purdys Chocolatier since 1997. Under her leadership, Purdys has grown from 42 to over 80 locations across BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario and been named an AON Best Employer nine times. Karen has been recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women and has served on many boards including the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the Retail Council of Canada. Last year, Karen was instrumental to keeping our employees informed and reassured during our successful search for a new President. Karen is usually found rolling up her sleeves during shop visits, and chatting with staff about how we can best serve the needs of our customers.

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Purdys Chocolatier – Why Work For Us?


We're a Canadian chocolatier with a rich history. At the turn of the last century, chocolatier Richard Carmon Purdy perfected recipes in his home kitchen and sold fresh chocolates on the street to enthusiastic crowds. Demand for his delicious creations was high, and soon Purdy opened up a shop in downtown Vancouver...and then another.

More than 110 years later, Purdys Chocolatier is Canada's largest family-owned premium-chocolate company. Our tasty treats are enjoyed in shops across British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario—and by people all over the world who are lucky to receive a gift of Purdys' chocolates.

We never compromise on the quality of our products. We source premium-quality ingredients from around the world, and choose local options whenever possible. In fact, our milk, creams and butter are delivered from BC dairy farms, and most of the sugar used in our creations comes from nearby sugar suppliers.

Purdys' creations have a short shelf life—and we like it that way.There's a very good reason why you won't find Purdys' chocolates at your grocery store.

While most wholesale stores keep products on the shelf for a very long time, Purdys' chocolates are made in small batches without added preservatives, so you know you're always getting the freshest product possible.

Award Winning Employer!
We've been honoured to win a Best Employer in Canada award from AON nines, and in 2019 our CEO, Karen Flavelle, was recognized as a Glassdoor Top CEO in Canada.  
 
Did you know?

We still use some of Richard Purdy's fabulous recipes, and we're always inventing more masterpieces. We encourage our Chocolate Kitchen team to constantly experiment with flavours and try new things…but did you know that out of 100+ recipes each year, only less than 10 make it into production?



Truly Canadian and truly delicious, Purdys is a family-owned company that's proudly all about chocolate.

But at Purdys, we don't only invest in sustainable cocoa, community programs and fresh ingredients. We invest in our people too.

It's why Purdys Chocolatier has been awarded an AON Best Employer in Canada award nine times.

We make ourselves better every day at Purdys. It's one of our core values.



Purdys Chocolatier uses only 100% sustainable cocoa. We pay a premium for cocoa to ensure our farmer partners and co-ops are supported by programs that improve their profit and the livelihoods of their families.

It's a choice we've made because it's the right choice to make.

Better farms mean better cocoa beans. Better beans means better profits for our partners. Directly funding community infrastructure projects with local partners means a better future and standard of living for everyone.

Purdys' Sustainable Cocoa Program

Sustainable Farms is one of the two pillars of Purdys' Sustainable Cocoa Program. It means agricultural education and training for farmers so they can get the most out of their cocoa farms while still protecting the environment. Because healthy, productive farms means better beans. Better beans means better profits, and better profits means a better standard of living for our farmer partners around the world.

Healthy, sustainable cocoa farms + a higher yield of better quality beans = better farmer profits.

Sustainable Living is the second pillar of Purdys' Sustainable Cocoa Program. It means supporting the communities where our farmer partners and their families live by funding infrastructure projects, providing medical care in rural areas and making sure children’s education is a community priority. Because community, education and health are just as important as great cocoa.

We don't ask our customers to pay a premium for sustainable cocoa—we just ask them to enjoy.

Proud to be a "Best Employer"

The Purdys difference is that we truly recognize the value of our people. We reward you with competitive compensation, recognition for your achievements, opportunities for ongoing training to grow professionally and personally, delicious perks, and much, much more. We're proud to have been recognized as an AON "Best Employer" for nine years, as a result of feedback from our staff.

What To Expect

Here's a brief overview of the typical hiring process at Purdys. This should be helpful in showing you what you can expect when you apply with us!

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Reviewing your Application and Prescreening

Once you submit your information, it is reviewed within two weeks. Due to the substantial amount of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to everyone personally. If you are a shortlisted candidate, you will receive a phone call for a Prescreen Interview via phone. At the end of the call, you will be given a timeline in which you will receive an update.

Interviewing

If you’re chosen as one of the best qualified candidates after the Prescreen Interview, we will contact you again in order to schedule further interviews.

Job Offer

Upon completion of the interviewing process and if you are chosen for the role, specifics such as starting salary will be discussed in further detail. From there an offer will be made and if accepted, a job offer letter will be sent to you.

We will also conduct professional reference checks and you will then be on your way to a SWEET career!

Some things haven't changed at Purdys Chocolatier:

We'll always use the freshest ingredients possible.

Always challenge ourselves to create sumptuous chocolate confections.

And Purdys Chocolatier will always be incredibly involved in our communities.

From then-owner Charles Flavelle rolling up his sleeves to help build Choklit Park in 1969 to celebrating the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver to fighting against Ebola together with the World Cocoa Foundation, Purdys has a long history of community spirit.

In fact, Purdys' fundraising, donations and sponsorship initiatives generate more than $3 million for community organizations per year.

Now that's truly sweet.

Purdys Chocolatier Reviews

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    I can’t say enough about working for Purdys! A family owned company that truly cares about its people. They offer many opportunities for career advancement and training. Purdys pays well, has great benefits, perks and truly believes in work life balance.

    Cons

    Being super busy for all holidays. Such as Christmas, Valentines and Easter!

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Purdys Chocolatier Photos

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Purdys Chocolatier Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Purdys Chocolatier (Vancouver, BC) in September 2017.

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    It was fairly simple process. One phone call from HR and in-person interview with manager. In-person interview was straight forward as well. Few basic questions about myself and my former experience.

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Purdys Chocolatier Awards & Accolades

  • Aon Hewitt Best Employers in Canada, AON Hewitt, 2016
  • Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Waterstone Human Capital, 2015
  • Aon Best Employer, AON, 2018
  • Aon Hewitt Best Employers in Canada, AON Hewitt, 2015
  • Best Employer Canada, Aon Hewitt, 2017
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