Amazing Working Conditions | Work from the office, from home… or from the Médiaclip chalet

It’s not easy to lure programmers to a city where Ubisoft, Electronic Arts and Warner Bros. meet. Games and other big names in video games. The photo editing software company Médiaclip cannot keep up with these multinationals when it comes to salaries. She therefore tries to stand out with a unique asset: a large chalet on the edge of a lake, offered for teleworking or family weekends.

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Hugo Joncas

Hugo Joncas
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“We fight against big players. In terms of salary, we are not even close,” says Marion Duchesne, founder and CEO of Médiaclip. Based in a converted industrial building in the Mile-Ex district, the Montreal company counts Miméo, Fujifilm and Costco applications among its main customers.

To attract talent, the company tries to compete on a different ground than compensation: benefits.


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Marion Duchesne, in the Médiaclip Chalet

Everyone has foosball tables. Some have set up climbing walls but they put all of their employees overtime!

Marion Duchesne, CEO of Mediaclip

For her part, Marion Duchesne wanted to show that her box is serious about balancing work and family (or just life and family).

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During the pandemic, she noticed that many of her employees spent their working days alone in their apartments. Or even worse: stuck with two or three roommates in accommodation that is too small.

“Some workers who already had access to a chalet took advantage of this. Others worked down south, in British Columbia… Everyone was a bit scattered. I found it sad. »

Marion Duchesne had the idea of ​​giving them a small piece of nature to work with.

But the search for the ideal property turned out to be difficult.

“We were during COVID so everyone was hanging out in the chalets,” she says. I had visited one at Lac des Piles and it was really overpriced for what it was. »

The real estate agent then showed him an unloved property in the Saint-Gérard-des-Laurentides sector of Shawinigan. The sellers had neglected the appreciation of the property (home staging).

He had shown us pictures and it was really ugly. The walls were beige, there were beaver heads everywhere…

Marion Duchesne on the first pictures of what later became the Médiaclip chalet

But the head of Médiaclip knew straight away that she had found the little piece of paradise that her employees needed.

“When I left, I screwed up my life! laughs Marion Duchesne. We are on the edge of an ecological lake, Lac à la Perchaude…”

The massive residence, purchased in October for $675,000, wasn’t particularly affordable. But it had almost everything that Médiaclip needed: the size, the location, the design options inside and out…

The company renovated the basement and created rooms for teleworking and an additional family room. “The same chalet in the Laurentians north of Montreal is worth more than 1 million! ‘ says Marion Duchesne.

A cabin for work, play and nature

  • The Chalet of Saint-Gérard-des-Laurentides

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    The Chalet of Saint-Gérard-des-Laurentides

  • Employees in the living room at work, from left to right: William Lapointe, Gabriel Marrocco and Maxime Therrien-Arel

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    Employees in the living room at work, from left to right: William Lapointe, Gabriel Marrocco and Maxime Therrien-Arel

  • Marion Duchesne, founder and CEO of Médiaclip, with Maxime Therrien-Arel and other programmers in the basement of the company's teleworking chalet.

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    Marion Duchesne, founder and CEO of Médiaclip, with Maxime Therrien-Arel and other programmers in the basement of the company’s teleworking chalet.

  • Médiaclip boss Marion Duchesne on the quayside for a team meeting on the waterfront.

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    Médiaclip boss Marion Duchesne on the quayside for a team meeting on the waterfront.

  • A bit of luxury doesn't hurt the chalet: table tennis and video games in the basement

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    A bit of luxury doesn’t hurt the chalet: table tennis and video games in the basement

  • Condition sine qua non in the search for the rare pearl: the chalet had to allow the use of a body of water.  Médiaclip employees can paddle in a relaxed manner on Lac à la Perchaude.

    PHOTO EDOUARD PLANTE-FRÉCHETTE, THE PRESS

    Condition indispensable requirement in search of the rare pearl: the chalet had to allow you to enjoy a stretch of water. Médiaclip employees can paddle in a relaxed manner on Lac à la Perchaude.

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Since then, employees have been going there whenever they want to work. Five bedrooms are equipped for this.

These, in turn, can also book the chalet at the weekend. “I went by seniority: choose your dates,” explains the boss.

Special diet for the national holiday: everyone could go. “They had a little party. »

A considerable enrichment

The reputation of the new “Mediaclip Chalet” even precedes him in job interviews.

“Contestants ask me, ‘Where’s the chalet?’ It really gets people interested.”

The chalet clearly stands out in the satisfaction surveys carried out by Médiaclip among its employees. “Except that it had a ripple effect. People say: “It’s cool, but if we worked four days a week we would enjoy it more!” laughs Marion Duchesne.

Not crazy. His company is testing the four-and-a-half-day plan for the first time this summer. “And distributing the same number of hours over four days is also possible. »

Note for interested parties. Médiaclip is currently looking for 9 new developers with a total of 35 employees, says Marion Duchesne. “The lack of employees is the main obstacle to my growth. »

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