Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Mar 8, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Best Buy Canada Ltd. was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2017):
- Best Buy Canada's employees may have the option to enroll in a flexible health benefits plan that allows employees to customize levels of coverage to suit their personal needs and transfer unused credits to their salary or a savings plan (varies by position)
- Best Buy Canada encourages employees to get involved in charitable initiatives with matching charitable donations, including monetary donations to organizations where employees volunteer their time (to $1,000 for every 40 hours)
- Best Buy Canada invests in employee development with a range of in-house and online training programs, formal mentoring, career planning services, apprenticeships and tuition subsidies for courses at outside institutions
You can feel the buzz at Best Buy Canada
A self-described "fair-weather nerd", Taylor Sharpe used to stop at an electronics store on his way home from public school to chat to the sales staff about video games, wireless routers and flat-screen TVs. So when he landed a job in Vancouver with Best Buy Canada Ltd., he thought he'd found "the holy grail" of jobs.
Starting out as a product content copywriter, he says, "I got to see new technology before it hit the shelves, learn about it, and then tell the rest of Canada how cool and awesome it was."
Best Buy Canada offers technology, entertainment and lifestyle products through nearly 200 stores across Canada and support solutions through Geek Squad services. The company employs almost 5,500 full-time staff and another 6,500 part-time and offers them a full menu of benefits plans, training opportunities and empowerment to drive the company's success.
"We invest in our people," says Kamy Scarlett, Senior Vice President of Retail and Chief Human Resources Officer, "whether it's through flexible work schedules, comprehensive benefits, discounts, a company-matched pension plan, RRSP program, Tax Free Savings Account, service recognition program, maternity leave top-up or share purchase plan."
Best Buy's flexible benefits plan, for example, offered to all staff members, enables employees to customize levels of coverage to suit their personal needs.
Ongoing in-house training as well as a tuition reimbursement program help "to ensure that folks hired for fit can be trained for skill, even if their progression takes them to a completely different department," says Sharpe, who has advanced in five years from his copywriting position to Manager of Digital Content & Usability, eCommerce Content.
In its hiring and recruitment, says Scarlett, Best Buy looks for people who share the company's values and culture.
"Our culture can be summed up with our Be Amazing philosophy," she says. "We believe our people are amazing, and we empower people to interact with the customer and be amazing in the way that is best for them, versus in a way the company tells them to."
For Sharpe, that culture keeps him going to work in the morning. "There's a kind of buzz that permeates the building when you walk in in the morning," he says. "It's like you can feel the weight of great ideas being churned out into the air. Being surrounded by this is pretty compelling. It imbues you with a drive to grow and stretch beyond your means."