Recognized as one of Manitoba's Top Employers (2016)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 23, 2015)
Here are some of the reasons why Boeing Canada Operations Limited was selected as one of Manitoba's Top Employers (2016):
- Boeing Canada encourages employees to plan for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan or matching RSP program (depending on position), retirement planning assistance and phased-in work options to help employees transition to life after work
- Boeing Canada's head office employees can take advantage of a variety of onsite amenities including an employee lounge, a cafeteria with healthy and special diet menus as well as subsidized meals and an onsite fitness facility featuring an outdoor basketball court, soccer pitch and baseball diamond
Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016)
By Kristina Leung and Richard Yerema, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 10, 2016)
Here are some of the reasons why Boeing Canada Operations Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016):
- Boeing Canada helps train and develop tomorrow's talent by providing mentoring to TecVoc High School students as well as students enrolled in the University of Manitoba's engineering program -- the company also offers bursaries and scholarships to Aboriginal students and students who attend the Manitoba School for the Deaf
- Boeing Canada invests in the long term education of employees with tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions, from $500 for certificate courses, to $7,500 for undergraduate degrees to $23K for graduate programs
Boeing lets its young employees soar
Recent Boeing Canada hire and millennial Rebecca Wroblewski wants to make something very clear: there's one thing young people can't stand when they start a new job. "People my age are looking for a chance to prove themselves," says Wroblewski, an environmental specialist in the global aerospace giant's Winnipeg-based Canadian operations. "They don't want to be baby-sat."
When it comes to Boeing Canada, no need to worry. The company provides lots of opportunities for its younger employees to take on major responsibilities and grow while on the job. In Wroblewski's case, she received a key role early on in developing and implementing a new office recycling program. "It's great to get that kind of trust when you are just starting," she says.
Looking ahead, Wroblewski is eyeing one of several corporate management training programs designed to help younger employees develop to their full potential. And if the University of Manitoba graduate wants to continue her academic studies, Boeing Canada will foot 100 per cent of her tuition fees as well as the cost of all textbooks. Similar benefits are available for employees pursuing professional certificates or accreditation.
Wroblewski notes that there are plenty of other ways to continue learning while at work. "Boeing's networking and mentorship programs can put you in touch with experts around the world," she says. "All the resources are at your fingertips, if you have the initiative."
One of those resources is Boeing Canada Director of Engineering Marc Groenewegen, who oversees some 170 engineers, technicians and aerospace designers. "We believe in empowering people, even at the lowest levels," Groenewegen says. "If someone shows some abilities and talents, we not only reward them but we ask them to take on even more challenging tasks and responsibilities. The idea is to encourage people to excel."
Groenewegen, a three-decade Boeing veteran, says young hires today above all want to be challenged. "We provide that through innovative work in a high-tech field, all with its unique set of challenges," he says.
There's another perk that Boeing offers people starting their professional careers. "It's the aerospace industry," says Groenewegen. "It's pretty sexy."
Wroblewski agrees. "First and foremost, Boeing is a pioneering company," she says. "The products are pretty exciting."
Another way to keep new hires happy is by designing professional development programs suited to their desires. "The opportunities for growth are there," says Groenewegen. "If you want to do something new every four months, we will try to find a way. And if someone is happy being challenged with new tasks in the same position, that's fine, too."
Young people valuing a work-life balance find much to like at Boeing's newly renovated Winnipeg office, featuring the latest in ergonomic furniture, including stand-up desks. For just $1 per week, employees can use the onsite, fully equipped gym. Nutritious meals are available in the 24-hour cafeteria for only $3.
Flexible working arrangements are a boon to employees with young families and others.
Boeing, as one of Winnipeg's largest employers with its 1,500-member workforce, is proud of its community engagement initiatives. Each year, the company supports some 30 local charities and employees volunteer thousands of hours. Says Wroblewski: "As a young person, I want to work for a company that I can believe in. When I see a global corporation going to bat for the community and making sure its employees are healthy and feel valued, I feel proud to be a part of that."
This article appeared in the magazine announcing this year's Canada's Top Employers for Young People winners, published January 11, 2016 in The Globe and Mail. This article was prepared with the financial support of the employer, which did not write or edit its contents.