Cisco Systems Canada Co.
Cisco Systems Canada employee providing information about the organization's data centre

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Cisco Systems Canada Co. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • Cisco Systems Canada recently moved its head office to RBC Waterpark Place III, the city's first LEED Core and Shell Platinum office building -- the building features 360-degree views and intelligent amenities, which allow everything from lighting and climate control to security and elevators to be monitored and managed through a Cisco-based fibre optic network
  • Cisco Systems Canada ensures that everyone shares in the company's success through profit-sharing and year-end bonuses, and offers a number of additional financial benefits including signing bonuses, referral bonuses (up to $1,500) and a share purchase plan
  • Cisco Systems Canada created the "Connected North" initiative in 2013 to provide video collaboration technology to schools and hospitals in remote Aboriginal communities across Canada to deliver virtual mental health and education services -- Cisco also encourages employees to get involved by participating in the employee-run Civic Council, which organizes volunteer initiatives and determines which charities receive company support
Cisco Systems Canada executives holding a meeting at the company's headquarters in Toronto, Ontario
Cisco Systems Canada employee meeting with a client

Employer Background

Industry Computer and Equipment Manufacturing
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Cisco Systems
Parent company head office San Jose, CA, USA
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Kanata ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,633
Part-time employees in Canada 4
Full-time employees worldwide 70,519
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 31%
Average age of employees in Canada 41
Longest serving employee 23 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features LEED Core and Shell Platinum office building, panoramic views of the city, lake and the Toronto Islands, onsite fitness facility (shared use), access to the underground PATH walkway system, telecommuter workstations, nap room, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, television, video games, pool table, foosball table, table tennis, each floor has its own amenities, such as a gaming lounge, table games and library area
Other nearby amenities fitness club, Harbour Square Park, restaurants, Air Canada Center

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Company organized social events yes
Recent social events holiday party, general annual sales meeting, Calgary Stampede, Cisco Skate event, women's golf tournament
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working, concierge services available
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,500) for some positions

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $10,000 per lifetime
Fitness club subsidy $250 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance

Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months

Training & Skills Development

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $7,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Unique training & development programs a number of different mentoring programs to suit the diverse needs of employees

Community Involvement

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 1,641 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 56 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported UNICEF, Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank, Ottawa Food Bank, Big Brothers Big Sisters, NPower
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Cisco's charitable focus includes education, community and healthcare transformation. The company created the "Connected North" initiative in 2013 to provide video collaboration technology to schools and hospitals in remote Aboriginal communities across Canada to deliver virtual mental health and education services. Cisco also encourages employees to get involved by participating in the employee-run Civic Council, which organizes volunteer initiatives and determines which charities receive company support.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Cisco Systems Canada Co. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016):

  • Cisco Systems Canada created a sales engineering internship for first or second year students to provide exposure to the company's technology and business -- the internship also features group project experience within the Americas Systems Engineering unit, ranging from 10 to 12 weeks
  • Cisco Systems Canada established a Sales Associate Program, a year-long initiative to help university graduates enter sales roles at the company -- the program includes hands-on education and project experience
  • Cisco Systems Canada is committed to ongoing employee development and offers ten different mentoring programs for employees' diverse needs, including reverse mentoring for senior leaders
Cisco Systems Canada employees working together on a project in one of the office's collaborative workspaces
Cisco Systems Canada employees in the data centre

Highlights

Industry Computer and Equipment Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Kanata ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,633
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $7,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives Early Career Network, a global employee resource group that organizes "Fireside Chats" and "Executive Chats" to discuss how to enhance integration of different generations

The Career Directory

Cisco Systems Canada Co. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Cisco Systems Canada employee

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Computer and Equipment Manufacturing
Parent company Cisco Systems
Parent company head office San Jose, CA, USA
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Kanata ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,633
Part-time employees in Canada 4
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Associate Sales Engineer, Associate Sales Representative, Software Engineer, Pre-Sales Engineer
Starting salary $70K to $75K
Work perks flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited


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