Cisco Systems Canada Co.
Cisco Systems Canada work environment

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Cisco Systems Canada Co. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • Cisco Systems Canada invests in ongoing employee education with generous tuition subsidies for job-related courses (to $7,500), subsidies for professional accreditation and a number of in-house and online training options
  • In addition to 4 weeks of starting vacation allowance, Cisco Systems Canada offers employees up to 5 paid personal days each year, which can be scheduled at the employees' discretion
  • As part of the organization's community outreach program, 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 Systems Canada employees celebrate at a Pride event

Employer Background

Industry Computer and Equipment Manufacturing
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Cisco Systems Inc.
Parent company head office San Jose, CA, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Halifax NS, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Edmonton AB, Kanata ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,741
Part-time employees in Canada 4
Full-time employees worldwide 71,554
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 31%
Average age of employees in Canada 42
Longest serving employee 36 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, 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, public art displays in lobby, access to the underground PATH walkway system, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room
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, shared use facility, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga and aerobics), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities YMCA, fitness club, Harbour Square Park, Toronto Island, daycare, restaurants, Air Canada Centre, Rogers Centre, Toronto Ferry Terminal

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name a number of employee affinity groups
Recent social events holiday parties at offices across the country, various charitable fundraisers throughout the year (including Habitat for Humanity building days, food bank volunteer days, bowling for Big Brothers and Big Sisters)
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working, concierge services available
Employee communications intranet site, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

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 discounts on everything from office supplies to cellular phones to Microsoft software to home internet service

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B

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
Family coverage option yes
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)
Fitness club subsidy up to $250 each year
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $10,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off A

Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 4 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 5 personal days off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 1 personal day off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance B

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 3 months
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

Training & Skills Development A

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, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
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 A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 5 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 3,103 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 72 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank, Ottawa Food Bank, Big Brothers Big Sisters, NPower, Connected North (TakingITGlobal), UNICEF
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

Highlights

Industry Computer and Equipment Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Halifax NS, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Edmonton AB, 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 interns

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Computer and Equipment Manufacturing
Parent company Cisco Systems Inc.
Parent company head office San Jose, CA, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Halifax NS, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Edmonton AB, Kanata ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,741
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, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Other info for new grads Cisco Systems Canada created the Sales Associate Program to help university graduates enter sales roles at the company.
Typical new grad positions Software Engineer, Associate Sales Representative, Associate Systems Engineer
Starting salary $70K to $75K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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