College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, The
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Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, The was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) and BC's Top Employers (2016):

  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC provides excellent maternity and parental leave top-up payments for its new mothers (to 75% of salary for 52 weeks) as well as parental leave top-up payments for new fathers (to 75% for 37 weeks) -- and helps employees balance their work and personal lives through a variety of alternative work arrangements
  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC head office is situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver and is part of an office development at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia where employees receive free memberships to the hotel's fully-equipped fitness centre complete with a 52-foot salt-water lap pool, sauna and spa facilities
  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC encourages ongoing employee development through in-house training and career planning services, subsidies for professional accreditation, and generous tuition subsidies (to $5,000 annually) for courses at outside institutions

Employer Background

Industry Professional Organizations
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 113
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 8%
Average age of employees in Canada 45
Longest serving employee 31 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office is is part of an office development at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in downtown Vancouver and only steps away from the Vancouver Art Gallery as well as being a convenient walk to all modes of transit, including the sea-bus, sky-train and float planes, and features lockers, shower facilities and underground bicycle storage for its two-wheeled commuters, self-serve lunchroom, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, board games, daily newspapers, medical library
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, rowing machines, weights, sauna, shower facilities, fitness centre is a shared facility that is part of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia offering employees access to the saltwater lap pool (with a unique glass bottom), spa and a 2,400 square foot state-of-the-art fitness centre
Other nearby amenities Coal Harbour Community Centre, fitness club, Stanley Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Gastown, Robson Street and Yaletown

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name Social Committee (est. 2008)
Recent social events monthly celebrations, annual staff appreciation day (hosted at an amusement park), lunch celebrations (for retirees and employees returning from mat-leave), catered coffee and treats to celebrate Administrative Professionals day, annual Bike to Work Week pancake breakfast, ugliest Christmas sweater competition
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working, can bring pets to work when needed, concierge services available
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension, matching RSP
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Signing bonuses shares company credit card travel and rewards points with staff to help pay for vacation flights

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 21 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
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)
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 37 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 75% of salary for 37 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 75% of salary for 37 weeks
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, earned days off program

Vacation & Personal Time-Off A

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave maximum 10 months

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

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, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development A+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives in-house training, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,000 in tuition subsidies per year

Community Involvement B+

Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 4 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Movember, Take a Hike Foundation, Food Bank, Salvation Army, Vancouver Sun Run, Bike to Work Week
Community highlight The College and its employees maintain an in-house "College Fundraising Committee" who work to organize a variety of events every year with different departments spearheading separate fundraising initiatives for their selected charities.

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