College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, The
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Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)

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 (2017) and BC's Top Employers (2016):

  • In addition to contributions to a defined benefit pension plan, The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC helps employees prepare for the future with retirement planning assistance and health benefits that extend to retirees (with no age limit)
  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC provides excellent maternity and parental leave top-up payments for 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)
  • Situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver, The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC's head office is part of an office development at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, providing employees with free membership to the hotel's fully-equipped fitness centre complete with a 52-foot saltwater lap pool, sauna and spa facilities

Employer Background

Industry Professional Organizations
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 126
Part-time employees in Canada 9
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 8%
Average age of employees in Canada 43
Longest serving employee 29 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 is steps away from the Vancouver Art Gallery as well as a convenient walk to all modes of transit, including the sea-bus, sky-train and float planes, workplace features an onsite coffee shop, lockers, shower facilities and underground bicycle storage for its two-wheeled commuters, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, board games, daily newspapers, medical library, employees have access to an ergonomic specialist for workspace design
Snacks available fresh fruit and muffins
Onsite fitness facility for 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 and spa)
Other nearby amenities Steve Nash Fitness World, Coal Harbour Community Centre, YWCA, fitness club, Stanley Park, 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 a nearby amusement park), pancake breakfast to celebrate the annual Bike to Work Week as well as a pizza luncheon hosted after the annual Vancouver Sun Run, and a Christmas lunch hosted at the nearby Four Seasons Hotel
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, casual dress Fridays, music while working, concierge services available
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter

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 available for some positions
Additional financial benefits employee raffles for company credit card travel and rewards points to employees

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
Retiree coverage with no age limit 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, 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 B

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 5 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 3 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 5 months

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 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, 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 B+

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

Community Involvement B+

Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
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 which organizes a variety of events each year, with different departments spearheading separate fundraising initiatives for their selected charities.

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