Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus hub in the office

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

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

  • Corus recognizes employee contributions through a number of awards including the "Corus Citizenship Award" for top volunteers (includes a $5,000 donation to the winner's charity), the "Creative Spark Award" to recognize and celebrate in-house talent, and the unique "Innovation Fund" to encourage employee creativity (awards are based on new ideas with the greatest potential return on investment)
  • Corus encourages long-term career development through tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions, subsidies for professional accreditation and in-house career planning services
  • Corus employees enjoy one of the country's most unique (and greenest) head offices that features an interior 5-storey "bio-wall" that is home to abundant plant life, a rainwater harvesting system and even a winding 3-storey slide for fun and quick exits at the end of the day
Corus employees at the company's holiday party

Employer Background

Industry Media Production and Broadcasting
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Ottawa ON, Winnipeg MB, Montréal QC, Saskatoon SK, Halifax NS, Regina SK
Full-time employees in Canada 1,513
Part-time employees in Canada 185
Full-time employees worldwide 1,521
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 9%
Average age of employees in Canada 39.7
Longest serving employee 52.9 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features 3-storey indoor slide, private phone booths, adjustable temperature controls, energy efficient lighting system, 5-storey indoor bio-wall (helps to naturally clean and filter the air), green rooftop sections useable by employees, employee art gallery (new art every three months), 2 movie screening theatres, onsite café and restaurant, weekly onsite fitness classes (including yoga, pilates and body blast), telecommuter workstations, nap room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, foosball table, table tennis, Muskoka chairs on 4th floor bridge overlooking Lake Ontario, wifi throughout for personal and work use
Snacks available fresh fruit (apples, bananas, pears, oranges) delivered to the office every Monday
Other nearby amenities Toronto Island Recreation, St. Lawrence CRC, fitness club, Sugar Beach, Sherbourne Common (ice skating in winter), daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, George Brown College, Bike Share Toronto (bicycles for shared use)

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name Corus Social Committee (est. 2001)
Recent social events Corus Quay Family and Friends Day (hosted in September and includes barbecue, book readings and presentations, television screenings, face-painting, slide rides and pictures with Treehouse shows' mascots), winter holiday celebration (employees also dressed in their retro best last year to celebrate the company's 15th anniversary), Corus Gallery, which features rotating employee art shows every season, a holiday buskerfest with employee performances, summer concerts that employees can attend during the working day (102.1 the Edge's Sugar Beach Sessions), with past performances featuring The New Pornographers, George Ezra, Hozier and Tove Lo
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note Corus has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 24 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan note Corus has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
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, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Family-friendly benefits note Corus has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 65% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 65% of salary for 10 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 65% of salary for 25 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 65% of salary for 25 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits yes
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, reduced summer hours

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B-

Vacation note Corus has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 2 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Company paid days off employees receive 4 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 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, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, Samurai Award for exceptional contributions, President's Award for outstanding team commitment, Corus Citizenship Award for top volunteers (includes a $5,000 donation to the winner's charity), Creative Spark Award to recognize and celebrate in-house talent, the unique Innovation Fund to encourage employee creativity (awards are based on new ideas with the greatest potential return on investment)
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, 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
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 50% of non-related tuition per year
Unique training & development programs no set annual maximum for tuition subsidies related to an employee's position

Community Involvement A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 1,685 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 500 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness, Hunger for Hope, Stollery Children's Hospital, Kids Help Phone, Walk to End Women's Cancer, Ronald McDonald Children's Charities, CIBC Run for the Cure, Calgary Children's Foundation, Kids Up Front
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight In recognition of its line of business in creating programming and media for children and families, the company maintains a core charitable focus on the well-being of children, with a specific focus on alleviating childhood hunger. Through the in-house Corus Feeds Kids program, the company employs its considerable media resources (including the Wiggles) and encourages employees to volunteer their time to support organizations dedicated to feeding children. As part of this initiative, the company hosts the annual Corus Feeds Kids Day to raise money for local food banks -- with a goal of raising $6 million (having surpassed the previous goal of $3 million) and contributing 4,000 hours over the past 3 years.

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

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

  • In partnership with Marblemedia and Ryerson University, Corus Entertainment created the Innovative Storytellers Award, a $20,000 5-year educational initiative to recognize the academic achievements of a full-time graduate student enrolled in the Master of Arts in Media Production program -- in addition, the recipient also receives up to five one-on-one sessions with industry representatives
  • Corus Entertainment's Calgary-based radio stations work with Mount Royal University and SAIT Polytechnic to provide scholarships, with preference given to students with disabilities or of Aboriginal descent
  • Corus Entertainment's production division, Nelvana Studio, participates in an internship program managed by Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning's Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design
YTV's One2One Special with Shawn Mendes

Highlights

Industry Media Production and Broadcasting
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Ottawa ON, Winnipeg MB, Montréal QC, Saskatoon SK, Halifax NS, Regina SK
Full-time employees in Canada 1,525
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives professional development programs for high potential employees, tours of Nelvana's animation studios (Corus' production division), paid internships offered in association with the Partnership to Advance Youth Employment, a joint initiative between private sector employers and the City of Toronto that focuses on young people under the age of 30

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Corus Entertainment Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016):

  • Corus Entertainment maintains a formal diversity and inclusion policy and an equity and diversity committee comprised of management, non-management and unionized employees -- also created a cultural diversity plan as part of its annual report to the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission and developed a diversity and accessibility intranet site to help educate employees on the benefits of hiring a diverse workforce
  • Corus Entertainment established a Chair of Women in Management role at the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University to develop research, teaching materials and outreach programs for women in management -- additionally, the company maintains a Women's Leadership Network to help female employees succeed professionally and personally
  • Corus Entertainment is a member of SABAR, the Strategic Alliance of Broadcasters for Aboriginal Reflection, which works to increase the representation of Aboriginals working within the media industry -- SABAR also helps facilitate internships, scholarships and employer participation at Aboriginal job and career fairs
Corus U and Corus Women's Leadership Network hosted a conference with Ann Headley
"Our Corus Women's Leadership Network has clarified not only where gender gaps may exist but how I can have a positive impact. I found it particularly enlightening to learn what changes I need to make to myself to ensure I'm not part of the problem. And the program has been very helpful in enabling me to build a support network." Annette A., Director, Learning and Development

Highlights

Industry Media Production and Broadcasting
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Ottawa ON, Winnipeg MB, Montréal QC, Saskatoon SK, Halifax NS, Regina SK
Full-time employees in Canada 1,525
Workforce representation female employees (45.1 %), female managers (43.6 %), visible minority employees (13.03 %), visible minority managers (11.6 %), Aboriginal employees (.59 %), Aboriginal managers (.20 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples
Employee resource groups Women's Leadership Network
Formal commitment equity and diversity committee, diversity and inclusion policy, cultural diversity plan
Unique diversity initiatives diversity and accessibility intranet
Diversity community partnerships Partnership to Advance youth Employment (PAYE), AbleWorks, Community Living London, Hutton House Learning Centre, Spinal Cord Injury of Ontario, Women in Film and Television (member), CareerEdge, ACCES Employment, Manitoba Native Women''s Transition Association, Calgary Immigrant Women's Association

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