Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 19, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Dassault Systèmes Canada Inc. was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2017):
- Dassault Systèmes Canada provides maternity leave top-up payments to employees who are new mothers (up to 90% of salary for up to 18 weeks) and offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
- Dassault Systèmes Canada recently implemented a flexible health plan, allowing employees to customize levels of coverage to suit their personal needs -- the plan includes a health spending account (up to $300 per year) and the company also offers an additional wellness spending account (up to $150 per year)
- Dassault Systèmes Canada maintains a corporate citizenship committee responsible for selecting organizations to receive charitable donations each year (based on employee comments and interest) -- the company's current charitable focus includes community, education, the environment and health
Following a 3D career track at Dassault Systèmes
Elie Beignon began working for Dassault Systèmes in 2002 after graduating as a mechanical engineer in his native France. He liked his job but the cost of living in the Paris suburbs was too much for him and his wife, who was still a student. When a client offered him a position in a more affordable part of France, Beignon weighed the proposition seriously. He even told his boss, who asked, "What would change your mind?"
"Send me to North America," Beignon replied, whereupon his manager sent an email to colleagues inquiring about possible openings in the U.S. Not long after, Beignon landed in Montreal, where he's been based ever since and is now the Canadian Territory Practice Lead for the 3D software maker.
"It was a very good illustration of how Dassault Systèmes value their employees," says Beignon. "The main objective for everyone is to keep a person happy even if it means losing someone from your department because they want to transition to another part of Dassault Systèmes ."
In the case of Myriam Lepire -- who left Dassault Systèmes Canada to work as design engineer in the automotive industry in the U.S. and then returned to Quebec to get her MBA -- the company welcomed her back in a new role in Bid and Project Management.
"If you're someone like me who likes to experience things differently, they will support that, which is not something you see a lot," she says, adding that she's had three or four different roles since rejoining in 2011. "People change roles and teams according to what they want to do and can do. It's embedded in the yearly HR process."
Lepire appreciates the company's flexibility, allowing her and other employees to work remotely when needed and to manage their own schedules. "They do what they can to accommodate people," she says.
Dassault Systèmes also gives time off to employees working on corporate citizenship projects, which is something Lepire enjoys and values. She's participated in events for the Moisson Montreal food bank and the 48-hour bike ride for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
For Beignon, the company where he's made his career still has an innovative feel. Its latest 3DEXPERIENCE platform, which provides software solutions for all departments in a company -- from marketing to sales to engineering -- can also be used to create a differentiating consumer experience. "What I really like," he says, "is we are always working with the latest and greatest software solutions."