Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc.
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Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

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

  • Diamond Schmitt Architects starts new employees with three weeks of paid vacation and offers all employees additional time off with summer holiday shutdown and closure between the Christmas and New Years holidays as well as two additional paid personal days off
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects' subsidized social committee organizes numerous events throughout the year, including bowling and pub nights, a summer family picnic, skiing in the winter and an annual holiday party -- the firm also hosts lunch and learns that address everything from financial planning to mental health awareness
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects is one of the country's largest Canadian-owned architecture firms, having designed projects worldwide, and is recognized for their dedication to design excellence and sustainable design -- the firm has 29 LEED certified projects, including three LEED Platinum projects
Description.

Employer Background

Industry Architecture
Full-time employees in Canada 162
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2%
Average age of employees in Canada 40
Longest serving employee 25 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features employee lounge, self-serve lunchroom
Snacks available soup, beer and popcorn on Friday afternoons, lunch provided every Thursday
Other nearby amenities YMCA, fitness club, St. Andrews Playground, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Harbourfront, Farmers Market

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Employee social committee name DSAI Social Committee (est. 1995)
Recent social events social nights such as bowling and pub nights, ski day, summer family picnic, annual holiday party, Pi/Shortbread Day
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation

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
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Additional financial benefits subsidized auto insurance

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 25 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative
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 $60 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 2 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 80% of salary for 6 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 80% of salary for 6 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 80% of salary for 6 weeks
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, reduced summer hours

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

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 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Additional time-off information paid summer shutdown is 7.5 days.

Employee Engagement & Performance

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
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development

Career planning in-house career planning services
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
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year

Community Involvement

Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 400 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 23 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Toronto Public Library Foundation, Art Gallery of Ontario, Heritage Toronto, Evergreen, Seeds of Hope Foundation, United Way, Artscape Foundation
Charitable giving matches employee donations

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2016):

  • In addition to helping employees save for the longer term, Diamond Schmitt Architects lets everyone share in the company's success with year-end bonuses
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects encourages employees to develop their professional skills with in-house apprenticeship programs, subsidies for professional accreditation, and a variety of in-house and online training programs -- and also helps the next generation gain on-the-job experience through summer student roles and co-op opportunities
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects supports employees who are new parents (including adoptive) with maternity and parental leave top-up payments
Description.

Highlights

Industry Architecture
Established in Canada 1975
Full-time employees in Canada 162
Average age of employees in Canada 40
Longest serving employee 25 years
Long-term savings matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, reduced summer hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):

  • Diamond Schmitt Architects employs 24 LEED accredited architects and manages an employee green team, comprised of a sustainable design committee and five working groups that participate in ongoing research, education, mentoring and peer-to-peer engagement
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects completed 27 LEED projects as of 2015 and has an additional 30 LEED registered projects on the go -- additionally, the firm is currently working on two projects designed to meet the "Living Building Challenge" to be completely carbon neutral, or even better than neutral
  • Employees at Diamond Schmitt Architects walk the green walk -- 40 percent of the workforce are regular transit users, 22 percent cycle to work and 13 percent walk -- only 5 percent drive and the firm utilizes a green limo service for travel to the airport
  • Musical employees at Diamond Schmitt Architects volunteer their talents to help form a band that plays at the annual Eco Jam fundraiser for Trees Ontario -- last year's concert raised over $6K or enough to plant over 2,000 trees
Description.

Highlights

Full-time employees in Canada 162
Formal employee "green team" yes
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Chair, Sustainable Design Committee
Unique green initiatives Doors Open Toronto (showcases green building strategies to clients and the public), 2030 Challenge (commitment to design all projects as carbon neutral by 2030), NEDLAW Living Walls (has designed more than two dozen living wall filters in projects across North America)
Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Green community initiatives Eco Jam (in support of Trees Ontario)
Head office LEED Unknown

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