Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc.
Diamond Schmitt Architects employees exchanging ideas in the conference room   (Photo credit: Elizabeth Gyde, Diamond Schmott)

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

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

  • Diamond Schmitt Architects provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers and fathers, to 80% of salary ranging from 6 to 8 weeks
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects starts new employees with 3 weeks of paid vacation and offers all employees additional paid time off with summer holiday shutdown and closure between the Christmas and New Years holidays
  • 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 27 LEED certified projects, including 3 LEED Platinum projects
Diamond Schmitt Architects employees working in the model room   (Photo credit: Elizabeth Gyde, Diamond Schmott)

Employer Background

Industry Architecture
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 190
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 38%
Average age of employees in Canada 40
Longest serving employee 24 years

Physical Workplace B+

Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features located in an early 20th century industrial loft-style building (the firm acquired and renovated to LEED Commercial Interior standard in 2004) that offers exposed brick walls and plenty of natural lighting, ongoing renovations include the addition of a quiet room, 24-hour workstations, a fully accessible washroom with showers, expanded bicycle storage (only a few employees drive to work), dedicated private phone booths for personal calls, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music
Snacks available soup, beer and popcorn on Friday afternoons, lunch provided every Thursday
Other nearby amenities YMCA, Goodlife Fitness, fitness club, St. Andrews Playground, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Harbourfront, Farmers Market, Queen Street West

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name Diamond Schmitt Social Committee (est. 1995)
Recent social events social nights such as bowling and pub nights, ski day, summer solstice client appreciation event, summer family picnic, volleyball and baseball tournaments, themed breakfasts and lunches, an 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
Other in-house communications interactive blog that lets employees post everything from design ideas to travel tips and favourite recipes

Financial Benefits & Compensation B

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 yes

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan note Diamond Schmitt Architects has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
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
Retiree coverage option up to 75 years of age
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)
Health spending account up to $250 each year
Fitness club subsidy up to $60 each year
Family-friendly benefits note Diamond Schmitt Architects has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
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 B+

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 8 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid summer shutdown employees receive 7 days off during the summer months
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 4 days off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Additional time-off information paid summer shutdown is 7.5 days

Employee Engagement & Performance A

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, long-service awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 6 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development B+

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) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year

Community Involvement A

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 26 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way of Greater Toronto, Coast to Coast Against Cancer, Habitat for Humanity, SickKids Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (the firm enters a cycling team that participates in the annual Ride for Heart, raising over $137K over the past 7 years), Canstruction, Partners for Mental Health, Sustainable Buildings Canada, Business for the Arts
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
Diamond Schmitt Architects employees meeting in the head office's conference room   (Photo credit: Elizabeth Gyde, Diamond Schmott)

Highlights

Industry Architecture
Established in Canada 1975
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
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
Diamond Schmitt Architects recently designed a six-storey Biofilter wall for the University of Ottawa's Social Sciences Building, the tallest of its kind in North America   (Photo credit: Double Space Photography )

Highlights

Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
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

The Career Directory

Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Diamond Schmitt Architects employees teamed up for a musical performance

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Architecture
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 190
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Graduate Architect, Intern Architect
Starting salary $50K to $55K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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