Digital Extremes Ltd.
Digital Extremes employees hosting Tennolive, an annual event announcing new gaming opportunities and content from Digital Extremes

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Digital Extremes Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016):

  • Digital Extremes's unique head office is located inside a renovated historic building in London's downtown core and features an in-house theatre and a full sized commercial kitchen and dining room, with two full-time chefs who prepare healthy (and free) meals daily for employees
  • Along with a holiday shutdown period, Digital Extremes employees enjoy four weeks of paid vacation after only four years on-the-job and are kept busy with an active social calendar that feature a variety of social events throughout the year, from product launch parties to pub nights and dinners

Employer Background

Industry Software Publishers
Full-time employees in Canada 208
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2%
Average age of employees in Canada 30
Longest serving employee 22 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features unique (and recently expanded) open-concept head office that is located in London's historic downtown core and was designed with employee feedback -- features 30 foot, open ceilings with exposed beams as well as a number of unique amenities, including an in-house theatre and a full sized commercial kitchen and dining room (with two full-time chefs who prepare healthy, and free, meals daily for employees, and a employee lounge and bar that features a fireplace and industrial-grade coffee maker, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, video games, pool table, table tennis
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Snacks available apples, oranges, bananas, pretzels, yogurt, bagels and cream cheese, popcorn, crackers, granola bars, dried fruit
Other nearby amenities YMCA, fitness club, Victoria Park and Thames River, daycare, restaurants, Covent Garden Market (operates year round), John Labatt Centre

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Employee social committee name DE Social Committee (est. 2006)
Recent social events summer kick-off roof top party (with open mic performances, music food and drinks), employee Christmas party (with Las Vegas theme last year), separate kids Christmas party with gifts from Santa for all, monthly happy hour every last Friday of the month, Halloween pumpkin carving contest, summer family barbecue (with live band, bouncy castle games and face-painting) company-sponsored basketball, soccer and volleyball teams, periodic pub nights, bowling
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications the company's President takes three employees out for breakfast every Friday (helping to get to know each employee on an individual level)

Financial Benefits & Compensation

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 24 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
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, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy), $300 fitness club subsidy can be used for most any health-related activities, from personal trainer services to recreational hockey league fees
Fitness club subsidy $300 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 80% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 80% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 2 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 2 weeks
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

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 4 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 5 days off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 8 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information vacation increases to 4 weeks annually after only 4 years on-the-job

Employee Engagement & Performance

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
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, individual and year-end bonuses, employees can win additional days off and paid weekend getaways, participate in monthly prize draws at company happy hour events and win a dinner for two on Valentine's Day
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months

Training & Skills Development

In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, tuition subsidies related to job
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Financial bonuses for course completions yes

Community Involvement

Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 8 paid days)
Some of the community organizations supported ALS Bucket Challenge, Men's Mission of London, London Food Bank, UWO Robotics Team Sponsorship, Seaforth Community Hospital, Untied Way, Drop Zone Challenge for Easter Seals
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight To encourage employee giving, Digital Extremes surveys employees over the holiday season about their favourite charities, with employees voting for their favourite two or three charitable organizations and the company following-up employee giving with matching donations.

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