EllisDon Corporation
EllisDon employees dressed up for a United Way Halloween fundraiser

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

Here are some of the reasons why EllisDon Corporation was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016), Ten Best Companies to Work For (2016), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2016) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • EllisDon has become one of the most familiar names in commercial construction across Canada since its founding over 60 years ago -- the company has an incredible resume of completed and ongoing projects and continues to build and expand across the country, adding over 110 positions last year
  • EllisDon offers new employees three weeks of paid vacation allowance to start and considers previous work experience when setting employee vacation entitlements -- in addition, the company owns and operates the "Windjammer Landing Resort" in St. Lucia, offering discounted accommodation packages to employees, family and friends
  • EllisDon's new head office campus building features a large full-service cafeteria, an employee lounge and auditorium, and a fully-equipped fitness facility to encourage employees to keep fit
Description.

Employer Background

Industry Commercial and Institutional Building Construction
Full-time employees in Canada 1,505
Full-time employees worldwide 1,640
Average age of employees in Canada 40
Longest serving employee 50 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, free parking
Workplace features head office campus includes a five-storey main office tower as well as a warehouse, a manufacturing facility, a utilities building, a flex-office building and a unique "Amenities Building" that includes a 200 seat auditorium, a full-service cafeteria and a fully-equipped fitness centre with gymnasium, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, pool table, foosball table, table hockey, board games, table tennis
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (spin class), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, soccer field, basketball and tennis courts
Other nearby amenities One Health Club, fitness club, Applewood Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, walking and biking trails

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Recent social events annual hockey tournament between office locations, team lunches, office holiday parties at Christmas (as well as children's Christmas parties), tickets to sporting events, annual golf tournament
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, 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 defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Additional financial benefits discounted accommodation packages for employees, friends and family at the company-owned Windjammer Landing Resort in St. Lucia

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 there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage option up to 65 years of age
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, 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 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees

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 long-service awards
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
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 $1,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Unique training & development programs EllisDon University (or "EDU"), with a variety of courses and programs, ranging from financial management to conflict resolution to Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) certifications, partnership with the Construction Institute of Canada (CIC) to provide additional online training programs

Community Involvement

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 60 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Canadian Cancer Society, United Way, ConnecTeen (confidential peer support network in Calgary), ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (Toronto), Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre, and donation of used hockey equipment from the Ottawa Senators (Nunavut)
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight To encourage employee philanthropy, the company has a matching grant program through which the company matches employee charitable donations (up to $1,000) each year. The company also encourages employees to volunteer their time, donating $1,000 to charities where employees volunteer at least 25 hours in any given year.

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