Ericsson Canada Inc.
Ericsson Canada employees at a cycling fundraiser

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

Here are some of the reasons why Ericsson Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) and Montreal's Top Employers (2016):

  • Along with international opportunities at an international employer, Ericsson Canada encourages ongoing employee development with generous tuition subsidies (up to $8,000 annually) as well as subsidies for professional accreditation and a variety of in-house and online training programs
  • Ericsson Canada's head office employees can keep fit by taking advantage of the onsite fitness facility, which features free membership, personal fitness assessments, a full range of exercise equipment and instructor-led classes (from yoga to karate) -- and employees with young children may even find the time for a workout by taking advantage of an onsite daycare facility with 60 spaces available
Ericsson Canada employees at a patent presentation

Employer Background

Industry Telecommunications Equipment
Publicly traded yes
Parent company LM Ericsson
Parent company head office Stockholm, Sweden
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 3,225
Full-time employees worldwide 118,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 6.3%
Average age of employees in Canada 43
Longest serving employee 28 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features the head office features a double tower office building, built around exterior furnished courtyards where employees can enjoy lunch, onsite library, mountain and city views, telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, outdoor patio
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, subsidized meals
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, pilates, aerobics, karate), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, personal fitness assessments and health checks through the company's wellness program, which also includes lunch hour seminars on health-related topics
Other nearby amenities fitness club, Mount Royal Park, restaurants, shopping mall

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Employee social committee name Montreal Engagement Committee/MEC (est. 2012)
Recent social events new employee golf tournament, company-wide summer barbecue, Christmas holiday luncheon, employee activity day events (which vary by department), including treasure hunts, go-karting, picnics, baseball and community volunteer activities, such as helping to paint schools and community centres
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter

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, life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $6,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 25 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
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, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $15,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 65% of salary for 17 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 65% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits daycare centre onsite
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 10 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 3 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 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, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development

Career planning yes
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, leadership training, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $8,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $8,000 in tuition subsidies per year

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, (up to 1 paid day)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 441 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 120 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Children's Aid Foundation, Art Gallery of Ontario, The Starlight Children's Foundation
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Ericsson Canada's charitable focus is initiatives to encourage young people, women in particular, to pursue careers in technology. The company participates in community activities, such as bring your child to work day, and created partnerships with local high schools to provide employee-led coaching on software application development for students over a 10-week period. Employees can also submit proposals to support particular charities to the employee engagement committee, and individual departments often utilize their employee activity day to organize team volunteering for community projects.

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