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General Electric Canada / GE
GE Canada employee working on the company's wind turbines in Manitoulin Island, Ontario   (Photo credit: John Hryniuk)

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

Here are some of the reasons why General Electric Canada / GE was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • GE Canada encourages ongoing education and development with generous tuition subsidies for courses related and indirectly related to the current role as well as a range of in-house training options -- the company also reaches out to the next generation through paid internships and a unique scholarship program for women and Aboriginal students pursuing engineering or business degrees
  • Employees at GE Canada help direct the company's many charitable initiatives through the employee-led "GE Community Investment Council", which meets quarterly and publishes an annual report -- the company also organized a country-wide "Day of Caring" initiative last year to encourage employees to get involved in their local community
  • GE Canada's head office employees can keep in shape with subsidized memberships to an onsite fitness facility that features instructor-led classes and personal training, enjoy a game of pick-up basketball on the outdoor court in the summer months or take a break and go for a lunch hour stroll along adjacent wooded trails
GE Canada employees gearing up to volunteer on the company's National Day of Caring

Employer Background

Industry Diversified Technology and Equipment Manufacturing
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Oakville ON, Bromont QC, Montréal QC, Québec QC, Vancouver BC, Peterborough ON
Full-time employees in Canada 7,213
Part-time employees in Canada 41
Full-time employees worldwide 333,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 7%
Average age of employees in Canada 44.5
Longest serving employee 52 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities free parking
Workplace features recent renovations have improved the building's operating efficiency and reduced its overall environmental footprint (the building is the first renovated structure in Ontario to receive the LEED Existing Building certification), workplace features a glass atrium with extensive greenery (employees can adopt-a-plant and take it home when they become too large), adjacent wooded areas with walking trails along with easy highway access for commuters, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, table tennis
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals, for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (circuit training, boot camp, personal training), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, outdoor basketball and volleyball courts, fitness centre's Health Ahead activities, designed to reach out and encourage wider employee participation
Other nearby amenities Meadowvale Sports Park, fitness club, Leslie Trail Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Employee social committee name multiple social committees across locations (first est. 2000)
Recent social events cruises, sporting events, seasonal celebrations for Halloween and Thanksgiving, Christmas parties at locations across the company, long service awards, office specific celebrations such as Stampede celebrations in Calgary
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter
Other in-house communications ombudsperson office through which employees can discuss issues with the certainty of confidentiality

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 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
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $5,160) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan note GE Canada has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
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 20 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, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $300 each year
Fitness club subsidy up to $300 each year
Other health plan information mental health strategy (includes mental health training for managers and all employees)
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, academic scholarships of up to $1,500 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting

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 10 years of employment
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
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 5 personal days off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 3 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information unpaid leaves of absence have no cap limit, hourly employees start with 2 weeks of paid vacation, moving to 3 weeks after 4 years on the job

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, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), peer-nominated GE Global Rewards & Recognition program, with varying rewards to recognize unusual and significant accomplishments, recognition gifts on every 5th anniversary of employment
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 A+

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives 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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of non-related tuition per year
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies per year

Community Involvement A+

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 2 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 23,759 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 444 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported matches employee donations
Community highlight The GE Community Investment Council is comprised of active employees who review charitable initiatives across Canada. The Council meets 4 times each year to review requests and allocate charitable funds (and even publishes the Volunteers Annual Report to highlight the year's initiatives). The company also supported the Day of Caring initiative last year to encourage all employees to volunteer with their favourite charity. GE Canada's matching financial donation program offers no set maximum.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why General Electric Canada / GE was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016):

  • GE Canada helps recent finance grads gain work experience through a Financial Management Program, a 2-year early career program that includes four rotational assignments in areas such financial planning, accounting, operations analysis, auditing and forecasting -- the program also includes coursework, job assignments and interactive seminars
  • GE Canada also established a Capital Risk Management Program, a 2-year entry-level program that includes three rotational assignments which are based on business needs and personal interest, and may include underwriting, portfolio management, risk analytics, enterprise and operational risk, and workout and restructuring
  • Through GE Canada's CA Training Program, participants gain experience in controllership, compliance, financial planning and analysis, budgeting and forecasting and process innovations, to name a few, and are exposed to various lines of the company's business
GE Canada employees teamed up with Habitat for Humanity during a Day of Caring in Edmonton, Alberta

Highlights

Industry Diversified Technology and Equipment Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Oakville ON, Bromont QC, Montréal QC, Québec QC, Vancouver BC, Peterborough ON
Full-time employees in Canada 7,213
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives Young People's Network, scholarships for female students or students of Aboriginal descent who are studying Engineering or Business

The Career Directory

General Electric Canada / GE has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
GE Canada employee at the aviation testing facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Diversified Technology and Equipment Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Oakville ON, Bromont QC, Montréal QC, Québec QC, Vancouver BC, Peterborough ON
Full-time employees in Canada 7,213
Part-time employees in Canada 24
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
Other info for new grads Financial Management Program, CPA Leadership Program, Engineering Development Program, Commercial Leadership Program, Operations Management Leadership Program, Information Technology Leadership Program, Software Development Leadership Program, Graduate Engineering Training Program, Water Engineering Program
Typical new grad positions Business Associate, Credit Analyst, Documentation Specialist, Account Representative, Account Manager, Manufacturing Engineer, Electrical Engineer
Starting salary $50K to $55K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited


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