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General Electric Canada / GE
GE Canada employee frame welding at the Large Motors Manufacturing Plant in Peterborough, Ontario

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

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

  • 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 can plan for the future with retirement planning assistance and a defined contribution pension plan -- and offers employees an opportunity to become shareholders through a share purchase plan
GE Canada employees cleaning up the Ottanabee River's shoreline during the company's National Day of Caring
GE Canada employees working on the Laricina Well Heads in Alberta's oilsands
Employees visit GE Canada's wind turbine on Manitoulin Island in Ontario

Employer Background

Industry Diversified Technology and Equipment Manufacturing
Publicly traded yes
Full-time employees in Canada 7,213
Part-time employees in Canada 24
Full-time employees worldwide 305,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2.6%
Average age of employees in Canada 42.2
Longest serving employee 40 years

Physical Workplace

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 (EB) certification), workplace features a glass atrium with extensive greenery (employees can adopt-a-plant and take 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
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (circuit training, boot camp, personal training), rowing machines, weights, 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, Leslie Trail Park, daycare, restaurants

Work Atmosphere & Communications

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

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

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), mental health strategy (includes mental health training for managers and all employees)
Fitness club subsidy $300 each year
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

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
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information unpaid leaves of absence have no cap limit, hourly employees start with two weeks paid vacation, moving to three weeks after four years on the job

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 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

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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies per year

Community Involvement

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
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 21,000 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 600 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 four 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


Industry Diversified Technology and Equipment Manufacturing
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
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

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