Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 6, 2016)
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 (2017):
- GE Canada encourages ongoing education and development with generous tuition subsidies for courses related and indirectly related to an employee's 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 membership 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 relies on diversity to spur innovation
Cindy Maharaj missed her family back in Canada. In 2005, after four years working with General Electric Plastics in Holland, the customer service specialist found an opening for an order management specialist at Toronto-based GE Canada's Healthcare Business. She applied and got the job.
By 2008, she was promoted to Order Management Manager. In 2013, she changed roles to become the Proposals Manager for Canada. In 2015, she assumed more responsibility, and stepped into the role of North American Proposals Manager, in charge of Healthcare's submissions to project tenders.
"The great thing about working for a company with the size and scope of ours," she says, "is that you can change roles while staying with the same company."
GE Canada has offices across the country. Its core businesses include healthcare, oil and gas, transportation, power, renewables, digital and energy connections.
"Ours is a performance-driven organization that rewards individuals not only for how they do their jobs but for how they act and lead," says Sonia Boyle, Executive HR Leader.
The company hires engineers and scientists, software specialists, financial professionals and business graduates. "There's a particular focus on hiring employees who can help with GE Canada's digital transformation," says Boyle.
With over 6,500 employees across the country, GE Canada relies on diversity and inclusiveness to foster productivity and innovation. The company has seven Affinity Networks - groups for women, military veterans, African-Canadians, Asians, Hispanics, GLBT and young professionals - to promote networking and professional development.
Maharaj, born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, chaired the African Affinity Forum group from 2013 to 2015. "When I looked at all the affinity groups at GE Canada, I identified most closely with this one because there were many people of Caribbean descent like myself," she says. She is currently involved in the GE Women's Network and as an ally to the GLBT group. "It's a great way to grow my networks and practise my leadership skills," she says.
GE Canada encourages the continuing education of its employees; it offers tuition subsidies for external courses and a range of in-house training options, delivered both online and in-person. Executive leadership training includes the opportunity for selected participants to spend a week at the John F. Welch Leadership Development Center in Crotonville, N.Y.
"I did a course on Innovative Leadership there in April," says Maharaj. "It was a great opportunity to collaborate with peers from around the globe. Much of the training was based on experiential learning. Taking that learning, sharing it with my team of 23 and having them apply it in their jobs was the biggest take-away from my being there."
GE Canada also connects with the up-and-coming generation. In addition to providing paid internships, the company has partnered for the past decade with Actua, an Ottawa-based non-profit that delivers STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs to youth across the country.
GE employees engage with Actua through mentorships, volunteering and contributing to program design. GE also offers a scholarship program for women and Aboriginal students studying for engineering or business degrees.
Employees help direct the company's charitable initiatives through the GE Community Investment Council, which meets quarterly and publishes an annual report. GE Canada also organizes an annual, country-wide "Day of Caring" to encourage employees to volunteer in their local communities.
Last year, GE Canada held 444 volunteer events in support of about 250 charitable causes. "We don't just write a cheque," says Boyle. "We want to actively support the communities where we live and work."
Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017)
By Kristina Leung and Richard Yerema, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 9, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why General Electric Canada / GE was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):
- GE Canada helps recent finance grads gain work experience through a Financial Management Program, a 2-year early career initiative that includes 4 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 manages a Water Engineering Program to expose engineering grads to a variety of functions including engineering, technology, service and commercial -- participants are situated at the organization's Oakville location and travel extensively throughout North America over the course of the program
- Through GE Canada's CA Training Program, participants gain experience in controllership, compliance, financial planning and analysis, budgeting, forecasting and process innovations, to name a few