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 Hatch Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017):
- Employees working at Hatch's Mississauga head office can take advantage of a number of onsite amenities including a cafeteria, which features subsidized meals and healthy and special-diet menus, a quiet room for meditation or religious observance and subsidized access to a fully-equipped fitness facility
- Hatch helps employees prepare for the future with contributions to a defined contribution pension plan, retirement planning assistance and phased-in work options for those nearing retirement
- Hatch encourages employees to become owners through a share purchase plan, available to all, and offers a full suite of additional financial benefits including signing bonuses for some employees, year-end bonuses and profit-sharing for all
Hatch engineers an entrepreneurial culture
Not long after graduating from University of Toronto with a degree in chemical engineering, Ajay Kochhar went to work for Hatch, a global professional services company based in Mississauga, Ont. He worked on designs for reducing air emissions for clients in the mining and metals sector and, as he puts it: "You could always see the impact of your work on clients and the surrounding communities. It was extremely rewarding."
Kochhar was equally inspired by the working environment at Hatch. "One of the things that drew me to the company was the entrepreneurial culture," he says. "At Hatch, we say that people are entrepreneurs with a technical soul. That really resonates with me."
Over 90 per cent of the company's employees are professional engineers. They work with mining companies, public and private sector clients that build infrastructure, and clients in the energy field, which includes oil and gas as well as hydro, solar, wind, thermal and nuclear power generation.
That said, Hatch is far from a typical engineering firm, says Chief Executive Officer John Bianchini. The company designs and builds, but its goes well beyond that. "We help our clients realize their dreams," says Bianchini. "Whatever they envision, we love to build. We then partner with clients to maintain and optimize their assets, reduce costs, and implement ideas and technologies that benefit their business and the local community."
Hatch recruits from top engineering schools across Canada and around the world. The company, which funds over 500 scholarships and bursaries globally each year, has offices in more than 60 countries. "We draw people from everywhere and we give our young people a chance to see the world and be their best," says Bianchini. "At any given time, we will have hundreds of people on assignment outside their native country. That's the nature of our work. We follow our clients as they expand globally."
However, the company ensures that employees - especially younger ones - are well prepared. For the first two to three years with Hatch, young professionals are enrolled in the Professional Development Program. They spend much of their time getting to know the company and its clients. They have the opportunity to meet their peers and senior leaders, both professionally and socially, and they learn to work in teams.
The company also promotes team-building and camaraderie by participating in community fund-raising and charitable activities. For the fifth consecutive year, Hatch has been the top corporate fund-raiser in the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation's Road Hockey Tournament to Conquer Cancer. The company has raised over $1 million, and this year more than 100 employees on 10 teams participated.
Those who decide to make a long-term commitment to Hatch are encouraged to participate in the company's share purchase plan. "We do really exciting work that changes the world," says Bianchini. "People who are technical and entrepreneurial find that attractive, but they are also attracted to a company that gives them the opportunity to become owners and, with that, can prosper along with the business"
Those two things, ownership and the nature of the work, go a long way toward promoting loyalty and long service. "One of the aspects of Hatch that really surprised me when I first started was the number of people I met who'd been here for 25 to 30 years or more," says Kochhar. "They'd been able to move around within Hatch and have multiple careers."
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 Hatch Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):
- Hatch consistently partners with universities across Canada to collaborate on research and development projects, offer scholarship grants, host information sessions and attend career fairs
- Hatch maintains a formal student and new graduate program which includes knowledge sharing sessions, lunch and learns and a student showcase that allows students to present their work in a science fair set-up
- Hatch manages a Professional Development Program (PDP) to provide mentoring to employees in their first to fourth year of employment -- additionally, employees can participate in a number of developmental events such as the PDP Committee (which meets regularly to discuss ongoing professional development), "Keep Education Going Sessions" where PDP members share their experience on project experience, clients and corporate culture, and Associate Breakfasts, which allow graduates to share their concerns