Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 6, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Hatch Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2018):
- Hatch celebrates employee accomplishments through a range of specific recognition awards, including awards to recognize the best published technical paper, client relations, design excellence, sustainability, mentoring and even an award to recognize exceptional teamwork and relationship building -- the company also hosts an annual event to celebrate employee promotions
- 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 -- the company also encourages employees to become owners through a share purchase plan
Hatch cultivates entrepreneurs with a technical soul
With a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and bio-engineering from McMaster University, Nishit Patel already anticipated a compelling work environment at Hatch. But from the day in 2012 that he joined the company, Hatch has guided him toward a future that has already exceeded his expectations.
Established in 1955 in Toronto, Hatch provides engineering consulting for the infrastructure, mining and energy sectors. With more than 9,000 employees in 150 countries, including about 3,400 in Canada, the employee-owned company has been involved in projects ranging from nickel mines in Australia and hydropower in Guatemala to the Sheppard subway in Toronto.
"Even before I joined Hatch, I loved the kind of work the company does," says Patel, now an Analyst with Hatch Advisory, the company's management consulting and business and investment planning group.
Hatch takes pains to ensure that employees like Patel remain focused and motivated while contributing to a culture driven, as CEO John Bianchini says, "by entrepreneurs with a technical soul."
During their first four years at the company, for example, new employees participate in a professional development program that involves on-the-job training, networking events and in-class education for engineering, leadership and business skills. Hatch also depends on formal and informal mentorships that support young employees in mastering quickly the skills they need to do their jobs well.
About eight months after Patel joined the company, he began a two-year master's program at McMaster with the company's support. Working at the time in Hatch's iron and steel group, Patel was involved in managing projects in Hamilton and Nanticoke, Ont.
"My degree program was project-based," he says, "so I could tie it in with my work."
After four years with the company, Patel had finished his master's program and hadn't lost his enthusiasm for engineering projects. But he'd also developed an interest in financial modeling. After discussing next steps with his manager, he assumed his current role as an analyst for clients in steel and general metals, which involves him in both areas.
"Now I help clients to understand the scope of projects and develop strategies to execute them," he says. "I'm looking at the bigger picture, but it still requires an engineering background."
Patel usually spends six to 10 weeks on a project, often traveling to project sites throughout the world, including Turkey, Dubai and South Africa.
"We're focused on professional ser-vices for both small and large projects where we bring differentiated value to our clients," says John Bianchini. "And as a privately held company not connected to stock markets, we're able to control our own destiny."
This enables Hatch to take a long-term, anticipatory and holistic approach to problem-solving, he says. It also allows the company to focus on the long-term career growth of employees like Patel.
Through formal and informal systems of mentorship, employees exchange information, advice and insights about the organization. "A lot of these interactions are very personal," says Patel, "and they happen organically. But there's also a framework here to support the formal mentorship structure."
Hatch's flat corporate structure encourages employees to interact and communicate, regardless of their role or title. "Our board of directors and other senior leadership participate in the active day-to-day operations of our business," says Bianchini, "and they remain accessible to any person, regardless of tenure, in our organization."
As Patel observes, "You can even walk into the CEO's office and have a conversation with him. It's just part of our business culture."
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
Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 20, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Hatch Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):
- Hatch's specialized Environmental Services practice group ensures that environmental and sustainable design considerations are factored into all its projects -- the unique practice area provides support to engineering and technical departments by incorporating social, environmental, carbon management and overall sustainable development considerations into all phases of the project
- Hatch encourages its employees to consider alternative transportation by offering preferred parking and financial incentives for carpoolers ($2.50 per passenger per one-way trip), indoor bicycle parking, shower facilities and a financial incentive for bicycle commuters ($2.00 per day cycled)
- Hatch's formal waste management program covers all areas of its operations, from aggressive waste and recycling programs at its office locations to ensuring proper disposal and recycling of waste at project sites (hazardous waste, scrap metals, treated and untreated wood, pipes, glass and insulation)