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IMAX Corporation
IMAX employees in the office's reception area

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

Here are some of the reasons why IMAX Corporation was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017):

  • IMAX helps employees plan for the longer term with contributions to a defined contribution pension plan and manages a year-end bonus program -- additionally, the company offers generous referral bonuses (up to $3,000) when employees successfully recruit a friend
  • IMAX's head office features its own IMAX theatre (where employees can invite their friends and family for weekend viewings) as well as two barrier-free washrooms, shower facilities and an area used for weekly yoga and pilates classes -- outside, the company maintains two bicycles for employees to use as needed during the work day
  • IMAX's subsidized social committee organizes a number of events and celebrations for staff each year including a children's holiday party, IMAX friends and family movie screenings for major blockbuster events, and summer events such as a volleyball tournament and billiard and bowling nights
IMAX employee Jeremy inspecting the company's laser technology

Employer Background

Industry Motion Picture Theatres
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Mississauga ON
Full-time employees in Canada 336
Part-time employees in Canada 8
Full-time employees worldwide 685
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 6.62%
Average age of employees in Canada 43.1
Longest serving employee 44 years

Physical Workplace B+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, free parking
Workplace features open 2-storey atrium includes a subsidized café and coffee bar with seating for employees, 2 new barrier-free washrooms, room for weekly yoga and pilates classes, massage therapist visits, shower facilities onsite, member of Smart Commute Mississauga, maintains 2 bikes for employees to use during the work day, automobile spring and fall tire service to complement onsite car wash and detailing service, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities music, television, table tennis, new in-house IMAX theatre (employees can invite their friends and family for weekend viewings)
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals
Snacks available fruit trays, cheese, crackers, cookies
Other nearby amenities Clarkson Community Centre, (includes library, skating arena, gymnasium, children's water park and a variety of programs for all ages), fitness club, head office is situated on 14 acres in a park-like setting with walking trails connecting directly to Winston Park and Springbank Meadows parks, Rattray Conservation Area, the Parkway, Iroquois Shoreline Woods, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Lifetime Fitness, LA Fitness, Planet Workout, Anytime Fitness

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Company organized social events yes
Recent social events employee Christmas party (last year's event featured a fresh sushi station, oyster shucking bar, dessert station, DJ and dancing, and great door prizes such as a trip for 2 to California) multiple VIP studio tours, kids holiday party with an IMAX blue carpet, arts and crafts, magicians, superheros, Disney characters and a movie screening, summer events such as food and ice cream truck visits, Halloween celebration with a pumpkin carving contest, milestone celebrations, summer intern thank you celebration, IMAX friends and family movie screenings for major blockbuster events (with free popcorn)
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications quarterly town hall meetings with senior personnel, email box for innovative ideas (that go directly to the CEO)

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

Financial benefits note IMAX has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
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 life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $3,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits Panasonic VIP program with discounts on electronic products, Perkopolis discounts on entertainment, hotels, shopping and travel

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan note IMAX 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
Minimum hours worked for coverage 24 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 $250 each year
Wellness spending account up to $500 each year
Fitness club subsidy up to $500 each year
Other health plan information health plan is also available to contract employees on full year contracts, plan includes access to "Best Doctors" service
Family-friendly benefits note IMAX has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $6,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 8 weeks
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B+

Vacation note IMAX has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 5 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 8 months
Additional time-off information senior personnel start with 4 weeks of paid vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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), Pay for Performance bonus plan with incentive compensation for business goals, IMAX Achievers points recognition program with redeemable points for an online catalogue which includes gift cards and branded merchandise, email suggestion box for new ideas (shared with the CEO, some past ideas have become patented concepts)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development A

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unique training & development programs no set maximums for tuition subsidies and amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis

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 number of charities supported last year approximately 194 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Canada's Walk of Fame, Three to Be, Angel Ball, Ronald McDonald Charities, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Emerging Artists, National Engineering Week, Canadian Red Cross, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Toronto International Film Festival, United Nations Environment Program
Charitable giving matches employee donations

The Career Directory

IMAX Corporation has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
IMAX interns at an orientation event

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Motion Picture Theatres
Major Canadian hiring locations Mississauga ON
Full-time employees in Canada 336
Part-time employees in Canada 8
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
Typical new grad positions Accounting Intern, Domestic Marketing Intern, Engineering Post Production Intern, IT Service Desk Intern, Human Resources Intern, Legal Intern, Software Developer Intern, Corporate Development Business Intelligence Analyst Intern, Operations and Logistics Intern, Optical Engineering Intern
Starting salary $45K to $50K
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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