IMAX Corporation
IMAX employees in costume surprising unsuspecting patrons before a screening

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

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

  • 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 supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments and offers a subsidy for in vitro fertilization (IVF) when needed
IMAX camera and sound employees celebrating at the company's launch party for its new laser technology

Employer Background

Industry Motion Picture Theatres
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Mississauga ON
Full-time employees in Canada 310
Part-time employees in Canada 3
Full-time employees worldwide 618
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 8%
Average age of employees in Canada 43
Longest serving employee 47 years

Physical Workplace B+

Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, free parking
Workplace features shower facilities onsite, weekly yoga classes, massage therapist, nap room, religious observance room, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities music, television, table tennis
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals
Snacks available Lifetime Fitness, fitness club, Winston Woods, Clarkson Park, Rattray Conservation Area, the Parkway, Iroquois Shoreline Woods, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Company organized social events yes
Recent social events kids holiday party with an IMAX blue carpet, arts and crafts, magicians, superheros and Disney characters, company holiday party, summer events featuring dunk tanks, food trucks and a volleyball tournament, ice cream trucks, billiard and bowling nights, Halloween celebration with a pumpkin carving contest, trick or treating and a costume contest, milestone celebrations, summer intern thank you celebration, IMAX friends and family movie screenings for major blockbuster events with free concessions
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

Financial benefits note IMAX Corporation 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
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,000) 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 Corporation 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
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, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy), health spending account of $250 per year
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $6,000 per lifetime
Fitness club subsidy $500 each year
Family-friendly benefits note IMAX Corporation has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
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 Corporation 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 6 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 2 months
Additional time-off information senior personnel start with four 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
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 in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,000 in tuition subsidies per year

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 180 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Canada's Walk of Fame, Three to Be, Angel Ball
Charitable giving matches employee donations

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