ISM Canada
ISM Canada employees at the grand opening of the Centre of Excellence

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018)

Here are some of the reasons why ISM Canada was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2017) and Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2017):

  • ISM Canada employees receive discounted membership at the University of Regina's Fitness and Kinesiology Centre and have free access to a nearby mini-gym -- employees can also take advantage of monthly "coffee-break massages" for a nominal fee
  • Varying by employee group, new mothers at ISM Canada receive maternity and parental leave top-up payments (up to 50 weeks) -- and new fathers and adoptive parents may also receive parental leave top-ups (up to 35 weeks)
  • ISM Canada helps employees save for life after work with contributions to a defined benefit or defined contribution pension plan (varying by employee group) and also offers employees a chance to share in the company's success through a share purchase plan
ISM Canada employees presenting the Science and Technology Project Award at the University of Regina

Employer Background

Industry Custom Computer Programming Services
Established in Canada 2000
Parent company IBM Canada Ltd.
Parent company head office Regina SK
Major Canadian hiring locations Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Victoria BC, Calgary AB, Burnaby BC, Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB
Full-time employees in Canada 792
Part-time employees in Canada 11
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2%
Average age of employees in Canada 44
Longest serving employee 40 years

Physical Workplace B+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, free parking, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features workplace features a 'mini gym', discounted membership at the nearby University of Regina's Fitness and Kinesiology Centre, a transit subsidy of 100% (a free bus pass), telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities television, board games, informal conversation areas with white boards
Onsite fitness facility shared use facility, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities fitness club, Wascana Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, University of Regina

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name ISM Canada Social Club (est. 2000)
Recent social events the social club organizes 4 to 5 major events every year including seasonal celebrations such as a Halloween costume contest, a pancake breakfast, a Christmas party for employees and a separate event for employees' children, a summer barbecue and smaller themed holiday events throughout the year
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications weekly lunches (or breakfasts) with senior leadership, monthly CEO blog (Mark's Blog)

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note ISM Canada 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-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees yes
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,000) for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounted auto lease rates, corporate rates for rental cars, travel packages, new car purchases and computer purchases, some employees (BC-based in-scope employees, 52% of the workforce) participate in a defined benefit pension plan and remaining employees participate in a defined contribution pension plan, in addition to salary surveys and depending on employee group, compensation levels are determined through the collective bargaining process and through the direction of ISM's parent company, IBM Canada

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan note ISM Canada 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 30 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 180 days
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)
Other health plan information optional monthly 15-minute coffee break massages (for a nominal cost) for head office employees
Family-friendly benefits note ISM Canada has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 85% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 35 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 75% of salary for 35 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 75% of salary for 35 weeks
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting, earned days off program

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B+

Vacation note ISM Canada 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 7 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 1 personal day off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information vacation increases vary by employee group, up to 12 unused sick days are carried forward

Employee Engagement & Performance B

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, long-service awards, President's Award (from $2,000 to $5,000), Outstanding Contribution Award (from $300 to $2,000), team and individual achievement awards, luncheons to accompany long-service awards presentations
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted 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
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs subsidies for the purchase of text books

Community Involvement B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 7 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Globe Theatre, Aga Khan Golf Tournament, Do It With Class Young Peoples Theatre, Regina Public Schools, Arcola School, Canadian Association of IT Professionals
Community highlight The company's charitable program is directed towards information and technology-related initiatives in the community that are primarily focused on innovation, leadership development, youth, and the development of the current and future IT sector.

The Career Directory

ISM Canada has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
ISM Canada co-op students

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Custom Computer Programming Services
Parent company IBM Canada Ltd.
Parent company head office Regina SK
Major Canadian hiring locations Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Victoria BC, Calgary AB, Burnaby BC, Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB
Student opportunities co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, in-house career planning services
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Analyst Trainee, Programmer Analyst
Starting salary $45K to $50K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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