Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc.
Ivanhoé Cambridge head office's spacious atrium

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

Here are some of the reasons why Ivanhoé Cambridge Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2016) and Montreal's Top Employers (2016):

  • Ivanhoé Cambridge supports employees who are new mothers, father or adoptive parents with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 80% of salary for 18 weeks) -- and helps employees balance work and their personal lives with a range of alternative work arrangements including flexible hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay) and a formal earned days-off program
  • Full-time employees at Ivanhoé Cambridge receive compassionate leave top-up payments when called upon to care for a loved one (to 80% of salary for 8 weeks)
  • Ivanhoé Cambridge encourages its employees to volunteer through the unique "Give and Take Days" program -- employees receive two paid days off each year as long as one is dedicated for volunteer work -- and every fall the company hosts the international "Giving Back Day" and invites employees to volunteer in support of selected community organizations in their region -- over 500 employees worldwide participated last year
  • Along with a variety of company-arranged discounts on everything from car rentals to amusement park admissions, Ivanhoé Cambridge rewards excellent performance through a variety of awards, such as paid vacations and tickets to concerts
Ivanhoé Cambridge head office building
Ivanhoé Cambridge's President meeting with employees in Calgary, Alberta
Ivanhoé Cambridge employees can enjoy a patio at the head office during the summer months

Employer Background

Parent company Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec
Parent company head office Montréal QC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,126
Part-time employees in Canada 209
Full-time employees worldwide 1,276
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 3%
Average age of employees in Canada 42
Longest serving employee 45 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features live entertainment (summer), bicycle tune-up clinics, umbrella loan program for rainy days, four electric car charging stations (the company maintains over 100 at properties across Canada) a BIXI shared bike station out front (free access for employees), and even a valet and car wash service, head office building is LEED EBOM Gold accredited and recently received the BOMA Canadian Earth award for its many environmental features, telecommuter workstations, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, spacious dining area with television screens and wi-fi access for personal use, four additional restaurants in the building complex (variety of menu selections)
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (muscle tone, spinning, stretching), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, personal trainer service, physiotherapy and massage therapy
Other nearby amenities Le De La Gauchetière skating rink (10,000 square feet), fitness club, Old Port of Montréal and the newly redeveloped Quartier International neighbourhood, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Place des Arts de Montréal

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Employee social committee name ICL'FUN (est. 1994)
Recent social events Christmas parties for employees (as well as a separate party for children of employees), national sweater day, summer employee "Field Day" with team building activities and a chance to socialize informally, treats delivered on holidays such as Easter and Halloween, and sponsorship of a mixed softball team as well as for the Tour de I'lle de Montréal every summer
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation

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 retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,500) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounted auto lease rates, company-arranged discounts on a range of products and services, including car rentals, amusement park admissions, VIA rail travel, home computers, cellphone and home internet services, depending on employee group, some employees receive contributions to a defined benefit pension plan

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 21 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, 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), wellness program
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 80% of salary for 18 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 80% of salary for 18 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 80% of salary for 18 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, daycare centre onsite
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, earned days off program

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

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
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information TGIF and My Birthday earned days off program (up to 5 days each year), duration of unpaid leaves of absence are determined individually

Employee Engagement & Performance

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
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, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, "Bravo" award and recognition program for exceptional performance, which includes a variety of awards such as vacations, concert tickets and home appliances
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

Career planning online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, tuition subsidies related to job
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $4,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,000 in tuition subsidies per year

Community Involvement

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 employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 6,979 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 1,500 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Bob Rumble Foundation for the Deaf, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Centraide/United Way, Fondation du cancer du seine du Québec, Sick Kids Foundation, Special Olympics Society of Nova Scotia, Weekend to End Breast Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Ivanhoé Cambridge manages a corporate "Donations and Sponsorships Policy" to help guide its charitable efforts in support of a variety of local, national and international charitable initiatives where the company operates. And, through the company's "Give and Take Days" program, employees receive 2 paid days off each year, provided they spend one of those two days volunteering with a charitable initiative in their community. Through the annual "Giving Back Day" every fall, employees are invited to volunteer in support of selected community organization in their region -- over 500 employees participated last year. The company also provides a unique fee subsidy for outside sports activities that raise funds for charities and non-profit organizations

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