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Nuance Communications Canada Inc.
Nuance Communications Canada employees demonstrating one of the company's voice recognition technologies

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

Here are some of the reasons why Nuance Communications Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) and Montreal's Top Employers (2016):

  • Nuance Communications let's everyone share in the company's success through a share purchase plan as well as a profit-sharing plan, and offers signing bonuses for some positions and a generous new employee referral program that includes bonuses from $1,500 to $5,000, depending on the vacancy
  • A important part of Boston-based Nuance Communications Inc., the company's Montréal location is the company's second largest office and home to over 540 highly skilled employees who come to work in the completely renovated "old Eaton's department store" in the heart of the downtown -- the heritage building offers comfortable and easy access to shops, restaurants and the city's Métro system
  • As part of their health plan, Nuance employees receive an annual wellness account ($150 annually) as well as a health spending account for additional coverages (to $500 annually) -- the company also brings in a professional yoga instructor for regular onsite yoga classes and provides new employees with four weeks of paid vacation allowance to start

Employer Background

Industry Software Publishers
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Nuance Communications Inc.
Parent company head office Burlington, MA, USA
Full-time employees in Canada 741
Part-time employees in Canada 20
Full-time employees worldwide 14,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 5.8%
Average age of employees in Canada 39.9
Longest serving employee 16 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features unique downtown head office is located inside the converted historic Eaton's department store, a designated heritage building that is today home to numerous retail and offices, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, video games, foosball table, telephone 'booths' for private conversations, multiple lounge areas in the office, first aid room (with bed for rest if needed), onsite lunch hour and after work yoga classes hosted regularly by professional yoga instructors
Snacks available fresh fruit available on a regular basis
Other nearby amenities YMCA and YWCA, fitness club, Mount Royal Mountain, McGill University Campus, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, bIXI bike station (shared-use bicycles), all weather access to shops, restaurants and the Métro through the city's underground pedestrian network

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Employee social committee name Montréal Social Committee
Recent social events spring Cabane à Sucre, Valentine gift basket draws, photo-booth party, tatoo event, halloween celebration (with best costume and best pumpkin competitions), holiday party for employees and their spouses at Christmas, pub nights and in-house foosball tournaments (the head office features two high-end Italian foosball tables)
Cultural aspects business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter

Financial Benefits & Compensation

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 6 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $5,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 28 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), wellness account ($150 annually), health spending account for other services ($500 annually), discounted gym memberships at nearby facilities
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 4 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave maximum 1 month

Employee Engagement & Performance

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 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
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, reward programs for exceptional performance (including gift cards, additional time off, bonuses as well as equity grants for some employees), formal "Chairman's Club" program to recognize its high performing sales and management employees
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 in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives 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 $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
Unique training & development programs well-developed online learning and development initiative, called Nuance University

Community Involvement

Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight As part of its charitable program, a committee of several employees review its charitable program, electing to support the annual Centraide initiative that in turn supports organizations and initiatives across the city. Employees host a variety of fundraisers in support of the annual campaign, raising over $70,000 last year, hosting bake-sales, pizza sales, raffles for NHL tickets, and a foosball tournament.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Nuance Communications Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016):

  • Nuance Communications employees can participate in "Engineering Excellence", a program to support the professional development of Nuance Technologists -- the program offers live and recorded sessions, videos and blog posts on technical and non-technical topics and skill development recommendations to support technical learning
  • Nuance Communications provides students with unique development opportunities through its global internship program and hosts executive lunch and learns specifically to allow interns to meet the company's senior executive team


Industry Software Publishers
Full-time employees in Canada 741
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunites, paid internships, tuition subsidies related to job
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, leadership training, online employee skills inventory
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives new graduate / intern open house event

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