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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 (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Nuance Communications Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and Montreal's Top Employers (2016):

  • An industry leader, Nuance Communications offers 4 weeks of paid vacation for new employees as well as flexible hours and telecommuting options to help employees balance their work and personal lives
  • Nuance Communications' Montréal location is the company's second largest office globally and is home to over 530 highly skilled employees who work in a renovated "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 the company's health plan, Nuance Communications employees receive an annual wellness account ($150 annually) as well as a health spending account for additional coverage (to $500 annually) -- the company also brings in a professional yoga instructor for regular onsite classes
Nuance Communications Canada employees receiving coaching before a dragon boat race

Employer Background

Industry Software Publishers
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Nuance Communications Inc.
Parent company head office Burlington, MA, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Waterloo ON, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 740
Part-time employees in Canada 30
Full-time employees worldwide 14,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 6%
Average age of employees in Canada 41
Longest serving employee 17 years

Physical Workplace B+

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 now home to numerous retail shops and offices and offers easy access to great restaurants and cafés, additional workplace features include a first aid room (with bed for rest if needed), onsite lunch hour and after work yoga classes hosted regularly by professional instructors, telecommuter workstations, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, foosball table, table tennis, telephone booths for private conversations, multiple lounge areas in the office
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 A

Employee social committee name Montréal Social Committee (est. 2005)
Recent social events spring Cabane à Sucre, Valentine gift basket draws, photo booth party, tattoo 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 (head office features 2 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 B+

Financial benefits note Nuance Communications has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
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

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B

Health plan note Nuance Communications has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
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)
Health spending account up to $500 each year
Wellness spending account up to $150 each year
Other health plan information discounted gym memberships at nearby facilities
Family-friendly benefits note Nuance Communications has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off A

Vacation note Nuance Communications has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
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 B+

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 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 B+

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) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual 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 B

Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 1 charitable and community organization were supported last year
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight An employee-based committee reviews the company's 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 through bake sales, pizza sales, raffles for NHL tickets, and even 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
Nuance Communications Canada employees gathered together for a game of volleyball

Highlights

Industry Software Publishers
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Waterloo ON, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 741
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
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

The Career Directory

Nuance Communications Canada Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Software Publishers
Parent company Nuance Communications Inc.
Parent company head office Burlington, MA, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Waterloo ON, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 740
Part-time employees in Canada 30
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Software Development Engineer, Quality Assurance Engineer, System Integration Engineer, Speech Scientist, Research Engineer
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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