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OpenText Corporation
OpenText employees gathered in the company's customer experience lab

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

Here are some of the reasons why OpenText Corporation was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016), Ten Best Companies to Work For (2016) and Waterloo Area's Top Employers (2016):

  • One of Canada's leading software development firms, OpenText invests heavily in the development of its people through in-house training programs and generous tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions (to $3,000 annually)
  • Steps away from the University of Waterloo, one of Canada's top universities for technology, employees at OpenText's head office enjoy working in a campus-like setting and can enjoy breaks in an employee lounge complete with foosball and video games -- the lounge also leads to an outdoor patio that directly connects to a walking path that winds through the university's lush environmental reserve
  • OpenText continues to expand in Canada and internationally -- the company added 130 full-time employees in Canada last year and all employees are encouraged to become owners of the publicly-traded company through a share-purchase plan
OpenText employees interviewd on OTTV
OpenText employees celebrating the OpenText Corporate Kick-off Event in Waterloo, Ontario
OpenText employees gathered for a seminar in the customer experience lab

Employer Background

Industry Custom Computer Programming Services
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Waterloo ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Richmond Hill ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,440
Part-time employees in Canada 6
Full-time employees worldwide 8,545
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2.75%
Average age of employees in Canada 41
Longest serving employee 38 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office is located in the University of Waterloo's Research and Technology Park and features two towers (connected via an elevated sky-bridge) in a campus-like setting, office features shower facilities, weekly yoga classes onsite, 200 seat AV-equipped auditorium, coffee stations feature Tassimo machines with Starbucks coffee, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, video games, foosball table, table tennis, lounge opens to patio with barbecue, pond and access to walking paths
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Other nearby amenities YMCA, Waterloo Memorial Recreation Centre, fitness club, Laurel Creek Conservation Area, University of Waterloo Trail System, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, University of Waterloo

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Employee social committee name Waterloo Social Committee (est. 2003)
Recent social events summer barbecues, Oktoberfest celebration, Halloween dress-up contest, an evening Christmas party for employees and their partners as well as a separate party for children of employees, full-day winter ski trip, company box seating at the ACC in Toronto (occasionally made available for departments to attend Maple Leafs and Raptor's games), Easter chocolates for employees, summer picnic at Bingemans amusement park, and activities to celebrate Earth Week (such as picking-up garbage around the property)
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter
Other in-house communications Tempo Social (social media)

Financial Benefits & Compensation

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 6 months
Long-term savings matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $3,300) 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 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 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, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Fitness club subsidy $300 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 2 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 2 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information maternity leave top-up varies, from 100% of salary for 8 weeks plus 67% for 9 weeks (for employees with five years or less experience) up to 100% top-up for 17 weeks (for those employed for ten years or more)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 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 of absence option yes
Additional time-off information duration of unpaid leaves of absence are determined on an individual basis, vacation entitlements increase by one day each year, starting after their second year on the job

Employee Engagement & Performance

Managers receive performance review training yes
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition long-service awards, on-the-spot "eCard" program and the "Capture the Moment" program, with recognition ranging from a simple thank you to monetary rewards in recognition of their hard work, patent incentive awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 6 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development

Career planning online employee skills inventory
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

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 12 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Waterloo Region Food Bank, Salvation Army, Canadian Blood Services, Humane Society, Terry Fox Run
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Each year, OpenText and its employees direct their efforts to a number of charitable initiatives, targeting four primary areas of support, including education and innovation for global change, children and family support, disaster relief, and the annual United Way campaign. In addition, each office has an appointed "Site Leader" who works with other employees and coordinates events within the office and region. Employees also coordinate their own departmental community and charitable events throughout the year

The Career Directory

OpenText Corporation has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Custom Computer Programming Services
Major Canadian hiring locations Waterloo ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Richmond Hill ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,440
Part-time employees in Canada 6
Student opportunities paid internships, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Software Engineer, QA Engineer, IT Analyst, Financial Analyst
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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