OpenText Corporation
OpenText employees in front of the company's head offices in Waterloo, ON

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

Here are some of the reasons why OpenText Corporation was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and Waterloo Area's Top Employers (2017):

  • Established in 1991 as a small spin-off from the University of Waterloo, OpenText has grown to become one of Canada's largest software companies with over 10,000 people employed worldwide -- employees even have the opportunity become owners of the publicly-traded company through a share purchase plan
  • OpenText supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments (provided on a sliding scale depending on length of service) and offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
  • OpenText employees enjoy a busy social calendar with company organized events throughout the year, including summer barbecues, an Oktoberfest celebration, a Halloween dress-up contest, an evening Christmas party for employees and their partners, a separate party for children of employees, and a full-day winter ski trip, to name a few
OpenText employees celebrating the company's 25th anniversary

Employer Background

Industry Custom Computer Programming Services
Established in Canada 1991
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Waterloo ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Richmond Hill ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,626
Part-time employees in Canada 5
Full-time employees worldwide 10,953
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 3%
Average age of employees in Canada 42
Longest serving employee 40 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, 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 by an elevated sky bridge, office features shower facilities, weekly onsite yoga classes, 200-seat AV-equipped auditorium, coffee and filtered water stations on each floor (featuring Tassimo and Starbucks coffee brewing stations), telecommuter workstations, 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 is adjacent to cafeteria and opens to patio with barbecue and easy access to surrounding green space
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, Columbia Lake, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University

Work Atmosphere & Communications A+

Employee social committee name Open Text Social Committee (est. 2003 with local committees at each company location)
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, a full-day winter ski trip, Earth Day activities (including lights-off worldwide and picking up garbage around the property), summer family picnic at nearby amusement park, company box seating at the ACC in Toronto (occasionally made available for departments to attend Maple Leafs and Raptors games)
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 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 yes
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $3,300) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

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 for coverage 30 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)
Fitness club subsidy up to $320 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 follows a sliding scale, from 100% of salary for 8 weeks plus 67% for 9 weeks (for employees with 5 years or less experience) up to 100% top-up for 17 weeks (for those employed for 10 years or more)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B+

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 4 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 3 days off
Unpaid leave maximum 6 months
Additional time-off information duration of unpaid leaves of absence are determined on an individual basis, vacation entitlements increase by 1 day each year after the second year on the job

Employee Engagement & Performance A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 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, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), unique Patent Incentive Program (for innovative ideas), stock option awards for top performing sales personnel and the President's Club awards for its top sales representatives
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 A+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,000 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position

Community Involvement A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Some of the community organizations supported Waterloo Region Food Bank, Canadian Blood Services, Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Each year, OpenText and its employees direct their efforts to a number of charitable initiatives, targeting 4 primary areas of support including education and innovation for global change. In addition, each office maintains a Site Leader who works with others to coordinate events within the office and region. Employees also coordinate their own departmental community and charitable events throughout the year.

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