OpenText Corporation
OpenText employees

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why OpenText Corporation was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017), Ten Best Companies to Work For (2016) and Waterloo Area's Top Employers (2017):

  • 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) -- and is only a short walk from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University
  • OpenText encourages employees to become owners of the publicly-traded company through a share purchase plan along with helping employees save for the future with matching RSP contributions
  • 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 of Waterloo's lush environmental reserve
OpenText employees on Halloween

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 1,442
Part-time employees in Canada 7
Full-time employees worldwide 8,139
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 3.3%
Average age of employees in Canada 41.7
Longest serving employee 39 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, free parking, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office is located in the University of Waterloo's Research and Technology Park and features 2 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, currently testing new ergonomic workstation designs, 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 opens to patio with barbecue, pond and access to walking paths
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Snacks available 2 coffee and filtered water stations on each floor (featuring Tassimo and Starbucks coffee brewing stations)
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, full-day winter ski trip, St. Patrick's Day draw, Earth Day activities (including lights-off worldwide and picking up garbage around the property), summer family picnic at nearby amusement park, and 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

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

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 $5,500) 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 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 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 varies, 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 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 B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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), 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 Program (for great ideas), Excellence Awards program, 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 yes
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, 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
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of non-related tuition per year
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,000 in tuition subsidies per year

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, Salvation Army, Canadian Blood Services, Humane Society, Terry Fox Run, Habitat for Humanity, Princess Margaret Hosptial (One Walk for Cancer), Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
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 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 1,442
Part-time employees in Canada 7
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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