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R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd.
R.F. Binnie & Associates Applied Science Technologists Rick Merkel and Colin Bakker surveying onsite

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

Here are some of the reasons why R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and BC's Top Employers (2016):

  • R.F. Binnie & Associates' charitable giving program enables employees to participate in the selection of charities supported by the firm and paid time off to mentor local high school students -- the firm also offers a dedicated Engineer-in-Training program to support the career advancement of its younger employees
  • R.F. Binnie & Associates is employee-owned and managed, and lets everyone share in the fruits of their labours through a profit-sharing program
  • R.F. Binnie & Associates encourages employees to balance work and personal lives with flexible work hours, shortened and compressed work weeks and a telecommuting option -- and maintains telecommuter workstations for employees when working in the office
R.F. Binnie & Associates Engineer-in-Training Jeff Brackett inspecting at a project site

Employer Background

Industry Engineering Services
Parent company Binnie Consulting Ltd.
Parent company head office Burnaby BC
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Surrey BC, Squamish BC, Prince George BC, Kamloops BC
Full-time employees in Canada 115
Part-time employees in Canada 27
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 8.5%
Average age of employees in Canada 46
Longest serving employee 43 years

Physical Workplace B+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features office is located directly across from scenic Deer Lake Park and Burnaby City Hall and features an onsite cafe (with fresh fruit, sandwiches, snacks and salad bar), and a shared use fitness facility, telecommuter workstations, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio
Onsite fitness facility shared use facility, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities Burnaby Lake Sports Complex, fitness club, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, easy access to highway, nearby walking trails, Burnaby City Hall

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name Young Professionals Committee (est. 2013)
Recent social events summer picnic, mini golf, go-karting, Christmas party (with secret Santa gift exchange), employee bake exchange, staff soccer team games in industry league (and tickets to Vancouver Whitecaps FC games), monthly onsite luncheons, pub nights, pizza nights for sports pools, retirement and staff anniversary parties
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications company "Bintranet" includes employee classified ads, news reel with daily announcements on organizational and staff news, informational and training resources, vacant positions for referrals or internal applicants and online information to benefits and company policies

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 non-matching RSP
Long-term planning phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,400) for some positions
Signing bonuses vehicle mileage reimbursement program, safety gear and protective clothing allowances, special gifts for marriages and new babies

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan note R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd. has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 35 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 90 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, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $850 each year
Fitness club subsidy up to $150 each year
Other health plan information eyecare coverage
Family-friendly benefits note R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd. has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 90% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 90% of salary for 2 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 90% of salary for 2 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 90% 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

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B-

Vacation note R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd. has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 3 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 5 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information depending on the employee grouping, employees may receive 3 or 4 weeks of starting vacation, working to a maximum of 5.5 or 6 weeks

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
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, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), personalized awards when employees achieve their professional designation or certification, special recognition gifts for Professionals Day and Administrators Day events
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months

Training & Skills Development B+

In-house training initiatives mentoring, 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 $5,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs Engineer-in-Training program to support the career advancement of employees

Community Involvement B+

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 Canstruction Vancouver, BC Cancer Society, BC Children's Hospital, Engineers Without Borders, United Way, Victory Community Development Society, Movember SPCA, Bowl for Big Brothers, Jeans Day, Pink Shirt Day, Children's Wish Foundation
Community highlight Employees receive paid time off to participate in the firm's unique community outreach programs, which include a Student Industry Project Sponsorship Program (mentoring post-secondary students who are completing industry projects), Grade 12 Work Experience Program (mentoring students who are interested in a career in engineering), and the annual Take Our Kids to Work Day.

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

Here are some of the reasons why R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016):

  • R.F. Binnie & Associates maintains a Young Professionals Committee, which hosts monthly breakfast or lunch meetings that are subsidized by the company -- the committee discusses current industry events, career development, mentoring opportunities, and offers suggestions to improve the organization through liaison with human resources
  • R.F. Binnie & Associates manages an Engineer-in-Training program to support the career advancement of its employees and facilitate professional accreditation -- the program includes mentoring, in-house training, and reimbursement for APEGBC membership dues and examination costs
R.F. Binnie & Associates employees gearing up for their participation in the Vancouver Sun Run

Highlights

Industry Engineering Services
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Surrey BC, Squamish BC, Prince George BC, Kamloops BC
Full-time employees in Canada 110
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Career development in-house training, online training, mentoring
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2016):

  • R.F. Binnie & Associates encourages employees to keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date with tuition subsidies for job-related courses as well as a variety of in-house and online training programs
  • R.F. Binnie & Associates provides new mothers with maternity top-up payments (to 90% of salary for 17 weeks) as well as a short parental leave top-up for fathers and adoptive parents (to 90% for 2 weeks)
  • R.F. Binnie & Associates helps employees balance their work and personal lives with flexible work hours, shortened and compressed work weeks and telecommuting options -- the firm also maintains dedicated workstations for its telecommuting employees
R.F. Binnie & Associates highway designer

Highlights

Industry Engineering Services
Established in Canada 1969
Parent company Binnie Consulting Ltd.
Parent company head office Burnaby BC
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Surrey BC, Squamish BC, Prince George BC, Kamloops BC
Full-time employees in Canada 110
Part-time employees in Canada 23
Average age of employees in Canada 45
Longest serving employee 42 years
Long-term savings non-matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, mentoring

The Career Directory

R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
A recent graduate technologist working at R.F. Binnie & Associates

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Engineering Services
Parent company Binnie Consulting Ltd.
Parent company head office Burnaby BC
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Surrey BC, Squamish BC, Prince George BC, Kamloops BC
Full-time employees in Canada 115
Part-time employees in Canada 27
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Project Engineer, Assistant Project Manager, Technologist, Designer, Field Inspector, Survey Assistant
Starting salary $55K to $60K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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