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Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.
Samsung Electronics Canada employees participating in a yoga class on-site at the company's activity centre

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

Here are some of the reasons why Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016), Ten Best Companies to Work For (2016) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • Samsung Electronics Canada recently introduced maternity and parental leave top-up payments to support employees who are new parents, to 75% of salary for up to 17 weeks for mothers and up to 6 weeks for fathers
  • Samsung Electronics Canada encourages ongoing employee development and offers a global mobility program, which provides employees with an opportunity to work in Korea for up to one year -- Samsung also manages a 10-month rotational program that provides training, mentoring and job-shadowing opportunities to help new grads gain entry-level experience
  • Samsung Electronics Canada established "Samsung Gives", a new community involvement initiative that provides employees with up to three paid days off each year to volunteer and access to the company's "benevity" program, which matches employee donations of up to $400 each year
Samsung Electronics Canada office spaces feature ergonomic work stations
Samsung Electronics Canada intern graduating from Samsung's Graduate Program
Samsung Electronics Canada employees watch a presentation on the bleachers

Employer Background

Industry Communications Equipment Manufacturing
Parent company Samsung Electronics Corporation
Parent company head office Seoul, South Korea
Full-time employees in Canada 543
Full-time employees worldwide 228,629
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2.76%
Average age of employees in Canada 40
Longest serving employee 25 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features the company's state-of-the-art LEED head office was designed based on employee feedback and features open flexible space, to maximize employee creativity and collaboration, premium parking for hybrid cars, an onsite fitness activity centre (with yoga classes, weights and shower facilities), a coffee bar, "idea rooms" and casual breakout areas, a Samsung technology showroom (with current and future company innovations on display), telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, video games, foosball table, board games
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals
Snacks available fresh fruit
Other nearby amenities Meadowvale South Recreation Centre, fitness club, Meadowvale Sports Park, Leslie Trail Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, nature trails, nearby access to major highways

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Employee social committee name S Comm Social Committee (est. 2001)
Recent social events employee appreciation day, children's holiday party, seasonal celebrations such as Thanksgiving lunch and Halloween costume and carving contest
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications 1:1 Coffee Chats program

Financial Benefits & Compensation

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 retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounted auto lease rates, subsidized home internet, employee purchase program of up to $20,000 per year for Samsung products, discounts through Perkopolis program

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 30 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
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $5,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 75% of salary for 6 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, academic scholarships of up to $1,500 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 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
Company paid days off employees receive 1 personal day off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave yes

Employee Engagement & Performance

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 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, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), President's Excellence Awards, Global Recognition Cash Awards, STARS Recognition program (point system which can be redeemed for merchandise), Bright Idea Program to reward employees for innovative ideas, Business Opportunity Rewards program
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months

Training & Skills Development

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership 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
Unique training & development programs Women@SECA program to support, inspire and connect female employees, global mobility program, which provides employees with an opportunity to work in Korea for up to one year, a 10-month rotational program that provides training, mentoring and job-shadowing opportunities to help new grads gain entry-level experience

Community Involvement

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 2 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 2,500 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 40 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Hospital for Sick Children, Autism Speaks Canada, United Way, BC Children's Hospital, Montreal Children's Hospital
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Samsung Electronics Canada focuses on charities that benefit children's health and education issues. The company recently established "Samsung Gives", a new community involvement initiative that provides employees with up to three paid days off each year to volunteer and access to the company's "benevity" program, which matches employee donations of up to $400 each year.

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