Saskatchewan Government Insurance / SGI
SGI employees volunteering

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

Here are some of the reasons why Saskatchewan Government Insurance / SGI was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2016) and Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2016):

  • SGI invests in ongoing employee development with full tuition subsidies for courses at outside institutions (to 100% of tuition), subsidies for professional accreditation as well as a variety of in-house and online training programs -- spending over $1,340 per employee on training last year
  • SGI supports new moms and dads (including adoptive parents) with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 100% of salary for 26 weeks) -- and supports parents with older children heading off to college or university through an academic scholarship program (to $2,500 per child)
  • SGI maintains an in-house "Community Action Team" comprised of employees from across the company who meet regularly to review, investigate, and suggest where a percentage of corporate donations should be directed each year
SGI employees teamed up for a local football tournament

Employer Background

Industry Direct Property and Casualty Insurance Carriers
Major Canadian hiring locations Regina SK, Saskatoon SK
Full-time employees in Canada 1,882
Part-time employees in Canada 164
Average age of employees in Canada 43
Longest serving employee 46 years

Physical Workplace B+

Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features SGI's head office is located in downtown Regina (in the city's second tallest building) where employees have indoor access to shops and a large food court and can easily walk to the city's trendy Cathedral Area, which offers great caf├ęs and restaurants, or make their way to the walking pathways that wind around Wascana Lake, large corporate art collection on display (featuring Saskatchewan artists), as well as panoramic views of the surrounding city and distant prairie, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, an employee wellness room, temporary workstations for employees from other locations
Other nearby amenities YMCA, YWCA, fitness club, Victoria Park, Wascana Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, summer Farmers' Market, Globe Theatre, art galleries

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name President's Youth Advisory Council (est. 2005)
Recent social events Christmas parties, summer staff appreciation barbecues, long-service recognition dinner, diversity celebrations, employee sports league and annual sports tournaments
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

Financial benefits note SGI has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $500) for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance, computer purchase program, work boot and tool allowance, winter tire purchase program

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan note SGI 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
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, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 11 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits academic scholarships of up to $2,500 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B

Vacation note SGI has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 10 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 1 personal day off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information additional paid time-off to attend to family and personal matters, determined on a case-by-case basis, management employees may receive up to 15 personal days off each year

Employee Engagement & Performance B

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition on-the-spot rewards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development A+

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of non-related tuition per year
Financial bonuses for course completions yes

Community Involvement A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement Employee charitable involvement
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 54 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Canadian Blood Services, Coats 4 Kids (over 1,300 winter coats donated), Children's Hospital Foundation, Kinsmen's Telemiracle 39, Heart & Stroke Foundation's Big Bike fundraiser, CIBC Run for the Cure, United Way, Turkeys to Tables (over 400 turkeys donated to local food bank during the Christmas season)
Community highlight SGI corporate donations policy is focused on a range of activities, including traffic safety, youth, diversity, crime prevention, sports, special events, arts and culture, health, education, environmental initiatives, and business relationships. The company also supports an in-house Community Action Team that includes employees from across the company who meet regularly to review, investigate and suggest where a percentage of corporate donations dollars should be directed each year.

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

Here are some of the reasons why Saskatchewan Government Insurance / SGI was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016):

  • SGI participates in the Gradworks Intern Development Program for recent post-secondary graduates -- the program is managed in partnership by the province's crown corporations and offers 12-month internships in fields such as human resources, auto fund, actuarial services, information systems and finance
  • In partnership with the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, SGI assists in the delivery of the school's Business Insurance Diploma -- SGI offers program participants summer employment after the first year of the program, and upon successful program completion, some interns are hired for permanent roles
  • SGI created a "President's Youth Advisory Council" in 2005 to provide support to younger employees -- the council hosts an annual one day conference for all SGI employees under 30, which is also attended by the organization's executive team
SGI employees at an event for SGI's President's Youth Advisory Council

Highlights

Industry Direct Property and Casualty Insurance Carriers
Major Canadian hiring locations Regina SK, Saskatoon SK
Full-time employees in Canada 1,850
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives apprenticeship program to support post-secondary and technical education in the trades for youth and Aboriginal employees

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Saskatchewan Government Insurance / SGI was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016):

  • SGI provides work placements and internship opportunities to members of visible minorities and attends an annual conference organized the Saskatchewan Visible Minorities Employees Association
  • SGI participates in the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology's employment readiness and bridging programs for persons with disabilities -- the 36-week program includes classroom work and 6 to 8 weeks of employment readiness training followed by on-the-job training with participating employers
  • SGI works with Ignite Adult Learning Centre, whose mandate is to support at-risk young adults, and conducts mock interviews with students to help prepare them for future employment opportunities
SGI employees gathered together for a day to celebrate diversity

Highlights

Industry Direct Property and Casualty Insurance Carriers
Major Canadian hiring locations Regina SK, Saskatoon SK
Full-time employees in Canada 1,850
Workforce representation female employees (58.7 %), female managers (56.7 %), visible minority employees (9 %), visible minority managers (6.7 %), Aboriginal employees (11.1 %), Aboriginal managers (4.7 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples
Employee resource groups Aboriginal Advisory Network (est. nearly 20 years ago)
Formal commitment diversity and recruitment unit, diversity committee
Unique diversity initiatives recognizes and celebrates various international dates such as National Aboriginal Day, Black History Month and International Women's Day
Diversity community partnerships First Nations University Canada (recruitment fair), Stepping Stones, Business and Professional Women''s Organization, Regina and Saskatoon Open Door Society (new Canadians), Regina Job Fair for Persons with Disabilities, Saskatchewan Abilities Council, First Nations Employment Centre, Aboriginal Human Resource Council (Inclusion Works recruitment fair), Dumont Technical Institute (4 to 6-week work placements for Aboriginal peoples)

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