Siemens Canada Limited
Siemens Canada's wind turbine blade manufacturing facility in Tillsonburg, Ontario

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

Here are some of the reasons why Siemens Canada Limited 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):

  • Siemens Canada operates a unique employee suggestion program that encourages employees to share their feedback -- ideas that lead to savings or new revenues are evaluated for their impact and can lead to financial bonus payments ranging up to $100,000
  • Siemens Canada encourages employees to keep their skills up-to-date with tuition subsidies for courses at outside institutions (with no maximum amount for courses related to their work), a variety of in-house and online training programs and even financial bonuses for the completion of some courses, with bonuses ranging up to one month's salary -- employee can also apply for a two month of unpaid educational leave of absence
  • Siemens Canada added over 380 new positions last year and encourages all of its employees to share in the company's success with profit-sharing and share purchase plans -- and offers new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,000)
Siemens Canada employees at a Zero Harm Culture event in Burlington, Ontario
Siemens Canada employees presenting at a panel discussion for the Algonquin College Sustainability Project

Employer Background

Industry Engineering Services
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Siemens AG
Parent company head office Munich, Germany
Full-time employees in Canada 4,967
Part-time employees in Canada 22
Full-time employees worldwide 357,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 3.7%
Average age of employees in Canada 44
Longest serving employee 47 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, free parking
Workplace features Siemens' suburban head office is a 110,000 square foot building, built to LEED Gold certification standards (formal designation pending), is located adjacent to a conservation ares with hiking trails and great views, office features heat island reflect roofing, electric vehicle charging stations, occupancy and natural light sensor for the building's entire lighting system, telecommuter workstations, nap room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals
Other nearby amenities Iroquois Ridge Community Centre, fitness club, Iroquois Shoreline Woods Park, Edgeware Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, hockey arena, soccer fields, property backs into conservation area with extensive walking trails

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Employee social committee name Caring Hands Employee Committee (est. 2010)
Recent social events summer barbecues, holiday breakfasts, children's holiday children
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

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 defined-contribution (DC) pension, matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home internet, suggestion program with generous cash bonuses for implemented ideas

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
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 6 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), telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Additional family-friendly information maternity leave top-up ranges from 70% to 100% of salary, depending on employee group

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave maximum 2 months
Additional time-off information unpaid educational leaves of absence for up to 8 weeks

Employee Engagement & Performance

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, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, special achievement awards that include non-monetary gifts that are tailored to an employee's interests, from weekend getaways to restaurant meals, generous employee suggestion rewards of up to $100,000
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development

Career planning online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs financial bonuses for some course completion of up to one month's salary, no set annual maximum on tuition subsidies for job-related courses

Community Involvement

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 3,058 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 62 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Canadian Red Cross, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Canadian Cancer Society, Scientists in School, Tree Canada, The Salvation Army
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Siemens' charitable focus includes environmental protection, education and social issues. The company maintains the Caring Hands Employee Committee, which helps plan the organization's corporate social responsibility programs and activities. Originally established in 2005 as a program, the committee was formed in 2010 to unite employees' efforts, with over 4,000 employees across Canada championing related programs and activities.

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

Here are some of the reasons why Siemens Canada Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016):

  • Siemens Canada offers a finance leadership development program to recruit, train and develop high-potential graduates with formal training, mentorship and rotations within different business units of the company
  • Siemens Canada created an Engineering and Technology Academy, a 2-year program that provides hands-on practical skills to accompany students' academic programs at university and college
  • Siemens Canada organizes "LeadOurLeaders", an initiative that enables young people to teach senior-level employees social media best practices through interactive learning sessions
Siemens Canada hosted students during their visit to one of Siemens' wind turbine facilities

Highlights

Industry Engineering Services
Full-time employees in Canada 4,967
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Career development in-house training, online training, 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

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Siemens Canada Limited was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):

  • Powered through the Bullfrog Power program, Siemens Canada's head office features a number of energy saving initiatives, including the installation of energy saving lighting (which resulted in a reduction of its power consumption by 40 percent), the use of LED signage and the installation of building automation controls and lighting sensors where possible -- the head office is currently under review for LEED Gold certification
  • Siemens Canada applies its considerable expertise to design and manufacture technology for the future -- examples of its technology includes blades for large wind turbines (developed at the company's facility in Tillsonburg, Ontario), the ongoing development of electric car technology, the manufacture of electric car charging stations and the manufacture of large scale solar inverters used in solar panel farms around the world
  • Working in partnership with NB Power, Siemens Canada recently opened the "Smart Grid Centre of Competence" in Fredericton to help develop an energy use roadmap and modernization plan for the future -- the company is also a participant of the "Advanced Energy Centre" at MaRS Discovery District, a joint initiative between public and private sectors announced by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
Siemens Canada's CFO promoting sustainable commuting
Siemens Canada employees volunteering during Earth Day

Highlights

Full-time employees in Canada 4,967
Formal employee "green team" yes
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Sustainability Manager, Vice President Business Excellence
Formal strategy/policy name Environmental Management System (each location in Canada is either certified ISO 140001 or compliant to ISO 14001 standards)
Unique green initiatives employee volunteer to refurbish used personal computers for donation to local charitable organizations, along with manufacturing the massive wind turbine blades the firm is constructing new wind farms in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario
Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program
In-house environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green community initiatives Earth Day (employees received two hours of paid volunteer time), Tree Canada (employees at 14 locations planted over 1,600 trees), Smart Commute, Corporations for Community Connections, Inc. (donated 500 refurbished laptops to non-profit organizations)
Head office LEED Gold
Building footprint includes LED signage, energy efficient lighting and building automation controls (head office has applied for LEED Gold certification), other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

The Career Directory

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Highlights for New Grads

Industry Engineering Services
Parent company Siemens AG
Parent company head office Munich, Germany
Full-time employees in Canada 4,967
Part-time employees in Canada 22
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, online training, in-house training, mentoring, leadership training
Other info for new grads formal "Hire a Student at Siemens" and "Mentoring at Siemens" programs, a new "Youth Training and Skills Development" initiative, and the "LOL" (Leader Our Leaders) leadership development program
Typical new grad positions Electrical Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Field Service Technician, Technical Services Representative, Project Designer, Computer Programmer, Software Developer, Technical Support, Financial Analyst, Marketing Analyst, Commercial Project Manager, Operations Specialist
Starting salary $45K to $50K
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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