Simon Fraser University
Aerial view of Simon Fraser University's Burnaby campus

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

Here are some of the reasons why Simon Fraser University was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2017) and BC's Top Employers (2017):

  • Simon Fraser University not only encourages employees to continue their education with tuition subsidies (at SFU and other academic institutions) but also offers tuition subsidies for employees' immediate family members
  • Simon Fraser University provides generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers, fathers or adoptive parents and manages an onsite daycare which employees can take advantage of upon their return
  • On campus, Simon Fraser University employees enjoy a variety of onsite amenities, including an employee lounge, free and subsidized access to the university's various fitness facilities, which include state-of-the-art exercise equipment, a softball field, an all-weather soccer field, 4 multi-purpose sports fields, tennis and squash courts, a swimming pool, a gymnasium and an onsite health clinic
Simon Fraser University employees posing for a photo at the President's Winter Warm-up   (Photo credit: greg ehlers)

Employer Background

Industry Post Secondary School, Universities
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Vancouver BC, Surrey BC
Full-time employees in Canada 2,903
Part-time employees in Canada 4,211
Workforce engaged on a contract basis .27%
Average age of employees in Canada 39
Longest serving employee 50 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features SFU's main campus is located on top of Burnaby Mountain, which offers breathtaking views overlooking Burrard Inlet and the surrounding city, the original campus building was designed by Arthur Erickson and its award-winning and unique architectural style has made it a popular location for movie and television productions, the university is also central to one of Canada's most exciting ongoing new urbanist development projects (called UniverCity) atop Burnaby Mountain, SFU also manages campus locations in downtown Vancouver and Surrey, the Burnaby campus features an auditorium, 22 multi-use trails, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, board games, kitchenettes with purified water systems, internet access and charging stations
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility shared use facility, free membership, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (zumba, pilates, martial arts, yoga, pilates, cardio kickbox, body blast, dancefit and powerfit), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, sauna, shower facilities, softball field, all-weather soccer field, 4 multi-purpose sports fields, tennis courts, squash courts, swimming pool, gymnasium, onsite health clinic
Other nearby amenities fitness club, Burnaby Mountain Regional Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Trottier Observatory & Science Courtyard, summer farmer's market, Starbucks, White Spot Express, Tim Hortons, Mr. Sub and Subway, organic restaurant

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Recent social events the President's annual appreciation barbecue (all employees invited and features live music), annual 25-year staff service awards luncheon, departmental Christmas celebrations, retirement celebrations, annual sports events (football games, annual Terry Fox Run)
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, can bring pets to work when needed
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note Simon Fraser University 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-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A+

Health plan note Simon Fraser University 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 28 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit 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, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Other health plan information the University has separate health plans for its faculty, administrative staff and professionals as well as its unionized employee groups
Family-friendly benefits note Simon Fraser University has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 20 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 35 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 35 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, daycare centre onsite
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, earned days off program
Additional family-friendly information tuition subsidies for employees' spouses and dependants (up to the age of 25), priority status at the onsite daycare facility (which is open to the community at large), depending on employee group, parental leave top-up for fathers is 100% for up to 17 weeks

Vacation & Personal Time-Off A

Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 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
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 3 days off
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition long-service awards, annual staff achievement awards to recognize outstanding achievement within the university or community

Training & Skills Development A+

Career planning in-house career planning services
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
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,700 in tuition subsidies per year
Unique training & development programs tuition subsidies for courses at other institutions and professional development courses are also available

Community Involvement B+

Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 5 paid days)
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 1 charitable and community organization were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way
Community highlight The University, its employees and students support the annual United Way campaign to raise funds for local agencies and programs that provide support to children and seniors living in poverty as well as programs that help prevent bullying among children.

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Simon Fraser University employees at the university's 4D LABS materials research institute

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post Secondary School, Universities
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Vancouver BC, Surrey BC
Full-time employees in Canada 2,834
Part-time employees in Canada 4,376
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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