Solvera Solutions
Solvera Solutions employees collaborating

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

Here are some of the reasons why Solvera Solutions was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) and Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2016):

  • Solvera is a smaller employer that invests big in the ongoing professional development of its employees, offering a variety of in-house and online training programs as well as full tuition subsidies (with no limit) for job-related and general interest courses
  • Solvera encourages employees to stay healthy with an annual fitness subsidy (to $500), fitness testing as part of its health plan, and is located only steps away from 4K and 10K walking trails that wind along the shores of Wascana Lake
Solvera Solutions employees volunteering in a soup kitchen

Employer Background

Industry Custom Computer Programming Services
Major Canadian hiring locations Regina SK, Winnipeg MB, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 170
Part-time employees in Canada 10
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 30%
Average age of employees in Canada 43
Longest serving employee 10 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office is located in a completely renovated century old six-story heritage building located in downtown Regina (the original home of Regina's daily newspaper) and features mixed use of office, condo and high-end retail, rooftop patio and barbecue, shower facilities for bicycle commuters, telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, video games, lounge and boardroom convert into an open social space that can accommodate up to 150 people
Snacks available free snacks at various meetings and events, and sometimes just because it happens to be cinnamon bun day
Other nearby amenities YMCA and YWCA, yoga studios, fitness club, Victoria Park and Wascana Park with 4K and 10K walking trails, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, outdoor market and movie screenings in the summer, the popular Regina Folk Fest, skating in the winter months

Work Atmosphere & Communications A+

Employee social committee name Solvera Social Committee (est. 2005)
Recent social events monthly activities (funded by Solvera) throughout the year, including winter ski trip, barbecues in the summer, karaoke night, wine, scotch and beer-tasting nights, family bowling and movie nights, games nights and band nights, golf tournament, corn maze outing, annual conference (ensures that employees from across the company can attend the event), holiday party
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site
Other in-house communications monthly staff meetings across all locations (linked via conference call) over at a hot lunch

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 6 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
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,000) for some positions

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage option up to 65 years of age
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), coverage for Best Doctors service, fitness assessment testing at accredited institutions
Fitness club subsidy $500 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 75% of salary for 17 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 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 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information depending on their position, some employees start with 4 weeks of paid vacation

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
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, year-end bonuses (from $1K to $5K) based on company performance
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development A+

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives 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
Unique training & development programs no annual tuition subsidy maximum

Community Involvement A+

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 4,800 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 50 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Imagine Autism & Autism Resource Centre, Computer Camps & Hackathons, Cancer Care and Research Organizations, Canadian Hemophilia Society, Food Banks (Regina, Calgary and Winnipeg), George Reed Foundation, Saskatchewan Music Festival
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight As part of it's charitable giving program, Solvera employees are encouraged to volunteer and are eligible to receive financial donations from the company (to $500) for their chosen charitable initiative. The company maintains a particular focus on science and business education initiatives, including computer science scholarships, dedicated Aboriginal IT scholarships, computer camps and support for the Saskatchewan Science Centre.

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