Ubisoft Toronto Inc.
Jenny Luu, a finalist from Ubisoft's NXT Showcase, speaks to journalists from The Space Channel

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

Here are some of the reasons why Ubisoft Toronto Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • Ubisoft Toronto's unique studio is located in the gentrifying Junction neighbourhood of the city and features a performance capture studio, a playtest facility, two full-service kitchens, two vintage arcade machines, dartboards, fully equipped DJ set-up, beanbag chairs and a quiet room for meetings called "The Fortress of Solitude"
  • Ubisoft Toronto lets everyone share in the company's success with year-end bonuses and a profit-sharing plan -- and cultivates an ownership culture through a share purchase plan available to all employees
  • Ubisoft Toronto's company-subsidized social committee "UbiAce" organizes a number of different events and celebrations throughout the year including a monthly "UbiBash", a ski trip to Blue Mountain, a summer family barbecue and various holiday celebrations
Ubisoft Toronto employees having fun at the company's holiday party photo booth   (Photo credit: Maria Jose Govea)

Employer Background

Industry Software Publishers
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Ubisoft Entertainment
Parent company head office Montreuil-sous-Bois, France
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Québec QC, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 3,494
Part-time employees in Canada 22
Full-time employees worldwide 10,715
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 8%
Average age of employees in Canada 34.4
Longest serving employee 22 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features Ubisoft Toronto's studio is located in the rapidly gentrifying Junction neighbourhood in the west end of Toronto and features a performance capture studio, playtest facility, bean bag chairs, nap room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, video games, foosball table, table hockey, board games, table tennis, 2 full-service kitchens where employee can prepare their own meals and gather for breakfast meetings, 2 vintage arcade machines, dartboards (safe variety), fully equipped DJ set-up, beanbag chairs, quiet room for meetings called The Fortress of Solitude
Snacks available fresh fruits, pancake breakfasts, baked goods on Friday
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, bootcamp, kickboxing), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, hosted a contest to name its new gym, the winning selection was Ubi.Fit
Other nearby amenities Wallace-Emerson Community Centre, Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre, fitness club, Campbell Avenue Park, Erwin Krickhahn Park, High Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall

Work Atmosphere & Communications A+

Employee social committee name UbiAce (est. 2011)
Recent social events monthly UbiBash (beer, snacks, music by in-house DJs), sports night, ski trip to Blue Mountain, UbiLive (bi-annual event with live bands invited to play at the head office), quarterly trivia nights, Sharity Relay, family summer barbecue, TIFF passes, NXT Showcase (annual digital art competition from post-secondary students), pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, chili cookoff, Kids Christmas Party, UbiTO Holiday Party
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working, concierge services available
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

Financial benefits note Ubisoft Toronto 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 matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
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, bonus program (from profitability to performance bonuses), Ubiperks discount program, providing employees with deals at restaurants, retailers and various services, video games made by Ubisoft are sold at a discounted price (at least 50% or more), employees receive 2 free games at Christmas

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan note Ubisoft Toronto has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 80% 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
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, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Other health plan information employees have option to enroll in an enriched or flexible health benefits plan
Family-friendly benefits note Ubisoft Toronto has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 70% of salary for 17 weeks
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information daycare subsidy (to $1,500 per child)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B-

Vacation note Ubisoft Toronto has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 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 4 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 4 days off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 3 personal days off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 5 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information employees receive 5 paid days off for jury duty

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
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, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), First Playable Publishable bonus, Exceptional Gold Master bonus (to encourage teams to develop games of superior quality), Profitability Premium Production bonus (for games that meet commercial targets), Profitability Support Staff bonus to recognize employees and team contributions, and Distinction/Recognition Bonus for support staff
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months

Training & Skills Development B+

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
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $900 in tuition subsidies per year
Unique training & development programs employees have access to a media library, which contains various books, videos, games and other learning materials, employees can participate in Missions, temporary assignments to other Ubisoft studios for a designated period of time (with costs covered), 2-year graduate program to provide international experience to future video game producers and programmers (candidates are placed with the Toronto office for the first year followed by placement at a European or North American location)

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 405 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 4 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported The Stop Community Centre, Habitat for Humanity, Ladies Learning Code, SickKids Foundation
Charitable giving yes
Community highlight The organization's charitable focus, The Ubisoft Toronto Giveback program, aims to feed young minds and support local organizations that promote creativity and innovation in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Each year, the company also surveys its employees to determine which charities to support.

The Career Directory

Ubisoft Toronto Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Jenny Luu, a finanalist from Ubisoft's NXT Showcase , speaks to journalists from The Space Channel

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Software Publishers
Parent company Ubisoft Entertainment
Parent company head office Montreuil-sous-Bois, France
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Québec QC, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 3,494
Part-time employees in Canada 22
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Other info for new grads Ubisoft Toronto organizes the "NXT Showcase", a bi-annual competition for art students in their final year at Toronto-based post-secondary schools.
Typical new grad positions Animator, Model Artist, Programmer, Development Tester
Starting salary $45K to $50K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited

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