Ubisoft Toronto Inc.
Ubisoft Toronto employees sharing some good news at one of the company's monthly team meetings

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

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

  • Ubisoft Toronto organizes "UbiGallery", a bi-annual competition for art students in their final year at Toronto-based post-secondary schools -- the event provides students and recent graduates with an opportunity to showcase their portfolio, receive feedback from industry veterans and win a 3-month apprenticeship at the company (with the possibility of contract extension or permanency)
  • Ubisoft Toronto lets everyone share in the company's success with year-end bonuses and a profit-sharing plan -- and also cultivates an ownership culture through a share purchase plan that is 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
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Employer Background

Industry Software Publishers
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Ubisoft Entertainment
Parent company head office Montreuil-sous-Bois, France
Full-time employees in Canada 3,344
Part-time employees in Canada 21
Full-time employees worldwide 10,561
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 8%
Average age of employees in Canada 33.6
Longest serving employee 26 years

Physical Workplace

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 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, board games, a climbing wall, tire swings, fully equipped for DJ set-up
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, subsidized meals
Snacks available fresh fruits, pancake breakfasts, baked goods on Friday
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) free membership, instructor-led classes (yoga, bootcamp, kickboxing), shower facilities
Other nearby amenities Wallace-Emerson Community Centre, Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC), Boulderz Climbing Centre, fitness club, Campbell Avenue Park, Erwin Krichahn Park, High Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Employee social committee name UbiAce (est. 2011)
Recent social events monthly UbiBash (beer, snacks, music by in-house DJs), monthly life drawing lessons, sports night, ski trip to Blue Mountain, UbiLive, Sharity Relay, UbiGallery, UbiTO Family Summer Barbecue, TIFF passes, 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

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, 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

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), employees have option to enroll in an enriched or flexible health benefits plan
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 70% of salary for 17 weeks
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information employees who are new mothers receive top-up of 100% of salary for the first two weeks of their leave followed by 70% for remaining 15 weeks, subsidies for child care

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

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

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, long-service awards, 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
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months

Training & Skills Development

Career planning online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, tuition subsidies related to job
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 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 place with the Toronto office for the first year followed by placement at European or other North American location)

Community Involvement

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
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 174 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 5 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Sketch, Sick Kids Foundation, Stop Community Food Centre
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Ubisoft Toronto's charitable focus is on youth, creativity and innovation. The studio organizes "UbiGallery", a bi-annual competition for final-year art students from Toronto post-secondary schools. Ubisoft Toronto hosts the event to provide students and recent graduates an opportunity to showcase their portfolio to the studio and have experienced industry veterans provide feedback. Contest submissions are judged by a panel of Ubisoft Toronto employees and the winner receives a 3-month apprenticeship at Ubisoft Toronto with the possibility of contract extension or permanency.

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