University of New Brunswick / UNB
UNB employees working in one of the university's physics labs   (Photo credit: Rob Blanchard)

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

Here are some of the reasons why University of New Brunswick / UNB was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2016):

  • Employees working at UNB's main campus can take advantage of a variety of onsite amenities, including a cafeteria (with healthy and special diet menus), a quiet room for meditation and reflection, and subsidized membership to UNB's state-of-the art fitness facility, which features an indoor swimming pool, soccer and winter golf dome, baseball diamonds, an ice rink and various instructor-led classes, such as spinning, Zumba and yoga
  • UNB's restructured Community Spirit Awards program recognizes employees and students who go above and beyond to help their communities, with recipients recognized in a special ceremony this fall
  • UNB offers exceptional family-friendly benefits including maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers, fathers or adoptive parents and a number of flexible work arrangements, such as telecommuting and reduced summer hours
Associate Director of UNB's Institute of Biomedical Engineering   (Photo credit: Rob Blanchard)

Employer Background

Industry Post Secondary School, Universities
Major Canadian hiring locations Fredericton NB, Saint John NB
Full-time employees in Canada 1,786
Part-time employees in Canada 285
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 33%
Average age of employees in Canada 46
Longest serving employee 43 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features the University's main campus (Fredericton) features historic buildings, such as Sir Howard Douglas Hall, and state-of-the-art research facilities, Art Centre and music hall, onsite pub and restaurants, Tim Horton's, Booster Juice and Quiznos onsite, telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, shower facilities, indoor swimming pool, soccer and winter golf dome, soccer and football fields, indoor track, massage and physiotherapists onsite
Other nearby amenities Aitken University Centre, Richard J. Currie Centre, fitness club, Queen's Square, Odell Park, Wilmot Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, conveniently situated near public transit and highway access, within walking distance of museums and historical attractions, Saint John river, walking and biking trails

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Recent social events holiday parties hosted by the President and Vice Presidents, teaching excellence awards, wellness activities geared towards different wellness dimensions each month, national and international sporting events and conferences
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

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
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home internet

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan note UNB has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 50% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 13 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 180 days
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)
Family-friendly benefits note UNB has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 95% of salary for 17 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), telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Additional family-friendly information depending on their employee group, employees may receive maternity and parental leave top-up payments for up to 52 weeks for mothers, up to 37 weeks for fathers and up to 35 weeks for adoptive parents

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B

Vacation note UNB has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
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
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 1 day off
Unpaid leave of absence option yes

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 peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), Community Spirit Awards for employees and students who go above and beyond the call of duty to help their communities
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development A+

In-house training initiatives 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 subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of non-related tuition per year
Financial bonuses for course completions yes

Community Involvement B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Some of the community organizations supported Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Blood Services, Fredericton Community Health Clinic, Transition House, Engineers without Borders, Canadian Mental Health Association
Community highlight The University and its employees, students and faculty host a variety of unique fundraisers every year, including the "Shoot for the Cure" basketball tournament, the "Pink in the Rink" men's hockey tournament and the "Dig for a Cure" volleyball tournament, all to raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Special pink jerseys are worn by all team members and coaches, and over $7,000 were raised as of January 2015.

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