University of New Brunswick / UNB
UNB employees Shabnam Jabari and Yun Zhang in the Canada Research Chair (CRC) Laboratory   (Photo credit: Joy Cummings)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018)

Here are some of the reasons why University of New Brunswick / UNB was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2017):

  • UNB helps employees plan securely for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and retirement planning assistance -- retirees can also stay connected through a dedicated Retired Employees Association, which assists members with health benefits and related concerns, and provides a collective voice to the University
  • Working at one of North America's first public universities, UNB employees receive full tuition subsidies for courses related and indirectly related to their current position
  • UNB is dedicated to improving environmental sustainability on campus and maintains an Institutional Sustainability Plan that outlines goals, targets and measurements in water and waste conservation, energy management, transportation, food services and education
UNB employees from the school's Faculty of Kinesiology   (Photo credit: Rob Blanchard)

Employer Background

Industry Post Secondary School, Universities
Established in Canada 1785
Major Canadian hiring locations Fredericton NB, Saint John NB
Full-time employees in Canada 1,755
Part-time employees in Canada 332
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 35%
Average age of employees in Canada 45
Longest serving employee 45 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features the University's main Fredericton campus features historic buildings such as Sir Howard Douglas Hall (dating back to 1785), perennial and sculpture gardens, Art Centre and music hall, onsite pub and restaurants, Tim Hortons, Booster Juice and Quiznos onsite, telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, numerous gathering areas around campus, from fireplace nooks to recently renovated rest and relaxation areas
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility shared use facility, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (Zumba, yoga, pilates, spin), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, indoor track, TRX facilities, dance studio, boxing, climbing wall, swimming pool, performance lab, weight rooms
Other nearby amenities Aitken Centre, Richard J. Currie Centre, LB Gym, YMCA, fitness club, Queen's Square, Odell Park, Wilmot Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, within walking distance of historical attractions, planetarium, Regent Mall

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Recent social events President's annual Ice Cream Social, faculty and staff get togethers, President's Christmas Party and Vice President's Christmas Social, retirement and long-service awards dinners
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, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note UNB 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
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home internet, discounted parking passes, gym membership and cell phone plans

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 varying by 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 3 days off
Unpaid leave of absence option yes

Employee Engagement & Performance A

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), Excellence in Teaching awards, Distinguished Service Awards, President's Medals for long-service, Macaulay-O'Sullivan Awards for administrative service and innovation
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
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
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 United Way (payroll deduction option), Canadian Blood Services, Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Mental Health Association, Fredericton Community Health Centre, Engineers Without Borders, Canadian Forces Reservists
Community highlight The University, its employees, students and faculty host a variety of unique fundraisers every year. Past efforts include the Shoot for the Cure basketball tournament, to raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post Secondary School, Universities
Major Canadian hiring locations Fredericton NB, Saint John NB
Full-time employees in Canada 1,000 to 2,500
Student opportunities co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, online training, in-house training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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