Western University
Western University employee at work in one of the university's research labs

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

Here are some of the reasons why Western University was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016):

  • Western University offers new parents a generous subsidy for IVF (if required and upon approval), maternity leave top-up payments, the option to extend their maternity leave into an unpaid leave of absence and the convenience of an onsite daycare and a pre-school program for when they are ready to return to work
  • Western University employees not only work in one the country's most beautiful campuses, offering great walking and jogging options along the Thames River, but are encouraged to stay healthy with subsidized membership to the university's impressive 160,000 square-foot recreation centre, one of the largest in the country, with everything from ice skating to pilates classes to outdoor volleyball in the summer
Western University employee offering guidance to a student at the Writing Support Centre

Employer Background

Industry Post Secondary School, Universities
Major Canadian hiring locations London ON
Full-time employees in Canada 4,665
Part-time employees in Canada 9,073
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 35.9%
Longest serving employee 47.4 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features offers one of the country's prettiest university campuses situated on over 1,200 acres in one of Canada's most liveable (and affordable) cities, over 90 campus buildings (many with coffee shops and casual sitting areas), on-campus music hall, movie theatre, art gallery, observatory, book store, seasonal farmer's market, religious observance room, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (spin, boot camp, cardio kickbox, sculpt and sweat, yoga stretch), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, gender-neutral, family and community change rooms, massage therapy, nutritional counselling, 50-metre swimming pool, squash courts, arena, outdoor volleyball courts, ball diamond, two new artificial turf playing fields
Other nearby amenities fitness club, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, walking trail along the Thames River that connects to the city's walking and cycling trails (over 40kms of riverside trails), Western Student Recreation Centre (for use by employees as well)

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Employee social committee name a number of social committees operating across the campus
Recent social events annual Western Founder's Day (all employees are invited to wear school colours), long service awards ceremony (hosted at the President's home), departmental social events, a winter family hockey night (with food, prizes and face-painting), reading club, annual staff and faculty summer games (including volleyball, soccer, flag football, dodgeball and more), annual "Take Our Kids to Work" day
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working, can bring pets to work when needed
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter
Other in-house communications new "Purple in Your Pocket" app, which features everything from transit schedules, sports updates for Western teams to access to student services

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

Financial benefits note Western 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-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Additional financial benefits low-interest home loans, discounted auto lease rates, subsidized home internet, tuition, recreation centre memberships, supplier products and services (from cellphones to hotel rooms and discounted VIA rail travel)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan note Western has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 25 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit 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, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy), fertility drug treatments ($12,000 lifetime maximum) with pre-approval, smoking cessation aids, health care spending account
Family-friendly benefits note Western has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 2 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, emergency short-term daycare, academic scholarships of up to $1,200 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information full-time faculty receive additional top-up to 22 weeks, onsite daycare service is operated by YMCA (not subsidized), unique University Laboratory Pre-school with 100 spaces operating from September through June and open to children of employees and surrounding community, including children with special needs (ages 1 to 5)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off A

Vacation note Western 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 3 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5.6 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
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information paid time off policies vary slightly by employee group with the majority of employees starting with 3 weeks paid vacation and maximum vacation ranging from 4.4 weeks to 6 weeks each year (the majority of long-serving employees receive over 5 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
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Performance recognition peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, individual Awards of Excellence for exceptional performance, a variety of teaching and research awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months

Training & Skills Development A+

In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, 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
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 tuition subsidies vary with employee group (from $2,320 to unlimited per year) and include undergraduate and graduate courses (as well as text book subsidies)

Community Involvement B+

The University and its employees support a mix of local and international charitable initiatives.

Scope of charitable involvement international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Some of the community organizations supported United Way of London & Middlesex (over $745K last year and over $10.2 million over the past 20 years), Western Cares Food Drive, MS Bike Tour, Western Serves (volunteer day for students, faculty and employees), Engineers Without Borders, Western Heads East ( program to assist with the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa), Alternative Spring Break (week-long hands on volunteer experience)
Community highlight As a large research university, many departments and faculties focus on specific charitable initiatives that are directly related to their particular work and areas of expertise, and to encourage employee involvement the university set no limits to employee volunteer time.

The Career Directory

Western University has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.

Highlights for New Grads

Major Canadian hiring locations London ON
Full-time employees in Canada 4,763
Part-time employees in Canada 8,895
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, online training, in-house training, mentoring, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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