ACL Services Ltd.
ACL Services employees enjoying a quiet moment in the company's nap pods   (Photo credit: Barry Calhoun)

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

Here are some of the reasons why ACL Services Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and BC's Top Employers (2017):

  • ACL Services employees can unwind as well as keep fit in the workplace, which features a range of amenities -- from an employee lounge with karaoke, an acoustic guitar, dart boards and beer kegs (from a local craft brewer) to an onsite fitness facility with instructor-led yoga classes to fresh fruit and healthy lunch and snack options
  • ACL Services supports ongoing professional development with subsidies for tuition for courses related and indirectly related to their current position -- also offers subsidies for professional accreditation and a variety of in-house and online training programs
  • ACL Services supports its new moms and dads (including adoptive parents) with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 100% of salary for 15 weeks), and helps all employees balance their work and personal lives with telecommuting and flexible work hour options
ACL Services employees show their purple pride at the launch party of ACL's new headquarters in Vancouver, BC

Employer Background

Industry Custom Computer Programming Services
Established in Canada 1987
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 238
Part-time employees in Canada 2
Full-time employees worldwide 275
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 1%
Average age of employees in Canada 36.2
Longest serving employee 19 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features the newly-designed head office occupies the top 4 floors of a downtown building and was designed with plenty of employee feedback, from wall colours to the convertible stand-up desks to the ubiquitous moose, employees can also sign-out the ACL-branded 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport company car (complete with "Starsky and Hutch" inspired stripe) for business or personal use, the office also features a kitchen area with full espresso machine, 3 restaurants in the building's lobby (Railtown Café, Freshii, and the Nestle Toll House Café by Chip), telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, video games, pool table, foosball table, board games, table tennis, unique "campfire" area with beanbag chairs, darts, beer kegs from local craft brewers (including Parallel 49, Four Winds, and Powell Street Brewing), acoustic guitar, integrated microphone and sound system for karaoke, quiet meeting places and café areas and unique seating pods designed to absorb ambient noise while offering great views of the surrounding city
Snacks available "Healthy HUMAN Marketplace" with fresh snacks, subsidized fresh fruit and lunch options with an all-natural and small producer focus (employees can purchase from a convenient kiosk with credit cards, debit or a pre-loaded account)
Onsite fitness facility shared use facility, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, medicine balls, spin machines
Other nearby amenities Robert Lee YMCA, fitness club, Nelson Park, George Waiborn Park, May and Lorne Brown Park, Sunset Beach Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Vogue Theatre, The Orpheum, Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancity Theatre, BC Place, Rogers Arena

Work Atmosphere & Communications A+

Employee social committee name ACL Social Committee (est. 1987)
Recent social events holiday party, children's holiday party, Halloween party, weekly Beer Fridays, R&D picnic, Easter egg hunt, annual Mobilize Gala (a 1-day employee conference), summer barbecues and "BYOMs Thursdays" (employees bring their own items to grill), St. Patrick's Day pub night, summer ice-cream day, Lunar New Year lunch, team building events (from rock climbing to dinners and drinks), unique employee-led "#Disruptive-Creativity" classes to help employees get to know one another and encourage creativity
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working, can bring pets to work when needed
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

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 yes
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $5,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits year-end bonuses may be paid in two instalments annually

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan note ACL Services 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 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, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $500 each year
Wellness spending account up to $500 each year
Fitness club subsidy up to $500 each year
Other health plan information offsite daycare subsidy (to $500) is part of wellness spending account
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 15 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 15 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B+

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 5 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
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 5 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information paid sick days are unlimited, no maximum leave of absence (lengths are determined on a case-by-case basis), additional vacation days may be awarded for exceptional work

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 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, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), Change Agents Program (includes additional stock options, a $5,000 education bursary and one-on-one mentoring with the CEO), tickets to Canucks hockey games (row 6, behind the net), peer-nominated "Value Awards" includes lunch with the CEO and 2 paid nights in Whistler
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 6 months

Training & Skills Development A

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, 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

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 2,250 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 8 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported British Columbia Children's Hospital Foundation, Aunt Leah's Place, British Columbia Technology Industry Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation, YWCA Presents of Peace, Dress for Success Vancouver, Covenant House, UNWomen
Community highlight ACL Services and its employees support various fun-fundraising events such as TechPong (for ping-pong supremacy in the city, in support of the BC Children's Hospital Foundation) and Tech's Got Talent (raising funds with over 20 other tech companies for a number of local charities). The company also supports a special "Superhero Council" of employees who vet charities and volunteer opportunities.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why ACL Services Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2017):

  • A BC-based firm that continues to grow at an incredible pace, ACL Services added over 25 full-time positions in the past year and increased its overall workforce by 17%
  • ACL Services encourages employees to save for the longer term with matching RSP contributions and offers a range of additional financial benefits including signing bonuses for some employees, year-end bonuses for all and generous referral bonuses of up to $3,000
  • ACL Services offers maternity leave top-up payments to employees who are new mothers, up to 100% of salary for up to 15 weeks, and flexible work hours upon their return
ACL Services employees pose for a team photo at their booth at an international audit conference in Grapevine, Texas   (Photo credit: Jason Kindig)

Highlights

Industry Custom Computer Programming Services
Established in Canada 1987
Parent company head office Vancouver BC
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 205
Part-time employees in Canada 1
Full-time employee growth in the past year 18.5 %
Average age of employees in Canada 36.9
Longest serving employee 19 years
Long-term savings matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), long-service awards

The Career Directory

ACL Services Ltd. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
ACL Services employees enjoy a drive in the company's custom 1972 Torino Sport

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Custom Computer Programming Services
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Student opportunities 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
Typical new grad positions Research Analyst, Sales Development Representative
Starting salary $45K to $50K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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