ACL Services Ltd.
ACL Services employees posing at the company's 80s-themed annual Mobilize Gala  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and BC's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why ACL Services Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and BC's Top Employers (2019):

  • ACL Services' unique head office includes a number of distinctive features, from an employee lounge with karaoke, an acoustic guitar, dartboards and beer kegs (from a local craft brewer) to a shared-use onsite fitness facility -- the office design also includes over 125 alternative workspaces and options to encourage movement, as well as employee collaboration and communication
  • ACL Services offers a number of exceptional financial rewards, including signing bonuses for some, year-end bonuses for all, and generous referral bonuses of up to $5,000
  • ACL Services supports new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents, with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 100% of salary for 15 weeks) and maintains a formal "bring your kids to work" policy to help parents manage childcare emergencies
ACL Services staff shooting a game of pool on a custom billiards table in one of four employee lounges  

Employer Background

Industry Custom computer programming services
Established in Canada 1987
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 255
Part-time employees in Canada 1
Full-time employees worldwide 294
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 1.35%
Average age of employees in Canada 37 years
Longest serving employee 20 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station
Workplace features head office occupies the top 4 floors of a downtown building and was designed with plenty of employee feedback, from wall colours to over 125 alternative workspaces and options to encourage movement, collaboration and communication among employees, inside, the workplace features shared meeting rooms (can be booked for special meetings), telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, nap room, religious observance room, outdoor patio, self-serve lunchroom, and an outdoor barbecue, 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
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, video games, pool table, foosball table, board games, table tennis, lounge areas on each floor, quiet meeting places, café areas and unique seating pods designed to absorb ambient noise while offering great views of the surrounding city, the largest lounge includes 2 beer kegs with local craft brews on tap, a south-facing patio with barbecue, and a mini healthy options convenience store, other lounge amenities include an acoustic guitar, integrated microphone and sound system for karaoke, dartboard
Snacks available "Healthy HUMAN Marketplace" with fresh snacks, subsidized fresh fruit, yogurt, hummus and healthy lunch options with an all-natural and small producer focus (employees can purchase from a convenient kiosk with credit and debit cards or a pre-loaded account), gourmet single-serve coffee machines, including an espresso machine with steam wand for coffee lovers, and 4 restaurants in the building's lobby offering a range of great lunch and snack options as well as a convenient location for an after-work happy hour
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, as well as privately-run fitness and yoga studios, Nelson Park, George Waiborn Park, May and Lorne Brown Park, Sunset Beach Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Scotiabank Theatre, Vogue Theatre, The Orpheum, Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancity Theatre, BC Place, Rogers Arena

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A+

Employee social committee name ACL Social Committee (est. 1987)
Recent social events holiday party (evening gala hosted at Science World last year), children's holiday party, Halloween party, weekly Beer Fridays, R&D picnic, Easter egg hunt, summer barbecues and "BYOMs Thursdays" (employees bring their own items to grill on the barbecue), St. Patrick's Day pub night, team building events (rock climbing, curling, pottery classes), unique employee-led #Disruptive-Creativity classes to help employees get to know one another and encourage creativity (classes range from knitting to self-defence to breakdancing), and informal tournaments throughout the year with employees challenging each other for supremacy (from pool to darts to video games)
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
Other in-house communications town halls (intimate lunch gatherings for approximately 10 employees), quarterly Campus Mingles (update meetings, followed by a catered afternoon social back at the office), annual Mobilize Gala (1-day employee conference), Fireside Changes (onboarding initiative for new hires to meet senior personnel), unique "Demo Dash Days" hosted once every 3 weeks to allow development teams to show off their work

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: 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
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 discounts at local stores (from health food to wine stores), year-end bonuses are available to all non-commission based employees and are paid annually in 2 instalments

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: 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
Other health plan information 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
Additional health and wellness information wellness spending account can be used to subsidize the cost of daycare
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
Additional family-friendly information formal Bring Your Kids to Work policy to help parents manage childcare emergencies (kids are encouraged to tour the office and enjoy the amenities such as foosball, video games and ping pong)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: 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
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information paid sick days are unlimited (no doctor's note required), 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 Rating: 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 "ValuePeers" awards which include lunch with the CEO and paid weekends in Whistler
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 6 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: 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
Unique training & development programs job shadowing, new diversity and inclusion training for all employees, semi-annual 2-day R&D Hackfest to encourage technical personnel to create usable technology (participating employees are treated to meals as they work), unique "Buy-a-Book" program which allows employees to buy any book they think will help their work (books become part of the company library)

Community Involvement Rating: 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 262 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 7 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Because I Am a Girl, BC Children's Hospital, Women's Executive Network, Movember, YWCA's Presents of Peace Program (support for Adopt-A-Family at Christmas)
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight ACL Services and its employees support the Technovation Mentorship program, the largest global tech entrepreneur competition for high school girls. The company's developers lead teams through the problem solving process with the ultimate goal of creating their own app.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2018):

Here are some of the reasons why ACL Services Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2018):

  • ACL Services employees enjoy a dynamic workplace culture, from regular summer barbecues and "BYOMs Thursdays" (bring your own items to grill) to employee-led "#Disruptive-Creativity" classes to help employees get to know one another
  • ACL Services recognizes exceptional performance through its Change Agents Program and awards recipients additional stock options, a $5,000 education bursary, and one-on-one mentoring with the CEO
ACL Services' senior leadership team posing with the ACL Torino, a custom-branded 1972 Gran Torino Sport that is always available for all employees to use  

Highlights

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 employee growth in the past year 16.1 %
Average age of employees in Canada 36.2 years
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.
An ACL Services employee works in one of the company's meeting rooms, which are named after ACL's Hero theme including anti-heroes like Walter White from Breaking Bad

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Custom computer programming services
Full-time employees in Canada 251 to 500
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Student opportunities paid internships, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Other info for new grads unpaid internships are hosted in partnership with BCIT's sales and marketing program (and although unpaid the company provides a generous stipend for all placements)
Typical new grad positions Research Analyst, Sales Development Representative, Specialist
Starting salary $60K to $65K
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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