Adobe Systems Canada Inc.
An Adobe Systems Canada employee preparing an 'Experience-athon' for Adobe's Spark product, an event which engages employees with one of the company's products

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Adobe Systems Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and National Capital Region's Top Employers (2018) :

  • Adobe Systems Canada encourages ongoing employee development through in-house and online training programs, formal mentoring and generous tuition subsidies (over $10K) for courses and programs related to their position
  • New moms and dads at Adobe Systems Canada are supported with generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments, to 100% of salary for up to 26 weeks of their leave -- parents who are looking to adopt can apply for a subsidy of up to $5,000
  • Adobe Systems Canada employees enjoy a busy social calendar, from a family summer party (hosted at the Canadian History Museum last year) to monthly happy hours (funded by the company) to an evening holiday party at Christmas (last year's event was hosted a downtown brew pub and included live comedy, dinner, dancing and door prizes)
Adobe Systems Canada employees practicing yoga   ( Photo credit: Nicholas V. Ruiz)

Employer Background

Industry Software Publishers
Established in Canada 1982
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Adobe Systems Inc.
Parent company head office San Jose, CA, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 277
Full-time employees worldwide 16,415
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2.48%
Average age of employees in Canada 41.8 years
Longest serving employee 22.76 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features massage room, telecommuter workstations, religious observance room
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, video games, pool table, foosball table, table hockey, board games, assortment of beverages including a keg
Snacks available dried fruit, nuts, chocolate
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga), rowing machines, weights
Other nearby amenities fitness club, daycare, restaurants

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A+

Employee social committee name ESCAPE (est. 2001)
Recent social events family summer day, monthly happy hours (company funded), holiday party at Christmas (for employees and a guest), Easter bake sales (funds donated to charity), Valentine's Day celebration, St. Patrick's Day celebrations (hosted at a local pub), Cinco de Mayo celebration (with Mexican drinks and snacks), Ottawa Pride Parade
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media

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
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,000) for some positions

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

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) 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)
Wellness spending account up to $482 each year
Additional health and wellness information annual Wellness Fair (includes vendor displays, free massage chairs, lunch and free prizes)
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 4 weeks
Adoption assistance subsidy up to $5,000 per child
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3.7 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 4 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid summer shutdown employees receive 5 days off during the summer months
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 6 days off
Self-funded/deferred salary leave yes

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B+

Managers receive performance review training yes
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, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 3 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B+

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $13,377 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year

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
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 967 hours last year
Some of the community organizations supported Ottawa Food Bank, Youth Services Bureau, Christie Lake Kids, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Children's Aid Society Angel Tree, CBC Project Give, Terry Fox Run
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Adobe Systems Canada's charitable program is led by its employees. Employee suggestions on which charities to support are welcome and a voluntary employee committee meets to review and vote on which organizations to support each year.

The Career Directory

Adobe Systems Canada Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Adobe Systems Canada employees enjoying a happy hour on the rooftop

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Software Publishers
Parent company Adobe Systems Inc.
Parent company head office San Jose, CA, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 250 to 500
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $13,377 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Graduates would occupy Software Verification Specialist, Technical Staff (Software Development), Computer Scientist (Software Development), Product Manager, Technical Support Consultant, Human Resources Representative and Service Desk Technician positions.
Starting salary $55K to $60K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3.7 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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