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Best Buy Canada Ltd.
Participants pose during the 11th annual Best Buy Canada Cup   (Photo credit: Vincent Marchessault)

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

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

  • In keeping with the evolving nature of work, Best Buy Canada renovated its corporate office to introduce more casual seating and collaborative work spaces -- employees can also take advantage of a variety of onsite amenities, including a cafeteria (with healthy and special diet menus), a quiet room for meditation and religious observance and subsidized access to an onsite fitness facility (open 24/7)
  • Best Buy Canada organizes a number of social events throughout the year, including quarterly offsite celebrations, an annual Achievers event in Hawaii to recognize top employees, and an annual day-before Canada Day barbecue lunch, followed by the afternoon off so employees can get an early start to their long weekend
  • Best Buy Canada cultivates an ownership culture through a share purchase plan, available to all employees, and helps employees save for the future with a defined contribution pension plan
Best Buy Canada employees take a selfie during Boxing Day at a retail location   (Photo credit: Dylan)

Employer Background

Industry Retail
Established in Canada 2002
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Best Buy Co., Inc.
Parent company head office Richfield, MN, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC
Full-time employees in Canada 5,656
Part-time employees in Canada 6,669
Full-time employees worldwide 65,542
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2.1%
Average age of employees in Canada 28 years
Longest serving employee 30 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features recently renovated its corporate office to introduce more couches, casual seating and collaborative work spaces, free shuttle service to and from a major transit hub (approximately 25 per cent of employees use this every day), onsite Starbucks outlet, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, religious observance room, outdoor patio, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, video games, numerous drop-in spaces, collaborative workspaces and flexible lounge areas throughout the building
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals, take-home meals
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (Tabata, yoga, muscle pump), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, lockers, hair dryers, towel service, 24/7 access to facilities
Other nearby amenities Bonsor Recreation Centre, fitness club, Central Park, Glenlyon Parkway Urban Trail, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, golf course, soccer fields, baseball diamonds and parkland all within walking distance

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Employee social committee name departmental committees
Recent social events annual day-before Canada Day barbecue lunch followed by the afternoon off, so employees can get an early start to their long weekend, quarterly half-day offsite celebrations and socials for each department, Christmas and holiday potlucks, ice cream celebrations
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, dress-for-your-day policy, 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 defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,200) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounted home insurance, discounted auto insurance, discounted auto lease rates, subsidized home internet

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B-

Health plan note Best Buy Canada has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 85% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 37 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
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)
Family-friendly benefits note Best Buy Canada has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 17 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), compressed work week, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B+

Vacation note Best Buy Canada 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 4 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 5 personal days off each year, as needed

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A+

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), learning development rewards, annual Achievers event in Hawaii to recognize top employees
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 Rating: A

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, 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 50% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position

Community Involvement Rating: A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 100 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Best Buy School Tech Grants, Geek Squad Academy, Boys and Girls Club (over $2.4 million in scholarships awarded over the past 16 years), Store Donation Program (each store has a discretionary budget for local school and charity donations)
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Best Buy Canada's charitable focus is connecting youth with technology to benefit their education. Last year, the company awarded over $205,000 in grants to 33 schools across Canada, including 13 micro-grants in partnership with My Class Needs. Since 2008, the company has donated over $2.8 million to over 180 schools.

The Career Directory

Best Buy Canada Ltd. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Best Buy Canada employees celebrating after a successful Geek Squad Academy

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Retail
Parent company Best Buy Co., Inc.
Parent company head office Richfield, MN, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, 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 Store Manager-in-Training, Merchandise Analyst, eCommerce Coordinator, Junior Accountant
Starting salary $45K to $50K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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