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Best Buy Canada Ltd.
Best Buy Canada employees participating in an 'Ambush' to recognize a colleague's efforts at corporate headquarters

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

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

  • In keeping with the evolving nature of work, Best Buy Canada recently renovated its corporate office to introduce more couches, 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 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 is an active member of the community and maintains a charitable focus on connecting youth with technology to benefit their education -- the company also supports employee volunteerism through the Blue Gives Back awards and provides donations to organizations where employees volunteer their time ($1,000 for a minimum of 40 hours volunteered)
Best Buy Canada employees completing a myDevelopment course at the company's corporate headquarters

Employer Background

Industry Retail
Established in Canada 2002
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Best Buy Co., Inc.
Parent company head office Burnaby BC
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC
Full-time employees in Canada 5,500
Part-time employees in Canada 6,750
Full-time employees worldwide 63,168
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2.1%
Average age of employees in Canada 28
Longest serving employee 29 years

Physical Workplace 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% of employees use this every day), telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, video games, numerous drop-in spaces and flexible lounge areas throughout building, all employees have wi-fi enabled laptops and are welcome to work wherever needed
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (tabata, yoga, muscle shred), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, lockers, hair dryers, towel service, 24/7 access to facilities, full-time instructor-led class schedule
Other nearby amenities Bonsor Recreation Centre, fitness club, Central Park, Glenlyon Parkway Urban Trail, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Riverway Golf Course, nearby soccer fields and baseball diamonds

Work Atmosphere & Communications B

Recent social events annual Canada Day barbecue lunch, quarterly half-day offsite celebrations and socials for each department, Christmas and holiday potlucks and offsite celebrations, ice cream celebrations, annual Achievers event recognizing top employees in Hawaii
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 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 yes
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,200) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance, discounted auto lease rates, subsidized home internet

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits 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
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)
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), telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B-

Vacation note Best Buy Canada has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 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 4 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 5 personal days off each year, as needed
Additional time-off information most corporate employees begin with 3 weeks of paid vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance 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
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 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 B+

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
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. The company matches donations through an online platform, up to a maximum of $350,000 per year, and also manages "Blue Gives Back" awards to recognize employee volunteerism and fundraising efforts. Employees who volunteer a minimum of 40 hours are eligible for an award where Best Buy will donate $1,000 to the charity where employees donate their time.

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 Burnaby BC
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 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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