Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus employees in the Hub on the third floor of the head office, Corus Quay

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

Here are some of the reasons why Corus Entertainment Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2018):

  • Employees at Corus enjoy a busy social calendar with a variety of unique events, including a family and friends day in September (with book readings, television screenings, face-painting, slide rides and the chance for photos with a number of Treehouse mascots), rotating employee art shows every season, a holiday buskerfest with employee performances, and a summer concert series (102.1 the Edge's Sugar Beach Sessions) with recent performances featuring Arkells, Wintersleep, Tokyo Police Club, July Talk and Bros
  • Corus employees enjoy one of the country's most unique (and greenest) head offices, featuring an interior 5-storey "bio-wall" that is home to abundant plant life, a rainwater harvesting system and even a winding 3-storey slide for fun and quick exits at the end of the day
  • Corus and its employees provide a good example of creating a charitable program that builds directly on its particular strengths -- through the longstanding "Corus Feeds Kids" program, the company employs its considerable media resources and encourages employees to volunteer their time to support organizations dedicated to feeding and supporting children and families
Corus employees attending a holiday market set up in the atrium of Corus Quay

Employer Background

Industry Media Production and Broadcasting
Established in Canada 1999
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Ottawa ON, Winnipeg MB, Montréal QC, Saskatoon SK, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 3,008
Part-time employees in Canada 335
Full-time employees worldwide 3,016
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 11.4%
Average age of employees in Canada 41
Longest serving employee 45 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features 3-storey indoor slide, private phone booths, adjustable temperature controls, energy efficient lighting system, 5-storey indoor bio-wall (helps to naturally clean and filter the air), green rooftop sections useable by employees, employee art gallery (new art every 3 months), 2 movie screening theatres, 3 radio stations, animation studio, production facility, publishing house, onsite café and restaurant, shower facilities for bicycle commuters, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, foosball table, table tennis, Muskoka chairs on 4th floor bridge overlooking Lake Ontario, wifi throughout for personal and work use
Snacks available fresh fruit (apples, bananas, pears, oranges) delivered to the office every Monday
Other nearby amenities Toronto Island Recreation, St. Lawrence CRC, Sugar Beach, Sherbourne Common (ice skating in winter), daycare, restaurants, George Brown College, Bike Share Toronto (bicycles for shared use), large Loblaws grocery store

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name The Corus Social Committee (est. 2001)
Recent social events Corus Quay Family and Friends Day (hosted in September and includes barbecue, book readings and presentations, television screenings, face-painting, slide rides and pictures with Treehouse shows' mascots), summer ice cream day in August (with free slushies, cones or popsicle served by visiting ice-cream trucks), afternoon Halloween party, afternoon holiday party at Christmas (employees dressed in their best pajamas last year) and a unique Holiday Market featuring products supplied by employees, Corus Gallery, which features rotating employee art shows every season, a holiday buskerfest with employee performances, summer concerts that employees can attend during the work day (102.1 the Edge's Sugar Beach Sessions), with recent performances featuring Arkells, Wintersleep, Tokyo Police Club, July Talk and Bros
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily
Employee communications intranet site, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications town halls broadcasted live across the company (CEO hosted a series of town halls to discuss the acquisition of Shaw Media), and Waterside Chats with senior executives and guest speakers

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note Corus has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 24 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees corporate discounts on a range of products and services, from passes to Canada's Wonderland to home electronics to fitness club memberships

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan note Corus 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
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, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Family-friendly benefits note Corus has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 65% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 65% of salary for 10 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 65% of salary for 25 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 65% of salary for 25 weeks
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting, reduced summer hours

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B

Vacation note Corus 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 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Company paid days off employees receive 4 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information senior level personnel start with 4 weeks of paid vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance B

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 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, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development A

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online 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 A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 600 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness and the Martin Cruze Memorial Fund, Kids Help Phone, Walk to End Women's Cancer, Ronald McDonald Children's Charities, CIBC Run for the Cure, Calgary Children's Foundation, Kids Up Front, food banks across the country
Community highlight In recognition of its line of business in creating programming and media for children and families, the company maintains a core charitable focus on the well-being of children, with a specific focus on alleviating childhood hunger. Through the in-house Corus Feeds Kids program, the company employs its considerable media resources and encourages employees to volunteer their time to support organizations dedicated to feeding and supporting children and families.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Corus Entertainment Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):

  • In partnership with Marblemedia and Ryerson University, Corus Entertainment created the Innovative Storytellers Award, a $20,000 5-year educational initiative to recognize the academic achievements of a full-time graduate student enrolled in the Master of Arts in Media Production program -- in addition, the recipient also receives up to five one-on-one sessions with industry representatives
  • Corus Entertainment's Calgary-based radio stations work with Mount Royal University and SAIT Polytechnic to provide scholarships, with preference given to students with disabilities or of Aboriginal descent
  • Corus Entertainment's production division, Nelvana Studio, participates in an internship program managed by Sheridan College's Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design and also organizes tours of its animation studio
Corus' atrium features a three-storey green wall and slide for employees to use at the end of a hard day's work

Highlights

Industry Media Production and Broadcasting
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Ottawa ON, Winnipeg MB, Montréal QC, Saskatoon SK, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 1,513
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives Accelerator Program for young high potential employees

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