Canadian Security Intelligence Service / CSIS
CSIS headquarters

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Canadian Security Intelligence Service / CSIS was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and National Capital Region's Top Employers (2017):

  • CSIS provides excellent maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new mothers (to 93% of salary for 52 weeks) as well as parental leave top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents (to 93% of salary for 37 weeks)
  • To help employees find a balance between work and their personal lives, CSIS recently introduced a 4-day work week option, allowing employees to work 4 days each week for up to 3 months annually (with salary adjusted accordingly)
  • CSIS invests in ongoing personal and professional development with tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions and subsidies for professional accreditation -- the organization also maintains an onsite training centre, conference facility, lecture theatre and an "Information Centre" with designated reading area
CSIS' headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario

Employer Background

Industry Federal Government, National Security
Parent company Public Safety Canada
Parent company head office Ottawa ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Halifax NS, Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 3,299
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2.7%
Average age of employees in Canada 42.3
Longest serving employee 31 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up
Workplace features CSIS' distinctive headquarters are comprised of 2 triangles joined by an atrium that is spanned by 2 open air bridges (the newest addition to the headquarters meets LEED Silver certification standards and incorporated employee feedback on amenities and final design), additionally the headquarters feature an outdoor volleyball court, a conference centre, onsite training facilities, ergonomic assessments available for employee workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, also available for employee events, from luncheons to retirement celebrations
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, marché style with world fare and vegetarian meal stations every day, as well as a food to go café
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (Endurance Spin, BodyFit, MuscleFit, FABulous, Yoga Tune-Up, Mind and Body Spin CircuitFit), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, low membership fees ($22 per month), personal training, nutrition and information workshops
Other nearby amenities fitness club, National Capital Commission Land, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Pineview Golf Club, St-Laurent Shopping Centre, and only steps away from an O Train light rail station (when completed)

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Employee social committee name NHQ Comité Social Committee
Recent social events summer golf and softball tournaments, winter hockey tournament (with time off for players and fans) to raise money for the United Way, annual spy BBQ, summer parties across the organization, long service awards celebrations and a special Christmas party for employees' children
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Additional financial benefits relocation support services (from a guaranteed home sale program to language training for spouses), compensation levels are determined through collective bargaining process and competitive with the greater Federal Public Service

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A+

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Waiting period for coverage 30 days
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Other health plan information deployment support program (assistance for employees, and their family members, who are embarking on international assignments)
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 37 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 93% of salary for 37 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 93% of salary for 37 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
Additional family-friendly information 4-day work week option (can work 4 days each week for up to 3 months annually, salary is adjusted accordingly)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B+

Vacation note CSIS 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 5 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 9 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 60 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information senior executives start at 4 or 5 weeks of paid vacation allowance, employees can apply for additional leaves to continue their education (up to 3 years), for military service, to accompany a spouse who has been relocated (up to 5 years), and even to cover political appointments as well as to mount a campaign for elected office

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
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 on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, unique Humanitarian Awards Program, the Public Service Award of Excellence, resignation and retirement awards (features a letter signed from the PMO)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 36 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 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unique training & development programs onsite training centre, conference facility, lecture theatre, an Information Centre with designated reading areas, co-op program (up to 75 students annually), online training program featuring 200 courses, tuition subsidies are for a maximum of 2 courses annually

Community Involvement B+

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 number of charities supported last year approximately 288 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Crohn's Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, Ottawa Humane Society, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, Ottawa Foodbank & Snowsuit Fund Drive
Community highlight CSIS manages a casual Friday charitable giving program which occurs bi-weekly throughout the year and raises funds for both the Government of Canada's Workplace Charitable Giving Campaign and charitable organizations nominated by employees.

The Career Directory

Canadian Security Intelligence Service / CSIS has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
An aerial view of CSIS' headquarters

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Federal Government, National Security
Parent company Public Safety Canada
Parent company head office Ottawa ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Halifax NS, Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 3,299
Student opportunities co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Administrative Assistant, Foreign Language Communications Analyst, Webmaster, Multimedia Technician Programmer Analyst, Software/Hardware Analyst, Systems Operations Analyst, Access Management Analyst, Change/Release Management Analyst, Configuration Management Analyst, Network/Communications Specialist, Telephony Communications Specialist, Storage Specialist, Client Relations Officers, IT Help Desk, Problem Management Analyst, Quality Assurance Analyst, Quality Control Analyst, Analyst, Technologist, Technician, Engineers, Scientist, Strategic Analyst, Protective Security Officer, Legal Assistant, Risk Management Analyst, Threat Management Analyst, Information Management, Administrator, Financial Officer, Human Resources, Pay Specialist, Screening Analyst, Translator, Intelligence Officer, Surveillance Officer
Starting salary $60K to $65K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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