Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 30, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why Dassault Systèmes Canada Inc. was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2019):
- Dassault Systèmes Canada supports ongoing employee development with tuition subsidies for job-related courses (to $3,000 per year), subsidies for professional accreditation and a variety of in-house and online training programs, including apprenticeships
- Dassault Systèmes Canada provides maternity leave top-up payments to employees who are new mothers (up to 90% of salary for up to 18 weeks) and offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
- Dassault Systèmes Canada maintains a Corporate Citizenship Committee responsible for selecting organizations to receive charitable donations each year (based on employee comments and interest) -- the company's current charitable focus includes community, education, the environment and health
Dassault Systèmes focuses on the human experience
Daniel Heller has spent a lot of time in virtual worlds during his career with Dassault Systèmes Canada Inc., a.k.a. the 3DEXPERIENCE Company (3DS). Still, as proud as he is to be working with an industry-leading software developer, it's the real-world 3DS culture, including opportunities to grow and develop, that keeps Heller engaged.
"There's just such a great ecosystem here," he says. "There's always somebody whose brains you can pick, which is terrific when you're surrounded by really smart people who are so passionate about what they do."
The Montreal company is part of EU-based Dassault Systèmes, which has 16,000 employees and 210,000 enterprise customers worldwide. Its portfolio of business management and engineering software enables customers to achieve their goals more efficiently and cost-effectively. The 3DS software spans domains from modelling and scientific simulation to production and logistics optimization.
Initially focused on the aerospace and automotive sectors, 3DS currently serves 12 key spheres including financial and business services, life sciences and consumer goods and retail. The latter is where you'll find Heller, now a solution architect.
It's a sales role - and a transformative change of focus. Upon earning a degree in mechanical engineering, Heller joined 3DS in its aerospace division. He then leaped at an opportunity to work on contract with an automaker in Japan doing research and development on virtual crash test models before returning home over two years later.
According to Nadine Petit, worldwide COE enablement director, 3DS supports those sorts of internal transfers. "Innovative and creative people will always seek fresh challenges, so we offer opportunities for them to change projects and functions," she adds.
3DS encourages ongoing employee development in other ways as well, including a variety of in-house and online training programs. At the same time, Petit says, management recognizes that technical expertise is only part of the story and the human element is also essential to the company's success. Dassault Systèmes, for instance, has been particularly proactive when it comes to diversity and inclusion issues, she says, adding "there's a true richness here."
Heller also welcomes the way 3DS looks beyond an individual's current qualifications and makes sure they're the right person for the job. That's why, when he applied for his current role, he met with the entire sales team, not just the manager. "The whole company is open to you," he adds, "but you always feel like a team member."