Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2018)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 31, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Dassault Systèmes Canada Inc. was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2018):
- Employees working at Dassault Systèmes Canada enjoy a busy social calendar with a number of events and celebrations organized throughout the year, including a children's Christmas party, an in-office sugar shack snack day, themed "5 à 7" cocktail events, a bubble soccer game, and a bowling night
- 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 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 puts a premium on listening to its people
Elaine Scoufaras studied business administration at university and began her career in the accounting department at the Montréal office of Dassault Systèmes Canada Inc., a multinational developer of 3D software. In the years since then, she has moved into a totally different part of the business, thanks to the opportunities available for advancement and the company's commitment to employee training and professional development.
"I didn't want to do accounting long-term so when an opening came up in another department I applied," says Scoufaras, a Project Manager in the Organizational Change Enablement department, which is responsible for change management, training, coaching and developing course content. "Dassault is really good at giving employees opportunities to advance and encourages career development."
The company has online learning materials that cover a remarkable array of subjects, says Guy Leclerc, Vice-President Sales for North America and Area Leader for Canada. These include building a sales master plan, creating a strategic business plan and how to work with colleagues or clients in different countries and cultures. As well, Dassault provides tuition and accreditation subsidies.
The company encourages all project managers to get their Project Management Professional certification, which is recognized globally as the gold standard in project management. Scoufaras obtained her PMP certification thanks in part to the training provided by Dassault. The certification must be renewed every three years and the company offers online learning tools that help employees acquire the necessary skills and credits.
Dassault also puts a priority on listening to employees. They are encouraged to put forward ideas during departmental meetings or by using the company's in-house social media platform. "Every year we try to make improvements, but it is based on things we've discussed with employees," Leclerc says. "We try to build a plan around their priorities."
Feedback from employees led to a re-design of the sales department floor plan. The company also relied on input from below when creating a large new cafeteria that serves as a meeting place and social centre complete with TV monitors and ping pong tables.
The company organizes social events throughout the year to bring employees together from different departments and to promote a sense of collegiality. These include a holiday party before Christmas, a summer barbecue, and happy hours on the terraces of Old Montréal where the company's office is located.