Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc.
Employees in the boardroom at Diamond Schmitt Architects' offices

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

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

  • Diamond Schmitt Architects provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers and fathers, to 80% of salary ranging from 6 to 8 weeks in duration (adoptive parents receive up to 17 weeks)
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects starts new employees with 3 weeks of paid vacation and offers all employees additional paid time off with summer hours (half days on Friday between Victoria and Labour Day weekends) and office closure between the Christmas and New Years holidays
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects encourages employees to get involved in the community with paid time off to volunteer and encourages employee giving through matching charitable contributions -- employees also enter their own cycling team in the Heart and Stroke Foundation's "Ride for Heart" fundraiser and have raised over $168K in less than a decade of riding
A Diamond Schmitt Architects employee examines materials in the sample library

Employer Background

Industry Architecture Firm
Established in Canada 1975
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 199
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 5%
Average age of employees in Canada 40
Longest serving employee 28 years

Physical Workplace B+

Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features located in an early 20th century industrial loft-style building (the firm acquired and renovated to LEED Commercial Interior standard in 2004), the office features exposed brick walls and plenty of natural lighting, recently added quiet room for rest or prayer, 24-hour workstations, a fully accessible washroom with showers, expanded bicycle storage (only a few employees drive to work), dedicated private phone booths for personal calls, nap room, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music
Snacks available beer, beverages and popcorn for Friday afternoon design meetings, lunch provided every Thursday for special "lunch and learn" sessions
Other nearby amenities Goodlife Fitness, fitness club, St. Andrews Playground (also features an off-leash dog park), Harbourfront, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, seasonal farmer's market, short walk to Spadina Avenue, Queen Street West shopping district and King Street West theatre district

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name Diamond Schmitt Social Committee (est. 1995)
Recent social events social nights such as bowling and pub nights, ski day, summer solstice client appreciation event, summer family picnic, volleyball and baseball tournaments, themed breakfasts and lunches, an annual evening holiday party, Pi Day (in-house pie tasting competition), employee in-house band (ThunderTruss) performs at many company events
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications new intranet platform (called Synthesis) designed to help employee easily share knowledge and manage information (also incorporates social media functionalities)

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 matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan note Diamond Schmitt Architects has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 25 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage option up to 75 years of age
Dental coverage routine, restorative
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)
Health spending account up to $250 each year
Fitness club subsidy up to $60 each year
Family-friendly benefits note Diamond Schmitt Architects has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 2 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 80% of salary for 6 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 80% of salary for 6 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 80% of salary for 17 weeks
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, reduced summer hours

Vacation & Personal Time-Off A

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 8 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid summer shutdown employees receive 8 days off during the summer months
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 3 days off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Additional time-off information paid summer shutdown days apply to all employees and includes early closings (half days) every Friday from the May long weekend through to Labour Day weekend

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, long-service awards, celebrates project completions with lunches or dinners, hosts office celebrations to recognize service milestones as well as hosts an annual luncheon to recognize the efforts of administrative personnel
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 6 months

Training & Skills Development B+

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

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
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 400 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 23 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Heart and Stroke Foundation (enters a cycling team in the annual Ride for Heart fundraiser, with over $168K raised over the past 8 years), Alzheimer Society of Toronto, Scleroderma Society of Ontario, Ride to Conquer Cancer, Canada Red Cross, Artscape Foundation, National Arts Centre Foundation, PFMH Partners for Mental Health
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Employees are also encouraged to suggest initiatives and charitable causes that are most important to them. The firm endeavours to support all selected charities through direct financial donations or formal fundraising events.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2017):

  • In addition to helping employees save for the future, Diamond Schmitt Architects lets everyone share in the company's immediate successes through a year-end bonus program
  • Diamond Schmitt's social committee organizes numerous events every year including bowling and pub nights, a summer solstice client appreciation event, a summer family picnic, themed breakfasts and lunches, a ski trip and an annual Christmas holiday party
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects reaches out to the next generation of employees through apprenticeship programs, co-op opportunities and summer student roles
Diamond Schmitt Architects employees at a town hall   (Photo credit: Elizabeth Gyde)

Highlights

Industry Architecture Firm
Established in Canada 1975
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 190
Full-time employee growth in the past year 17.3 %
Average age of employees in Canada 40
Longest serving employee 24 years
Long-term savings matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, reduced summer hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, long-service awards

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • Diamond Schmitt Architects maintains a Sustainable Design Committee and five working groups that participate in ongoing research, education, mentoring and peer-to-peer engagement -- the committee reports to management on a monthly basis regarding its initiatives and is integral to bringing energy and waste saving initiatives into the firm's day-to-day operations
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects helps champion the movement towards greener building with 24 LEED accredited architects and 27 completed LEED projects as of 2015, with an additional 30 LEED registered projects on the go -- the firm is currently working on two projects designed to meet the "Living Building Challenge" to be completely carbon neutral, or even better than neutral
  • Employees at Diamond Schmitt Architects walk the green walk -- 40 percent of the workforce are regular transit users, 22 percent cycle to work, 13 percent walk, and only 5 percent drive -- the firm also utilizes a green limo service for employee travel to the airport
Diamond Schmitt Architects library

Highlights

Industry Architecture Firm
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 190
Employee green team Sustainable Design Committee
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Chair, Sustainable Design Committee
Green highlights 2030 Challenge (commitment to design all projects as carbon neutral by 2030), NEDLAW Living Walls (designed more than two dozen living wall filters in projects across North America)
Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit
Some of the green community initiatives Habitat for Humanity, Green Building Festival (local industry conference)
Building footprint includes dedicated two-tiered bicycle parking (showers with low-flow fixtures), low VOC materials throughout, energy efficient appliances and lighting system

The Career Directory

Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Diamond Schmitt Architects employees teamed up for a musical performance

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Architecture Firm
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 190
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
Typical new grad positions Graduate Architect, Intern Architect
Starting salary $50K to $55K
Work benefits 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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