Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc.
The light-filled reception area at Diamond Schmitt Architects  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):

  • Diamond Schmitt Architects recently extended the duration of maternity and parental leave top-up payments, moving from 6 to 12 weeks of paid leave for all new parents, including adoptive (up to 80% of an employee's salary)
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects encourages employees to be active in their local communities and provides paid time off to volunteer -- employees also enter their own cycling team in the Heart and Stroke Foundation's "Ride for Heart" fundraiser and have raised close to $200,000 in less than a decade of riding
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects helps employees have a little fun at work with a variety of social events and celebrations throughout the year, including a summer solstice client appreciation event, a summer family picnic on Toronto Island, a paid day off to ski and snowshoe at Devil's Glen Resort, and an annual in-house pie tasting competition on Pi Day
Diamond Schmitt Architects working together on a project in the office's boardroom  

Employer Background

Industry Architecture
Established in Canada 1975
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 206
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 4%
Average age of employees in Canada 39 years
Longest serving employee 28 years

Physical Workplace Rating: B+

Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features located in an early 20th-century industrial loft-style building (which the firm acquired and renovated to LEED Commercial Interior standard in 2004), the office features exposed brick walls and plenty of natural lighting, a 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), sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, 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, a variety of festive baked goods during the holiday season, rotating soup days 4 days a week from September to May (courtesy of 2 employees who are responsible for each day and receive a $25 subsidy from the firm)
Other nearby amenities GoodLife Fitness, 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 Rating: A

Employee social committee name Diamond Schmitt Social Committee (est. 1995)
Recent social events social evening outings and pub nights, summer solstice client appreciation event, summer family picnic on Toronto Island, winter ski/snowshoeing day at Devil's Glen Resort (employees receive a paid day off), annual winter holiday party hosted at a downtown venue, tickets for soccer, baseball and hockey games, Chinese New Year, annual Pi Day (in-house pie tasting competition), in-house employee band (ThunderTruss) formed in 2013 and 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 intranet platform called Synthesis which was designed to help employee easily share knowledge and manage information (also includes a social media platform)

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: 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 Rating: 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
Other health plan information 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 1 week
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 80% of salary for 11 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 80% of salary for 12 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 80% of salary for 12 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits yes
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, reduced summer hours

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: 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 7 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 applies to all employees and includes early closings (half days) every Friday from the May long weekend through to Labour Day weekend (total is 7.5 days annually)

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: 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 completion with lunches or dinners, annual luncheon to recognize the efforts of administrative personnel
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 6 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: 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
Unique training & development programs tuition subsidies range between 25% to 100%, depending on the course

Community Involvement Rating: 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 number of charities supported last year approximately 24 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Ride to Conquer Cancer, United Way Toronto and York Region, Writers Trust of Canada, Artscape Foundation, Michael Garron Hospital Foundation, Heart And Stroke Foundation of Canada (employees enter a cycling team in the annual Ride for Heart fundraiser and have raised almost $200,000 over the course of 8 years), Sustainable Buildings Canada, The Lung Association, Urban Land Institute, Canadian Art Foundation, Parkinson Canada
Community highlight Employees are encouraged to suggest initiatives and charitable causes that are 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 (2018):

Here are some of the reasons why Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2018):

  • Diamond Schmitt Architects employees enjoy a unique work atmosphere with casual dress daily, lunch provided every Thursday for special "lunch and learn" sessions, and beer, beverages and popcorn for Friday afternoon design meetings
  • In addition to providing tuition subsidies for employees enrolled in job-related courses, Diamond Schmitt Architects reaches out to the next generation through apprenticeship programs, co-op opportunities and paid internships
Diamond Schmitt Architects employees performing in the company's in-house band 'ThunderTruss'   (Photo credit: Elizabeth Gyde)

Highlights

Industry Architecture
Established in Canada 1975
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 199
Full-time employee growth in the past year 4.7 %
Average age of employees in Canada 40 years
Longest serving employee 28 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 (2018):

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

  • Diamond Schmitt Architects helps champion the movement towards greener building with 39 LEED accredited architects and over 30 completed LEED projects as of 2017, with an additional 30 LEED registered projects on the go, including two projects designed to meet the "Living Building Challenge" to be completely carbon neutral, or even better than neutral
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects encourages its employees to leave the car at home with 40% of employees using transit, 22% cycling to work (the firm recently increased its secure bicycle storage to accommodate over 50 bikes), 13% walking to the office and only 5% driving to work
Diamond Schmitt Architects employees in the office  

Highlights

Industry Architecture
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 199
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)
Extended recycling glass, flexible plastics, metal, polystyrene, batteries, light bulbs, e-waste, furniture
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, LED lighting retrofits

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
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Vancouver BC
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
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Graduate Architect, Intern Architect
Starting salary $50K to $55K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited

Recruits at these schools


Search all jobs from Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. Live search powered by Eluta.ca