ESIT Advanced Solutions Inc.
ESIT Advanced Solutions employees hold their donation to Victoria Hospitals Foundation   (Photo credit: S.Lockhart)

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

Here are some of the reasons why ESIT Advanced Solutions Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2018), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2018) and BC's Top Employers (2018):

  • ESIT Advanced Solutions offers peace-of-mind for employees planning for life after work through contributions to a defined benefit pension plan (a unique benefit in this industry) and retirement planning assistance
  • ESIT Advanced Solutions is a long-time participant of the United Way's annual fundraising campaign with employees spearheading a number of initiatives -- the company even lends an employee to United Way to work as a representative (an in-kind donation of 760 paid hours of labour) and has raised over $1.1 million since 2004
  • New moms at ESIT Advanced Solutions receive maternity leave top-up payments (to 85% of salary for 15 weeks) as well as parental leave top-up payments (to 75% of salary for 35 weeks) -- new dads and adoptive parents also receive parental leave top-up payments (to 75% of salary for 35 weeks)
ESIT Advanced Solutions' executive management team preparing to cook for employees at the company's Breakfast of Champions event

Employer Background

Industry Computer Systems Design Services
Established in Canada 2004
Parent company HP Canada
Parent company head office Toronto ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC
Full-time employees in Canada 479
Part-time employees in Canada 6
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 11%
Average age of employees in Canada 44 years
Longest serving employee 37 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features located in the Vancouver Island Technology Park, the head office is one of the first office buildings in Canada to achieve LEED Gold certification, the interior layout and decor was designed with employee feedback (employee workstations are closest to the windows with management offices located in the interior) and also features an outdoor barbecue and patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, foosball table, iPad and computers available for personal use at various locations throughout the office
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility shared use facility, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (includes personal training sessions, lunch and learn classes and other informational sessions, all organized by the Health and Wellness Committee), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities Saanich Commonwealth Place, Pacific Sports Institute, fitness club, Lambrick Park, Elk and Beaver Lake, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Camosun College, community garden, sports fields including badminton, volleyball and basketball courts, park-like setting with easy access to walking and running trails

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Recent social events summer barbecues and lunches throughout the year, an annual anniversary celebration and recognition ceremony for top performing employees, charitable fundraising events throughout the year
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A+

Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits salaries for unionized employees are negotiated through the collective bargaining process while salaries for non-union employees are determined through in-house salary planning

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan note ESIT Advanced Solutions Inc. has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 1 hour per week
Waiting period for coverage 180 days
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
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, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), earned days off program

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation jump vacation increases after 10 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 7 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave maximum 6 months
Additional time-off information vacation entitlement increases in daily increments after 3 years on-the-job, employees also receive up to 10 days of special leave for everything from family weddings and child birth to moving and personal emergencies

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 4 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, formal rewards and recognition program with awards in a range of categories including community impact, employee excellence, leadership excellence, starting strong, team excellence, and the "You Inspire Me" award, which celebrates employees who contribute to the overall work environment
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives 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 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, (up to 3 paid days)
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 8 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way of Greater Victoria, Plan Canada, BC Cancer Foundation, BC Children's Hospital Foundation, BC SPCA, Habitat for Humanity Victoria, Victoria Brain Injury Society, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Every Step Counts, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Annual Charity Golf Classic (in support of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Victoria General Hospital), Be a Santa to a Senior (over $1,300 in gift cards and treats donated to a senior's residence)
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Each year, employees at ESIT Advanced Solutions participate in a number of charitable and community initiatives. The company is a long-time participant of the annual United Way fundraising campaign, with employees spearheading the majority of its initiatives. The company even lends an employee to United Way to work as a representative (an in-kind donation of 760 paid hours of labour) and has raised over $1.1 million since 2004.

The Career Directory

ESIT Advanced Solutions Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
ESIT Advanced Solutions employees

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Computer Systems Design Services
Parent company HP Canada
Parent company head office Toronto ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC
Student opportunities 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 Facilities Coordinator, Litigation Clerk, Help Desk Analyst, Junior Order Management Analyst, Payment Processing Clerk, Account Analyst
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 3 paid days)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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