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Hatch Ltd.
Hatch employees working at a client's job site to solve complex engineering challenges   (Photo credit: Gillianne Tedder)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2019) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Hatch Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2019) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):

  • Hatch helps employees prepare for the future with a defined contribution pension plan, retirement planning assistance and phased-in work options for those nearing retirement -- Hatch also lets everyone share in the company's success with profit-sharing
  • Hatch supports employees who have children of all ages, providing generous academic scholarships for college and university-bound children (up to $8,000 per child) and hosting a unique Hatch Kids Camp to help families manage their time during the March Break (the subsidized camp runs for a week at participating offices)
  • Employees working at Hatch's Mississauga head office can take advantage of a number of onsite amenities including a cafeteria, with subsidized meals and healthy and special diet menus, a quiet room for meditation or religious observance, and subsidized access to a fully-equipped fitness facility
Employees at Hatch working together   (Photo credit: HATCH)

Employer Background

Industry Engineering services
Established in Canada 1955
Major Canadian hiring locations Sudbury ON, Montréal QC, Calgary AB, Niagara Falls ON, Saskatoon SK, Mississauga ON, Winnipeg MB, Vancouver BC, Halifax NS, St. John's NL, Thunder Bay ON, Edmonton AB, Saint John NB
Full-time employees in Canada 2,901
Part-time employees in Canada 25
Full-time employees worldwide 5,469
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 0.9%
Average age of employees in Canada 41.7 years
Longest serving employee 45.6 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features located in Sheridan Science and Technology Park, convenient highway access as well as transit connections to regional GO Transit and the TTC subway system, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, religious observance room, outdoor patio, outdoor barbecue, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, board games, table tennis, picnic tables and chairs outside, library and book exchange
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals, take-home meals
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (aerobics, yoga, Zumba, employee-led karate and Latin dance classes), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, personal trainer services (available at additional cost)
Other nearby amenities Clarkson Community Centre, fitness club, Winston Woods (with walking and running trails), daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, iFly Toronto, mini golf

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name GTA Social Committee (est. 2002)
Recent social events annual employee dinner to welcome all new employees, long-service and awards celebrations, annual summer golf day, Halloween fundraising, Take Your Kids to Work Day, health and wellness day, annual dinner and dance at Christmas, employee children's party (hosted at a fun outdoor venue), summer barbecues, an impressive variety of employee sports teams (volleyball, softball, dragon boat racing, road hockey, soccer, squash snowboarding)
Cultural aspects dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress Fridays, music while working, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications "Hatch Hillers" and the "Quarter Century Club" for retirees

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note Hatch Ltd. has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits corporate discounts on a variety of products and services, from amusement park passes to hockey games to movies and gym memberships

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan note Hatch Ltd. has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 80% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
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)
Additional health and wellness information unused health credits can be transferred to a healthcare spending account, an RSP plan, or taken as taxable income
Family-friendly benefits note Hatch Ltd. has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 67% of salary for 20 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 67% of salary for 26 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 67% of salary for 26 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, academic scholarships of up to $8,000 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information offers a unique Hatch Kids Camp to help families manage their time through the March Break (the subsidized camp runs for a week at participating offices, including head office)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B+

Vacation note Hatch Ltd. has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 5 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 4 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Company paid days off employees receive 2 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave of absence option yes

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, on-the-spot rewards, long-service awards, numerous recognition awards ranging from the best published technical paper to innovative products and processes to safety and sustainability
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 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, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 50% of tuition per year

Community Involvement Rating: B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 9 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Engineers Without Borders, Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer (raised over $1-million for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation), Canadian Blood Services, McMaster University (donated over $3-million to help finance and open the new Gerald G. Hatch Centre for Engineering Experiential Learning), donated over $1-million in scholarships and bursaries to universities worldwide
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight As part of its charitable focus, Hatch seeks to establish meaningful partnerships with clients and the communities in which it works, looking for opportunities to assist and contribute to local communities "when and wherever it can".

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Hatch Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

  • Hatch regularly partners with universities across Canada to collaborate on research and development projects, offer scholarship grants, host information sessions and attend career fairs -- the company also sponsors the University of Toronto's Community of Practice (CoP) for Engineering Leadership, which provides students with access to industry mentors and programs that focus on professional development
  • Hatch maintains a formal student and new graduate program, which includes knowledge sharing sessions, lunch and learns, and biannual student showcases for summer and winter co-op students to present their work term experience and project accomplishments
  • Hatch manages a Professional Development Program (PDP) to help recent grads in their first to third year of employment transition into the working world -- the PDP program is driven by the Young Professionals Committees at Hatch, who help plan events, produce and present budgets for approval, in addition to interacting with senior leads and their initiatives
A Hatch employee onsite at a coal mine   (Photo credit: Gillianne Tedder)

Highlights

Industry Engineering services
Major Canadian hiring locations Sudbury ON, Montréal QC, Calgary AB, Niagara Falls ON, Saskatoon SK, Mississauga ON, Winnipeg MB, Vancouver BC, Halifax NS, St. John's NL, Thunder Bay ON, Edmonton AB, Saint John NB
Full-time employees in Canada 2,901
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 50% of tuition per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives in-house Professional Practice Exam prep course for those pursuing their Professional Engineering license, offers opportunities for young professionals to participate in the Enginuity competition (a global computer-simulated competition where teams of Young Professionals manage a global construction business), Management Mingle social events to provide young professionals with opportunities to interact with business leaders, sponsors the student Canadian Engineering Competition

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Hatch Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

  • Hatch encourages employees to consider alternative transit, offering carpoolers $2.50 per passenger per one-way trip (along with the convenience of an online sign-up system and preferred parking spots for poolers) and cyclists $2 per day
  • Hatch partners with the Chiefs of Ontario to organize educational environmental workshops to develop Environmental Assessments, aligning First Nations understanding with provincial and federal government environmental assessment processes
  • Hatch's specialized environmental services practice group ensures that environmental and sustainable design considerations are factored into all of its projects -- the unique practice area provides support to engineering and technical departments and ensures social, environmental, carbon management and sustainable development considerations are incorporated into all phases of a project
An employee at Hatch  

Highlights

Industry Engineering services
Major Canadian hiring locations Sudbury ON, Montréal QC, Calgary AB, Niagara Falls ON, Saskatoon SK, Mississauga ON, Winnipeg MB, Vancouver BC, Halifax NS, St. John's NL, Thunder Bay ON, Edmonton AB, Saint John NB
Full-time employees in Canada 2,901
Employee green team Hatch Environmental Management System and Sustainable Development (SD) Team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Managing Director, Environmental Services Group
Formal strategy/policy name Sustainability Policy
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights Environmental Services Group (incorporates and advocates for environmental and sustainable design considerations into all projects), alternative transit incentives for carpoolers ($2.50 per passenger per one-way trip) and cyclists ($2 per day), eliminated bottled water use, reusable or recyclable cutlery and dishes, recently completed a comprehensive GHG and energy management baseline survey (to help set targets and future goals) and participates in company-wide global corporate carbon footprint initiative (encompasses travel, electricity and heating fuel consumption, paper and waste management), two-side printing default and use of FSC Certified papers (including paper with 50 per cent post-consumer recycled content)
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, water efficient appliances and automated building sensor technology, the "It's Cool to be in the Dark" program to reduce AC and lighting usage in the summer months, native tree species planted on grounds, bio swales to mitigate containments from water run off
Extended recycling e-waste (donations and proper recycling), organics, batteries, hazardous waste, proper disposal and recycling of all waste at project sites (hazardous waste, scrap metals, treated and untreated wood, pipes, glass and insulation)
Commuter amenities Smart Commute, walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online car-pool sign-up, electric vehicle charging stations
Community partnerships Earth Day (hosts an in-house Sustainable Development Week), Chiefs of Ontario Environmental Assessment Toolkit for First Nation Communities, Northern Communities Outreach Program (includes educational presentations, lectures, scholarships, leadership programs, college and university curriculum development), HydroVision (water power conference), Engineers Without Borders, Queen's University's Sustainable Engineering in Remote Areas program

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