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Hatch Ltd.
Hatch employees in the field at the Grosvenor coal site   (Photo credit: Gillianne Tedder)

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

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

  • Hatch celebrates employee accomplishments through a range of specific recognition awards, including awards to recognize the best published technical paper, client relations, design excellence, sustainability, mentoring and even an award to recognize exceptional teamwork and relationship building -- the company also hosts an annual event to celebrate employee promotions
  • Employees working at Hatch's Mississauga head office can take advantage of a number of onsite amenities including a cafeteria, which features 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
  • Hatch helps employees prepare for the future with contributions to a defined contribution pension plan, retirement planning assistance and phased-in work options for those nearing retirement -- the company also encourages employees to become owners through a share purchase plan
Hatch employees at the Calgary Airport runway development project

Employer Background

Industry Engineering Services
Established in Canada 1955
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Calgary AB, Niagara Falls ON, Saskatoon SK, Mississauga ON, Winnipeg MB, Vancouver BC, Halifax NS, St. John's NL, Thunder Bay ON
Full-time employees in Canada 2,772
Part-time employees in Canada 47
Full-time employees worldwide 5,127
Workforce engaged on a contract basis .6%
Average age of employees in Canada 42.4
Longest serving employee 44.6 years

Physical Workplace 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 with convenient highway access as well as transit connections to GO regional and the TTC subway system, Hatch's head office features telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, table tennis, picnic tables and chairs outside
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (aerobics, yoga, yogilates), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, personal trainer available at additional cost
Other nearby amenities Clarkson Community Centre, fitness club, Winston Woods, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, iFly Toronto, mini golf

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name GTA Social Committee (est. 2002)
Recent social events new employee dinners, Hatch golf day, Fall Fest (company barbecue in September), Halloween at Hatch event (with costume competition), annual Hatch Dinner Dance at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Hatch Kids holiday party, Hatch Kids Camp (week-long camp hosted at participating offices during the March break), annual Take Your Kids to Work day
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications Hatch Hillers group for retirees

Financial Benefits & Compensation 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
Share purchase plan available to all employees yes
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 for a variety of products and services, from amusement park passes to hockey games to fitness club memberships

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits 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
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)
Other health plan information unused health credits can be transferred to a healthcare spending account, a 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 $2,000 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, during the March Break)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off 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
Unpaid leave of absence option yes

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, on-the-spot rewards, long-service awards, numerous recognition awards ranging from awards for the best published technical paper to innovative products and processes to safety and sustainability, also hosts a unique promotion celebration for employees who received a promotion in the previous year
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development 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 50% of tuition per year

Community Involvement B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
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, Fort McMurray fire disaster relief (through the Red Cross), Ride for Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Engineers Without Borders, Earth Rangers, Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer, Chile Earthquake relief (developed master plans for 3 devastated villages)
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Hatch's primary charitable focus includes science and technology based educational initiatives and programs.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Hatch Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):

  • Hatch consistently partners with universities across Canada to collaborate on research and development projects, offer scholarship grants, host information sessions and attend career fairs
  • Hatch maintains a formal student and new graduate program which includes knowledge sharing sessions, lunch and learns and a student showcase that allows students to present their work in a science fair set-up
  • Hatch manages a Professional Development Program (PDP) to provide mentoring to employees in their first to fourth year of employment -- additionally, employees can participate in a number of developmental events such as the PDP Committee (which meets regularly to discuss ongoing professional development), "Keep Education Going Sessions" where PDP members share their experience on project experience, clients and corporate culture, and Associate Breakfasts, which allow graduates to share their concerns
Hatch employees

Highlights

Industry Engineering Services
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Calgary AB, Niagara Falls ON, Saskatoon SK, Mississauga ON, Winnipeg MB, Vancouver BC, Halifax NS, St. John's NL, Thunder Bay ON
Full-time employees in Canada summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) 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 hires students in a number of disciplines including engineering, procurement, construction, human resources, marketing, information technology and other corporate services

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

Here are some of the reasons why Hatch Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • Hatch's specialized Environmental Services practice group ensures that environmental and sustainable design considerations are factored into all its projects -- the unique practice area provides support to engineering and technical departments by incorporating social, environmental, carbon management and overall sustainable development considerations into all phases of the project
  • Hatch encourages its employees to consider alternative transportation by offering preferred parking and financial incentives for carpoolers ($2.50 per passenger per one-way trip), indoor bicycle parking, shower facilities and a financial incentive for bicycle commuters ($2.00 per day cycled)
  • Hatch's formal waste management program covers all areas of its operations, from aggressive waste and recycling programs at its office locations to ensuring proper disposal and recycling of waste at project sites (hazardous waste, scrap metals, treated and untreated wood, pipes, glass and insulation)
Hatch employee   (Photo credit: Michael Willems)

Highlights

Industry Engineering Services
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Calgary AB, Niagara Falls ON, Saskatoon SK, Mississauga ON, Winnipeg MB, Vancouver BC, Halifax NS, St. John's NL, Thunder Bay ON
Full-time employees in Canada 2,930
Employee green team Hatch Environmental Management System
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Managing Director, Environmental Services Group
Formal strategy/policy name Sustainability Policy
Green highlights Environmental Services Group (incorporates environmental and sustainable design considerations into all its project), alternative transit incentives for cyclists and carpoolers, eliminated bottled water use, uses reusable or recyclable cutlery and dishes, greenhouse gas/carbon footprint (tracks air-travel, vehicle traffic, electricity, gas and paper)
Extended recycling e-waste (donations and proper recycling), organics, batteries, hazardous wastes, scrap metal (achieved waste diversion rates of 85 and 93 percent at its Mississauga offices)
Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Earth Day (hosts an in-house Sustainable Development Week), Chiefs of Ontario Environmental Assessment Toolkit for First Nation Communities, Smart Commute, Engineers Without Borders
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, green roof, solar water heating, water efficiency retrofits, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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