Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2019) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 8, 2018)
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
Hatch employees are 'entrepreneurs with a technical soul'
Amanda Defela likes to joke that she's going to be the youngest CEO in the history of Hatch Ltd. Even though she started at the engineering and management consultancy just over two years ago, right out of school, she knew she'd found a place where she could grow and develop. "I don't like to be bored with what I do," says Defela, a Junior Process Engineer. "I'm a very driven individual."
That attitude is very much in keeping with the culture at Hatch. In fact, when Glenn Sakaki talks to job candidates, he says, "I tell them that this could be the last interview you have in your career." That goes for anyone, from young professionals to more established employees.
"The culture of the company is for you to complete your entire career with us, however long that would be, and do multiple roles," adds Sakaki, Global Director, Marketing and Communications. "Why would you go anywhere else if you had the opportunity to have different careers all within one firm?"
Over the past six decades, Hatch has grown from 500 employees to a global network of 9,000. But it still behaves and feels like a small business - employees are, in the words of Chairman and CEO John Bianchini, "entrepreneurs with a technical soul."
One of the factors contributing to that small-business feel is that Hatch is employee-owned. While that frees the company to focus on long-term viability, it also fosters a community of people who are working together to make the company the best it can be - to the benefit of all involved. "Acting as an owner changes the way you operate, Sakaki says. "You really feel like your contributions are valued and it's your responsibility to make sure the organization is successful."
That all-for-one-and-one-for-all environment is one of the things that keeps Defela engaged. "I don't feel like I'm just someone doing my work in my cubicle with no outcome at the end of the day," she says. "I feel like I'm part of something bigger here - like I'm contributing to larger goals and creating positive change."
The fact that Hatch is a flat organization - colleagues, managers and a board of directors - helps keep that small-business feeling as well. Managers sit on the floor with staff, and the buildings are all designed with open areas for collaboration. "We really feel one of the benefits of working with that structure and that type of environment is that we get a lot of different ideas from different people, and we encourage global collaboration on projects around the world," says Sakaki "It just helps us create better ideas for our clients."
Hatch has an impressive history of giving back to the community - often with a mandate to encourage the next generation of professionals. Hatch's $3-million donation to McMaster University for the Gerald Hatch Centre for Engineering Experiential Learning will enable young engineers to learn outside of the classroom; the company also sponsors and mentors students in the FIRST Robotics competition, among other things.
Equally important is keeping the thousands of professionals at Hatch feeling challenged. "If I want to try something new or there's something specific I want to do, there are many people around who are trying to make that happen," says Defela. And that is a fundamental value of Hatch. "We like to give people different roles to challenge them in different ways," says Sakaki, who has held 14 positions over his 17 years with the company. "Once that core culture and understanding about how we make decisions is within our people, they can excel in many different roles."
Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):
By Kristina Leung and Richard Yerema, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 17, 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
Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 14, 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