IMAX Corporation
IMAX employees in the office's reception area

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

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

  • IMAX's head office is uniquely shaped to appear from an aerial view as if the building is on one of the company's original rolling-loop projectors -- the workplace features its own IMAX theatre (employees can invite friends and family for weekend viewings), barrier-free washrooms, shower facilities and space for weekly yoga and Pilates classes -- outside, the company maintains 2 bicycles for employee use during the work day
  • IMAX's subsidized social committee organizes a number of events and celebrations for staff each year including a children's holiday party, IMAX friends and family movie screenings for major blockbuster events, and summer events such as a volleyball tournament and billiard and bowling nights
  • Along with helping employees save for the future, IMAX extends its health benefits plan to retirees (with no age limit) -- and cultivates an ownership culture through a share purchase plan (available to all employees)
IMAX employee Jeremy inspecting the company's laser technology

Employer Background

Industry Movie Theatre Technology
Established in Canada 1967
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Mississauga ON
Full-time employees in Canada 321
Part-time employees in Canada 5
Full-time employees worldwide 736
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 9.7%
Average age of employees in Canada 44 years
Longest serving employee 45 years

Physical Workplace Rating: B+

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office has undergone extensive renovations over the past 2 years (from an aerial view, the building is shaped like on of the company's original rolling-loop projectors), is a member of Smart Commute Mississauga, workplace features an open 2-storey atrium includes a subsidized café and coffee bar with seating for employees, 2 barrier-free washrooms, space for weekly yoga and Pilates classes, massage therapist visits, onsite shower facilities, shared-use bikes for employee use during the work day, onsite car wash and detailing service as well as spring and fall tire service, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities music, television, table tennis, in-house IMAX theatre (employees can invite friends and family for weekend viewings)
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals
Snacks available fruit trays, cheese, crackers, cookies for meetings
Other nearby amenities Clarkson Community Centre, (includes library, skating arena, gymnasium, children's water park and recreation programs for all ages), fitness club, walking trails connecting directly to Winston Park and Springbank Meadows parks, Rattray Conservation Area, the Parkway, Iroquois Shoreline Woods, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Lifetime Fitness, LA Fitness, Planet Workout, Anytime Fitness, Pearson International Airport

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Company organized social events yes
Recent social events employee Christmas party (last year's event featured an open bar, fresh sushi station, oyster shucking bar, meat carving station, a full dessert station, a DJ and dancing), summer events such as food and ice cream truck visits, Halloween celebration with best costume and pumpkin carving contests, IMAX friends and family movie screenings, Take Our Kids to Work day
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications quarterly town halls with senior personnel, email box for innovative ideas (that go directly to the CEO), the Friday Feature blog (for employees and consumers)

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B+

Financial benefits note IMAX 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 life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees yes
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $3,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits Panasonic VIP program with discounts on electronic products, corporate discount program for entertainment, hotels, shopping and travel, recently hosted a financial wellness seminar that featured presentations from speakers in the financial services industry

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan note IMAX 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 24 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)
Health spending account up to $250 each year
Wellness spending account up to $500 each year
Other health plan information health plan is also available to contract employees on full year contracts, plan includes access to Best Doctors service, wellness subsidy can be used for everything from gym memberships to wellness activities to the purchase of home exercise equipment
Family-friendly benefits note IMAX has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $6,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 8 weeks
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B+

Vacation note IMAX 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 6 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 2 months
Additional time-off information paid summer Friday afternoon closings prior to long weekends (including Thanksgiving), senior personnel start with 4 weeks of paid vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

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, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), peer-to-peer recognition program includes points that are redeemable for a a variety of rewards, from gift cards and branded merchandise
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 2 paid days)
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 194 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Princess Margaret Hospital, Hospice Simcoe, Montréal Science Centre Foundation, Canadian Picture Pioneers, Kids in Sport Foundation, Challenge Athletes Foundation, Angel on a Tree Toy Drive, Habitat for Humanity, Scleroderma Society of Ontario, Ronald McDonald Charities, Canada's Walk of Fame, to name only a few
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight In addition to supporting a wide range of charities and community organizations through matching and direct donations, IMAX recently launched a new corporate responsibility initiative called the Big Picture (#IMAXBigPicture). Through the initiative, the company has partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to raise awareness and support activities that address environmental, societal and economic issues.

The Career Directory

IMAX Corporation has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Interns at IMAX soliciting feedback for the improvement of the company's technology

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Movie Theatre Technology
Major Canadian hiring locations Mississauga ON
Full-time employees in Canada 251 to 500
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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Accounting Intern, Domestic Marketing Intern, Engineering Post Production Intern, IT Service Desk Intern, Human Resources Intern, Legal Intern, Software Developer Intern, Corporate Development Business Intelligence Analyst Intern, Operations and Logistics Intern, Optical Engineering Intern
Starting salary $50K to $55K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 2 paid days)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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