McMaster University
Young McMaster University employees   (Photo credit: JD Howell)

Recognized as one of Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers

Here are some of the reasons why McMaster University was selected as one of Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers (2019):

  • Along with supporting new families with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (varying by employee group), McMaster University helps employees balance their work and personal lives with a variety of alternative work options where possible, such as flexible hours, telecommuting and a compressed work week option
  • As an educator, McMaster University encourages ongoing employee development with generous tuition subsidies (to $3,883 annually) for courses taken at McMaster as well as other institutions -- the school also offers a generous academic scholarship program for children of employees who are interested in pursuing post-secondary studies (up to $4,950 per child)
  • McMaster University employees can stay healthy with subsidized membership to fully-equipped fitness facilities on campus that feature everything from a swimming pool to indoor rock climbing to hockey to dodgeball, as well as an incredible range of instructor-led classes, from yoga to ballroom dancing to Zumba (and many more)
McMaster University employees participating in community work  


Industry Post Secondary Schools, University
Established in Canada 1887
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Hamilton ON, Burlington ON, Waterloo ON, Niagara Falls ON
Full-time employees in Canada 4,614
Part-time employees in Canada 2,500
Average age of employees in Canada 38.83 years
Longest serving employee 55.7 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,883 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
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 1 paid day)

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