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

Recognized as one of Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers (2019):

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  

Highlights

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)

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

Here are some of the reasons why McMaster University was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

  • McMaster University organizes a regular brown bag "What Is..." series to address issues on campus from the perspective of equity-seeking groups -- past topics have included "What is Ramadan" and "What is Inclusion from a Jewish Perspective"
  • McMaster University established an Employees with Disabilities Network in 2017 to provide peer support, consultation and strategies for workplace accommodation, employment equity, career advancement and accessibility
  • McMaster University's human resources and hospitality teams work with Hamilton Immigrant Working Centre to provide employment opportunities and food service skills training for local Syrian refugees and underprivileged community members -- and is partnering with the Centre and Mohawk College to further create awareness of available employment opportunities
The Indigenous Circle on McMaster University's campus, created under the guidance of the school's Indigenous Education Council, is also available for gatherings, lectures and events  

Highlights

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Major Canadian hiring locations Hamilton ON, Burlington ON, Waterloo ON, Niagara Falls ON
Full-time employees in Canada 4,614
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives AVP of Equity and Inclusion, AVP and Chief Human Resources Officer
Formal commitment President's advisory committee on building an inclusive community, Equity and Inclusion Office, employment equity committee and champions, accessibility council
Employee resource groups Employees with Disabilities Network (provides peer support, consultation and strategies for workplace accommodation, employment equity, career advancement and accessibility), is discussing the creation of an Indigenous Employees Network
Diversity training and awareness implicit bias training for Canada Research Chairs, department chairs and search committee members across all faculties, training on Indigenous cultural competency, facilitators to deliver Kairos Blanket Exercises on campus
Diversity highlights Academic Women's Success and Mentorship Committee, Technology Services and Library Services maintain individual diversity, equity and inclusion committees, Brown Bag "What Is..." series to address issues on campus from the perspective of equity-seeking groups, hosted disability discussions to provide space for students with disabilities to connect and present recommendations to address barriers
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Path Employment Services, Pride at Work Canada, Career Edge, Indigenous Link, Hamilton Working Centre (employment opportunities and food service skills training for new Canadians and underprivileged community members)

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