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Modern Niagara Group Inc.
Modern Niagara Group employees during a Rib Fest and Amazing Race event  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Modern Niagara Group Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019):

  • Modern Niagara Group offers a range of opportunities for employees to develop their skills, from in-house apprenticeships and skilled trades programs to leadership symposiums held twice a year
  • Modern Niagara Group supports employees who are new mothers with maternity and parental leave top-up payments, to 90% of salary for up to 25 weeks -- and provides parental top-up for fathers and adoptive parents, to 90% of salary for up to 5 weeks
  • Modern Niagara Group organizes a variety of social events and celebrations throughout the year, including an annual holiday party with cocktails, dinner and live music, a family fun day and baseball tournament, and the friendly "Battle of Ontario" hockey tournament between the company's various offices
Modern Niagara Group employees on the company's dragon boat team  

Employer Background

Industry Engineering Services
Established in Canada 1959
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Kingston ON
Full-time employees in Canada 2,149
Part-time employees in Canada 16
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2.5%
Average age of employees in Canada 41 years
Longest serving employee 43 years

Physical Workplace Rating: B+

Commuter amenities free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features originally a warehouse space, Modern Niagara renovated its head office in 2009 to incorporate modern finishes and lighting, the building features polished concrete floors, large windows and exposed ductwork that showcases the company's work, onsite showers and change rooms, a kitchen area with a garage door that opens up to a back patio, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, outdoor patio, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating
Snacks available fresh fruit delivered weekly, fruit smoothies, cheese, sesame snaps, almonds, cashews and peanuts, granola bites and bars, chocolate bites
Other nearby amenities John G Mlacak Center, GoodLife Fitness, Clarence Maheral Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, The Great Trail

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Recent social events annual holiday party with cocktails, dinner and live music, family fun day and baseball tournament, ski day, kids Christmas party, Modern Niagara Divisional Cup (hockey game between the electrical and mechanical divisions), Battle of Ontario (hockey tournament between various offices)
Cultural aspects 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 town hall meetings

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note Modern Niagara Group Inc. 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-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits WorkPerks program that includes discounted services for Rogers, Nutrition House and GoodLife (to name a few)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan note Modern Niagara Group Inc. has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 50% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Other health plan information 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)
Wellness spending account up to $150 each year
Additional health and wellness information wellness spending account can be used for gym membership, yoga classes, running shoes, tennis lessons or even cooking classes
Family-friendly benefits note Modern Niagara Group Inc. has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 90% of salary for 20 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 90% of salary for 5 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 90% of salary for 5 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 90% of salary for 5 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B-

Vacation note Modern Niagara Group Inc. has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 3 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information starting vacation ranges from 2 to 3 weeks

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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, One Modern Award
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training & development programs leadership symposiums twice a year

Community Involvement Rating: B+

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)
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 40 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Blue Sky School, Royal Ottawa Hospital, Bladder Cancer Society, Kidney Card, Royal Canadian Legion, Prostate Cancer, Wellspring Cancer Support
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Modern Niagara supports charities that are directly related to employees and clients.

The Career Directory

Modern Niagara Group Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Modern Niagara Group employees after a NORCAT training session

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Engineering Services
Full-time employees in Canada 2,501 to 5,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Kingston ON
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 $5,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Other info for new grads Pursuing a Certified Engineering Technologist title, or a background in engineering or project management may be an asset.
Typical new grad positions Site Administrator, Project Coordinator, Field Engineer, Field Service Technician
Starting salary $45K to $50K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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