OpenText Corporation
OpenText employees celebrate the company's 25th anniversary  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Waterloo Area's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why OpenText Corporation was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Waterloo Area's Top Employers (2019):

  • Located on the University of Waterloo's campus (where the company's founders have their roots), OpenText is a strong supporter of ongoing employee education with tuition subsidies for courses related and not directly related to their current position (to $3,000 annually)
  • OpenText supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments (provided on a sliding scale depending on length of service) and offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
  • Head office employees can take advantage of a fully equipped employee lounge and full-service cafeteria that offers a variety of healthy menu items as well as adjustable workstations and even stationary bike and treadmill workstations to promote healthy working
OpenText employees prepare to welcome the Governor General of Canada  

Employer Background

Industry Custom computer programming services
Established in Canada 1991
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Waterloo ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Richmond Hill ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,713
Part-time employees in Canada 4
Full-time employees worldwide 12,220
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 1%
Average age of employees in Canada 42 years
Longest serving employee 58 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office is located in the University of Waterloo's Research and Technology Park and features two towers connected by an elevated sky bridge, office features shower facilities, weekly onsite yoga classes, 200-seat AV-equipped auditorium, coffee and filtered water stations on each floor (featuring Tassimo and Starbucks coffee brewing stations), operates a complimentary shuttle service (with WiFi) on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the Waterloo and Richmond Hill offices, treadmill and stationary bike workstations, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, religious observance room, outdoor patio, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, video games, foosball table, table tennis, lounge is adjacent to cafeteria and opens to a patio with a barbecue and easy access to surrounding green space
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Other nearby amenities YMCA, Waterloo Memorial Recreation Centre, fitness club, Laurel Creek Conservation Area, University of Waterloo Trail System, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A+

Employee social committee name Site Squad (est. 2003 with local committees at each company location)
Recent social events summer barbecues, Oktoberfest celebration, Halloween costume contest, adult Christmas party and Easter chocolate for employees, winter skating party, ski day trip, annual employee appreciation day, Earth Day activities
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B+

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $3,300) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits sales personnel are eligible to receive stock option grants (dependent upon their sales performance)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 30 days
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)
Fitness club subsidy up to $320 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 2 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 2 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
Additional family-friendly information maternity leave top-up follows a sliding scale: from 100% of salary for 8 weeks plus 67% for 9 weeks (for employees with 5 years or less experience), to 100% of salary for 12 weeks plus 67% of salary for 5 weeks (for employees with more than 5 years but less than 10 years), and 100% top-up for 17 weeks (for those employed for 10 years or more)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B+

Vacation note OpenText 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 4 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 3 days off
Unpaid leave maximum 6 months
Additional time-off information duration of unpaid leaves of absence are determined on an individual basis, vacation entitlements increase by 1 day each year after the second year on the job

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 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, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), unique Patent Incentive Program (for innovative ideas), CEO Excellence Awards, Achiever's Club for sales employees
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 6 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,000 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position

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 3 paid days)
Some of the community organizations supported Waterloo Region Food Bank, Canadian Blood Services, Humane Society, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight OpenText focuses its support on education and innovation for global change.

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