R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd.
Employees at R.F. Binnie & Associates' annual holiday party   (Photo credit: Butter Studios)

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

Here are some of the reasons why R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and BC's Top Employers (2019):

  • R.F. Binnie & Associates supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments (to 90% of salary for 17 weeks) and also provides a small top-up for fathers and adoptive parents (90% of salary for 2 weeks)
  • In addition to the company's regular health benefits plan, R.F. Binnie & Associates offers a health spending account of up to $850, which can be used to top up existing levels of coverage
  • R.F. Binnie & Associates encourages employees to recruit their friends with generous new employee referral bonuses, from $750 to $5,000 depending on the position
R.F. Binnie & Associates employees participating in 'Binnie Bowl for Big Brothers'  

Employer Background

Industry Engineering services
Established in Canada 1969
Parent company Binnie Consulting Ltd.
Parent company head office Burnaby BC
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Surrey BC, Squamish BC, Prince George BC, Kamloops BC, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 192
Part-time employees in Canada 20
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 10%
Average age of employees in Canada 43 years
Longest serving employee 44 years

Physical Workplace Rating: B+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, subsidized parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features recently moved into a newly renovated 28,000 square foot office space that features a modern workspace design with large windows offering great park and mountain views (employee feedback was sought in designing the workspace), building complex also features an onsite cafe offering soup, salad, snacks, sandwiches and meals, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, outdoor patio, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, multi-use theatre space is used for onsite yoga classes twice each week
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (facility is open on weekends as well), weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities Burnaby Lake Sports Complex, fitness club, Deer Lake Park (summer concerts and arts centre), nearby walking trails, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, CG Brown pool, Burnaby City Hall

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name Young Professionals Committee (est. 2013)
Recent social events monthly luncheons (combined with recognition events), regular coffee and donut socials, casino-themed Christmas party (and a secret Santa holiday gift exchange), summer picnic and Vancouver Canadians baseball barbecue day, team-oriented activities (from laser tag to archery tag), pizza nights for sports pools, company soccer league team, pub nights, ladies' luncheons
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications company "Bintranet" features everything from information on benefits and company policies to employee classified ads to available positions

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B+

Financial benefits note Binnie 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 non-matching RSP
Long-term planning phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $5,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits low-interest home loans, vehicle mileage reimbursement program, company vehicles for some personnel, corporate discount program, safety gear and protective clothing allowances, special gifts for marriages, births as well as retirements

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan note Binnie 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 35 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 90 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, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $850 each year
Fitness club subsidy up to $150 each year
Additional health and wellness information eyecare coverage is included as part of the health spending account, health spending account amounts vary by position and family status (single, couple, family)
Family-friendly benefits note Binnie has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 90% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 90% of salary for 2 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 90% of salary for 2 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 90% of salary for 2 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits yes
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information alternative work options vary by position

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B-

Vacation note Binnie 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
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 5 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 1 month
Self-funded/deferred salary leave yes
Additional time-off information depending on the employee group, employees may receive 3 or 4 weeks of starting vacation, working to a maximum of 6 weeks, employee can also apply for educational leaves of absence for up to 12 months

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), gifts for employees achieving professional designation or certification, special recognition gifts and recognition days for administrative, systems administrator and accountant personnel
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+

In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, 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
Education leave educational leaves of absence are available
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs tuition amounts increase with years on the job (from $1,500 for new employees to $5,000 for experienced employees)

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
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 198 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 12 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Special Olympics BC Athletes, Squamish Montessori School, BC Children's Hospital Foundation, Engineers Without Borders, Langley Child Development Centre, Victory Community Development Society, SPCA, Red Cross, Ride to Conquer Cancer, Movember, Bowl for Big Brothers, Children's Wish Foundation, Greater Vancouver Food Bank, World Partnership Walk
Community highlight R.F. Binnie offers employees paid time to volunteer in a number of professional associations related to the the firm's line of business. Employees also volunteer to work with local schools, helping students with projects at local post-secondary institutions, making presentations at schools, offering work experience with local Grade 12 students as well as hosting the annual Take Our Kids to Work Day.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

  • R.F. Binnie & Associates manages an Engineer-in-Training program to support the career advancement of its employees and facilitate professional accreditation -- the program includes mentoring, in-house training, and reimbursement for APEGBC membership dues and examination costs
  • R.F. Binnie & Associates' Young Professionals Committee organizes professional development opportunities and social events such as mentoring relationships, career development and networking opportunities, participation in current industry events, and volunteer and fundraising activities -- the committee also acts as a liaison with human resources and senior management on suggestions to improve the organization
  • R.F. Binnie & Associates organizes Fireside Chats to enable young professionals to interact directly with senior management and learn about the business and industry in an informal setting"
Employees from R.F. Binnie & Associates' Young Professionals network volunteering at Covenant House  

Highlights

Industry Engineering services
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Surrey BC, Squamish BC, Prince George BC, Kamloops BC, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 192
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
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
Career development in-house training, online training, mentoring
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives attends a number of career fairs and networking events to connect with students, offers scholarships and bursaries in partnership with local post-secondary institutions, provides internal secondment opportunities for some junior and intermediate staff, sponsored the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia's inaugural Young Professionals Conference

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2019):

  • R.F. Binnie & Associates helps its employees save for the future with generous contributions to their RSP account -- and helps ease the transition into life after work with phased-in retirement work options
  • R.F. Binnie & Associates is an employee-owned and managed engineering firm that continues to grow every year, increasing its full-time workforce by approximately 38 per cent last year and adding over 50 new full-time positions
  • R.F. Binnie & Associates invests in ongoing employee education with generous tuition subsidies for job-related courses, from $1,500 for new employees to $5,000 for experienced personnel
Staff at R.F. Binnie & Associates place their bets at the company's annual holiday party  

Highlights

Industry Engineering services
Established in Canada 1969
Parent company Binnie Consulting Ltd.
Parent company head office Burnaby BC
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Surrey BC, Squamish BC, Prince George BC, Kamloops BC, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 192
Part-time employees in Canada 20
Full-time employee growth in the past year 38.1 %
Average age of employees in Canada 43 years
Longest serving employee 44 years
Long-term savings non-matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, mentoring
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
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), long-service awards

The Career Directory

R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Staff from R.F. Binnie & Associates' Young Professionals network attending an industry event

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Engineering services
Full-time employees in Canada 101 to 250
Parent company Binnie Consulting Ltd.
Parent company head office Burnaby BC
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Surrey BC, Squamish BC, Prince George BC, Kamloops BC, Calgary AB
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Project Engineer, Highway Design Engineer, Transportation Engineer, Electrical Design Engineer, Assistant Project Manager, Technologist, Designer, CAD Technician, Inspector, Survey Assistant
Starting salary $60K to $65K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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