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R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd.
Brian Liu, civil engineer in Land Development at R.F. Binnie & Associates

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and BC's Top Employers (2018) :

  • R.F. Binnie & Associates supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments (to 90% of salary for 17 weeks) and offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence -- the company 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 employees celebrating the completion of the company's Philip Avenue Overpass project

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 139
Part-time employees in Canada 33
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 5%
Average age of employees in Canada 41 years
Longest serving employee 44 years

Physical Workplace Rating: B+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features office features an onsite cafe (with fresh fruit, sandwiches, snacks and salad bar) a boardroom with a television that's often used for major events, telecommuter workstations, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio
Onsite fitness facility shared use facility, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (onsite yoga classes available for additional cost), weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities Burnaby Lake Sports Complex, fitness club, Deer Lake Park (summer concerts and arts centre) neaby walking trails, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, easy access to highway and choice of underground or outdoor parking

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name Young Professionals Committee (est. 2013)
Recent social events coffee and donut socials, pizza nights for sports pools, summer picnic, Christmas party (with secret Santa gift exchange and holiday baking exchange), employee soccer team games in industry league, a variety of fun activities through the year from lunchtime yoga to tickets to attend Vancouver Whitecaps FC games
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+

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
Share purchase plan available to some employees yes
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $5,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits vehicle mileage reimbursement program, company vehicles for some personnel, corporate discount program, safety gear and protective clothing allowances, special gifts for marriage and new children

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
Additional coverage 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
Other health plan 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 extended parental leave to unpaid leave
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 of absence option 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 Engagement & Performance Rating: B+

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

Training & Skills Development Rating: B+

In-house training initiatives mentoring, 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 $5,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
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: 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
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 17 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Special Olympics, Squamish Montessori School, BC Children's Hospital Foundation, Untied Way, Engineers Without Borders, Ride to Conquer Cancer, Movember, Pink Shirt Day, Children's Wish Foundation, World Partnership Walk
Community highlight Employees at Binnie are encouraged to submit their ideas for charitable and community projects. The company provides matching donations and supports employees with time and resources to help raise money for a variety of their preferred initiatives every year.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People

Here are some of the reasons why R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2018):

  • 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
R.F. Binnie & Associates employees helping construct a playground with the local non-profit Projects in Place

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 139
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 work experience terms to local high school students interested in pursuing careers in engineering, offers internal secondment opportunities for some junior and intermediate staff

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers

Here are some of the reasons why R.F. Binnie & Associates Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2018):

  • R.F. Binnie & Associates is an employee-owned and managed engineering firm that continues to grow, recently opening a new office in Calgary and increasing its full-time workforce by approximately 20% -- additionally, the firm lets everyone share in its success with profit-sharing
  • R.F. Binnie & Associates invests in ongoing employee education with generous tuition subsidies for job-related courses, up to $5,000 per year
R.F. Binnie & Associates employees during a snowshoeing social

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 139
Part-time employees in Canada 33
Full-time employee growth in the past year 20.9 %
Average age of employees in Canada 41 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
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.
R.F. Binnie & Associates Project Engineer

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Engineering Services
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 100 to 250
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, Traffic 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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