Hospital for Sick Children, The
SickKids employees in the common space at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning building

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Hospital for Sick Children, The was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2018) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2018) :

  • Varying by employee group, SickKids offers new moms and dads (including adoptive parents) maternity and parental leave top-up payments (from 84% to 93% of salary) -- and, as part of their health plan, employees may receive support for in vitro fertilization treatments (to $2,400)
  • SickKids is committed to creating a healthy work environment through it's wellness program which includes weekly massage therapy for clinical staff, walking and running clubs, monthly lunch and learn wellness seminars and subsidized access to the hospital's 2,400 square-foot staff wellness centre, which features a fitness studio, cardio and weight equipment and a number of fitness classes such as bootcamp, pilates and yoga
  • SickKids helps employees plan for the future with pension and retirement sessions throughout the year and offers an online pension centre to provide employees with a convenient user experience -- the hospital also keeps retirees connected through the Quarter Century Association
SickKids employees at the Hospital's annual service recognition tea event

Employer Background

Industry Specialty Hospital
Established in Canada 1875
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 5,677
Part-time employees in Canada 693
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 23.7%
Average age of employees in Canada 40.6 years
Longest serving employee 51.7 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features the hospital's downtown campus consists of several interconnected buildings, SickKids' newest building is the LEED Gold certified Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning, which features multiple atriums with floor to ceiling windows, additional workplace features include a recently constructed covered outdoor patio and landscaped eating area (constructed from an old emergency entrance), original artwork displays in hallways and offices, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, large televisions available in all atrium areas (often used as a gathering place for major events such as the Olympics)
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, food court area with Subway, Sushi Express, Jugo Juice, Jimmy the Greek, 24-hour Starbucks and Tim Horton's coffee shops, and the Terrace Cafe (serves healthy options and Ontario-sourced food products), rotating market area also features a variety of independent vendors throughout the year
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, instructor-led classes (yoga, Pilates, spinning, muscle conditioning), weights, shower facilities, onsite 2,400 square-foot Wellness Centre, walking and running clubs, nutritional training, wellness seminars, weekly massages for clinical unit employees
Other nearby amenities fitness club, Queen's Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum, Chinatown and Kensington Market, Eaton Centre, Nathan Phillips Square

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Recent social events staff barbecue, holiday dinner, scientific retreat for Research Institute staff, long service recognition celebrations, holiday dinners for employees who are scheduled to work on observed religious holidays, partnership with classical musicians for quarterly concerts onsite for both employees and patients
Cultural aspects business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications Open Forum that encourages employees to ask questions and hear directly from the leadership team, a supporting bi-monthly Directors and Managers Forum, an online Wikidea tool to capture new idea feedback, ongoing Executive team "Walkarounds" to generate a greater engagement with employees and understanding of the entire operation

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note SickKids 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
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance, employees have access to the WorkPerks program that provides discounts on a variety of goods and service

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan note SickKids has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 18 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, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Additional health and wellness information mental health strategy to help maintain a psychologically healthy and safe workplace
Family-friendly benefits note SickKids has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $2,400 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 84% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 84% of salary for 10 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 84% of salary for 25 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 84% of salary for 25 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
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
Additional family-friendly information depending on employee group, some employees receive maternity and parental leave top-up of 93% of salary for up to 27 weeks and parental leave top-up for fathers and adoptive parents of 93% of salary for up to 12 weeks

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation note SickKids 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 3 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 3 months
Additional time-off information depending on their grouping, employees receive 2 to 4 weeks of paid vacation to start

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 on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), a number of profession-specific awards including a Medical Staff Association Citizen Award, the Research Institute Citizenship Award, and the Daisy Award program to recognize exceptional care by nurses on a monthly basis
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 6 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 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, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 50% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $20,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training & development programs Learning Institute (has a mandate to support educational initiatives, offering a range of learning opportunities) and, as a teaching hospital, is home to the largest paediatric medical and surgical training program in Canada

Community Involvement Rating: A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 5 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, Canadian Blood Services, SickKids Foundation, Canada Post (Santa letter writing initiative), Take Our Kids to Work, Manulife Kids Science, Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital Trust, Ghana-SickKids Paediatric Nursing Training Program, Herbie Fund
Community highlight SickKids' charitable focus includes paediatric health, research and education, and supporting the local community. The hospital also maintains a strong charitable focus on extending its expertise to help people with little access to healthcare services through programs such as the Herbie Fund (surgeons volunteer their time and expertise to treat children from around the world) and the Ghana-SickKids Paediatric Nursing Training Program, which has helped educate over 200 nurses thus far, working towards a goal of 1,500 by the end of 2025.

The Career Directory

Hospital for Sick Children, The has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
SickKids' nursing staff pose in the hospital's atrium

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Specialty Hospital
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto 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 $20,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Assistant Research Technologist, Clinical Research Assistant, Customer Service Representative, Help Desk Analyst, Human Resources Associate, Information Technology Trainee, Laboratory Technician, Respiratory Technician, Orthopaedic Technician, Patient Information Clerk, Pharmacy Technician, Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant, Registration Clerk
Starting salary $50K to $55K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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