Simon Fraser University
A green wall at Simon Fraser University   (Photo credit: Greg Ehlers)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018)

Here are some of the reasons why Simon Fraser University was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2017) and BC's Top Employers (2017):

  • Simon Fraser University helps employees plan securely for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and health benefits that extend to retirees (with no age limit) -- additionally, the University offers retirement planning assistance and phased-in work options to help employees transition
  • Simon Fraser University provides generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers, fathers or adoptive parents (to 100% of salary for 35 weeks) and manages an onsite daycare which employees can take advantage of upon their return
  • On campus, Simon Fraser University employees enjoy a variety of onsite amenities, including an employee lounge and free access to the University's various fitness facilities, which include state-of-the-art exercise equipment, a climbing wall, squash and tennis courts, a swimming pool and 4 multi-purpose sports fields
Simon Fraser University employees posing for a photo at the President's Winter Warm-up event   (Photo credit: Greg Ehlers)

Employer Background

Industry Post Secondary School, Universities
Established in Canada 1965
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Vancouver BC, Surrey BC
Full-time employees in Canada 2,930
Part-time employees in Canada 4,315
Workforce engaged on a contract basis .25%
Average age of employees in Canada 38
Longest serving employee 50 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features the original award-winning campus building was designed by Arthur Erickson, SFU is central to one of Canada's most exciting ongoing new urbanist development projects called UniverCity atop Burnaby Mountain, SFU also manages campus locations in downtown Vancouver and Surrey, the Burnaby campus features a new student union building (currently under construction, will feature lounges, study areas, recreational facilities, a community kitchen, an online gaming lounge and a live performance stage), private wellness and rest area, telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility shared use facility, free membership, treadmills, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, Pilates, body blast, dancefit, martial arts), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, climbing wall, squash and tennis courts, swimming pool, 4 multi-purpose fields, free fitness consultation, onsite physiotherapy
Other nearby amenities fitness club, Burnaby Mountain Regional Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Recent social events the President's annual appreciation barbecue (all employees invited, features live music), annual 25-year staff service awards luncheon, annual President's Winter Warm-Up, departmental Christmas celebrations, annual retirement celebrations, sports events such as football and the annual Terry Fox Run
Cultural aspects business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, can bring pets to work when needed
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note Simon Fraser University 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

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A+

Health plan note Simon Fraser University 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 14 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 30 days
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit 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, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Other health plan information the University has separate health plans for its faculty, administrative staff and professionals, and unionized employees
Family-friendly benefits note Simon Fraser University has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 20 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 35 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 35 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits daycare centre onsite
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, earned days off program
Additional family-friendly information tuition subsidies for employees' spouses and dependants (up to the age of 25), depending on employee group, some employees may receive maternity and parental leave top-up payments to 95% of salary for 35 weeks

Vacation & Personal Time-Off A

Vacation note Simon Fraser University has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 10 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 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 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance C+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
Performance recognition long-service awards, annual staff achievement awards to recognize outstanding achievement within the University or community (categories include Athletic, Artistic, Humanitarian, Lifetime Achievement, Work Performance, Innovation, Team Leadership and Student Service)

Training & Skills Development A+

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
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,700 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position

Community Involvement B+

Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 1 charitable and community organization were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way
Community highlight Paid time off is available based on approvals. The University, its employees and students support the annual United Way campaign to raise funds for local agencies and programs that provide support to children and seniors living in poverty as well as programs that help prevent bullying among children.

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Simon Fraser University employees at the university's 4D LABS materials research institute

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post Secondary School, Universities
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC, Vancouver BC, Surrey BC
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
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 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited


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