Simon Fraser University
An aerial view of Simon Fraser University, located on top of Burnaby Mountain  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Simon Fraser University was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2018) and BC's Top Employers (2018) :

  • 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
  • Along with all the amenities that come with working on a university campus, Simon Fraser University is also central to one the country's most notable new urbanist development projects called "UniverCity", designed to encourage sustainable lifestyles in a community that when completed will be home to 10,000 residents atop Burnaby Mountain
  • Simon Fraser University helps employees prepare for life after work with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and health benefits that extend to retirees (with shared employer premium coverage and no age limit) -- additionally, the University offers retirement planning assistance and phased-in work options to help employees transition
Simon Fraser University employees check out the Cornerstone farmers market on campus   (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 3,028
Part-time employees in Canada 4,611
Workforce engaged on a contract basis .34%
Average age of employees in Canada 38.16 years
Longest serving employee 46 years

Physical Workplace Rating: 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 unique 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 that is currently under construction and will feature lounges, study areas, recreational facilities, a community kitchen, an online gaming lounge and live performance stage, and private wellness room, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, nap room, religious observance room, outdoor patio, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, Pilates, body blast, dancefit, martial arts), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, climbing wall, tennis courts, football, baseball and soccer fields, onsite physiotherapy
Other nearby amenities fitness club, Burnaby Mountain Regional Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: 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, and participation in various sports events from the Terry Fox Run to attending SFU Clan football games
Cultural aspects business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, can bring pets to work when needed, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: 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
Additional financial benefits Faculty personnel participate in a defined contribution pension plan

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: 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
Other health plan information 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)
Additional health and wellness 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 extended parental leave to unpaid leave, daycare centre onsite
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, earned days off program
Additional family-friendly information Faculty personnel receive maternity and parental leave top-up payments to 95% of salary for 35 weeks

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: 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 8 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 Rating: C+

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
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
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)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

In-house training initiatives 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
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position

Community Involvement Rating: 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

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