Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Dec 6, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Thales Canada Inc. was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):
- Along with helping employees save for the future, Thales Canada offers retirement planning assistance and phased-in work options for those approaching retirement
- Thales Canada celebrates exceptional performance and achievement through a variety of awards in various categories, including sales, retention, innovation and long service
- Thales Canada provides maternity leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers (to 100% of salary for up to 12 weeks) as well as parental top-up for fathers and adoptive parents (to 100% of salary for 6 weeks)
Thales Canada engineers a world of opportunities
As a child, Monica Youssef says she enjoyed "breaking things and putting them back together to see how they worked." Now an electrical engineer with Toronto-based Thales Canada Inc., she still enjoys problem solving, especially since she's doing it on a colossal scale.
Youssef 's department, Engineering - Systems Design, belongs to one of the many Thales Canada's teams worldwide dedicated to the largest railway project in Europe, the multi-year Four Lines Modernization Project for the London Underground. In her role as Project Systems Specialist, she acts as a conduit between the customer and Thales' engineers designing signalling solutions to increase the safety, capacity and efficiency of the system. It's uniquely satisfying work, she says, thanks to both its magnitude and the improved service it's already offering commuters on the world's original underground railway system.
"While in London, I rode on the two lines where Thales has already completed work and I felt so proud of what we're doing," says Youssef. "The opportunity to have such a positive impact on the lives of millions of people is so rare. It's very exciting to be a part of that."
Interest in her professional development was a key reason Youssef was drawn to Thales. She had worked there as a summer intern after her first year of study at McMaster University, and subsequent internships at other companies simply didn't measure up.
"People at Thales are so welcoming and knowledgeable and they want you to succeed," says Youssef, who has had four promotions since starting full-time in 2013. "I feel I'm valued and I really appreciate that."
A national leader in research and technology, Thales Canada has operations in six other Canadian cities from coast-to.coast, in addition to its headquarters and Urban Rail Signalling business in Toronto. It's part of the Thales Group with 65,000 employees in 56 countries developing state-of-the-art technology systems in five key sectors: aerospace, space, ground transportation, defence and security.
At Thales, it's not only its global perspective that broadens the mind. Thales' commitment to its employees' professional development means global opportunities are within reach, even early in an employee's career.
With more than 2,500 jobs posted worldwide at any given time, employees are encouraged to transfer within Thales's global operations, whether in Canada or abroad, says Michelle Forbrigger, Vice President, Human Resources, who spent three years in London as part of her career development. That development starts even before an employee's first day through a robust onboarding program, says Forbrigger, and includes formal training programs, digital learning opportunities and a formal mentoring program.
Thales counts on the expertise of diverse, multidisciplinary, international teams to fulfill the requirements of its large-scale, complex projects. Diversity and inclusion, including gender, age, background, nationality and disability, is a strategic priority for Thales which has adopted a holistic and determined approach to progress.
As Patrice Caine, Thales global CEO, has stated, diversity and inclusion "will help us foster innovation and creativity through a greater variety of approaches, perspectives and ideas."
Thales has set ambitious global targets, aiming for women to represent 40 per cent of its new recruits, up from 29 percent in 2014. The goal is for women to hold at least 30 per cent of manager positions. This means creative engagement with women in STEM-related fields of study and recruitment practices that reflect the changing needs of Canada's workforce.
"The purpose is not only to adapt our company's processes", said Forbrigger, "but to make it an inclusive enterprise for our employees, whatever their differences. This is especially true for us at Thales Canada in Toronto, one of the world's most diverse cities."