Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 31, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Thales Canada, Avionique was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2018):
- Thales Canada, Avionique supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments (to 100% of salary for up to 12 weeks) and offers parental top-up payments for new fathers and adoptive parents (to 100% of salary for up to 6 weeks)
- Along with 3 weeks of starting vacation allowance, Thales Canada, Avionique helps employees achieve better work-life balance with paid time off during the winter holidays and a variety of alternative working arrangements, such as flexible hours, a telecommuting option, and an earned days off program
- Thales Canada, Avionique cultivates an ownership culture through a share purchase plan, available to all employees, and offers a variety of additional financial incentives including signing bonuses for some, year-end bonuses for all, and referral bonuses of up to $1,000
Passion takes flight at Thales Canada, Avionique
It has become a joke in Jad Khoriaty's department at Thales Canada, Avionique that most of the current employees are former interns who never wanted to leave. Certainly, one of the draws of working there is the products they design. Khoriaty is a Software Developer at Thales, and he and his colleagues design flight controls for aircraft. "It's really critical software," he says. "We have a lot of safety objectives we reach, and knowing that airplanes are flying with our software on it is a great source of pride."
Khoriaty is part of a relatively small staff in the Montréal office -- about 150 employees -- but that group is part of a French multinational with 64,000 employees and operations in 56 countries. That can feel like the best of both worlds to Thales staff. "We have the benefits of a big organization but at the same time we're a small family where everyone knows each other," explains General Manager Michel Grenier.
Being supported by the parent company gives employees like Khoriaty flexibility in developing programs for clients like Cessna, Bombardier and Gulfstream, among others, "so we're more agile," Khoriaty says, "but with the financial backing of the big group."
Being part of a larger organization also means that there are plenty of job opportunities within the company both in Canada and in other parts of the world, and management encourages that. "We try to identify those people who are willing to move within the organization and have the potential to grow," says Grenier.
That's great because people want to stay at Thales. The salary is competitive and the benefits are above average; employees, Khoriaty says, "are really valued." Work hours are flexible, bus passes are free, and the company provides all the coffee its employees can drink. Staff get together for softball, barbecues, exercise classes and social events. "People don't leave because they want to, because they find something better," he adds. "They leave only if they have to."
Above all, there is pride in the work. "What brought me here was a big passion for airplanes," says Khoriaty. Currently, about 30 people are working on a private jet. "When the plane actually flies for the first time, internal emails are sent saying congratulations, and people are invited to celebrate," he adds. "I'm the type of guy who stands around the airport and looks at planes landing. Every once in a while, I see one I've worked on -- and that's amazing!"