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Thomson Reuters Canada Limited
Thomson Reuters employees participating in the OneWalk to Conquer Cancer   (Photo credit: Husna Aguirre)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Thomson Reuters Canada Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019) :

  • Along with generous discounts to its impressive suite of educational and professional resources, Thomson Reuters supports ongoing employee development through a number of in-house and online training initiatives, as well as generous tuition subsidies for courses at outside institutions for courses related and not directly related to their current position (to $5,250)
  • Thomson Reuters supports a number of charitable initiatives each year and offers employees paid time off to volunteer with their favourite organization -- the company also matches employee donations in addition to providing financial donations to organizations where employees volunteer their time through its "Dollars for Doers" initiative (to $1,000 for every 40 volunteer hours)
  • Thomson Reuters encourages employees to become owners through a share purchase plan (available to all employees) and offers a full suite of financial benefits, including profit-sharing, year-end bonuses for all, and referral bonuses of up to $1,500
Thomson Reuters employees during an International Women's Day event  

Employer Background

Industry Publishers
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Montréal QC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,397
Part-time employees in Canada 18
Full-time employees worldwide 50,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 5%
Average age of employees in Canada 42.7 years
Longest serving employee 42.64 years

Physical Workplace Rating: B+

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office features a glass atrium with an indoor garden, an onsite cafe that offers coffee, tea, fresh baked goods, fresh fruit and salads, regular fitness classes such as boot camp and yoga, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, nap room, outdoor patio, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, foosball table
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, take-home meals
Other nearby amenities Agincourt Recreation Centre, GoodLife Fitness, Collingwood Park, Thomson Memorial Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name Employee Committee (est. 1990)
Recent social events annual Connect Day for employees around the world, offices host a variety of social events throughout the year including an annual kids holiday party, bowling tournaments, theatre nights, family picnics, retirement celebrations and Toronto Blue Jays and Raptors games
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working, concierge services available, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications Speakers Corner blog, The Exchange (to help employees connect worldwide)

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

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-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,500) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounts on publications, subscriptions and international Thomson Reuters products

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 80% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 21 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative
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, nutrition planning, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Additional health and wellness information flex plan includes option to transfer excess credits to a health spending account, RRSP or a one-time payout in salary
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 1 week
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 1 week
Adoption assistance subsidy up to $5,000 per child
Additional family-friendly benefits academic scholarships of up to $2,500 per child
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

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 6 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 3 personal days off each year, as needed

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B+

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 individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), the "Appreciate" company-wide recognition program, the EP (Efficiencies and Product) program to recognize employee ideas and suggestions to improve organizational efficiencies, the "Lorraine Pang Leadership Award" (selected by current leadership interns)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 6 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

Career planning online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,250 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,250 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unique training & development programs onsite Learning Centre that includes access to hundreds of online courses in a variety of fields and over 7,000 electronic books, lunch and learn sessions, Leadership Intern Program, recent career development month (offered a number workshops, online courses and speed networking opportunities), new technology sessions (called "Tech Talks" and "Tech Workshops")

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 2 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 1,800 hours last year
Some of the community organizations supported Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Ovarian Cancer Canada, Nellie's Shelter, Ronald McDonald House, Toronto Yonge Street Mission's "Out of the Cold" program, Tree Canada, CURE Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, Movember Foundation/Prostrate Cancer Canada, United Way
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight The company directs corporate support through the Thomson Reuters Foundation, which features a matching gifts program for charitable donations made by employees (up to $1,000 per employee each year), as well as "Dollars for Doers" to provide monetary donations to charities where employees have volunteered 20 hours in the past year.

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