Ubisoft Toronto Inc.
Ubisoft Toronto employee looks at colleagues pictured on the company's 'family wall' in the office   (Photo credit: Jordan Probst)

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

Here are some of the reasons why Ubisoft Toronto Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2018):

  • Ubisoft Toronto invests in long-term employee development, offering a number of in-house and online training programs as well as access to a media library, which contains various books, videos, games and other learning materials -- additionally, Ubisoft Toronto created the Boomerang program to provide high performing employees opportunities to explore new career paths and positions within the company
  • Ubisoft Toronto lets everyone share in the company's success with profit-sharing plan and cultivates an ownership culture through a share purchase plan, available to all employees
  • Ubisoft Toronto's company-subsidized social committee "UbiAce" organizes a number of different events and celebrations throughout the year including a monthly "UbiBash", a ski trip to Blue Mountain, a General Assembly After Party and a summer family barbecue
Ubisoft Toronto employees during the annual family Christmas party   (Photo credit: Jordan Probst)

Employer Background

Industry Software Publishers
Established in Canada 1986
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Ubisoft Entertainment
Parent company head office Montreuil-sous-Bois, France
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Québec QC, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 4,043
Part-time employees in Canada 36
Full-time employees worldwide 11,665
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 10%
Average age of employees in Canada 34.7
Longest serving employee 23 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features Ubisoft Toronto's studio is located in the rapidly gentrifying Junction neighbourhood in the west end of the city and features a Family Polaroid wall to greet visitors as they walk into the office, acoustically dampened spaces for quiet, 2 full-service kitchens where employees can prepare their meals and gather for breakfast meetings (a third kitchen is currently being added), nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, video games, foosball table, table hockey, board games, table tennis, two vintage arcade machines, dartboard (of the safe variety), fully equipped DJ set-up
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals
Snacks available fresh fruit, baked goods on Friday
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, boot camp, kickboxing), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, elliptical machine (gym was named Ubi.Fit through a studio-wide contest that allowed employees to suggest and vote on the winning name)
Other nearby amenities Wallace-Emerson Community Centre, Dufferin Grove, fitness club, Campbell Park, Erwin Krickhahn Park, High Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, yoga studio, Bike Share Toronto station with 23 bike docks

Work Atmosphere & Communications A+

Employee social committee name UbiAce (est. 2011)
Recent social events monthly UbiBash (snacks, game tournaments, music by in-house DJs), monthly life drawing sessions, ski trip to Blue Mountain, monthly trivia nights, General Assembly After Party, movie nights, Kids Holiday Party, UbiTO Holiday Party
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

Financial benefits note Ubisoft Toronto 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 matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees yes
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits Ubiperks discount program which includes discounts at restaurants, retailers and various services, video games made by Ubisoft are sold at a discounted price (at least 50% or more), employees receive 2 free games per year

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan note Ubisoft Toronto has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 80% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option 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, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Other health plan information employees have option to enroll in an enriched plan for an additional cost, Live Well program
Family-friendly benefits note Ubisoft Toronto has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 70% of salary for 15 weeks
Alternative work options flexible work hours
Additional family-friendly information daycare subsidy (to $1,500 per child), subsidy of $500 to cover family meal costs with any new birth or adoption

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B-

Vacation note Ubisoft Toronto has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 3 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 5 days off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 3 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information some employees may start at 3 or 4 weeks of vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance 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, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), First Playable Publishable bonus, Exceptional Gold Master bonus (to encourage teams to develop games of superior quality), Profitability Premium Production bonus (for games that meet commercial targets), Profitability Support Staff bonus to recognize employees and team contributions, Distinction and Recognition Bonus for support staff
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months

Training & Skills Development B+

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, 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 $900 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training & development programs employees have access to a media library, which contains various books, videos, games and other learning materials, employees can participate in Missions (temporary assignments to other Ubisoft studios worldwide for a designated period of time, with costs covered), 2-year graduate program to provide international experience to future video game producers and programmers (candidates are placed with the Toronto office for the first year followed by a placement at a European or North American location)

Community Involvement B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 4 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported The Stop Community Centre, Habitat for Humanity, Ladies Learning Code, Youth Fusion
Community highlight The company manages the Ubisoft Toronto Giveback program, which has a goal of supporting the Junction Triangle community and organizations that promote creativity and innovation in the field of of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through charitable donations, fundraising and mentorship. Each year, the company also surveys its employees to determine which charities to support.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Ubisoft Toronto Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):

  • Through a dedicated graduate program, Ubisoft Toronto nurtures the development of high potential employees -- the 2-year program features a 1-year placement at its Toronto studio and a 1-year placement in Europe or an alternate studio in North America
  • Ubisoft Toronto organizes the "NXT Showcase", a bi-annual competition for art and animation students in their final year at post-secondary schools in the Toronto area -- the event provides students with an opportunity to showcase their portfolio, receive feedback from industry veterans and a chance to win a 3-month apprenticeship at the company (with the possibility of contract extension or permanency)
Ubisoft Toronto employees take part in an archery competition to celebrate the launch of the company's Far Cry Primal game

Highlights

Industry Software Publishers
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Québec QC, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 3,494
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $900 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives offers 4 to 8-month co-op opportunities in computer science, mathematics, engineering and related disciplines

The Career Directory

Ubisoft Toronto Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Behind the scenes at Ubisoft Toronto with employees in-house at the motion capture studio

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Software Publishers
Parent company Ubisoft Entertainment
Parent company head office Montreuil-sous-Bois, France
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Québec QC, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 2,500 to 5,000
Student opportunities paid internships, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $900 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Other info for new grads Ubisoft Toronto organizes the "NXT Showcase", a bi-annual competition for art students in their final year at Toronto-based post-secondary schools. The company also awards an apprenticeship annually though the Interactive Ontario Ubisoft Toronto Women in Games apprenticeship program.
Typical new grad positions Animator, Model Artist, Programmer, Development Tester
Starting salary $40K to $45K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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