Ubisoft Canadian Studios
Behind the scenes of Ubisoft's annual General Assembly presentation in Montréal  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Ubisoft Canadian Studios was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2018) :

  • Ubisoft invests in long-term employee development, offering tuition subsidies along with a variety of in-house and online training programs, as well as access to numerous online learning materials -- Ubisoft also offers paid internships for students and current employees can apply to go on "Missions", which are temporary assignments to other Ubisoft studios worldwide for a designated period of time (with additional costs covered)
  • Home to over one-third of the parent company's workforce worldwide, Ubisoft's Canadian studios were designed with employee feedback and include many unique features designed to inspire creativity and encourage a little fun in the workplace -- from vintage arcade machines and state-of-the-art video game systems, to fully equipped DJ stations, mobile haircut and style services, and free onsite fitness facilities with a variety of instructor-led classes
  • Ubisoft's company-subsidized social committees (UbiAce in Toronto and Entourage in Montréal) organize a variety of events and celebrations throughout the year, including skiing in the winter, an annual holiday party to celebrate the end of the year, summer family barbecues, monthly socials and employee sports teams, from hockey to fencing
A recording in progress at Ubisoft's performance capture studio in Toronto   (Photo credit: Jordan Probst)

Employer Background

Industry Software Publishers
Established in Canada 1997
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Ubisoft Entertainment
Parent company head office Paris, France
Major Canadian hiring locations Saguenay QC, Winnipeg MB, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Québec QC, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 4,482
Part-time employees in Canada 42
Full-time employees worldwide 13,603
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 7.8%
Average age of employees in Canada 35.2 years
Longest serving employee 24 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features Ubisoft Toronto's studio is located in the west-end "Junction" neighbourhood 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), the Montréal office is housed in a 5-storey brick-and-beam structure (formerly a denim factory) and is located in the rapidly gentrifying "Mile End" neighbourhood that was once central to the city's textile industry, and is now home to artists, startups, restaurants, cafés and residents (an area now deemed of the country's most "creative neighbourhoods"), the Québec office is located in a newly renovated 5-storey building that features a central atrium where employees can gather, as well as access a 5-storey staircase that connects each floor, across all of its Canadian locations (which are designed with employee feedback), each studio location blends industrial with art and technology to help create inspiring work environment, and features sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, nap room, religious observance room, outdoor patio, self-serve lunchroom, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, video games, foosball table, table hockey, board games, table tennis, vintage arcade machines, video game consoles, dartboard (of the safe variety), fully equipped DJ set-up, offices also feature one plant for every two employees
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals, (Montréal office features 3 independently operated cafés with food truck-themed kitchenettes on each floor, Québec office features a self-serve lunch area with a variety of snacks available for employees)
Snacks available fresh organic fruit, monthly bagel breakfasts, popcorn (snacks also vary at each location)
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, boxing, spin, meditation, boot camp, classes vary at each location), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, gym is staffed with kinesiologists, additional organized sports teams include soccer, hockey, badminton, basketball, volleyball and fencing
Other nearby amenities Wallace-Emerson Community Centre, fitness club, Campbell Park, Erwin Krickhahn Park, High Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A+

Employee social committee name UbiAce (Toronto), Entourage (Montréal)
Recent social events production milestone wrap-up events to celebrate the release of new products, annual General Assembly event for all studios, annual holiday parties with dinner, drinks and dancing to celebrate the year, studio summer family barbecue and outings to zoos and amusement parks, monthly studio parties with cocktails, games and music by in-house DJs
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
Other in-house communications MANA (in-house and worldwide social media site for Ubisoft employees), Arcade TV (in-house broadcasting initiative aligns with the company's intranet site, Arcade)

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B+

Financial benefits note Ubisoft 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 retirement planning assistance, 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 $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 Rating: B+

Health plan note Ubisoft 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
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, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Family-friendly benefits note Ubisoft has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 70% of salary for 15 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits daycare centre onsite
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 Rating: B-

Vacation note Ubisoft 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 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), unique bonus programs designed for production, support and administrative personnel
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: 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 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 1 paid day)
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 20 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Breakfast Club of Canada, Academos, Kids Code Jeunesse, Technovation Challenge, Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Carrefour des enfants de Saint-Malo, National Girls Learning Code Day (Ladies Learning Code), Hand Eye Society, Youth Fusion
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Ubisoft studios have three main pillars for community involvement: education and future talent, research and development with universities, and entrepreneurship.

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

Here are some of the reasons why Ubisoft Canadian Studios was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2018):

  • Ubisoft Toronto nurtures the development of high-potential employees through a dedicated graduate program -- the 2-year initiative 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 a contract extension or permanency)
An employee at Ubisoft Toronto reviews a student's portfolio during the company's annual student NXT Showcase event   (Photo credit: Jordan Probst)

Highlights

Industry Software Publishers
Major Canadian hiring locations Saguenay QC, Winnipeg MB, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Québec QC, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 4,043
Student opportunities co-op opportunities, paid internships
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
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
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, hosts in-house leadership development sessions

The Career Directory

Ubisoft Canadian Studios 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 Paris, France
Major Canadian hiring locations Saguenay QC, Winnipeg MB, 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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