University of New Brunswick / UNB
A UNB forestry professor speaks to his students outdoors   (Photo credit: Rob Blanchard)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why University of New Brunswick / UNB was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2019):

  • UNB starts the majority of its new employees with 3 weeks of paid vacation (faculty receive additional time) and offers additional paid time off over the Christmas holiday season -- employees can also apply for an unpaid leave of absence
  • Working at one of North America's first public universities, UNB employees receive full tuition subsidies for courses related and indirectly related to their current position
  • UNB helps employees plan securely for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan and retirement planning assistance -- retirees can also stay connected through a dedicated Retired Employees Association, which assists members with health benefits and related concerns, and provides a collective voice to the university
A UNB engineering professor and her students after a cardboard boat race   (Photo credit: Rob Blanchard)

Employer Background

Industry Post secondary school, universities
Established in Canada 1785
Major Canadian hiring locations Fredericton NB, Saint John NB
Full-time employees in Canada 1,752
Part-time employees in Canada 359
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 38%
Average age of employees in Canada 45 years
Longest serving employee 45 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, free parking, subsidized parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features the University's main Fredericton campus features historic buildings such as Sir Howard Douglas Hall (dating back to 1785), perennial and sculpture gardens, Art Centre and music hall, onsite pub and restaurants, Tim Hortons, Booster Juice and Quiznos onsite, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, religious observance room, outdoor patio, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, numerous gathering areas around campus, from fireplace nooks to recently renovated rest and relaxation areas
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (Zumba, yoga, pilates, spin, silver series and aqua exercise for older folks), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, indoor track, TRX facilities, dance studio, climbing wall, swimming pool, performance lab, weight rooms
Other nearby amenities Aitken Centre, Richard J. Currie Centre, LB Gym, YMCA, Queen's Square, Odell Park, Wilmot Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, within walking distance of historical attractions and the city's downtown core

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Recent social events departmental Christmas parties, President's socials, faculty staff sports events, long-service award dinner, retirement dinner, homecoming events
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note UNB 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 defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home internet, discounted parking passes, gym membership and cell phone plans for employees

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan note UNB has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 50% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 13 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 180 days
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit 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, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Family-friendly benefits note UNB has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, daycare centre onsite
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Additional family-friendly information varying by employee group, employees may receive maternity and parental leave top-up payments for up to 52 weeks for mothers, and up to 35 weeks for fathers and adoptive parents

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation note UNB has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 10 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 3 days off
Unpaid leave of absence option yes

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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 peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), Excellence in Teaching awards, Distinguished Service Awards, President's Medals for long-service, merit awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Financial bonuses for course completions yes

Community Involvement Rating: B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, Partners for Life, Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Mental Health Association, Fredericton Community Health Centre, Canadian Forces Reservists, Transition House, Canadian Red Cross
Community highlight UNB encourages employees to support the United Way through payroll deductions (and employees give generously). Employees are also encouraged to suggest and organize their own initiatives as well as support student-led initiatives.

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Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post secondary school, universities
Full-time employees in Canada 1,000 to 2,500
Major Canadian hiring locations Fredericton NB, Saint John NB
Student opportunities co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, online training, in-house training, in-house career planning services
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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