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Employees at ABB take part in a brainstorming session  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021) and Montreal's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why ABB Canada was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021) and Montreal's Top Employers (2021):

  • New employees start with three weeks of paid vacation and ABB considers previous work experience when setting starting vacation entitlement for experienced candidates -- employees also receive up to five paid personal days off each year
  • ABB encourages employees to adopt healthy lifestyles through a dedicated program called "Energi+" that offers employees a variety of resources focused on the overall wellness of the "heart, mind and body" -- through this program, the company has hosted wellness clinics, cardiovascular check-ups as well as health assessments, nutritionist and dietitian services through the onsite fitness services
  • ABB helps employees save for the longer term with a defined contribution pension plan and provides a variety of great financial perks on top of competitive compensation, including new employee referral bonuses, profit-sharing, and a share purchase plan
An employee works on YuMi, ABB's cutting-edge collaborative robot  

Employer Background

Industry Engineering and technology services
Established in Canada 1988
Publicly traded yes
Parent company ABB Ltd.
Parent company head office Zurich, Switzerland
Major Canadian hiring locations Port Coquitlam BC, Dartmouth NS, Montréal QC, Saskatoon SK, Winnipeg MB, Dorval QC, Kelowna BC, Oakville ON, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu QC, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Brampton ON, Burlington ON, Varennes QC, Iberville QC, Québec QC, Saint-Hubert QC, Saint-Laurent QC
Full-time employees in Canada 4,139
Part-time employees in Canada 19
Full-time employees worldwide 182,093
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 1.3%
Average age of employees in Canada 48 years
Longest serving employee 64 years

COVID-19

Pandemic response launched national internal campaign to recognize the hard work of its front-line employees, initiated fundraising for Food Banks Canada and matched employee donations dollar-for-dollar for a total donation of over $95,000

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities online carpool sign-up, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station, corporate ride-sharing account
Workplace features LEED-certified Montréal campus houses corporate functions, research and development, manufacturing, assembly and testing for the company's energy value chain, and a customer innovation centre to showcase products and services, indoors, the workplace features an open concept design to foster innovation and creativity, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, nap room, sleep pods, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, outdoor barbecue
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, egg pod chairs
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals, take-home meals, salad bar, soup counter, sandwich deli, market-style meal station, and coffee and pastry corner
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (meditation, conditioning), elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, health assessments, nutritionist and dietitian services, private training, onsite massage
Other nearby amenities Gold's Gym, Centre des Loisirs, WI Recreation, Eco-Campus Hubert Reeves

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name ABB Social Club (est. 2000)
Past social events annual holiday party, summer celebration, apple picking, arcade day (go-karting, paintball), Family Day, Stampede breakfast, Canada Day celebration, golf tournament
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working, concierge services available, employee sports teams
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications quarterly conferences, ABB Voices (internal blogging platform), ABB Conversations (external blogging platform), ABB TV

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note ABB Canada has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 24 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
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $3,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits year-end bonuses for some employees, corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.), discounted home insurance, discounted auto insurance, low-interest home loans, discounted auto lease rates, subsidized home internet

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan note ABB Canada has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 90% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage option up to 65 years of age
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Paid sick days employees receive 5 days off each year
Health plan includes traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs), 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. acupuncture, naturopathy)
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $1,000 each year
Health spending account up to $100 each year
Wellness spending account up to $100 each year
Fitness club subsidy up to $100 each year
Additional health plan information access to virtual health care services through partnership with EQ Care
Wellness initiatives annual global health challenge to encourage increased levels of fitness, both in body and mind
Family-friendly benefits note ABB Canada has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 70% of salary for 12 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 1 week
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, phased-in return to work for new parents, academic scholarships of up to $5,000 per child
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours, earned days off program
Additional family-friendly information Next Generation summer work experience program for children of employees

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B+

Vacation note ABB Canada 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
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 6 days off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 5 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 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
Performance recognition online recognition platform, individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (e.g. travel)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 36 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

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, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,000 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 $5,000 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
Education leave educational leaves of absence are available
Unique training & development programs emerging leaders and leadership development programs, global trainee program (18 to 24 months with three to four assignments in different countries), ABB University and e-learning platform

Community Involvement Rating: B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 143 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, Red Cross, Health Partners
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight ABB's charitable program focuses on five areas: community support, youth in STEM, disaster relief in Canada, health and wellness, and its customers.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why ABB Canada was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

  • ABB offers a wide range of internship opportunities in a multinational environment, providing students with on-the-job training in the latest power and automation technologies, mentorship from experienced supervisors and specialists, joint site visits and the unique opportunity to learn from the customer's point of view
  • ABB manages a rotational early career program for recent electrical engineering graduates, with three eight-month rotations -- the program includes foundational elements such as peer mentoring, on-the-job training, one-on-one career and leadership coaching and a variety of professional development opportunities with a focus on learning and personal development, networking, and executive interaction
  • ABB maintains a global trainee program to support the development of the next generation of leaders -- the program is 18 to 24 months in length and includes three to four challenging assignments in different countries -- more than 250 global trainees have completed the program in the past five years with program graduates now leading the business in many areas of the world
An employee works on ABB's YuMi robot   (Photo credit: Hans Nordlander)

Highlights

Industry Engineering and technology services
Major Canadian hiring locations Port Coquitlam BC, Dartmouth NS, Montréal QC, Saskatoon SK, Winnipeg MB, Dorval QC, Kelowna BC, Oakville ON, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu QC, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Brampton ON, Burlington ON, Varennes QC, Iberville QC, Québec QC, Saint-Hubert QC, Saint-Laurent QC
Full-time employees in Canada 4,139
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training and development opportunities Emerging Leaders program for candidates around the world (year-long experiential program with mentoring, coaching and a business case), ABB University (skills trainings, critical soft skills development program), ABB Life (3-day blended learning program that allows participants to work with regional colleagues while exploring their career goals)
Additional highlights hosted "The Intern Club" event to connect interns in the Greater Montreal Area and provide them with an interactive way to get to know each other, the company, and leaders, participates in the Global Apprenticeship Network (high-potential students enrolled in advanced manufacturing and technical education programs spend the summer working full-time at ABB in either production, technology, commerce or sales), hosted its first Artificial Intelligence Hackathon at the Montréal campus for post-secondary and continuing education students (experience included workshops, coaching sessions, and an ideation session to forecast how the world's industries will be empowered by AI)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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