Adobe Systems Canada Inc.
Adobe Systems Canada employees in the office's lunch area  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2023) and National Capital Region's Top Employers (2023):

Here are some of the reasons why Adobe Systems Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2023) and National Capital Region's Top Employers (2023):

  • Adobe Systems Canada supports all pathways to parenthood with subsidies for adoption (to $25,000) and coverage for fertility drugs (to a lifetime maximum of $20,000) -- additionally, the company offers parental leave top-up of 100 per cent of salary for up to 26 weeks for primary caregivers as well as 100 per cent of salary for up to 16 weeks for non-primary caregivers
  • Adobe Systems Canada encourages employees to become recruiters for the firm with new employee referral bonuses, up to $2,000 depending on the position
  • Adobe Systems Canada encourages ongoing professional development through very generous tuition subsidies for job-related courses (up to $10,000) and a range of in-house and online training programs, including formal mentoring and paid internship programs
  • Along with four weeks of paid starting vacation, longer serving employees at Adobe Systems Canada can apply to take advantage of a unique sabbatical program, where once every five years employees are granted a four to six-week sabbatical, which increases with their years of employment
Employees at Adobe Systems Canada's head office in Ottawa  

Employer Background

Industry Software publishers
Established in Canada 1982
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Adobe Systems Inc.
Parent company head office San Jose, CA, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Full-time employees in Canada 342
Part-time employees in Canada 3
Full-time employees worldwide 26,399
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 0.8%
Average age of employees in Canada 41.6 years
Longest serving employee 27.6 years

Work Environment Rating: A+

Hybrid work home office allowance, internet subsidies
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, transit subsidies, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station
Onsite workplace features collaborative spaces, private meeting rooms and informal break rooms, video conferencing equipment on all floors, conference space, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, and is a short walk to a variety of restaurants (in Ottawa's Little Italy neighbourhood)
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, video games, pool table, foosball table, table hockey, board games, lounge features an assortment of beverages, including a keg set-up (with rotating local craft offerings) in the designated "bar" area for social events
Snacks available dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, granola bars
Other food options at main location onsite Starbucks and Urban Beer Garden, Kiko Sushi, Marcello's Market & Deli
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, shower facilities

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Employee social committee name ESCAPE (est. 2001)
Past social events numerous virtual social events hosted during the pandemic, from a virtual comedy hour to evening trivia to a Halloween murder mystery night, and much more
Cultural aspects dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working, employee sports teams, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications regular town halls with the CEO and leadership team over the course of the pandemic

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B+

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, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Share purchase 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 corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.), discounted home insurance, discounted auto insurance, new TFSA option introduced

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% 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
Eyecare $350 every 2 years
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), virtual healthcare services
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $2,000 each year
Wellness spending account up to $600 each year
Additional health and wellness initiatives free membership to Headspace and Life Dojo to provide mindfulness and meditation resources
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks
Adoption assistance subsidy up to $25,000 per child
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, child care onsite

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A

Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 4 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid summer shutdown employees receive 5 days off during the summer months
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 6 days off
Company paid days off employees receive 6 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information unique sabbatical program (every 5 years, employees are granted a 4 to 6-week sabbatical, increasing with years of employment)

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 4 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 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 6 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $10,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,000 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position

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
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 1,186 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 247 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Cornerstone Housing for Women Foundation, Ottawa Riverkeeper, The Ottawa Food Bank/La Banque D’Alimentation D’Ottawa, The Snowsuit Fund/Le Fonds Habineige, Shepherds of Good Hope, The Jewish Youth Library of Ottawa
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Adobe Systems Canada's charitable focus supports initiatives in education, environment, family services and child welfare, food security and food aid, housing and homelessness initiatives.

The Career Directory

Adobe Systems Canada Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Adobe Systems Canada employee uses the onsite fitness facility

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Software publishers
Full-time employees in Canada 250 to 500
Parent company Adobe Systems Inc.
Parent company head office San Jose, CA, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, 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 $10,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Other info for new grads Hosts a University Summit to welcome all new grads through a 2-day interactive experience (event includes keynote speakers, Adobe product and development breakout sessions, and community-building activities). Employees also have access to Adobe's Learning Fund, which can be used for higher education, certification courses, exams and short-term learning opportunities. The Learning Fund can also be put towards student loans.
Typical new grad positions Software Engineer, Java Developer, Software Engineer Intern, Experience Design Intern, Creative Technologies Lab Intern, Creative Intelligence Lab Intern, Creative Intelligence Lab Intern, Emerging Graphics Group Intern, Creative Intelligence Lab Intern, Creative Intelligence Lab Intern, Data Science Lab Intern
Starting salary $55K to $60K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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