Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2021):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 15, 2021)
Here are some of the reasons why Amazon Canada was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2021):
- Amazon Canada supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments (to 100 per cent of salary for up to 16 weeks) and also provides parental top-up for fathers and adoptive parents (to 100 per cent of salary for up to six weeks)
- Along with quickly implementing over 150 new operational updates (from enhanced cleaning and social distancing measures), Amazon Canada offered temporary wage increases for hourly employees ($2 per hour) as well as temporarily doubling overtime pay rates
- Amazon Canada encourages ongoing employee development with tuition subsidies of up to $3,000 annually for a number of programs of study
Amazon delivers career growth and success
Armand Suryadinata loves being part of the Amazon Canada family because he wants to give back to the community. During the pandemic, that spirit of giving to both customers and the community has never been greater.
“Amazon is like Santa and the reindeer, transporting the gifts and we’re the elves, preparing those gifts for our customers,” says Suryadinata, an associate.
Amazon Canada’s Metro Vancouver operations help make the parent company one of the world’s leading technology companies. At the downtown Vancouver Tech Hub, employees support business teams including AWS, Alexa, and Retail and Operations Technology. Fulfillment centres in Delta, Tsawwassen and New Westminster, as well as elsewhere in Canada, pick, pack and ship goods across the country.
Since the pandemic, Amazon Canada has made a powerful difference at home. In B.C., community support has included giving $260,000 to the Surrey and Greater Vancouver Food Banks, $280,000 to childhood hunger charity Backpack Buddies and over $15,000 in donations to local charities from funded, employee-led programs. The company also donated $10,000 to Simon Fraser University to support Indigenous students’ technology needs during the pandemic.
Amazon Canada has taken significant measures to protect employees during the pandemic, with enhanced cleaning and physical distancing measures plus personal protective equipment and temperature checks. Along with other supports, employees in the fulfillment network are being given bonuses, including special “Thank You” bonuses totalling over $500 million US globally.
“The health, safety and well-being of our teams is our top priority,” says Sumegha Kumar, director, Canada customer fulfillment operations.
“Since the onset of COVID-19, Amazon and our teams have been working around the clock and made over 150 significant process changes to ensure the health and safety of our employees.”
Amazon Canada also continues to provide employees with a generous benefits package. Full-time employees receive competitive wages, medical, vision and dental coverage, a group RRSP plan, stock awards and performance-based bonuses. The fast-growing company also offers education and training opportunities.
“For somebody who loves to build, invent and be part of a high-performance team that delivers exceptional products and services to customers, Amazon is an exciting place to work,” says Jesse Dougherty, vice-president and Vancouver site lead.
“If you have a good idea, you are empowered to make it happen.”
Couple all that with a supportive, diverse workplace and you have happy employees like Suryadinata who want to just keep giving.
“The work atmosphere here is like one big family and I’m very proud to be one of them,” he says.