Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023) and Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers (2023):
Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 17, 2022)
Here are some of the reasons why ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023) and Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers (2023):
- ArcelorMittal Dofasco supports its new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments (to 100 per cent of salary for 8 weeks) and supports new parents-to-be with generous fertility support subsidies, to $15,000
- ArcelorMittal Dofasco helps employees plan for life after work through retirement planning assistance services and contributions to a defined contribution pension plan
- ArcelorMittal Dofasco supports long-term personal and professional development through generous tuition subsidies for courses both related and unrelated to an employee's current position (to a $24,000 lifetime maximum), and offers academic scholarships for children of employees who wish to pursue post-secondary education (up to $2,500 per child)
Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2023):
Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 23, 2023)
Here are some of the reasons why ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2023):
- New employees at ArcelorMittal Dofasco's Hamilton campus participate in an extensive onboarding program that integrates classroom, shop, gamification and simulated training into its programming, as well as an off-site experiential learning program called Play to Win, where new employees attend an open forum and Q&A session with the president and CEO and executive team members
- ArcelorMittal Dofasco partners with Mohawk College to operate one of Ontario's largest trades apprenticeship programs -- the program includes on-the-job hours, a certificate of qualification exam, and a certificate of apprenticeship upon completion
- Through partnerships in education across three local school boards, the company established the ArcelorMittal Dofasco High Skills Major program to provide high school students with a unique opportunity to explore STEM-related careers in the advanced manufacturing industry
ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s strength lies in its people
When Esther Kyaw was earning an engineering degree at McMaster University, there was a big focus on steel in her program. So it made sense for her to apply to Hamilton-based steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P. for a 16-month paid internship in 2013.
“I got to do a lot of different things during my internship, which was great,” says Kyaw. “And I had good mentorship in everything from technical tips to how to work well in an office environment, since it was my first time doing so. I also met a lot of people and started developing a network of contacts.”
Upon Kyaw graduating in 2015, she joined ArcelorMittal Dofasco as a product design co-ordinator in the pickling and cold rolling unit. Two years later, she left the company to return to McMaster full-time to pursue a master of applied science in materials engineering. Her thesis project – developing a high-strength steel – was connected to her former employer.
After completing her master’s in 2019, Kyaw rejoined ArcelorMittal Dofasco as a senior metallurgist. “Coming back, I knew what I wanted my focus to be because of my master’s thesis, which was hot rolling,” she says. “You’re encouraged to voice what you want to do and what you’re interested in. It’s a big company with so many opportunities – if you want to move around, you can.”
“Internships are often the young person’s first experience in a corporate setting, and we strive to provide them with broad exposure to help them explore their career opportunities,” says Nesha Gibson, vice president, people and culture. “Our employees act as mentors to help teach the students the technical skills of the roles but also the soft skills that will make them successful.”
Success doesn’t just centre on job-performance excellence. The company has won national awards for safety and wellness, which speaks to the quality and breadth of its approach to well-being. “That means the health and safety of the whole person, both mind and body,” says Gibson.
An internal wellness team offers personal support in three areas: MoveWell, BeWell and EatWell. In addition, the employee assistance program provides confidential counselling, coaching, online courses and resources for various health challenges. Everything reinforces the company’s tagline – “Our product is steel. Our strength is people.”
Kyaw appreciates the emphasis on wellness and having easy access to the company’s on-site gym and free fitness classes. On the social side, she has volunteered for Team Orange, helping out on Habitat for Humanity house-building projects. “It’s a fun way to spend a Saturday every so often, and you get to meet employees in different departments and business units,” she says.
Young people also place climatechange transformation high on their list of employer priorities. ArcelorMittal Dofasco is investing nearly $2 billion to change the way it makes steel, which will remove roughly three million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from the environment. “This will provide an opportunity for our people to work in the safest, most technically advanced steel-making environment in the world,” says Gibson.
At ArcelorMittal Dofasco, growth and development comes from an investment in lifelong learning, opportunities to collaborate, a focus on continuously improving processes and a whole-person approach to self-improvement. All of these factors are attractive to young employees. “They are our future, and we’re committed to helping and inspiring them to continually learn and grow,” says Gibson.