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Best Buy Canada Ltd.
Employees at one of Best Buy Canada's retail locations  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023) and BC's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Best Buy Canada Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023) and BC's Top Employers (2022):

  • Best Buy Canada finalized its first formal remote work program for corporate employees that includes hybrid work options for now and into a post-pandemic future of work -- and recently moved its head office to a more centrally located downtown Vancouver location
  • Best Buy Canada has made efforts to increase the focus on mental wellness as part of its health benefits plan, introducing a mental wellness hub on its corporate intranet and expanding coverage for mental health services to include psychotherapy (recently increasing coverage from $500 to $1,000 per year)
  • Best Buy Canada encourages employees to support their favourite charitable initiatives by offering $15 for every hour spent volunteering -- the donation is automatically applied to the appropriate charity through the "myGiving" program and doubles to $30 per hour during National Volunteer Week in April
Staff members at a Best Buy Canada distribution centre  

Employer Background

Industry Retail
Established in Canada 1982
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Best Buy Co., Inc.
Parent company head office Richfield, MN, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 5,214
Part-time employees in Canada 4,840
Full-time employees worldwide 57,627
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 1.2%
Average age of employees in Canada 30.78 years
Longest serving employee 34 years

Work Environment Rating: A+

Hybrid work office equipment loan program, introduced a remote-first approach for the majority of employees, that allows employees to work onsite when needed or as an option for those who wish to work certain days in an office setting, moved its head office into downtown Vancouver during the pandemic and has updated its workspace to help employees adapt to new ways of working
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station
Onsite workplace features telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, outdoor barbecue
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, board games, large cafeteria-style seating area (with great views) and smaller kitchenette areas on other floors, outdoor patio areas (feature BBQs, full kitchen and an outdoor exercise area)
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, weights, shower facilities

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name departmental committees
Past social events hosted a variety of virtual, in-person and hybrid events over the past year, including rooftop Olympics, app-led scavenger hunts, team-building events including escape rooms, sword fighting, paint-a-pot, paddle boarding and zip lining, tournaments for ping pong, foosball and golf, a formal employee appreciation event, and other events
Cultural aspects dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working, employee sports teams
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications launched a new digital platform (The Pulse) to consolidate previous communications initiatives and help keep employees connected from anywhere, CHQ News (corporate), Daily Download (retail), SLT Snapshot (senior leadership), and Best Buy Chats (podcast and vlogs)

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 defined-contribution (DC) pension, non-matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,200) 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.), discounts on a variety of products through a partnership with the Venngo WorkPerks program

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B-

Health plan note Best Buy 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 85% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 37 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Eyecare $400 every 2 years
Paid sick days employees receive 10 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
Additional health plan information 24/7 Life Solutions program offers employees (and family members) free financial, legal, health and counselling services, professional counselling services available for confidential sessions
Additional health and wellness initiatives formal mental health strategy committee responsible for managing a new mental wellness hub on corporate intranet (features training for managers, focus groups, webinars, guest speakers and more)
Family-friendly benefits note Best Buy Canada has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $7,500 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 2 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 2 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits phased-in return to work for new parents

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B+

Vacation note Best Buy 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 8 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 4 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave of absence option yes

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
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
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 6 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 6 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, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 50% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unique training & development programs formal onboarding, skills and personal development courses, sales training and leadership development programs through the "myDevelopment Network" learning management system

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 500 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported BGC Canada (Boys and Girls Club Canada), Regroupement des Maisons des jeunes du Québec, Salvation Army's Christmas toy drive (over 80 stores were collection points for toys), Actua's InSTEM program (Indigenous high school internship program)
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Best Buy Canada's social impact mandate is to "build brighter futures" through technology, sponsoring national initiatives to connect youth to technology to inspire, motivate and empower their education. The "Geek Squad Academy" program supports educational partnerships with schools and community groups -- over $3.4-million in technology has been donated to over 270 schools.

The Career Directory

Best Buy Canada Ltd. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Best Buy Canada employees celebrating after a successful Geek Squad Academy

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Retail
Full-time employees in Canada 5,001 to 10,000
Parent company Best Buy Co., Inc.
Parent company head office Richfield, MN, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC
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
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Store Manager-in-Training, Merchandise Analyst, eCommerce Coordinator, Junior Accountant
Starting salary $45K to $50K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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