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British Columbia Investment Management Corporation / BCI
BCI employees take a socially distanced coffee break  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2021) and BC's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why British Columbia Investment Management Corporation / BCI was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2021) and BC's Top Employers (2021):

  • BCI organized a virtual health summit in 2020 with presentations on topics such as maintaining health and nutrition during the pandemic, the importance of physical activity and prioritizing sleep, and maintaining connection and avoiding isolation
  • BCI supports new mothers with generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 85 per cent of salary for 52 weeks) as well as new fathers and adoptive parents (to 85 per cent of salary for 36 weeks) -- parents returning from leave can also participate in a buddy program, which matches participants with employees who returned from leave in the past year
  • BCI helps employees maintain a healthy balance between work and personal time, offering four weeks of starting vacation allowance along with six additional paid personal days, which can be scheduled at employees' convenience
Participants in BCI's mentoring program use technology to stay connected  

Employer Background

Industry Portfolio management
Established in Canada 2000
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Victoria BC
Full-time employees in Canada 588
Part-time employees in Canada 6
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2.6%
Average age of employees in Canada 39.7 years
Longest serving employee 21 years

COVID-19

Pandemic response offered stipends and negotiated corporate discounts for home office purchases such as desks, chairs and office supplies, temporarily revised its physical activity reimbursement program to include fitness equipment, enabled employees to carry forward vacation days

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Editorial note due to the pandemic, some workplace amenities may be temporarily unavailable
Commuter amenities electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station
Workplace features day-use lockers, treadmill workstation, singular recliner work pods, maternity support room (with fridge, blanket, comfortable chair, storage, sink and lock to ensure privacy), sit-stand workstations, religious observance room, outdoor patio, outdoor barbecue
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, television, foosball table, board games, table tennis
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, instructor-led classes (yoga, Zumba, pilates), elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, living green walls within the facility, external personal trainers may be brought onsite
Other nearby amenities Crystal Pool, Victoria Curling Club, YMCA, YWCA, Centennial Square, Galloping Goose Regional Trail, Crag X Climbing Gym, Hudson Public Market, McPherson Playhouse, Save-On Foods Memorial Arena

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Employee social committee name BCI Social Committee (est. 2014)
Past social events Halloween photo competition and goodie bag pick up for children (also included a costume competition), holiday photo contest (employees shared photos of themselves partaking in their favourite holiday activities at home, such as watching a movie, wearing their favourite ugly sweater and showing a holiday act of kindness), virtual world holiday market (employees sold their homemade creations, from dog biscuits to pottery to handcrafted wood products)
Cultural aspects casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site
Other in-house communications Talking to Strangers initiative to connect employees from different departments over lunch, increased communications during the pandemic such as podcasts and video messages from executives, and virtual town halls throughout the past year

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

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-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Additional financial benefits individual year-end bonuses are determined through a formal annual incentive plan program

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 18 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Paid sick days employees receive 6 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, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy)
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $500 each year
Health spending account up to $1,500 each year
Wellness spending account up to $500 each year
Additional health plan information virtual health care services (Aroga)
Wellness initiatives full-time health and wellness coordinator who provides ergonomic services to employees, employee wellness committee, mental health first aid training, virtual health summit hosted in 2020 (topics include maintaining health during the pandemic, the importance of physical activity and prioritizing sleep, and maintaining connection and avoiding isolation), access to LifeSpeak online platform (over 1,000 videos and podcasts)
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 85% of salary for 16 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 85% of salary for 36 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 85% of salary for 36 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 85% of salary for 36 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, phased-in return to work for new parents
Flexible work options flexible work hours, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A+

Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 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 7 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 6 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 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
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition online recognition platform, individual performance bonuses, online "shout outs" to colleagues on the corporate intranet
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unique training & development programs management development program

Community Involvement Rating: B+

Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Some of the community organizations supported United Way (employees have raised over $1.1-million since the mid-1990s), Women in Capital Markets, Junior Achievement
Community highlight BCI's Community Volunteer Program encourages employees to work closely with colleagues to support local charities with the goal of fostering greater connections the the Greater Victoria community.
Pandemic-related community initiatives Donated over $75,000 to the Victoria Foundation Rapid Relief Fund, which was created in response to the impacts of the pandemic in local communities. The company's executive team also donated an additional $50,000.

The Career Directory

British Columbia Investment Management Corporation / BCI has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
BCI students meet for coffee on their break

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Portfolio management
Full-time employees in Canada 501 to 750
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Victoria 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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Public Equities Co-op, Risk Modelling Intern, Investment Accounting Co-op, Client Experience Co-op, Client Relations Co-op, Compliance Intern, Financial Reporting Co-op, Infrastructure & Renewable Resources Co-op, Investment Tax Co-op, Legal Affairs Intern, Macro Investment Research Co-op, Private Debt Co-op, Human Resources Intern, Reporting & Monitoring Co-op, Software Engineer Co-op, Strategic Asset Allocation Co-op, Strategic Investment Research Co-op
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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