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CAE Inc.
CAE employees   (Photo credit: Julien Payette-Tessier)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024) and Montreal's Top Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why CAE Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024) and Montreal's Top Employers (2024):

  • CAE actively engages employees to help improve the organization through the Infinite Ideas Contest, inviting employees to submit ideas on strategic challenges the company is facing -- winners were invited on a trip to visit and tour CAE facilities and have ideation sessions with high-tech partners
  • CAE moved to a global flexible vacation program, enabling employees to request time off without fixed limits, and offers an option of unpaid sabbatical leave (up to 26 weeks to pursue personal interests or to allow employees to fulfill their needs and responsibilities outside of work)
  • CAE supports new parents with maternity and parental leave top-up for mothers, to 100 per cent of salary for up to 26 weeks, and parental leave top-up for fathers and adoptive parents (100 per cent of salary for up to eight weeks)
Employees at CAE connect in a workspace designated for collaboration at the organization's head office in Montréal  

Employer Background

Industry Aviation and defence systems
Established in Canada 1947
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian locations Vancouver BC, Comox BC, Mississauga ON, Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Moose Jaw SK
Full-time employees in Canada 4,801
Part-time employees in Canada 334
Full-time employees worldwide 13,679
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 17.3%
Average age of employees in Canada 43.5 years
Longest serving employee 50 years

Work Environment Rating: A

Flexible work options hybrid work option, flexible work hours, telecommuting, compressed work week, (flexible work options vary by position)
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, online carpool sign-up, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, nearby bike sharing station, bicycle repair station, charging stations for electric bikes, over 300 lockers, a dedicated room for employees to leave wet laundry and a change of clothes as well as 7 private showers
Onsite workplace features workplace features the newly opened CAE Parc (has spaces and equipment to practice sports), an urban garden (employees are welcome to take the harvest home), a rooftop terrace, a variety of desk types (standing desks, walking desks with a treadmill, square desks and curved desks), telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, outdoor barbecue, and access to medical staff
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, video games, foosball table, table hockey
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals, take-home meals
Other food options at main location Tim Hortons

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name CAE Social and Recreation Club (est. 1954)
Past social events in-person and virtual 75th anniversary celebrations (including a global dance challenge), One CAE Spirit Week, sports and social clubs (soccer, softball, golf, chess, gaming)
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, concierge services available, employee sports teams
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications CAEimagine innovation program (global hackathon for employees), Infinite Ideas Contest (employees invited to submit ideas on four strategic challenges)

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A+

Financial benefits note CAE has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 6 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,000) for some positions
Additional financial benefits year-end bonuses for some employees, discounted home insurance, discounted auto insurance

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B

Health plan note CAE has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
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
Paid sick days employees receive 2 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, virtual healthcare services
Fitness club subsidy up to $240 each year
Additional health plan information employees receive CAESelect dollars which can be allocated to a health spending account or a wellness spending account
Additional health and wellness initiatives global wellness survey, wellness committee, health assessments to provide employees with personalized content, wellness breaks (topics include stress, priority management, empathy and compassion)
Family-friendly benefits note CAE has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A+

Vacation note CAE has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Unlimited vacation allowance offers a no-limit vacation policy
Paid summer shutdown employees receive 2 days off during the summer months
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 4 days off
Company paid days off employees receive 2 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 6 months
Additional time-off information unpaid sabbatical leave (up to 26 weeks to pursue personal interests or to allow employees to fulfill their needs and responsibilities outside of work)

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B

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, global CAEChampion online recognition platform to celebrate employees for demonstrating the company's values

Training & Skills Development Rating: B+

In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership development programs, paid internships, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unique training & development programs e-learning management system with over 16,000 e-learnings and instructor-led training, in-house conferences on a variety of topics, 12-month career development program for women, language training

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, (up to 1 paid day)
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 147 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Aéro Montreal, Canadian Red Cross, First Nations Technical Institute, Centraide, Indspire, Montreal Symphony Orchestra Foundation, YMCA, Sacré-Coeur Hospital Foundation, Orchestre Metropolitain
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight CAE has contributed approximately over $3-million in cash and in-kind donations over the past year, supporting 147 organizations at home and 282 worldwide. The company also rewards employees who have made a positive impact in their community with a company donation ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 (employees must apply to be considered).

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why CAE Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2024):

  • CAE operates the "CAE Tech: Program your Career!" initiative for full-time students registered in technology programs from André-Laurendeau, Bois‑de‑Boulogne, Dawson, Édouard‑Montpetit (ÉNA), John Abbott and Montmorency CEGEPs/colleges -- the initiative encourages future technicians from various fields to start a career at CAE by offering traineeships that are integrated into the workplace
  • CAE manages the Ken Patrick leadership program for new graduates, a two to three-year rotational program aimed at recruiting and developing new graduates to become future leaders at CAE -- the program includes personal coaching and four rotational assignments in different business sectors
  • Students enrolled in the 'CAExplore' internship program are provided with a number of opportunities to build connections with one another and with senior leadership at networking events, in-person conferences and speaker series held during each internship term
CAE holds an event to celebrate the organization's 75th anniversary  

Highlights

Industry Aviation and defence systems
Major Canadian locations Vancouver BC, Comox BC, Mississauga ON, Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Moose Jaw SK
Full-time employees in Canada 4,801
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, mentoring, leadership training
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unique training and development opportunities "CAE Tech: Program your Career!" initiative integrates traineeships into the workplace (designed for future technicians, for full-time students in technology programs from select CEGEPs), Ken Patrick rotational leadership program for new graduates, lunch and learns, DARE program (12-month development program aimed to equip and inspire women to take ownership of their careers, offered every 2 years to 30 women at all levels and bands), "CAEmentor me" program, leadership development program, the Horizon Program (employees moved to another group or service for 8 to 12 months), access to LinkedIn Learning and ELAM (for language courses), Leaders of Influence development program in partnership with Optimum Talent, LEAP program (leadership development program for leaders of the future), CAExplore internship program
Additional highlights Canadian Industrial Leadership Award for women in STEM programs from Concordia, Dalhousie and the University of Ottawa (award recipients receive a $6,000 bursary and the opportunity for full-time employment after completion of their program), L’effet A/Ambition Challenge (external professional development program for female employees), CAE Immersion program in partnership with the Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation (prepares students for the job market through an intensive 3-week course)
Unlimited vacation allowance offers a no-limit vacation policy

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why CAE Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2024):

  • CAE made diversity, equity and inclusion a strategic priority, recently creating a chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer role and all members of the company's executive leadership team, including the CEO, are part of the executive diversity council (overseeing DE&I and also acting as executive sponsors for the company's seven employee resource groups) -- employees and leaders also act as equity ambassadors, forming the Canadian Diversity Council and overseeing local committees dedicated to the four designated employment equity groups
  • CAE is committed to a number of DE&I objectives, including increasing the number of diverse leaders by 10 per cent, increasing female employees by 10 per cent, increasing co-op student representation and increasing female board representation to 30 per cent -- DE&I objectives are also included on all employees' talent assessment tools during performance evaluations to ensure actions are top of mind
  • CAE created the Women in Flight program to inspire young women to become pilots -- the program works with aviation partners to offer a variety of scholarships that pay for training programs, with recipients becoming ambassadors themselves to inspire other women to choose the pilot career path (just five per cent of the world's pilots are women and 25,000 new pilots are needed every year for the next 10 years)
CAE employees participate in the Montréal Pride parade  
My coming out was sparked by CAE's "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion" initiative originally launched in 2017-2018. Even though I was afraid it would not work well, I was surprised at how smoothly it went, and I am still impressed by the support I have received from our local DE&I group. For almost four years I have been able to come to work with my true self, dressed in a way that is in line with my gender identity. To me it was a childhood dream that came true, and honestly even five to 10 years ago I did not believe it would be possible. I will be grateful for this in the rest of my life. Gabriella Ercsenyi, proposal solutions manager and leads the Prism ERG
I am very proud of the progress we have made in creating an open and progressive workplace. The change has been dramatic. In just five years we went from having 18% women employees globally to 23%, and from 15% women senior leaders to 25%. Just a few years ago, you would not know that anyone at CAE was a member of the LGBTQ2+ community, no one would talk about it, it was as if it did not exist. When we announced that diversity, equity and inclusion were a priority for the company and part of our values, so many people came out and expressed themselves. We started celebrating our thousands of differences. And we started talking about who we are, expressing what it feels like to be the only Black person in the room, or the only woman in a team. We talked about our neurodiversity. We supported each other. And so many of us started to feel like we belong, that we can be ourselves and strive. Pascale Alpha, chief of diversity, equity and inclusion

Highlights

Industry Aviation and defence systems
Major Canadian locations Vancouver BC, Comox BC, Mississauga ON, Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Moose Jaw SK
Full-time employees in Canada 4,801
Management of diversity and inclusion initiatives chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, executive diversity council (executive management and CEO) reviews progress quarterly, DE&I committee (includes stream leads from different business areas, business unit and regional streams), Indigenous advisory board, employees and leaders act as equity ambassadors and form the Canadian diversity council, overseeing local committees
Performance management and accountability annual self-identification campaign with expanded dimensions of diversity (gender identity, LGBTQ2IA+, neurodiversity, race and ethnic status, generational diversity, veteran status), pulse surveys with opportunity for employee feedback with results reviewed regularly by executives, set objectives to increase the number of diverse leaders by 10%, increase female employees to 10%, board and executive officer diversity, equity and inclusion policy (goal for 33% of executive officers and 40% of directors to include women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, members of visible minorities and the LGBTQ2+ community by 2025)
Employee resource groups over 1,000 members in seven ERGs: Professional Women’s Network (PWN), LIFT (women in aviation and STEM), Mozaic (employees with special needs and their families), Prism (LGBTQ2IA+), EmbRACE, Insignia (veterans), Indigenous
Noteworthy diversity strategies and policies includes DE&I objectives as part of all employee's talent assessment tool,
Recruitment initiatives goal to ensure 40% of resumes presented are female, increase co-op student representation (30% women, 5% from the Black community, 5 members from Indigenous), recruiters and hiring managers complete inclusive hiring e-learning prior to the recruitment process, diverse interview panels, ensures gender neutral job descriptions, recruitment website has an AI tool that matches candidates' skills with jobs posted
Retention and development programs goal to ensure 30% of high-potential employees are women, appoints a bias interrupter during talent and leadership reviews to call out any biases and ensure it is taken out of the equation, 12-month DARE development program for women (explores themes of self-esteem, risk taking, negotiating, networking, work-life balance and influencing)
Training and awareness initiatives inclusive interactions guide for leaders, recruiters and HR business partners
Diversity highlights wellness committee (focuses on physical and mental health, overall well-being including financial health), CAE Women in Flight scholarship program with airline partners to increase representation of women in aviation, scholarships for women in STEM, business aviation, Black students in STEM and Black pilots

The Career Directory

CAE Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
An intern at CAE

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Aviation and defence systems
Full-time employees in Canada 2,501 to 5,000
Major Canadian locations Vancouver BC, Comox BC, Mississauga ON, Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Moose Jaw SK
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions System Software Specialist, Mechanical System Designer, Electrical System Designer, Flight Simulator Technologist, Hardware Technician, Test Engineer, Integration Specialist
Starting salary $60K to $70K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Unlimited vacation allowance offers a no-limit vacation policy

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