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McMaster University
McMaster University offers a variety of professional development opportunities   (Photo credit: Georgia Kirkos)

Recognized as one of Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why McMaster University was selected as one of Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers (2022):

  • McMaster University's time off policies include three weeks of starting vacation for most employees (moving to four weeks after only four years on the job), 10 paid sick days to encourage employees to put their health first, and up to five paid personal days that can be scheduled as needed
  • McMaster University maintains a dedicated healthy workplace committee responsible for organizing workplace wellness initiatives and offers generous coverage for mental health services through its benefits plan (up to $3,000 annually)
  • McMaster University takes a thoughtful approach when helping employees manage unexpected challenges, offering compassionate leave top-up for those called upon to care for a loved one (to 100 per cent of salary for up to eight weeks)
An instructor at McMaster University works with a student in the lab   (Photo credit: Georgia Kirkos)

Highlights

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Established in Canada 1887
Major Canadian hiring locations Kitchener ON, Hamilton ON, Burlington ON, Waterloo ON, Niagara Falls ON
Full-time employees in Canada 6,193
Part-time employees in Canada 8,527
Average age of employees in Canada 40.05 years
Longest serving employee 58.77 years
Benefits note McMaster University has multiple employee groups, the following programs and policies may vary by position
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $3,000 each year
Flexible work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,573 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)

COVID-19

Pandemic response created a dedicated site to share pandemic updates, work from home guidelines, and additional information regarding the university's response, provided additional paid time off to staff and faculty in recognition of their hard work and the overwhelming stress and anxiety brought on by the pandemic

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why McMaster University was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2021):

  • McMaster University launched an employment equity facilitator program to support all hiring processes, act as process consultants and ensure equitable outcomes -- currently, the organization employs 75 facilitators who serve or consult on various search committees
  • McMaster University maintains a President's Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community, which features a number of different working groups that address various dimensions of inclusion on campus issues relating to race, First Nations, Métis and Inuit priorities, accessibility, gender and sexuality, to name a few
  • McMaster University's Employee Accessibility Network functions as a support network, providing a safe space for employees with disabilities, and acts as a consultative group, collaborating with various campus partners -- in the past year, the network provided feedback on the university's equity, diversity and inclusion framework and contributed to the creation of Accessibility Initiatives, a framework to complement McMaster's current AODA compliance plan
Faculty member Dr. Bernice Downey sits at the Indigenous Circle on the McMaster University campus, created under the guidance of the school's Indigenous Education Council  

Highlights

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Major Canadian hiring locations Kitchener ON, Hamilton ON, Burlington ON, Waterloo ON, Niagara Falls ON
Full-time employees in Canada 6,210
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives AVP, Equity and Inclusion
Formal commitment launched an institution-wide equity, diversity and inclusion strategy in 2019 (includes a framework for action with 4 pillars and areas of focus, and an action plan with tactics to achieve 6 objectives), equity and inclusion office, diversity, equity and inclusion committees, equity and inclusion champions, President's advisory committee on building an inclusive community
Recruitment initiatives employment equity website to attract diverse applicants (also includes training and resources for hiring managers, staff and faculty), created new faculty recruitment and selection policy and handbook to guide search committee chairs (features inclusive principles and best practices), also created new standardized search committee training (includes content on unconscious bias and processes to address systemic inequities), employment equity facilitator program supports and coordinates a decentralized team of faculty and staff hiring managers
Retention and development programs major faculties have dedicated equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives such as the Academic Women's Success and Mentorship Committee (hosts networking events with guest speakers), and a new faculty mentoring program with considerations for equity, diversity and inclusion (pilot program to support new faculty members, includes mentorship, career development and networking opportunities)
Employee resource groups employee accessibility network (acts as a consultive group, support network, and provides a safe space for employees with disabilities), recently created an employee resource group for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC)
Training and awareness recently hired an equity and inclusion educator who provides workshops and specialized training to build skills and raise awareness around harassment, discrimination, equity, accessibility and inclusion, separate training on Indigenous cultural competency, KAIROS blanket exercises, "Let's Talk About Race" series, brown bag lunch and learn "What is..." series to address campus issues from the perspective of equity-seeking groups
Diversity highlights hosts annual employment equity forums in collaboration with various faculties and administration units, expanded mental health benefits for faculty and staff, updated its accessibility hub, facilities services completed a number of projects to enable barrier-free access as part of the campus accessibility action plan, established an accessibility teaching and learning network (to collect and share success stories, challenges and sources of support related to accessibility and equity in teaching and learning), created a new CMFU radio show entitled "Ability" to discuss art, music and topics relating to and created by persons with disabilities, the university's Faculty of Health Science is collaborating with regional stakeholders to develop an Indigenous health education strategic plan in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Pride at Work Canada, Indigenous Link, PATH Employment Services

The Career Directory

McMaster University has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
McMaster University employees on campus grounds

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Post secondary schools, university
Full-time employees in Canada 5,001 to 10,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Kitchener ON, Hamilton ON, Burlington ON, Waterloo ON, Niagara Falls ON
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 $3,573 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Activity Counsellor, Lab and Research Assistant, Food Services Assistant, Invigilator, Note Taker, Library and Multi-Media Assistant, Office and Communication Assistant, Tour Guide, Student Ambassadors, Scientific Writer
Starting salary $45K to $50K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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