Schneider Electric Canada Inc.
Schneider Electric Canada employee  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Schneider Electric Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2021):

  • Schneider Electric Canada encourages employees to prioritize their health and wellness, offering resources on a number of subjects including recognizing stress and burnout, nutrition, the power of sleep, how appreciation creates value, and well-being in a digital age -- the organization also engages 200 Well-being Champions, global employee volunteers who help carry out initiatives locally
  • Schneider Electric Canada extended its formal paid care leave policy from one to two weeks to support employees that need to care for an immediate family member who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, as well as offering ten days of paid leave for employees who may need additional time to self-quarantine
  • Schneider Electric Canada is committed to advancing gender equality and manages a dedicated women's leadership program to support the development of high-potential female employees
Employees at Schneider Electric Canada host a panel for International Women's Day  

Employer Background

Industry Industrial automation and controls
Established in Canada 1836
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Schneider Electric SAS
Parent company head office Rueil-Malmaison, France
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC, Calgary AB, Burnaby BC, Edmonton AB, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC
Full-time employees in Canada 2,024
Part-time employees in Canada 35
Full-time employees worldwide 129,662
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2.5%
Average age of employees in Canada 44.8 years
Longest serving employee 54 years

COVID-19

Pandemic response extended its formal paid care leave policy from 1 to 2 weeks to support employees that need to care for an immediate family member dealing with COVID-19, offers 10 days of paid leave for employees who suspect they have been exposed to COVID-19 and need to self-quarantine, formal flextime policy lets employees determine when they start and end their workday, where they choose to work (from home, office or elsewhere and includes a $65 internet subsidy)

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office is comprised of an office tower and a custom-built manufacturing facility, inside, the workplace features a training centre, test labs, a showroom and demo room, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, foosball table, board games, fully stocked bookshelves with books freely available (donated by employees)
Snacks available regularly hosts special treat days with free snacks (from fresh fruit to ice cream)
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals, made-to-order breakfasts and lunches, salad and fruit bar
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga), elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, bench press, cable fly machine, leg curl station, personal trainer services, wellness rooms (employees can book office massages and chiropractor visits)
Other nearby amenities Meadowvale Community Centre, Goodlife Fitness, Staghorn Woods Park, Swinbourne Meadows, movie theatre

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name Cool Sites (est. 2012)
Past social events annual themed holiday party (most recently called the Royal Holiday Gala, with live music, cocktails and dinner), children's Christmas party, summer barbecue (with jumping castle, archery and a number of additional activities), "Halloweek" celebration with competitions (from a treasure hunt to toilet paper mummy competitions), annual ice cream day with a sundae bar in the cafeteria, numerous sports activities including basketball, soccer and beach volleyball
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working, can bring pets to work when needed, employee sports teams, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A+

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 6 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $5,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.), discounted home insurance, discounted auto insurance, discounted auto lease rates, subsidized home internet, discounted company products includes AV equipment and home management technology (including smart plugs, thermostats, security camera systems and sensors)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

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
Retiree coverage option up to 65 years of age
Dental coverage routine
Health plan includes traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs), employee assistance (EAP) plan, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy)
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $1,000 each year
Health spending account up to $450 each year
Fitness club subsidy up to $300 each year
Wellness initiatives formal strategy to focus on overall employee well-being, includes dedicated employee Well-being Champions (over 200 volunteers globally to help carry out related initiatives) and resources on a variety of subjects, including workplace design, identifying stress and burnout, nutrition, the power of sleep, how appreciation creates value, and well-being in a digital age
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 12 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 2 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 12 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, phased-in return to work for new parents, academic scholarships of up to $5,000 per child
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information leave top-up is 12 weeks for the primary caregiver (birth or adoption) and 2 weeks for a secondary caregiver (birth or adoption), formal "Flextime" policy lets employees determine when they start and end their workday, provides the option to work permanently from their home office (or other offsite location) for personal or business issues (including over the course of the pandemic) with employees eligible to receive $65 per month (up to $780 per calendar year) for home internet

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A+

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3.8 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 5 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5.8 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 19 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information employees move to 4.4 weeks of paid vacation after 5 years on the job, and to 5 weeks of vacation after 10 years of employment

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, tailored and unique rewards (e.g. travel), formal "Step Up" awards program through which employees can recognize their colleagues from across the company (worldwide too) with points that can be redeemed for the recipient’s choice of merchandise or gift cards from thousands of merchants around the world
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 6 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 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, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $13,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $13,000 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
Education leave educational leaves of absence are available
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs tuition maximum is $13,000 per course (no lifetime maximum), extensive 24-month training program for college graduates from electrician and technologist programs, new online Open Talent Market portal in support of ongoing career development as well as the matching of employee talents and career objectives to projects, mentors and full-time jobs

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
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 753 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 35 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported The Strongest Oak (Calgary-based NGO focused on poverty in developing countries), The 20/20 Catalyst program (support for Indigenous communities), The Tomorrow Rising Fund (supports community initiatives supporting people in need through the pandemic), Tree Canada, Habitat for Humanity
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Schneider Electric Canada's charitable program is managed through its dedicated charitable Foundation and is focused on a variety of environmental and social initiatives directed towards 6 key pillars, including health, agriculture, community, women, education and emergency needs.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Schneider Electric Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

  • Schneider Electric Canada manages a rotational commercial leadership program to provide exposure to the company's main areas of business over a two- to three-year period -- candidates work in quotations, manufacturing and engineering, and sales and marketing, and are exposed to senior leadership, including the country president and CEO
  • Schneider Electric Canada's Pulse program invites early-career staff to participate in experiential learning opportunities such as job shadowing or team challenges -- in one challenge, participants are split into teams and led by a designated sponsor to assess issues in the organization and provide creative solutions
Members of Schneider Electric Canada's commercial leadership program during a team outing  

Highlights

Industry Industrial automation and controls
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC, Calgary AB, Burnaby BC, Edmonton AB, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC
Full-time employees in Canada 2,024
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $13,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training and development opportunities 24-month Field Service Representative training and apprenticeship program for electrical engineer technicians and technologists, 12-month sales operational rotational program, Bring Your Co-Worker to Work job shadowing project, country leadership program (mid-career action learning program) where teams work to design innovative solutions to a real business challenge
Additional highlights conducts workshops on topics including interview preparation, resume building, and overcoming barriers as females working in STEM (to name a few), hosts hackathons and business challenges at various post-secondary institutions, Go Green in the City contest (global initiative that challenges business and engineering students to develop ideas for smarter and more efficient cities)
Dedicated employee resource group nationwide Emerging Professionals Network to help early-career staff develop skills, network with colleagues, engage with leadership, and gain exposure to all levels of the organization
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3.8 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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

Here are some of the reasons why Schneider Electric Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2021):

  • Schneider Electric Canada's employee-led head office green team helps to organize a number of initiatives throughout the year, from a book share and reuse program to clean-up days where a group of employees head out and clean-up nearby parks
  • Schneider Electric Canada's manufacturing plants in Victoria, Edmonton and Brossard (Québec) are certified zero waste to landfill
  • Schneider Electric Canada, as part of France-based Schneider Electric, has set the goals of sourcing 80 per cent of electricity from renewable sources by 2020 and 100 per cent by 2030
Schneider Electric Canada employees visit the organization's Smart Grid Laboratory at Ryerson University  

Highlights

Industry Industrial automation and controls
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC, Calgary AB, Burnaby BC, Edmonton AB, Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC
Full-time employees in Canada 2,024
Part-time employees in Canada 35
Employee green team sustainability team
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Vice President, Safety, Environment & Real Estate
Formal strategy/policy name energy policy (environmental vision to work towards a zero impact goal through reductions and the development and adoption of its own technology)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Noteworthy initiatives Green Premium ecolabel program (designed to the ISO 14021 standard to provide guidance for green industrial products)
Building footprint includes electric vehicle charging stations, 3 Canadian manufacturing plants (Victoria, Edmonton and Brossard) are certified zero waste to landfill, all 4 manufacturing sites are ISO 14001-certified, Victoria manufacturing site and Mississauga head office is certified to ISO 50001
Extended recycling all 16 locations (with more than 15 employees) have a recycling program in place, book sharing and reuse program
Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Community partnerships Mira Foundation (ink cartridge recycling program to raise funds for assistance dogs for visually impaired), employee volunteer local park clean-up days

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