Carswell, a division of Thomson Reuters Canada Limited

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Carswell, a division of Thomson Reuters Canada Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) :

Here are some of the reasons why Carswell, a division of Thomson Reuters Canada Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016):

  • Carswell supports employees who are parents with maternity leave top-up payments for new moms (to 95% of salary for 17 weeks), along with a one-week top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents, a generous subsidy to help cover the costs associated with adoption (up to $5,000 per child), and an academic scholarship program (up to $2,500) for employees with college-aged kids
  • Carswell directs much of its community support through the parent company's "Thomson Reuters Foundation" and encourages employees to support their favourite community organization directly with paid time off to volunteer (up to 2 days each year), matching charitable donations (to $1,000 per year) and charitable donations to organizations where employees volunteer (to $500 for every 20 hours)
  • Carswell invests heavily in ongoing employee education with tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions and a unique onsite "Learning Centre" that includes thousands of books, over 7,000 electronic books and 3,500 online course in a variety of fields

Employer Background

Industry Publishers
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Thomson Reuters Corporation
Parent company head office Toronto ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Montréal QC
Full-time employees in Canada 912
Part-time employees in Canada 13
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 3.8%
Average age of employees in Canada 43
Longest serving employee 39 years

Physical Workplace B+

Workplace features head office has received the "BOMA Go Green Plus" certification in recognition of efforts toward environmentally-friendly building management and operation, features a cafe, which serves a variety of coffee and tea, fresh pastries and a selection of hot and cold meals, a convenience store that offers dry-cleaning services, underground parking, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, daily newspapers and periodicals
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus
Other nearby amenities Agincourt Recreation Centre, Goodland Community Centre, fitness club, Collingwood Park, Thomson Memorial Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Scarborough Town Centre

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Employee social committee name Carswell Employee Committee (est. 1990)
Recent social events golf tournaments, holiday parties, Christmas party for employees' children, family picnics, long-service celebrations, movie theatre excursions, ice cream days during the summer months
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter

Financial Benefits & Compensation 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
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 new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,500) for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounts of up to 40% on publications and software, such as UFile tax return software

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 80% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 21 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative
Eyecare $300 every 2 years
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy), flex plan includes option of transferring excess credits to a health spending account or an RRSP
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 1 week
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 1 week
Adoption assistance subsidy up to $5,000 per child
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, compassionate top-up to 95% of salary for 8 weeks, academic scholarships of up to $2,500 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B+

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 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 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 3 personal days off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 1 personal day off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 2 months
Additional time-off information year-round compressed work-week schedule allows for early closings every Friday, overtime policy allows up to 10 banked days off each year

Employee Engagement & Performance A

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
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 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 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development A

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Subsidies for professional accreditations yes
Unique training & development programs instructor-led courses, an onsite Learning Centre library with access to over 3,500 online courses and over 7,000 electronic books, as well as a French-language club at the Toronto office and an English-language club at the Montréal location

Community Involvement 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 2 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 985 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 5 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported The Canadian Cancer Society, The Canadian National Institute for the Blind, The Salvation Army, The Canadian Red Cross, and Tree Canada's Greening Canada's School Grounds program
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight As part of Thomson Reuters Canada, Carswell and its employees support the Thomson Reuters Foundation, which features a matching gifts program for employee charitable donations, up to $1,000 per employee each year. Through this program, the company and its employees support numerous additional charitable organizations across Canada every year.

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