Georgian College employee with student
Chosen as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013:
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors
(Oct 9, 2012)
Some of the reasons why Georgian
was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013
- live and work on the doorstep to Ontario's cottage country, and take advantage of a variety of alternative working options from telecommuting to shortened and compressed work week options
- an environmental leader the College recently opened a new "Health and Wellness" building that incorporates a variety of environmental technologies, including solar energy, energy efficient lighting a rainwater recovery system and geothermal heating - and also has an "Environmental Sustainability Coordinator" position to lead its many programs
- offers great family-friendly benefits including outstanding maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new mothers (to 93% of salary for 52 weeks) and an onsite daycare centre with over 100 spaces and 17 childcare workers
- encourages ongoing employee development with subsidies for job-related courses and professional accreditation, in-house and online training programs and career planning services
- helps employees plan for life after work through contributions to a defined benefit pension plan
- new employees start with three weeks paid vacation (faculty receive additional time off) -- and also receive additional time off during the holiday season
Georgian College is a post-secondary community college with an enrollment of over 10,000 full-time students.
The college specializes in applied arts and technology, with three main campuses located in Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound as well as satellite campuses in Bracebridge, Collingwood, Midland and Orangeville. Founded in 1967, the college offers over 100 programs in academic upgrading, apprenticeship training, college diploma and applied degree programs. The college also operates the Kempenfelt Conference Centre on Lake Simcoe and is currently developing a Centre for Health and Wellness at the Barrie campus that will include a number of health resources for the community.
Industry: Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools.
Major Canadian hiring locations: Barrie ON, Orillia ON, Owen Sound ON, Midland ON, Bracebridge ON, Orangeville ON, Collingwood ON.
Full-time at this location: 615.
Full-time employees in Canada: 791.
New jobs created in Canada last year: 47.
Part-time employees in Canada: 1,834.
Workforce engaged on a contract basis: 70%.
Number of applications received at this location last year: 17,809.
Average age of all employees: 40.
Longest serving employee: 40 years.
Georgian's physical workplace is rated as exceptional. The main campus (the Barrie campus) is conveniently located within minutes of the city's waterfront parks as well as within walking distance to Little Lake. The college recently completed construction of a new Centre for Health and Wellness, which is home to the college's health and wellness programs. The impressive facility includes classrooms and labs for students as well as a number of student-run health clinics with subjects such as oral health, massage therapy and speech, language and hearing services. The main campus features a fully-equipped gymnasium (with volleyball and basketball courts, climbing wall, suspended running track and sauna); employee lounge (with comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, table tennis and pool table); religious observance room; onsite cafeteria (with healthy and special diet menus); secure bicycle parking; walking trails, outdoor courtyards and barbecue, soccer and baseball fields, onsite Tim Hortons and Pizza Pizza, Native Education Centre and Art Gallery.
Work Atmosphere & Communications
Georgian's work atmosphere is rated as very good. Employees at the main campus enjoy business casual dress; casual dress Fridays; can listen to music while working; employee sports teams. The college hosts an annual "Georgian Day" in June, gathering staff from across all campuses for an address by the college's President and to participate in social and recreational activities. Employees also direct and organize an annual variety show to raise money for student bursaries, with both staff and students performing at the event. Throughout the year, employees are kept up to date on new developments through a weekly newsletter and company newsletter; corporate intranet site; email suggestion box.
Financial Benefits & Compensation
Georgian's financial benefits are rated as above-average. To keep salaries competitive the company participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months. Individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months. Salary levels of unionized employees are determined through the collective bargaining process. Employees also receive defined benefit pension plan; life & disability insurance.
Health & Family-Friendly Benefits
Georgian's health and family benefits are rated as exceptional. The college has separate health benefits plans for various employee groups. The health benefits plans are managed by Sun Life Insurance. As part of the health plan, the employer pays 100% of the premiums. The maximum waiting period for new employees is 30 days. Family coverage is available on the health benefits plan. Retiree coverage is also available on the health plan, with no age limit. The basic plan includes routine dental; restorative dental; orthodontics; eyecare ($300 every 1 year); traditional medicine coverage; alternative medicine coverage; fertility treatment medications; employee assistance (EAP) plan; physiotherapy; massage therapy; homecare; travel insurance. The college's family-friendly benefits include: maternity top-up payments (to 93% of salary for 52 weeks); parental leave top-up for new fathers (to 93% of salary for 37 weeks); parental leave top-up for adoptive parents (to 93% of salary for 37 weeks); health benefits during maternity and parental leave; extended unpaid parental leave option (beyond the first year); onsite daycare centre; with 104 spaces; 17 childcare workers. Additional family-friendly benefits include: compassionate top-up payment (to 100% of salary for 2 weeks) while caring for a family member; flexible working hours; 35-hour work week (with full pay); shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay); compressed work week; telecommuting.
Vacation & Personal Time-Off
Georgian's vacation and personal time-off are rated as average. New employees receive 3 weeks of vacation allowance after their first year. Vacation increases after 9 years on the job. During the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 6 days off. Employees receive 4 paid sick days every year. Employees can also apply for an unpaid leave of absence. Employees may also defer a portion of their salary in order to take a pre-paid leave of absence.
Georgian's employee engagement program is rated as above-average. Employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months. Managers receive training in how to conduct effective performance reviews. Performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work. As part of the review process employees can provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance. Exit interviews are provided for departing employees. The college rewards exceptional performance through service awards and the "Board of Governor's Awards of Excellence", which allows employees to nominate their peers for their contributions to the college. Georgian sponsors its own in-house employee satisfaction survey. (Surveys are conducted every 12 months).
Training & Skills Development
Georgian's training and skills development program is rated as very good. Employees receive tuition subsidies for courses related to their position. (Employer pays up to $300 in subsidies). In addition, the college supports ongoing development through subsidies for professional accreditations; career planning services; in-house training programs; online training programs; professional development days and onsite career resource centre.
Georgian's community involvement program is rated as above-average. Each year, the college supports a number of local, national and international charitable initiatives. Employees take part in the selection of charitable groups assisted each year. Employees participate in several fundraising events on campus including activities for MS Walk, Cancer Research, and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). Employees may also arrange to have a portion of their payroll donated to United Way. The college hosts an annual "Shinerama Day" to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis and supports the Barrie and District Christmas Cheer Association by donating food, toys and money to support families in need.
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