HP Advanced Solutions Inc.

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

Here are some of the reasons why HP Advanced Solutions Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) :

Here are some of the reasons why HP Advanced Solutions Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016):

  • Along with living and working in one of the country's most beautiful cities, HP Advanced Solutions' employees have free access to a fully-equipped fitness facility (which features a quiet massage room), a quiet meditation room for breaks during the day, easy access to walking and running trails as well outdoor sports fields and even a community garden
  • Employees at HP Advanced solutions receive the kind of benefits that help one build a career for life, from maternity leave top-up payments for the full year to a defined benefit pension plan (unique in its industry), which offers peace-of-mind for employees as they plan for life after work
  • HP Advanced Solutions encourages its employees to keep their skills sharp through a variety of in-house and online training programs as well as generous tuition subsidies for course directly related to their position as well as general interest programs

Employer Background

Industry Computer Systems Design Services
Parent company HP Canada
Parent company head office Victoria BC
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC
Full-time employees in Canada 451
Part-time employees in Canada 8
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 10%
Average age of employees in Canada 44
Longest serving employee 35 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features the head office is one of the first office buildings in Canada to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, foosball table, iPad and computer available for personal use
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (personal trainer services, instructor-led classes, onsite massage service), weights, basketball court, shower facilities, fitness facility is a shared-use facility
Other nearby amenities Saanich Commonwealth Place, Pacific Sports Institute, fitness club, Lambrick Park, Elk and Beaver Lake, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Camosun College, community garden, sports fields including badminton, volleyball and basketball courts, park-like setting with easy access to walking and running trails

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Recent social events annual summer barbecue, employee lunches as well as an annual anniversary celebration and recognition ceremony for its top performing employees
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation A+

Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) 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
Additional financial benefits subsidized home internet, salaries for unionized employees are negotiated through the collective bargaining process while non-union employee are set in-house through the HP Job Architecture and Salary Planning process

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan note HP Advanced Solutions has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 95% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 1 hour per week
Waiting period for coverage 180 days
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Eyecare $400 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, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 85% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 35 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 75% of salary for 35 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 75% of salary for 35 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), earned days off program

Vacation & Personal Time-Off A

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 7 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 7 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 10 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 6 months
Additional time-off information vacation entitlement increases by one day each year starting after 3 years on the job, moving to 4 weeks after 7 years

Employee Engagement & Performance A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 4 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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 on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, formal rewards and recognition program with awards in a range of categories, including community impact, employee excellence, leadership excellence, starting strong, team excellence, recognition awards, and the "you inspire me" award that celebrates those employees who contribute to the overall work environment
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months

Training & Skills Development A

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 75% of non-related tuition per year
Subsidies for professional accreditations yes

Community Involvement A

HP Advanced Solutions and its employees support a variety of local and national charitable organizations.

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 33 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported BC Cancer Foundation, Canadian Mental Health Association, PEERS Victoria Resources Society, Prostate Cancer Canada, Victoria Cat Rescue Corps, Victoria Society for Children with Autism, Alzheimer Society of BC, the United Way of Greater Victoria (over $900K raised since 2004), and many more
Community highlight Each year, employees at HP Advanced participate in the Global Volunteer Day and volunteer with a selected charitable or community initiative, as well as hosting an annual golf tournament in support of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Victoria General Hospital (over $500K raised over the years)

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