HP Advanced Solutions employees volunteering
Chosen as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, Top Employers for Canadians Over 40, Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers and British Columbia's Top Employers for 2013:
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors
(Oct 9, 2012)
Some of the reasons why HP Advanced Solutions
was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013
- supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments (to 85% of salary for 15 weeks), followed by parental top-up (to 75% of salary for 35 weeks) -- also provides parental leave top-up payments to new fathers and adoptive parents
- the head office also features an onsite meditation room for employees who require quiet time for religious observances during the day, cafeteria with healthy menus, and outdoor eating area and barbecue
- a unique unionized subsidiary of HP Canada that let's everyone share in the company's success with year-end bonuses and a share purchase plan available to all employees
- and is also an industry leader that helps older employees transition into retirement with phased-in retirement work options, assistance with succession planning, and offers a defined benefit pension plan
- in addition to 10 paid personal days-off, new employees start with three weeks of paid vacation allowance and the company considers previous work experience when setting vacation entitlements for more experienced applicants
- encourages ongoing employee development through tuition subsidies (with no annual maximum) for job-related courses, a variety of in-house and online training programs, and career planning services
- in addition to being located in one the first LEED Gold-certified office buildings, the company maintains an an employee-led "Sustainability Community", which has developed an in-house green action plan and is responsible for implementing and managing various green initiatives
HP Advanced Solutions Inc., a subsidiary of HP Canada, is an information and technology outsourcing company.
As the largest IT firm in Victoria, the company provides information technology services for the British Columbia public sector. The company's services include application development outsourcing, application modernization, contact centre outsourcing, custom application development, hosting services, and managing server infrastructure. Established in 2004, the company has a strong record of ongoing job creation in one of Canada's most liveable cities.
Industry: Computer Systems Design Services.
Parent company: HP Canada.
Full-time employees in Canada: 403.
New jobs created in Canada last year: 2.
Part-time employees in Canada: 5.
Workforce engaged on a contract basis: 16%.
Number of applications received at this location last year: 1,000.
Average age of all employees: 44.
Longest serving employee: 36 years.
HP Advanced Solutions' physical workplace is rated as exceptional. The company's suburban head office is located in Vancouver Island Technology Park, within minutes of additional local parks including Layritz Park, Elk and Beaver Lake, forested walking trails, and bird sanctuary. The building is one of the first in Canada to receive LEED gold certification and is situated just off the highway. Inside, the head office features an employee lounge (with foosball table); religious observance room; onsite cafeteria (featuring healthy menus); secure bicycle parking; transit subsidies; outdoor eating area and barbecue; and a Starbucks coffee outlet. Nearby local amenities include Common Place and Pacific Sports Institute, Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, and Camosun College.
Work Atmosphere & Communications
HP Advanced Solutions' work atmosphere is rated as above-average. On the job, employees enjoy business casual dress; casual dress Fridays; can listen to music while working; employee sports teams; organized social events. Operating since 2004, the company-subsidized Social Charity Community organizes social events for employees throughout the year including an annual employee and family barbecue, annual anniversary celebration recognition event, Soapbox Derby, and Bike to Work Week. Employees also organize their own events such as paint ball, golf tournament, zip lining, kayaking, mini-golf, and skiing. Employees are kept up-to-date on company developments and provide feedback through a company newsletter; corporate intranet site; email suggestion box.
Financial Benefits & Compensation
HP Advanced Solutions' financial benefits are rated as exceptional. To keep salaries competitive the company participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months. Individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months. In addition to offering competitive compensation, HP Advanced Solutions offers share-purchase plan for all employees; year-end bonuses for all employees; generous year-end bonuses (to $15,000), depending on the position; defined benefit pension with employer contributions (up to 9.43% of salary); life & disability insurance; subsidized home Internet access; retirement planning assistance; phased-in retirement work options; and discounted company products.
Health & Family-Friendly Benefits
HP Advanced Solutions' health and family benefits are rated as above-average. The company's health benefits plan is managed by Manulife. As part of the health plan, the employer pays 100% of the premiums. Employees who work 1 hour per week receive coverage. The maximum waiting period for new employees is 180 days. Family coverage is available on the health benefits plan. The basic plan includes routine dental; restorative dental; orthodontics; eyecare ($250 every 2 years); alternative medicine coverage; employee assistance (EAP) plan; medical equipment and supplies; physiotherapy; massage therapy; homecare; travel insurance. HP Advanced Solutions' family-friendly benefits include; maternity top-up payments (to 75% of salary for 35 weeks); parental leave top-up for new fathers (to 75% of salary for 35 weeks); parental leave top-up for adoptive parents (to 75% of salary for 35 weeks); health benefits during maternity and parental leave; extended unpaid parental leave option (beyond the first year). (Note: New mothers also receive a maternity top-up payment to 85% for the first 15 weeks of their leave.) Additional family-friendly benefits include; flexible working hours; 35-hour work week (with full pay); shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay); compressed work week; earned days off (EDO) program.
Vacation & Personal Time-Off
HP Advanced Solutions' vacation and personal time-off are rated as very good. New employees receive 3 weeks of vacation allowance after their first year. Vacation increases after 10 years on the job. Long-serving employees receive a maximum of 7 weeks of vacation each year. Employees receive 6 paid sick days every year. Employees can schedule 10 personal days off each year, as needed. Employees can also apply for an unpaid leave of absence. Vacation entitlement increase by one day each year starting after 3 years on the job, moving to a full 4 weeks after 7 years of service.
HP Advanced Solutions' employee engagement program is rated as above-average. Employees receive individual performance reviews every 4 months. Informal progress reviews are also held during the year. Managers receive training in how to conduct effective performance reviews. As part of the review process employees can provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance. Exit interviews are provided for departing employees. The company operates a formal rewards and recognition program through which employees are nominated each year in the following categories: community impact, employee excellence, leadership excellence, starting strong, team excellence, and workplace wellness. HP Advanced Solutions also offers monthly "Above and Beyond" awards based on colleague nominations. HP Advanced Solutions sponsors its own in-house employee satisfaction survey. (Surveys are conducted every 12 months).
Training & Skills Development
HP Advanced Solutions' training and skills development program is rated as above-average. Employees receive tuition subsidies for courses related to their position. (Employer covers up to 100% of tuition). In addition to tuition subsidies, the company provides subsidies for professional accreditations; formal mentoring program; career planning services; in-house training programs; online training programs; online employee skills inventory; new employee orientation program; formal management training program. HP Advanced Solutions introduced an Intellectual Resource Library (employee skills inventory), allowing managers to search for employees with specific skills and certifications.
HP Advanced Solutions' community involvement program is rated as above-average. HP Advanced Solutions and its employees support a variety of local charitable organizations. Employees take part in the selection of charitable groups assisted each year. Employees receive paid time off to volunteer with their favourite charitable organizations. Last year, employees donated over 1,000 hours volunteering with charitable projects. Approximately 14 charitable and community organizations were supported last year. In the past year, employees supported numerous charitable initiatives including the Jeneece Place (provides a home away from home for families with ill children), Big Brother and Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity (60 employees worked over 400 hours on a local house), the Pacifica Housing Victoria Project (45 employees worked over 270 hours on a housing project), Victoria Riding for the Disabled, and the United Way of Greater Victoria.
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