Johnson employees at office pancake breakfast
Chosen as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers for 2013:
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors
(Oct 9, 2012)
Some of the reasons why Johnson Inc.
was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013
- supports employees who are new mothers, fathers, or adoptive parents, with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 100% of salary for 17 weeks), as well as extended health benefit coverage during their leave
- and offers parents a generous in vitro fertilization subsidy (IVF) as part of its health benefits program
- also manages an academic scholarship program for children of employees who attend post-secondary institutions (to $1,500 per child)
- in addition to paid time off during the holiday season and personal days off, new employees start at three weeks of paid vacation allowance
- helps older workers prepare for retirement with matching RSP contributions, retirement planning workshops and phased-in work options
- encourages ongoing development through subsidies for tuition and professional accreditation, generous financial bonuses for some course completion, a variety of in-house and online training programs, and mentoring and career planning services
- depending on the position, the company offers a variety of flexible work options, including a 35-hour work week (with full pay), telecommuting and a shortened work week option
Johnson Inc. is one of Canada's leading insurance and benefits providers, serving over 900,000 members from over 65 branches nationwide.
With roots dating back 130 years, the St. John's-based company provides insurance produces and services through its Johnson Inc. and Unifund Assurance Company subsidiaries. Johnson Inc. operates across Canada, providing property and casualty as well as accident and sickness insurance. The Unifund Assurance Company is the company's primary home and auto insurance underwriter.
Industry: Insurance Agencies and Brokerages.
Major Canadian hiring locations: St. John's NL, Halifax NS, Richmond Hill ON, Edmonton AB.
Revenues: $883 million.
Parent company: ROINS Financial Services Ltd..
Full-time at this location: 404.
Full-time employees in Canada: 1,514.
New jobs created in Canada last year: 139.
Part-time employees in Canada: 28.
Workforce engaged on a contract basis: 1.82%.
Number of applications received at this location last year: 2,470.
Average age of all employees: 40.94.
Longest serving employee: 40 years.
Johnson Inc.'s physical workplace is rated as average. The company's suburban head office is located just north of the city's downtown core, close to the Churchill Square shopping plaza, banks and public parks. Their head office also features an employee lounge (with comfortable seating, television and video games); onsite cafeteria (with healthy menus); secure bicycle parking; free parking; self-serve lunchrooms and kitchen areas on each floor; nearby public schools and a daycare facility across the street.
Work Atmosphere & Communications
Johnson Inc.'s work atmosphere is rated as above-average. Employees at their head office enjoy casual dress Fridays; can listen to music while working; organized social events. In operation for over 15 years, the company-subsidized social committee organizes an annual Christmas dinner and dance, a wine and cheese event during the holidays, a "girl's night out" at the movies, family skating parties and potluck lunches. The social committee also organizes charitable fundraising events, with funds often matched by the company. Johnson also keeps employees informed about company news and gathers feedback through a corporate intranet site; traditional suggestion box; email suggestion box.
Financial Benefits & Compensation
Johnson Inc.'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. The company also provides share-purchase plan for all employees; signing bonuses for some employees; year-end bonuses for some employees; defined contribution pension plan; matching RSP contributions (up to 2.5% of salary); new employee referral bonuses (to $1,000 for some positions); life & disability insurance; retirement planning assistance; phased-in retirement work options; discounted company products and services.
Health & Family-Friendly Benefits
Johnson Inc.'s health and family benefits are rated as above-average. Johnson Inc. manages a self-insured health benefits plan. As part of the health plan, the employer pays 60% of the premiums. Employees who work 20 hours per week receive coverage. There is no waiting period before coverage begins. Retiree coverage is also available on the health plan, with no age limit. The basic plan includes routine dental; restorative dental; eyecare ($125 every 2 years); traditional medicine coverage; alternative medicine coverage; fertility treatment medications; employee assistance (EAP) plan; healthclub subsidy (to $500 each year); medical equipment and supplies; physiotherapy; massage therapy; homecare; travel insurance. Employees also receive a health spending account, with varies in amount based on years of service (from $500 to $900). The company's family-friendly benefits include; maternity top-up payments (to 100% of salary for 17 weeks); parental leave top-up for new fathers (to 100% of salary for 17 weeks); parental leave top-up for adoptive parents (to 100% of salary for 17 weeks); health benefits during maternity and parental leave. Additional family-friendly benefits include; post-secondary academic scholarships for children of employees; flexible working hours; 35-hour work week (with full pay); shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay); telecommuting; compassionate leave top-up payment (to 100% for 3 days).
Vacation & Personal Time-Off
Johnson Inc.'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 10 years on the job. Long-serving employees receive a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation each year. During the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 4 days off. Employees receive 10 paid sick days every year. Employees can schedule 3 personal days off each year, as needed.
Johnson Inc.'s employee engagement program is rated as very good. Employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 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 company rewards exceptional employee performance through a formal awards program (called the Platinum Club) with the lucky (and deserving) employees winning a trip for two to a surprise location (recent winners have headed south to St. Thomas in the Caribbean). In a recent initiative, all employees received a branded iPod as a thank you for their dedication and hard work. Johnson Inc. sponsors its own in-house employee satisfaction survey. (Surveys are conducted every 12 months); Johnson Inc. hires an outside consultant to conduct confidential employee satisfaction and engagement surveys. (These surveys are held every 12 months).
Training & Skills Development
Johnson Inc.'s 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). Employees may also receive tuition subsidies for courses unrelated to their current position. (Employer covers up to 50% of non-related tuition). Johnson also supports employees' ongoing career development with subsidies for professional accreditations; in-house apprenticeship and skilled trades programs; formal mentoring program; financial bonuses for course completions; career planning services; in-house training programs; online training programs; online employee skills inventory; new employee orientation program; formal management training program; financial bonuses for the completion of certain accreditation (from $100 to $2,000).
Johnson Inc.'s community involvement program is rated as very good. Every year the company and its employees support a variety of local and national 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 1,500 hours volunteering with charitable projects. Johnson has a creative approach to charitable fundraising, collecting "fines" from presenters who go over time limits, or from delegates who are late arriving at employee meetings. The company matches the amount collected, and donates the funds to a local charity.
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