Knight Piesold employee
Chosen as one of Canada's Top 100 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 Knight Piésold
was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013
- let's everyone share in the company's success with profit-sharing and year-end bonuses available to all employees
- encourages employees to continue to develop their skills through tuition subsidies for job-related courses, in-house and online training programs, formal mentoring and subsidies for professional accreditation
- helps older workers prepare for life after work with a defined contribution pension plan (with employer contributions of up to 4% of salary) and phased-in work options
- supports employees who are new mothers, fathers or adoptive parents with maternity and parental leave top-up payments
Knight Piésold Ltd., a part of the Knight Piésold Consulting Group, is an environmental and engineering consulting company that provides mining, environmental, water resource, road and construction services.
The Canadian office was established in 1975 and offers engineering and environmental services throughout all stages of project development, from design to construction to monitoring. The company also provides services to the mining industry, specifically geotechnical engineering, water and waste management, hydrology, hydrogeology, rock mechanics, environmental baseline studies, and environmental and social impact assessments.
Industry: Engineering Services.
Major Canadian hiring locations: Vancouver BC, North Bay ON.
Parent company: Knight Piésold Holdings International Ltd..
Full-time at this location: 142.
Full-time employees in Canada: 181.
Full-time worldwide: 850.
New jobs created in Canada last year: 31.
Workforce engaged on a contract basis: 3%.
Number of applications received at this location last year: 750.
Average age of all employees: 30.
Longest serving employee: 40 years.
Knight Piésold's physical workplace is rated as very good. The company's 17-story head office is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver and is conveniently situated close to a variety of public transit options including Canada Line, Skytrain West Coast Express and Seabus. The BOMA certified building is connected to the Pacific Centre shopping mall and food court. Inside, the office features photos taken by employees that showcase the various projects they have worked on, secure bicycle parking; shower facilities for commuters; rooftop patio with picnic tables; rooftop tennis and basketball courts; free coffee and tea; and an onsite Tim Hortons and Starbucks.
Work Atmosphere & Communications
Knight Piésold's 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. Employees participate in a variety of social events throughout the year including a staff golf tournament, summer family picnic, curling night, children's holiday party and a holiday party for staff and their partners. In addition, employees also organize lunch time running groups, tennis and basketball games, as well as after work sports teams such as soccer and volleyball. Employees are kept up to date on company developments through a company newsletter; corporate intranet site; email suggestion box.
Financial Benefits & Compensation
Knight Piésold's financial benefits are rated as very good. To keep salaries competitive the company participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months. Individual salaries are reviewed every 6 months. In addition to ensuring competitive compensation, Knight Piésold provides profit-sharing plan for all employees; signing bonuses for some employees; year-end bonuses for all employees; defined contribution pension plan with employer contributions (up to 4% of salary); life & disability insurance; phased-in retirement work options.
Health & Family-Friendly Benefits
Knight Piésold's health and family benefits are rated as very good. Knight Piésold's health benefits plan is managed by Great West Life. As part of the health plan, the employer pays 100% of the premiums. Employees who work 20 hours per week receive coverage. There is no waiting period before coverage begins. Family coverage is available on the health benefits plan. The basic plan includes routine dental; restorative dental; orthodontics; eyecare ($250 every 2 years); traditional medicine coverage; alternative medicine coverage; employee assistance (EAP) plan; medical equipment and supplies; physiotherapy; massage therapy; homecare; travel insurance. The company's family-friendly benefits include; maternity top-up payments (to 65% of salary for 50 weeks); parental leave top-up for new fathers (to 65% of salary for 35 weeks); parental leave top-up for adoptive parents (to 65% of salary for 35 weeks). Additional family-friendly benefits include; flexible working hours.
Vacation & Personal Time-Off
Knight Piésold's vacation and personal time-off are rated as below-average. New employees receive 2 weeks of vacation allowance after their first year. Vacation increases after 5 years on the job. Long-serving employees receive a maximum of 3 weeks of vacation each year. During the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 3 days off. Employees can schedule 1 personal day off each year, as needed. Employees receive 1 personal day off, as scheduled by their employer. Employees can also apply for an unpaid leave of absence.
Knight Piésold's employee engagement program is rated as average. Employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months. 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 recognizes exceptional performance through an annual performance bonus pool, which employees may choose to convert to additional paid leave days. Knight Piésold sponsors its own in-house employee satisfaction survey. (Surveys are conducted every 12 months).
Training & Skills Development
Knight Piésold'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 $1,000 in subsidies). Knight Piésold also provides subsidies for professional accreditations; formal mentoring program; in-house training programs; online training programs; online employee skills inventory; new employee orientation program; and a global career development program, which allows transfers between Knight's global offices.
Knight Piésold's community involvement program is rated as very good. Knight Piésold and its employees support a variety of local and national charitable organizations. Employees take part in the selection of charitable groups assisted each year. Approximately 20 charitable and community organizations were supported last year. Employees at the North Bay office have participated in the Patrick4Life Walk/Run for seven years.
Employees, friends and their families participate in the Vancouver Sun Run to promote health and fitness.
Vancouver office collects toys and food for the Metro Vancouver Food Bank and Toy Bureau.
North Bay employees raise money for the Santa Fund, a charity that helps local families during the holidays (food and toys) The company matches donations as well.
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