Manitoba Hydro employee
Chosen as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 and Manitoba's Top Employers for 2013:
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors
(Oct 9, 2012)
Some of the reasons why Manitoba Hydro
was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013
- encourages ongoing employee development through subsidies for tuition and professional accreditation and a wide range of in-house and online training programs -- employees may also apply for an educational leave of absence after four years of employment
- in addition to personal paid days off, new employees start at three weeks of paid vacation allowance, working toward a maximum of seven weeks paid vacation -- the company also considers an individual's previous work experience when setting annual vacation entitlements
- active since the 1950's, the company's social committee organizes numerous fun events every year and helps to manage a number of sports leagues, including a 10 team baseball league as well as a curling and hockey league
- a centrally located head office that features quiet rooms available for napping or religious observance, roof top terraces, six-storey glass atrium and a 24-metre waterfall that moderates humidity
- support employees who are new mothers or adoptive parents with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 93% of salary for 17 weeks) and offers a variety of flexible work options for when they return to work
- helps prepare older employees for life after work through retirement planning workshops and helps them save for the future with contributions to a defined benefit pension plan
- an important member of communities throughout the province, Manitoba Hydro appointed a Northern Aboriginal Employee Counsellor to provide support to Aboriginal employees and promotes awareness of Aboriginal culture throughout the company -- and also works with Manitoba Labour and Immigration to help fast-track employees who require foreign credential assessment and incorporates foreign credentials when determining pay grades for new employees
Manitoba Hydro is the province's energy utility, that generates and exports electricity to wholesale markets in Canada and the mid-western United States.
As one of the country's greenest energy producers, virtually all (98 percent) of its electricity is generated from renewable water power from its hydroelectric generating stations, which are located along the Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Nelson and Laurie rivers. Established in 1951, the provincial Crown corporation today serves over half a million customers throughout Manitoba and is also a major distributor of natural gas, delivering to over 270,000 customers in nearly 100 communities across the province. As a Crown corporation, Manitoba Hydro is governed through the Manitoba-Hydro-Electric Board with members appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council.
Industry: Hydroelectric Power Generation.
Major Canadian hiring locations: Winnipeg MB, Brandon MB, Selkirk MB, Thompson MB, Gillam MB.
Revenues: $2,019 million.
Full-time employees in Canada: 5,980.
New jobs created in Canada last year: 21.
Part-time employees in Canada: 205.
Number of applications received at this location last year: 7,582.
Average age of all employees: 42.9.
Longest serving employee: 56.4 years.
Manitoba Hydro's physical workplace is rated as above-average. The corporation's 22-storey office tower is situated in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, minutes away from the Winnipeg Convention Centre, Globe Theatre, and Millennium Library. The building features three six-storey glass atriums, which function as solar collectors and air exchangers, a 24-metre waterfall that moderates humidity, and an original art collection that includes over 175 original pieces representing 52 Manitoban artists. The building also operates green roofs and uses prairie plants to convert carbon dioxide to oxygen. Inside, the office features an employee lounge (with comfortable seating); secure bicycle parking; transit subsidies; quiet rooms available for napping or religious observance; roof top terraces; outdoor patio/deck and barbecue; and a self-serve lunchroom. The building is connected to the city's skywalk system and is a short distance to Air Canada Window Park, Graham Grove, and the downtown river walk, a trail which runs along the Assiniboine River. Manitoba Hydro also hosts instructor-led classes (cardio, yoga, and pilates) in the atrium of the building.
Work Atmosphere & Communications
Manitoba Hydro'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; organized social events. The corporation operates a volunteer social committee called the "Manitoba Hydro Social and Recreation Committee", which is responsible for organizing a variety of employee-paid events including a curling league, slow pitch league, hockey league, choir, bowling, discounts to local sporting/entertainment events, and a children's Christmas Party. Employees are kept up-to-date on company developments through a company newsletter; corporate intranet site.
Financial Benefits & Compensation
Manitoba Hydro's financial benefits are rated as above-average. Individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months. In addition to ensuring competitive compensation, Manitoba Hydro offers defined benefit pension plan; life & disability insurance; retirement planning assistance; shift premium pay rates (for additional hours worked during emergencies and when needed); and employees working in certain northern locations are eligible to receive a Northern Allowance and housing allowance.
Health & Family-Friendly Benefits
Manitoba Hydro's health and family benefits are rated as very good. Manitoba Hydro's health benefits plans are managed by Blue Cross and Claimsecure. As part of the health plan, the employer pays 100% of the premiums. The maximum waiting period for new employees is 120 days. Family coverage is available on the health benefits plan. The basic plan includes routine dental; restorative dental; orthodontics; eyecare ($400 every 2 years); traditional medicine coverage; employee assistance (EAP) plan; healthclub subsidy (to $250 each year); medical equipment and supplies; physiotherapy; massage therapy; travel insurance. The corporation's family-friendly benefits include: maternity top-up payments (to 93% of salary for 17 weeks); parental leave top-up for adoptive parents (to 93% of salary for 17 weeks); health benefits during maternity and parental leave; extended unpaid parental leave option (beyond the first year). Additional family-friendly benefits include: flexible working hours; shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay); compressed work week; telecommuting; earned days off (EDO) program; and a self-funded leave of absence program.
Vacation & Personal Time-Off
Manitoba Hydro's vacation and personal time-off are rated as above-average. New employees receive 3 weeks of vacation allowance after their first year. Vacation increases after 3 years on the job. Long-serving employees receive a maximum of 7 weeks of vacation each year. Employees receive 26 paid sick days every year. Employees can also apply for an unpaid leave of absence. Employees who have four years of continuous service may also apply for an educational leave of absence. All employees can dedicate up to 5 days of their sick leave for family care responsibilities.
Manitoba Hydro's employee engagement program is rated as average. Employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months. Managers receive training in how to conduct effective performance reviews. Exit interviews are provided for departing employees. Manitoba Hydro's performance management process is based on collaborative goal setting, employee development, and regular performance discussions in the context of the company's operational requirements and ten core competencies. The corporation encourages quarterly reviews with employees as well as offering an optional process to capture additional feedback from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work. Manitoba Hydro sponsors its own in-house employee satisfaction survey. (Surveys are conducted every 12 months).
Training & Skills Development
Manitoba Hydro's training and skills development program is rated as exceptional. Employees receive tuition subsidies for courses related to their position. (Employer pays up to $8,000 in subsidies). Employees may also receive tuition subsidies for courses unrelated to their current position. (Employer pays up to $1,000 in tuition subsidies). In addition to tuition subsidies, the company provides subsidies for professional accreditations; in-house apprenticeship and skilled trades programs; formal mentoring program; career planning services; in-house training programs; online training programs; online employee skills inventory; new employee orientation program. Manitoba Hydro operates a 38,000 square foot training centre, which offers programs for most power and gas utility related trades. The facility houses classrooms and shops in an industrial setting, with indoor and outdoor training areas.
Manitoba Hydro's community involvement program is rated as above-average. Manitoba Hydro and its employees support a variety of local and national charitable organizations. Employees take part in the selection of charitable groups assisted each year. Manitoba Hydro operates a volunteer-based Charitable Donations Committee, which is responsible for planning and executing charitable initiatives throughout the year. Blitz Week is one of the campaigns organized by the committee, and includes fund raising events such as barbecues and raffle draws. The company also encourages employees to donate to their favourite charities through a donation matching program. 2.59.
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