Manitoba Lotteries Corporation
Manitoba Lotteries Corporation employees volunteering
Chosen as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers 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 Lotteries
was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013
- invests in ongoing employee development with subsidies for tuition and professional accreditation, financial bonuses for some course completion, and even manages an academic scholarship program for children of employees who attend post-secondary institutions (to $1,000 per child)
- is a pioneer in implementing environmental considerations into its business model, starting with the appointment of an Sustainable Development Coordinator to oversee all of its environmental initiatives
- supports new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments (to 93% of salary for 17 weeks) as well as parental top-up for adoptive parents
- helps employees prepare for life after work through retirement planning workshops, phased-in work options and contributions to a defined benefit pension plan
- long serving employees receive up to six weeks of paid vacation and the company considers previous work experience when setting individual vacation entitlement
Manitoba Lotteries Corporation (MLC) is a Crown corporation responsible for providing gaming-related entertainment and services in Manitoba.
MLC is regulated by the Manitoba Gaming Control Commission and is one of the largest full-service lottery providers in Canada, employing over 1,700 full- and part-time employees. The corporation owns and operates Club Regent and McPhillips Station Casinos in Winnipeg as well as the Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) network throughout the province. Manitoba Lotteries also distributes and sells tickets for lotteries operated by the Western Canada Lottery Corporation and the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation.
Industry: Other Gambling Industries.
Major Canadian hiring locations: Winnipeg MB, Morris MB.
Revenues: $332 million.
Full-time employees in Canada: 1,307.
Part-time employees in Canada: 387.
Workforce engaged on a contract basis: 0.6%.
Number of applications received at this location last year: 7,808.
Average age of all employees: 42.1.
Longest serving employee: 36 years.
Manitoba Lotteries' physical workplace is rated as very good. MLC's corporate campus consists of three buildings situated on the city's west side. The suburban location is close to the Winnipeg International Airport as well as the Canad Inn Stadium, home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Inside, the head office features an employee lounge (with comfortable seating, music, television, board games, computers, artwork, magazines and daily newspapers); onsite cafeteria (with healthy menus and subsidized meals); outdoor eating area and barbecue; free coffee and tea; self-serve lunchroom; transit subsidies; free parking; and shower facilities for bicycle commuters.
Work Atmosphere & Communications
Manitoba Lotteries' work atmosphere is rated as exceptional. On the job, employees enjoy business casual dress; can listen to music while working; employee sports teams; organized social events. The employee social committee organizes a variety of social events throughout the year, including a summer family picnic, family fishing derby and an annual holiday party that is hosted on day the casino is closed, in order to ensure employee availability. Employees are kept up to date on company developments through a variety of mediums, including a unique "Lunch with the President" initiative; company newsletter; corporate intranet site; traditional suggestion box; email suggestion box.
Financial Benefits & Compensation
Manitoba Lotteries' financial benefits are rated as above-average. To keep salaries competitive the company participates in outside salary surveys every 6 months. Individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months. Manitoba Lotteries also offers signing bonuses for some employees; defined benefit pension with employer contributions (up to 5.6% of salary); life & disability insurance; retirement planning assistance; phased-in retirement work options; interest-free loans for computer purchase; a variety of food and beverage (except alcohol) discounts at all casinos across the province; and complimentary tickets for the Casino's main stage entertainment available to some employees.
Health & Family-Friendly Benefits
Manitoba Lotteries' health and family benefits are rated as average. The corporation's health benefits is managed by Manitoba Blue Cross. 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 ($325 every 2 years); traditional medicine coverage; employee assistance (EAP) plan; medical equipment and supplies; physiotherapy. Manitoba Lotteries' family-friendly benefits include (adoptive top-up is only for adoptive mothers); 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. Additional family-friendly benefits include; post-secondary academic scholarships for children of employees; flexible working hours; shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay); compressed work week; and compassionate leave top-up of 100% of salary for up to 6 days.
Vacation & Personal Time-Off
Manitoba Lotteries' vacation and personal time-off are rated as average. New employees receive 2 weeks of vacation allowance after their first year. Vacation increases after 2 years on the job. Long-serving employees receive a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation each year. Employees receive 7 paid sick days every year. Employees can schedule 7 personal days off each year, as needed. Employees can also apply for an unpaid leave of absence.
Manitoba Lotteries' employee engagement program is rated as above-average. Employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months. 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 corporation manages a formal Employee Rewards and Recognition Program (ERRP) in order to recognize exceptional performance, employee suggestions for improvement, years of service, outstanding attendance, and volunteerism in the community. Employees earn ERRP points that may be redeemed for retail gift cards. Manitoba Lotteries hires an outside consultant to conduct confidential employee satisfaction and engagement surveys. (These surveys are held every 24 months).
Training & Skills Development
Manitoba Lotteries' 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 75% of non-related tuition). MLC also supports employee 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; career and employment coaches and training rooms at each casino.
Manitoba Lotteries' community involvement program is rated as above-average. The corporation is involved in several local charitable organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters Manitoba, Children's Rehabilitation Centre, and the Manitoba Schizophrenia. Employees take part in the selection of charitable groups assisted each year. Last year, employees donated over 6,342 hours volunteering with charitable projects. Approximately 700 charitable and community organizations were supported last year. The corporation created the Manitoba Lotteries Habitat for Humanity Legacy program, allowing employees to volunteer their time to helping the organization build homes for potential homeowners. The program was created three years ago, and 24 homes have been built since, with employees volunteering over 3,400 hours. Manitoba Lotteries also established a Legacy Build program, a unique $5 million dollar fund to help increase the building capability of Habitat for Humanity organizations throughout the province. 2.65.
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