Toronto International Film Festival employees
Chosen as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers and Greater Toronto's Top Employers for 2013:
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors
(Oct 9, 2012)
Some of the reasons why TIFF
was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013
- recently moved into the custom built "Bell Lightbox" centre, which is located in the heart of the city's entertainment district and is a film lovers paradise with five in-house cinemas, film reference library and learning studios
- offers employees free passes to the Toronto International Film Festival as well as access to film screenings and lectures throughout the year
- provides compassionate leave top-up payments to employees who are called upon to care for a loved one (to 100% of salary for 1 week)
- encourages ongoing employee development through tuition subsidies for courses related to their position, career planning services, internship opportunities, and in-house training programs
- supports employees who are new mothers with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 100% of salary for 25 weeks) as well as health benefits that extend through their leave
- also provides parental leave top-up payments to new fathers and adoptive parents (to 100% of salary for 25 weeks)
Toronto International Film Festival Inc. / TIFF is a non-profit organization devoted to celebrating excellence in film.
Founded in 1976 by a group of spirited volunteers, TIFF's annual fall festival, The Toronto International Film Festival, has grown to become one of the world's premiere film festivals, recognized as second only to Cannes. In addition to its marquee ten day event, TIFF has grown to become an all year celebration of film. Today, TIFF hosts a variety of cinema programs and events across Canada and around the world. The Festival sponsors a number of specialized film initiatives, including: the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children and Youth; Film Circuit (which includes Canadian and international film screenings in over 160 communities across the country); TIFF Cinematheque (a year-round screening programme for classics and contemporary art-house films); Canada's Top Ten awards (that celebrate the best Canadian features and short films of the year; Reel Talk (which includes previews of upcoming films); and The Film Reference Library (which holds the world's most extensive English language collection of Canadian film-related material and available to students, academics and film buffs alike).
Industry: Motion Picture Theaters (except Drive-Ins).
Revenues: $32 million.
Full-time employees in Canada: 149.
New jobs created in Canada last year: 4.
Part-time employees in Canada: 100.
Workforce engaged on a contract basis: 50%.
Number of applications received at this location last year: 13,863.
Average age of all employees: 34.
Longest serving employee: 25 years.
TIFF's physical workplace is rated as above-average. To accommodate its spectacular success and growth, TIFF recently moved to the spectacular new "Bell Lightbox" centre. The Festival's new home includes over 153,000 square feet of multi-use space and is located in the heart of the city's rapidly developing entertainment district. In addition to office space, the custom-built facility features a spectacular three-storey atrium, five cinemas, two galleries, three learning studios and the film reference library. In addition to working inside one of this country's most unique workplaces, employees also enjoy an employee lounge (with comfortable seating); a separate volunteer lounge; a private staff sceening room; wellness room (that can also be used for prayer); free coffee and tea; onsite café and Oliver Bonacini restaurant; religious observance room; secure bicycle parking; shower facilities, and direct streetcar in front of the building and nearby subway access.
Work Atmosphere & Communications
TIFF's work atmosphere is rated as above-average. On the job, employees enjoy casual dress daily; can listen to music while working; organized social events. The employee-led "TIFF Social Committee" organizes a variety of events for employees throughout the year, including an evening holiday party during the Christmas season, monthly pub nights, a post festival wrap party in late September, a movie industry-themed Halloween party, and the unique "Canadians Not in Cannes" party for employees who stay behind during the Cannes Film Festival. Throughout the year, employees can provide feedback and are kept informed about new developments through a company newsletter; corporate intranet site; email suggestion box.
Financial Benefits & Compensation
TIFF's financial benefits are rated as average. To keep salaries competitive the company participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months. Individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months. TIFF also provides year-end bonuses for all employees; generous year-end bonuses (to $19,500), depending on the position; matching RSP contributions (up to 5% of salary); life & disability insurance; employee passes to the Toronto International Film Festival (including the opening gala); advance tickets to public movie screenings; and discounts on food and beverages at TIFF events.
Health & Family-Friendly Benefits
TIFF's health and family benefits are rated as above-average. The company's health benefits plan is managed by Sun Life Financial Group. As part of the health plan, the employer pays 100% of the premiums. Employees who work 28 hours per week receive coverage. The maximum waiting period for new employees is 90 days. Family coverage is available on the health benefits plan. The basic plan includes routine dental; restorative dental; eyecare ($200 every 2 years); traditional medicine coverage; alternative medicine coverage; employee assistance (EAP) plan; medical equipment and supplies; massage therapy; homecare; travel insurance. TIFF's family-friendly benefits include: maternity top-up payments (to 100% of salary for 25 weeks); parental leave top-up for new fathers (to 100% of salary for 25 weeks); parental leave top-up for adoptive parents (to 100% of salary for 25 weeks); health benefits during maternity and parental leave; compassionate top-up payment (to 100% of salary for 1 week) while caring for a family member; flexible working hours; shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay); and a formal overtime policy.
Vacation & Personal Time-Off
TIFF's vacation and personal time-off are rated as average. New employees receive 2 weeks of vacation allowance after their first year. Vacation increases after 3 years on the job. Long-serving employees receive a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation each year. Employees can schedule 8 personal days off each year, as needed. Employees can also apply for an unpaid leave of absence. (Some employee groups start with 3 weeks paid vacation after their first year).
TIFF's employee engagement program is rated as above-average. 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. Exit interviews are provided for departing employees. At the annual review meetings, employees and managers work together to set development goals for the upcoming year and follow-up with informal mid-year reviews to monitor progress. TIFF sponsors its own in-house employee satisfaction survey. (Surveys are conducted every 12 months); TIFF hires an outside consultant to conduct confidential employee satisfaction and engagement surveys. (These surveys are held every 12 months).
Training & Skills Development
TIFF's training and skills development program is rated as very good. Employees receive tuition subsidies for courses related to their position. (Employer covers up to 100% of tuition). TIFF also supports ongoing employee development with subsidies for professional accreditations; career planning services; in-house training programs; online training programs; new employee orientation program; paid and unpaid internship programs.
TIFF's community involvement program is rated as average. In addition to its support for local film festivals, TIFF operates a tightly focuse community outreach program for youth that is spearheaded by the employee-led "NextWave Youth Committee". The goal of the new initiative is to bring film-related events to youth across Toronto, bring those youth to the Bell Lightbox for unique events and experiences in film.
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