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 Winnipeg Airports Authority
was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013
- encourages employees to stay healthy with free memberships to an onsite fitness facility physical work and provides discounts at airport restaurants and retail outlets
- helps older employees prepare for life after work with retirement planning workshops, contributions to a defined benefit pension plan, and health benefits that extend into retirement, with no age limit
- starts new employees at three weeks paid vacation allowance, in addition to personal paid days-off
- encourages ongoing employee development through tuition subsidies for courses related to their position, in-house apprenticeship opportunities, career planning services, and in-house and online training programs
- provides maternity leave top-up payments to employees who are new mothers (to 93% of salary for 15 weeks) followed by parental leave top-up payments for 17 weeks
- also supports employees who are new fathers or adoptive parents with parental leave top-up payments (to 93% of salary for 17 weeks)
Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc. manages the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.
With roots dating back to 1928, the Winnipeg Airports Authority was established in 1997, when control of the airport was transferred from Transport Canada to Authority. Today, the community-based non share capital corporation continues to oversee the day-to-day operations of the airport, from air terminal operations to airfield maintenance to emergency response services. The Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is one of Canada's busiest terminals, handling over 3.3 million passengers every year, as well as being one of Canada's most important airports for overnight all-cargo activity.
Industry: Other Airport Operations.
Major Canadian hiring locations: Winnipeg MB.
Revenues: $81 million.
Full-time employees in Canada: 150.
Part-time employees in Canada: 8.
Number of applications received at this location last year: 832.
Average age of all employees: 47.
Longest serving employee: 37 years.
Winnipeg Airports Authority's physical workplace is rated as above-average. The Winnipeg Airports Authority's office is conveniently located close to the highway and situated less than 10 minutes from downtown Winnipeg. The office tower is part of the airport terminal, which includes an observation lounge with great views of the runway, take-offs and landings of commercial aircrafts. The property is within minutes of several amenities including Assiniboine Park, Omands Creek, the St. James Civic Centre and Britannia School Field. Inside, the building features onsite fitness facility (with free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, rowing machines, weights, television, and shower facilities); employee lounge (with comfortable seating and television); religious observance room; secure bicycle parking; free parking; outdoor patio and barbecue, self-serve lunchroom and discounts at airport restaurants and retail stores. Employees can also take advantage of discounted room rates at the airport hotel.
Work Atmosphere & Communications
Winnipeg Airports Authority's work atmosphere is rated as very good. On the job, employees enjoy business casual dress; casual dress daily; casual dress Fridays; can listen to music while working; employee sports teams; organized social events. Operating since 1997, the company-subsidized social committee (the WAA Social Club) organizes social events throughout the year including a Christmas party, employee golf tournaments, retirement parties, potluck lunches, pancake breakfasts, and cookie days, to name a few. Employees can provide feedback and are kept up-to-date throughout the year via a corporate intranet site; traditional suggestion box; email suggestion box.
Financial Benefits & Compensation
Winnipeg Airports Authority's 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. The Authority also offers year-end bonuses for some employees; defined benefit pension plan; life & disability insurance; retirement planning assistance; discounted company products and year-end bonuses for some employees.
Health & Family-Friendly Benefits
Winnipeg Airports Authority's health and family benefits are rated as above-average. The Authority'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. The maximum waiting period for new employees is 90 days. Family coverage is available on the health benefits plan. Retiree coverage is also available on the health plan, with no age limit. 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 Authority's family-friendly benefits include; maternity top-up payments (to 93% of salary for 32 weeks); parental leave top-up for new fathers (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; compressed work week; telecommuting.
Vacation & Personal Time-Off
Winnipeg Airports Authority'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 6 weeks of vacation each year. Employees receive 15 paid sick days every year. Employees can schedule 5 personal days off each year, as needed. Employees can also apply for an unpaid leave of absence.
Winnipeg Airports Authority'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. The Authority manages a suggestion recognition program to reward employees for their unique suggestions, as well as an incentive-based program for its non-union employees. Winnipeg Airports Authority sponsors its own in-house employee satisfaction survey. (Surveys are conducted every 3 months); Winnipeg Airports Authority hires an outside consultant to conduct confidential employee satisfaction and engagement surveys. (These surveys are held every 24 months).
Training & Skills Development
Winnipeg Airports Authority'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). The Authority also supports ongoing employee development through subsidies for professional accreditations; in-house apprenticeship and skilled trades programs; career planning services; in-house training programs; online training programs; new employee orientation program; formal management training program.
Winnipeg Airports Authority's community involvement program is rated as average. The Authority supports a variety of local charitable organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Grow a Garden for Winnipeg Harvest and the United Way fundraising campaign. Employees receive paid time off to volunteer with their favourite charitable organizations. Last year, employees donated over 250 hours volunteering with charitable projects.
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