World Vision Canada employees participating in the annual Polar Bear dip
Chosen as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, Canada's Top Family-Friendly 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 World Vision Canada
was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013
- offers maternity and parental leave top-up payments to employees who are new mothers (to 80% of salary for 27 weeks) as well as parental leave top-up payments for new fathers and adoptive parents (to 80% of salary for 12 weeks)
- helps employees balance their work and personal lives with a variety of alternative work arrangements including flexible hours, shortened and compressed work week options, and telecommuting
- encourages ongoing employee development with tuition subsidies for courses at outside institutions as well as a variety of in-house and online training programs
- works with employees to create career development plans that are designed to help employees realize long-term opportunities within the organization -- and provides employees with the opportunity to travel to locations where World Vision operates to see the impact of their efforts
- prepares employees for life after work with retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options and contributions to a defined contribution pension plan
- in addition to three weeks paid vacation to start, employees can also earn a little extra time-off through a formal earned days-off program
World Vision is Canada's largest private relief and development agency, sponsoring over half a million children around the world.
Established in 1957, the charitable organization's primary objectives are as follows: transformational development that is community-based and sustainable, focusing especially on the needs of children; emergency relief and assisting people afflicted by conflict or disaster; the promotion of justice that seeks to change unjust structures affecting the poor; partnerships with churches to contribute to spiritual and social transformation; and public awareness that leads to informed understanding, giving, involvement, and prayer.
Industry: Other Social Advocacy Organizations.
Major Canadian hiring locations: Mississauga ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC.
Revenues: $416 million.
Parent company: World Vision International.
Full-time at this location: 422.
Full-time employees in Canada: 442.
New jobs created in Canada last year: 4.
Part-time employees in Canada: 63.
Workforce engaged on a contract basis: 9%.
Number of applications received at this location last year: 8,240.
Average age of all employees: 42.
Longest serving employee: 39 years.
World Vision Canada's physical workplace is rated as very good. The charitable organization's three storey head office features a one storey auditorium and large skylight, which fills the building with natural light. Located in a suburban environment, the head office is situated within an easy distance of all major highways and offers commuters free onsite parking. Additional features of the head office include an employee lounge (with comfortable seating, television, table tennis and floor to ceiling windows); religious observance room; secure bicycle parking; free parking; self-serve lunchroom (with microwave, toaster, and refrigerator); free coffee and tea; outdoor patio/deck; and onsite shower facilities. The office is also within minutes of several amenities including Meadowvale Conservation Area, Derrydale Golf Club, LA Fitness, Heartland Mall, and Square One.
Work Atmosphere & Communications
World Vision Canada's work atmosphere is rated as very good. On the job, employees enjoy business casual dress; casual dress Fridays; can listen to music while working. World Vision Canada also hosts a variety of paid social events including a Christmas celebration, children's Christmas party, summer barbecue picnic with the President and senior leadership, and service awards for staff recognition. Employees are kept up-to-date about company developments and provide direct feedback through frequent lunch and learn sessions; town hall style meetings; President and Vice President's blogs; company newsletter; corporate intranet site; traditional suggestion box; email suggestion box.
Financial Benefits & Compensation
World Vision Canada's financial benefits are rated as very good. To keep salaries competitive the company participates in outside salary surveys every 24 months. Individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months. In addition to ensuring competitive compensation, World Vision provides defined contribution pension plan with employer contributions (up to 6% of salary); new employee referral bonuses (to $250 for some positions); life & disability insurance; subsidized home Internet access; retirement planning assistance; phased-in retirement work options; computer purchase plan with interest free loans; and discounts on home and auto Insurance, as well as family discounts to area amusement parks, including Great Wolf Lodge, Canda's Wonderland, and Ontario Place.
Health & Family-Friendly Benefits
World Vision Canada's health and family benefits are rated as above-average. World Vision's health benefits plan is managed by Great West Life. As part of the health plan, the employer pays 85% 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. The basic plan includes routine dental; restorative dental; eyecare ($250 every 2 years); traditional medicine coverage; alternative medicine coverage; fertility treatment medications; employee assistance (EAP) plan; medical equipment and supplies; massage therapy; travel insurance. The organization's family-friendly benefits include; maternity top-up payments (to 80% of salary for 27 weeks); parental leave top-up for new fathers (to 80% of salary for 12 weeks); parental leave top-up for adoptive parents (to 80% of salary for 12 weeks); health benefits during maternity and parental leave; extended unpaid parental leave option (beyond the first year). Additional family-friendly benefits include; compassionate top-up payment (to 80% of salary for 8 weeks) while caring for a family member; flexible working hours; shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay); compressed work week; telecommuting; earned days off (EDO) program.
Vacation & Personal Time-Off
World Vision Canada'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 7 years on the job. Long-serving employees receive a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation each year. Employees receive 10 paid sick days every year. Employees can schedule 1 personal day off each year, as needed. Employees can also apply for an unpaid leave of absence.
World Vision Canada's employee engagement program is rated as very good. Employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 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. As part of the review process employees can provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance. Exit interviews are provided for departing employees. World Vision also recognizes its longest serving employees through long service awards, starting after five years on the job and every five years of employment thereafter. World Vision Canada sponsors its own in-house employee satisfaction survey. (Surveys are conducted every 12 months).
Training & Skills Development
World Vision Canada's 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 50% of non-related tuition). In addition to tuition subsidies, World Vision provides subsidies for professional accreditations; formal mentoring program; career planning services; in-house training programs; online training programs; online employee skills inventory. World Vision implements development plans, allowing employees to identify development opportunities that address current role requirements as well as gaps in current skills, knowledge, and experience needed to prepare employees for future careers within the organization. The organization recently introduced an internal secondment policy that encourages employees to try-out a new role (for up to six months) within the organization while having their position held for them. Development plans are initiated on an annual basis by managers. The organization also provides employees with an opportunity to travel to areas in which World Vision operates to witness the impact of their work.
World Vision Canada's community involvement program is rated as exceptional. Beyond the organization's raison d'etre, World Vision and its employees actively support a variety of local, national and international charitable organizations. Employees take part in the selection of charitable groups assisted each year. Employees receive paid time off to volunteer with their favourite charitable organizations. Approximately 67 charitable and community organizations were supported last year. World Vision participates in training and development with other NGO's, sharing expertise, ideas, and practices. The charitable organization also partners with a number of post-secondary institutions to provide education about international development and operates several community initiatives throughout Canada to combat poverty.
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