Halton-Based Companies Make Prestigious Best Employers List in Canada


If you work for a company with headquarters in Oakville and Burlington, you might be happy to learn that there’s a chance your place of employment has been recognized by prestigious business publication Forbes as one of the best employers in the country.

The list is actually enormous and features 300 companies from across Canada, including Queen’s University, Microsoft, Google, Ubisoft, Costo, Parks Canada and more.

In terms of businesses with headquarters in Halton, the lucky companies that made the list include:

  • Siemens (Oakville; 8th overall)
  • Ikea (Burlington; 70th)

This is Ikea’s third straight year on the list.

IKEA is a place where down-to-earth, hard-working individuals can thrive and be successful” said IKEA Canada president Marsha Smith.

Last year, more than 2,200 staff joined IKEA Canada, bringing the total to more than 6,300 employees, or “co-workers,” as they’re called, across the country.

In 2017, IKEA implemented four-week scheduling for staff to better plan their lives and incorporate an enhanced work-life balance.

This year, IKEA is rolling out minimum hours for all staff, while also adding more full-time opportunities across units.

The company also introduced a new, more competitive Group RRSP program for co-workers, adding to its ‘total rewards’ offering which includes a performance-driven bonus program, the annual Tack! loyalty program, subsidized meals and a co-worker discount.

Diversity continues to be a focus, according to IKEA, “with a strong emphasis on gender balance - 55 per cent of IKEA co-workers and 53 per cent of managers are women.”

As far as the country’s top five companies go, Google scored the top spot and was followed by the Mississauga-based Kruger Products. The third spot on the list went to Hydro Quebec and the fourth and fifth place rankings went to SAP and the Vitalite Health Network.

As for how the ranking system works, Forbes collaborated with online statistics provider Statista to ask 8,000 Canadian employees working for large organizations to rate their willingness to recommend their company to others on a scale of 1 - 10. The employees surveyed were not contacted through their employers, but anonymously through “several online access panels.”

The top 300 employers, which represent 25 different industries, were highlighted based on those results.

Was your company on the list? Are you happy with the rankings?

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