CSIS is proud to have been recognized once again, as one of Canada's top 100 employers and one of the National Capital Region's top 25 employers, in the annual competition sponsored by Mediacorp Canada Inc. The 2015 honor makes it the seventh year CSIS made the list of Canada's Top 100 Employers and the eighth year we made the National Capital Region's Top 25 Employers list.
The competition identifies companies and organizations that are industry leaders and offer exceptional working conditions and progressive human resources policies.
The selection process is overseen by a blue-ribbon academic advisory board that evaluates organizations using the following eight criteria: physical workplace; work and social atmosphere; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development and community involvement.
As one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, CSIS was recognized for:
- Commitment to ongoing professional development
CSIS provides tuition subsidies and accreditation for employees, as well as a variety of in-house and online training programs. CSIS also hosts an annual professional development day, giving employees an opportunity to explore and learn about the various career options.
- Investing in the education of future generations
For children of employees who wish to pursue post-secondary studies, CSIS provides an academic scholarship program.
- Providing excellent maternity and parental leave
New mothers can receive top-up payments (93% of salary for 52 weeks). There are also parental leave top-up payments for new fathers and adoptive parents (93% of salary for 37 weeks).
- Helping employees achieve a healthy work-life balance
Flexible hours; shortened and compressed work week options; and personal paid days off that can be scheduled throughout the year. Employees also have the option to take an unpaid leave of absence; extended unpaid education leave of absence; and even a self-funded leave of absence to allow for time-off with pay.
- Establishing the "Intergenerational Working Group"
In 2010, CSIS formed a group to better understand expectations and needs across all generations in the workplace.
- Advocating diversity and inclusion
CSIS has appointed diversity champions in all offices across Canada. Furthermore, CSIS organized its first annual diversity week in 2012 to encourage employees to reflect on their individual diversity and what they bring to the organization.
- Retirement Planning
CSIS helps senior employees prepare for life after work with retirement planning workshops, making contributions to a defined benefit pension plan as well as providing health benefit coverage that extends to retirement (with no age limit. Retired employees can also keep in-touch through a retiree social and professional representation committee, called the "Pillar Society."
With careers over 100 specializations, ranging from analysts, intelligence officers and IT specialists, CSIS provides an opportunity like no other.