Designer, developer and manufacturer of advanced electronic controls among country’s best places to work for 2015
Etratech Inc., a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of advanced electronic controls and control systems for major multinational companies, is proud to announce it has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Small and Medium Employers for 2015. Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, Etratech was established in 1989 and employs more than 360 people worldwide.There are 126 full-time staff employed at the headquarters facility in Burlington.
Now entering its third year, Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers recognizes SMEs with exceptional workplaces and forward-thinking human resource policies. Employers are evaluated on the same eight criteria as the larger Canada’s Top 100 Employers project: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement.
To determine eligibility, the Top 100 editors follow the SME definition used by Statistics Canada, limiting the competition to private-sector companies with under 500 employees. “Small and medium enterprises play a very significant role in Canada’s economy,” says Tony Meehan, Publisher at Mediacorp. More than 90% of the Canadians who work in the private sector are employed by SMEs, which were responsible for three-quarters of new jobs created in Canada over the past decade. “It’s important for Canadians to learn what the most innovative SME offer and to realize that smaller employers are capable of doing remarkable things for their employees.” This year’s Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers were announced in a special magazine in The Globe and Mail on Tuesday, March 10.
“To be recognized as a top employer in Canada is a tremendous honour” said Etratech Inc.’s CEO Michael Desnoyers. “We strive to provide our employees with a friendly workplace that supports creativity and growth.” From welcoming dogs at the office to offering subsidies for transportation and education, Etratech is dedicated to keeping its staff engaged and happy.
Etratech also believes in its staff, and is committed to helping current employees discover career paths within the organization. A company-wide Emerging Leaders Program helps prepare team members for even more responsibilities. Long-time employee Leah Macquire graduated from an internal professional development program and now serves as a team leader. “We’re absolutely empowered,” Macquire says. “Every day, I can make a decision that makes a difference. That can be very motivational when you see the results from your suggestions. And it drives you to do it again.”
Desnoyers recognizes that he has the Etratech team to thank for today’s honour. “Without ouremployees, we would not be around today,” he says. “Everyone here is valued for what they do, respected for what they say.”