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As a recent host to the Winter Olympics, and frequent location for television and films, Vancouver has its share of exhilirating and interesting jobs. Learn more about the companies in Vancouver that give employees the best of both worlds: meaningful work and a chance for that elusive "work/life balance".
The following list is based on that done by the publishers of BC's Top Employers, which profiles top companies in British Columbia.
Next Level Games
Video game companies are sometimes known for overworking their creative personnel, and overturn can be high. Recent economic contractions have been especially hard on some game design companies, but Next Level Games in Vancouver bucks the trend. The locally-owned company offers three weeks of paid vacation to new employees, paid vacation at Christmas, flexible hours, company shares, gym memberships, and other perks that keep its talented workforce working hard.
This award-winning hotel on Vancouver Island's west coast -- in Tofino -- is a bit remote, but it uses its location near Chesterman Beach and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve to its advantage.
Outdoor lovers who work at the hotel enjoy surfing, hiking, fishing, as well as the community of employees. The inn is a good place for new hospitality management professionals, as it offers encouragement, a quick road to promotion, and employee education. Fully paid health benefits and flexible scheduling round out the attractions for employees.
Founded in 2000 in Vancouver, internet marketing company 6S Marketing is now one of the largest internet marketing firms in Canada. The company attracts top talent in search engine marketing, and boasts a company culture that values teamwork, respect, professional growth, and philanthropy. A healthy work/life balance helps foster employee satisfaction and respect.
Mountain Equipment Co-Op
This co-op retailer of outdoor and wildnerness gear employs over 580 employees in Canada, and nearly 200 in British Columbia and the Vancouver area alone.
Benefits to employees include career development, training, parental leave, loan programs, matching RSP plans (similar to 401(K)'s), and more. The company keeps salaries competitive, and new employees receive 3 weeks of vacation after their first year, along with 12 paid sick days. The company also supports a variety of local and national charities, and is active in conservation.
City of Vancouver
The City of Vancouver has been in the spotlight recently, as host to the 2010 Winter Olympics. The city -- with over 9,900 employees -- gets credit for "walking the talk" of fitness, as it provides discounted passes to employees for access to all pools, rinks and fitness centers managed by the city's parks board.
The City offers flexible scheduling and telecommuting options to employees, and encourages employee education via in-house training and subsidies for classes at outside schools. Health benefits are rated as very good, and include on-site daycare and employer-paid premiums.