SAS Canada named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers...again!

    
    Business analytics firm honored in both the national and greater Toronto
    listing
    

TORONTO, Oct. 19 /CNW/ - Once again, for the eighth consecutive year, SAS Canada, the leader in business analytics software and services, is one of Canada's Top 100 Employers. The software firm also found a place on the greater Toronto listing for the fourth year straight.

Now entering its 10th year and fourth year respectively, the Canada's Top 100 Employers and Greater Toronto's Top Employers competitions aim to determine which employers lead their industries in offering exceptional workplaces for their employees.

To develop this year's Top 100 list, Mediacorp examined the recruitment histories of over 75,000 employers across Canada that it tracks for its popular job search site, Eluta.ca. From this initial group, Mediacorp invited 16,000 of the fastest-growing employers to apply, plus another 8,000 companies and organizations in industries that it wanted to examine more closely. Employers completed an extensive application process that included a detailed review of their operations and HR practices. Over 2,600 employers started this year's application process. The final applicant pool was up 3.7% over last year's total, which was also a record.

"We've seen a change this year in the programs and benefits offered by the winning employers," says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. "Stability and continuity in workplace programs have become the dominant values, with the flashy extras taking a back-seat to traditional benefits that make a real difference in the lives of working Canadians."

Employers are evaluated by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers using eight criteria: (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. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.

"This recognition is a testament to the great company we work for," said Seta Kouyoumdjian, SAS Canada's Senior HR Director. "SAS' founder and CEO Dr. James Goodnight built an exemplary   management philosophy framework that is recognized globally and alive and well here at SAS Canada. Our employees are the key to the company's success, so we will continue to build upon our best practices to ensure we attain and retain the country's best employees."

View SAS Canada's profile and list score for here.

About SAS

SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions delivered within an integrated framework, SAS helps customers at more than 45,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world The Power to Know(R)

The Canadian subsidiary of SAS has been in operation for 21 years. Headquartered in Toronto, SAS employs 240 people across the country at its Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City and Montréal offices. www.sas.com

About Mediacorp

Now in its 10th year, Canada's Top 100 Employers competition recognizes employers that are industry leaders at attracting and retaining employees. The annual competition is organized by Mediacorp Canada Inc., the nation's largest publisher of employment-related periodicals and online directories. Since 1992, over one million of Mediacorp's job-hunting guides have been sold. Mediacorp also operates the popular job search engine, Eluta.ca, which lets job-seekers find new job postings - and verified information on perks and benefits - directly from thousands of employers across Canada. Last year, more than 3.8 million people used Eluta.ca, making it one of the nation's most-visited career sites. Each year, Mediacorp also organizes a policy-oriented conference on the Canada's Top 100 Employers project called the "Top Employer Summit", which is Canada's largest annual gathering of senior-level human resources professionals.

For the list of 2010 winners, please visit: http://www.CanadasTop100.com

SAS and all other SAS Institute Inc. product or service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of SAS Institute Inc. in the USA and other countries. (R) indicates USA registration. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies. Copyright (C) 2009 SAS Institute Inc. All rights reserved.

SOURCE SAS Canada

For further information: For further information: Editorial Contact: Suzanne Sprajcar, Suzanne.sprajcar@sas.com, (416) 301-4634; Visit the SAS Press Center www.sas.com/presscenter

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