I’m curious, I Just had a Canadian company reach out for a remote recruiter role. Upon asking them for their benefits package specially since they have no physical presence in the US, I was told they don’t share that unless they are closer to making an offer.

Is this normal ? Most US companies share their benefits package with pride usually upon your first meeting. What’s your take on this? Would you invest time interviewing and not knowing what kind of benefits you will get ?

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That is a bit odd. If anything, it would give me pause and make me wonder why they're not comfortable being upfront about it. If they have a great package, why not showcase it right out of the gate?

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If they don’t have a US entity it’s likely a misunderstanding. In Canada, the government coverage is decent (although long delays in treatment etc) so the benefits are just additional, fairly standard, and not often a big deal. Whomever you’re dealing with may need to be educated a bit on the difference and if they don’t give you the info you can always pass on the opportunity.

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We do not share the specifics of our benefits package nor has any company I’ve ever worked at previously until were at an offer stage. Many companies don’t want competitors getting their hands on their benefits packages.

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I’ve mostly worked in healthcare , I’ve always gotten a benefits package pdf it might not have the full specifics but at least detailed explanation on their health, dental, vision, 401k. And any other benefits they might offer.

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Absolutely, I have to build around benefits due to my family and my daughter's chronic conditions. The salary doesn't even compare to the benefits

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Absolutely! I build my compensation around that if I have $60-$100 per paycheck being taken for insurance i want to make sure the salary I’m requesting covers most of that.

What we consider “benefits” like healthcare and time off, is a little more standardized in Canada vs. the US. Not to mention different federal holidays (thanksgiving in October, for example). It’s possible that they don’t have something put together that would seem appealing to someone in the states. The same way you don’t want to waste time with interviews for what could be a trash offer in the end, they may not want to waste their time tailoring an appealing benefits package for one person who they may not even want in the end. You did the right thing. Probably not a good fit.

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They definitely have a hurdle to overcome because their goal is to hire a lot in the US, so understanding those differences is super important.

I'm in the US but it's surprising to me about companies being secretive about benefits. In the tech industry, I've never encountered this. Most companies I've interviewed with shared at least a summary if not more before the offer stage and have a summary or all the details on their websites.

My state actually starting in 2023 is requiring companies who hire here to disclose a salary range and benefits in job postings. I think this is great. It's an employee's world now.

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I agree! That’s exactly why I was surprised, I’ve always received a summary or guideline of benefits so to me it was a bit off. But I’m also understanding that there’s culture barrier, since things are done differently in Canada.

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Red flag. They’re trying to hook you before sharing that they have no US benefits or something.

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I'm a single young female so benefits arent as important to me as salaries

Vacation and paid time off are lol that’s part of benefits

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I think it depends on why you are looking in the first place. We don’t usually divulge the details of our benefit program until the individual gets hired but the summary of what benefits the company has can be shared.

The other side though may be that the company needs to work out how those benefits will apply to someone who is non Canadian. We have very different laws and they may still be trying to figure it out but also under the gun to find someone to fill the role.

It probably has to do with the differences in our countries. In Canada we have National Pension plans and healthcare plans so benefits aren’t as important for Canadians when accepting a job.

Correct! Which is why I asked the question, I don’t live in canada so if they are recruiting me in the US I go by US standards.

Benefits packages in Canada are still important but since we have universal health care, our benefits are more just the supplemental items like chiropractor, massage, travel insurance, life insurance, prescription meds, dental etc. Primary health care (Dr, hospital, diagnostics) are all covered under our provincial health care coverage plans.

If they don’t have a physical presence in the US, I do think it’s a fair question to ask what is their HR set up south of the border. Do they have other US-based employees?

Haha - I couldn’t answer that either 😂

Sounds like they haven’t done all their homework.

The Benefits part should be very important at this point because you are in US and your benefit needs are different from Canada. They should at least say what benefits they provide and if they are 100% employer paid.

I once made the mistake of not discussing benefits until the offer stage only to find out that the company doesn’t have RRSP match, no STD benefit, no training credits and their basic non-flexible benefits were even a 50-50 split!

That is very normal. I have never had a place tell me before an offer is made. It kind of stinks.

Where are you located? It’s not normal for me , which is why I wondered. I’ve always gotten a summary at least of their benefits. But I’ve gotten great insight here.

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