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Bell Canada employees volunteering at the Montréal en Lumière Festival

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Bell Canada was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) and Montreal's Top Employers (2016):

  • Bell Canada created the national "Let's Talk" initiative to support mental health awareness initiatives across Canada (a total commitment of over $100 million) and also encourages employees to get involved in their communities with matching charitable donations as well as financial donations to charities where employees volunteer their time (up to $2,500)
  • Bell Canada invests in the development of the next generation, hiring more than 1,000 summer and co-op students in the past two years -- the company also offers three rotational programs for new graduates, which range from 18 months to 3 years in length
  • Bell Canada's head office employees are encouraged to keep fit with subsidized memberships to an onsite fitness facility, which features instructor-led classes (including Zumba and spinning) as well as the services of nutritionists, massage therapists and physiotherapists

Employer Background

Industry Communications
Publicly traded yes
Parent company BCE Inc.
Parent company head office Montreal QC
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 3.6%
Average age of employees in Canada 42
Longest serving employee 49.5 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features physical workplace and amenities vary by office location, LEED-certified head office, telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, television, pool table, foosball table
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (spinning, Zumba), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, nutritionist, massage therapist, physiotherapist
Other nearby amenities Dawson Community Centre, tennis club, fitness club, Parc de l'esplanade de la pointe nord, Domaine St. Paul & Lac Des Battures, cours du fleuve park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, spa, bowling, indoor soccer, golf course

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Company organized social events yes
Recent social events each of Bell's departments organize dedicated social events and celebrations throughout the year, including an offsite event at Mont Tremblant, annual barbecues, a scavenger hunt, holiday celebrations and a bowling tournament, to name a few, employee sports teams and clubs such as baseball, hockey, chess and bowling
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications quarterly town hall meetings, Bell Wiki

Financial Benefits & Compensation

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,500) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance, discounted auto lease rates, subsidized home internet

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, nutrition planning, podiatrist, chiropractor
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $15,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 67% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 67% of salary for 12 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 67% of salary for 12 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, daycare centre onsite
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave maximum 36 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 1 month

Employee Engagement & Performance

Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, each business unit at Bell has a formal recognition program and presents awards to employees each quarter, Bravo Award program to recognize remarkable achievements and performance, President's Wallet Program to commemorate employee retirement
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, tuition subsidies related to job
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs Women at Bell development programs, language diversity training, graduate leadership programs, designated CPA training office

Community Involvement

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 337,000 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 955 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Kids Help Phone, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, United Way, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Backpackers for Kids Program
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Bell's Let's Talk mental health initiative is one of the largest commitments to mental health in Canada, with a total commitment of over $100 million. Employees support many of the program's initiatives, including the annual Bell Let's Talk Day, a high-profile campaign to reduce stigma and raise more funds to fight mental illness. On Bell Let's Talk Day, Bell donates an additional 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for every text, mobile and long distance call by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers, tweets using the #BellLetsTalk and Facebook shares of the Bell Let's Talk image.

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