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Cameco Corporation
Cameco operators Christoper Meratsy and Dylan Smith installing the underground jet boring system at the company's Cigar Lake Mine

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

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

  • Cameco strongly encourages ongoing employee education and development through an impressive variety of in-house and online training programs along with apprenticeship opportunities, subsidies for tuition and professional education and paid educational leaves of absence
  • Cameco launched the exceptionally unique "Touchdown for Dreams" project in partnership with the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency and the Saskatchewan Roughriders -- the program was recently expanded and seeks to fulfill the wishes of up to ten women living with cancer each year, from cruise ship vacations to home renovations to the leasing of a Mustang convertible
Cameco employees from the company's onsite EMS team at Cigar Lake perform routine checks on an ambulance's medical supplies and equipment

Employer Background

Industry Uranium Mining
Publicly traded yes
Full-time employees in Canada 3,030
Part-time employees in Canada 87
Full-time employees worldwide 3,258
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 11.7%
Average age of employees in Canada 44.4
Longest serving employee 41 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features training centre with dedicated computer facility and two large training rooms (from 50 to 200 people can be accommodated), a dedicated visitor centre with workstations and meeting space for visiting employees, telecommuters and consultants, head office consists of three inter-connected buildings, an operations centre (across the street) and four satellite offices across the city, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, wifi (for personal and work)
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, core-strength), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, elliptical machines, inversion table, television, on-site massage
Other nearby amenities Kinsmen Arena, Gordon Howe Ball Park, Clarence Downey Skating Oval, fitness club, Victoria Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Confederation Park Mall

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Company organized social events yes
Recent social events annual summer pancake breakfast, family skating event, Christmas celebrations, barbecues, summer picnics
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications annual CEO site tours, which allow employees to meet with the company's CEO in a casual setting

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, matching RSP
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $5,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits employees are eligible for a matching RSP plan or defined contribution pension plan, depending on their position

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
Minimum hours worked for coverage 30 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy), Best Doctor's (available to immediate family members as well)
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $2,400 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits academic scholarships of up to $2,500 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information 40 annual scholarships for children of employees who pursue post-secondary studies in Canada, the USA or Australia (to $2,500 each)

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 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information depending on their location and level, some employees start with 2, 4 or 5 weeks of paid vacation allowance, personal days off also vary by employee group, from none to 4 days each year

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, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, group performance recognition, top performing and long serving management level employees may also have the opportunity participate in the company's share option program
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
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of non-related tuition per year
Unique training & development programs leadership development programs, career transition program (encourages high performing employees to pursue mining and related studies), onsite Learning Centres at mine sites, with courses that range from tutorial assistance for apprenticeship candidates to General Education Development (GED) test preparation, offers two types of education leaves, including a short-term leave option of up to two days per month and an extended paid education leave of up to 35 days per year (with pay and benefits)

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
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 1,330 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 620 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Saskatoon and Northumberland United Way, Royal University Hospital Foundation, The Lighthouse Supported Living, Saskatchewan Hockey Asssociation, Canadian Red Cross
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Cameco's charitable program is based upon four pillars, including youth; health/wellness; education/literacy; and community development. As part of its program, Cameco launched the "Touchdown for Dreams" project in partnership with the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency and the Saskatchewan Roughriders, which grants a wish each year to five women with a life-threatening diagnosis of cancer. The company and its employees have raised funds for the purchase of a mobile cancer prevention/screening unit (to travel to communities in northern Saskatchewan), worked on a home and yard renovation project, and answered one woman's dream of owning a convertible Ford Mustang.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Cameco Corporation was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016):

  • Each year, Cameco sends 2 to 5 employees to the annual World Nuclear University Summer Institute, a 6-week leadership development program that hosts over 80 participants in the nuclear industry from around the world
  • Cameco established a trades apprenticeship program which includes mentoring, on-the-job training, and financial support for tuition and living and travel expenses -- in addition, the company maintains an EIT program to support the professional development of metallurgical and mine engineering new graduates as well as a similar program for junior mine, exploration and mineral resources geologists
  • Cameco's corporate office is a designated Chartered Accountant Training Office, allowing students who are pursuing their accounting designation to article at the company and rotate through finance, audit, and tax roles
Cameco Cigar Lake employees logging high-grade uranium core samples

Highlights

Industry Uranium Mining
Full-time employees in Canada 3,030
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships, tuition subsidies related to job
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives manages a chapter of North American Young Generation in Nuclear, a group that provides development opportunities for young professionals in nuclear science and technology -- with over 60 members, Cameco's chapter hosted lunch and learn events, professional development workshops and networking events in the past year

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Cameco Corporation was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016):

  • Cameco's Northern Affairs office maintains a dedicated team that focuses specifically on workforce development for residents from northern Saskatchewan (RSN) and consults with Aboriginal leadership, schools and community members on how to create employment opportunities -- also manages a career planning program for high potential Aboriginal RSN employees, in partnership with the Northern Career Quest Mining Project
  • Cameco employs Aboriginal Elders at their northern sites to ensure that employees and contractors have a dedicated resource person onsite who is familiar with Aboriginal culture and language
  • Cameco partnered with the Mining Industry Human Resource Council and "Women in Mining" for a research project to increase company and industry knowledge on barriers faced by women in mining
Cameco employee

Highlights

Industry Uranium Mining
Full-time employees in Canada 3,030
Workforce representation female employees (22.2 %), female managers (13.3 %), visible minority employees (4.4 %), visible minority managers (4.4 %), Aboriginal employees (23.4 %), Aboriginal managers (4 %)
Diversity programs for women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples
Formal commitment diversity committee, which recently engaged in a review of its terms of reference and discussion of how diversity is aligned with Cameco's values and business objectives
Unique diversity initiatives scholarships for Aboriginal and RSN students
Diversity community partnerships Interprovincial Association on Native Employment, Saskatchewan Intercultural Association (networking and work placements for new Canadians), Mississauga First Nations (apprenticeship opportunities), Saskatoon Open Door Society (networking and work placements for new Canadians), Equitek (diverse candidate sourcing), Aboriginal Inclusion Network (diverse candidate sourcing)

The Career Directory

Cameco Corporation has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Cameco heavy duty mechanic Pierre Tsannie has made the most of training opportunities to help advance his apprenticeship

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Uranium Mining
Full-time employees in Canada 3,030
Part-time employees in Canada 87
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Other info for new grads Cameco manages Engineer-in-Training and Geologist-in Training programs to support the professional development of recent grads and also sends employees to the World Nuclear University Summer Institute program on an annual basis. Additionally, the company offers a scholarship program Cameco offers a scholarship program.
Typical new grad positions Junior Engineer, Junior Metallurgist, Junior Mine Geologist, Geologist I, Geophysicist I, Analyst I, Specialist I, Junior Radiation Technician, Junior Environmental Technician, Junior Environmental Specialist, Instrumentation Technologist, Powerhouse Operator I, Junior Chemical Technician, Junior Mine Technician, Administrative Assistant I
Starting salary $60K to $65K
Work perks tuition subsidies related to job, health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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