Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd.
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories employee

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017):

  • In addition to three weeks of starting vacation allowance, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories offers employees up to four paid personal days off, which can be scheduled throughout the year
  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories offers a number of learning opportunities for students and new grads, including postdoctoral fellowships, apprenticeships, summer student roles and co-op opportunities
  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories supports employees who are new mothers and fathers (including adoptive parents) with maternity and parental leave top-up payments, ranging from 17 to 52 weeks of paid leave
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories employees

Employer Background

Industry Nuclear Power Technology and Engineering Services
Parent company Canadian National Energy Alliance
Parent company head office Chalk River ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Chalk River ON, Ottawa ON, Petawawa ON, Winnipeg MB, Deep River ON, Toronto ON, Renfrew ON, Pembroke ON
Full-time employees in Canada 3,318
Part-time employees in Canada 46
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2.5%
Average age of employees in Canada 44
Longest serving employee 51 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features Canadian Nuclear Laboratories' campus is situated in a rural, forested setting, offering views of the Ottawa river, the primary entrance building is aptly named Brockhouse Building in recognition of Nobel Prize, Physics recipient, Bert Brockhouse, the buildings feature diverse spaces that reflect work done by a range of employees, from administrative and business services to skilled trades, technical scientists and laboratory workers, telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, outdoor barbecue
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, onsite library
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (meditation, yoga), weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities fitness club, Algonquin Provincial Park, daycare, restaurants, cross country ski trails, snowmobile trails, biking trails and the Ottawa River (allowing employees to ski, run or cycle to work)

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Employee social committee name CR Social Club (est. 2005)
Recent social events annual holiday social for all employees, bi-annual summer event, annual children's holiday party, alumni network for retirees
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications quarterly all hands meetings, connecting all sites through video conference

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
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-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Signing bonuses available for some positions

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 30 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option 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, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $200 each year
Family-friendly benefits note Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $15,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 37 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 75% of salary for 37 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 75% of salary for 37 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits yes
Alternative work options flexible work hours, compressed work week

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B

Vacation note Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 10 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 4 personal days off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 3 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information employees receive 3 to 4 weeks of starting vacation allowance, depending on their position, company specified paid days off is 3.5

Employee Engagement & Performance B-

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), Voyageur recognition program to honour and showcase employees who excel in safety, execution and innovation

Training & Skills Development A

In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
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
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs financial bonuses for course completion ranges from 10% to 15% of salary, numerous opportunities for students and new grads including postdoctoral fellowships, apprenticeships, summer student roles and co-op opportunities

Community Involvement B

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 17 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Renfrew County United Way, Thrive for Youth, Phoenix Centre for Children & Families, Pedal Forward, Arnprior Regional Health, Boys & Girls Club of Pembroke, Child Poverty Action Network

The Career Directory

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Nuclear Power Technology and Engineering Services
Parent company Canadian National Energy Alliance
Parent company head office Chalk River ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Chalk River ON, Ottawa ON, Petawawa ON, Winnipeg MB, Deep River ON, Toronto ON, Renfrew ON, Pembroke ON
Full-time employees in Canada 3,318
Part-time employees in Canada 46
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Health Physicist, Power Engineer, Technician, Technologist, Instrumentation and Control Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Civil Engineer, Drafter, Process Engineer, Safety and Licensing Engineer
Starting salary $50K to $55K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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