Cargill Limited
Cargill employee cultivating soybeans in one of the company's fields   (Photo credit: ANDREW MOLYNEUX)

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

Here are some of the reasons why Cargill Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and Manitoba's Top Employers (2017):

  • Cargill supports ongoing personal and professional development with tuition subsidies for courses both related and unrelated to an employees' position (up to $3,500), in-house apprenticeships and subsidies for professional accreditation
  • Cargill encourages employees to get involved in their community with paid volunteer time (up to 3 days each year) and matches employee financial donations (up to $100) to charities of their choosing
  • As part of Cargill's health benefits plan, employees receive a health spending account of up to $1,000 each year, which can be used to cover a variety of additional wellness-related expenses including gym membership, fitness equipment, nutrition classes and sportswear
Cargill employee working at the company's meat processing facility in High River, Alberta

Employer Background

Industry Food and Agricultural Products
Parent company Cargill Incorporated
Parent company head office Wayzata, MN, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Guelph ON, Winnipeg MB, Camrose AB, High River AB, Calgary AB, London ON, Chambly QC
Full-time employees in Canada 8,166
Part-time employees in Canada 298
Full-time employees worldwide 150,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 4.6%
Average age of employees in Canada 42
Longest serving employee 45 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features Cargill's head office is within walking distance to a number of amenities including the Canadian Human Rights Museum and the St. Boniface neighbourhood and features telecommuter workstations, a self-serve lunchroom and onsite massage services (employee-paid, but covered under Cargill's health plan)
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, library
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (Zumba, yoga), weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities YMCA/YWCA, fitness club, Riverwalk, Forks, Memorial Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, MTS Centre, movie theatre, library, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Manitoba Museum

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Employee social committee name Cargill Cares Council
Recent social events 150th anniversary gala celebration in Winnipeg, Earth Day activities, employee barbecue and carnival at London Ontario location
Cultural aspects business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation B

Financial benefits note Cargill Limited 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-contribution (DC) pension, matching RSP
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,000) for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounts on food products

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B

Health plan note Cargill Limited has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 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
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, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $1,000 each year
Other health plan information retiree premium coverage ranges from no coverage to 50%
Family-friendly benefits note Cargill Limited has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B-

Vacation note Cargill Limited has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 3 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
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information employees receive a half day off during the holidays, unpaid leave maximum is 5 days

Employee Engagement & Performance A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
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, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), recognition points program which can be used for purchases from the company store
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 18 months

Training & Skills Development A+

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) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of non-related tuition per year
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,500 in tuition subsidies per year

Community Involvement A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 3 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 2,400 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 102 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, Vulcan Food Bank, Camrose Neighbor Aid, Ronald McDonald House
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight The company maintains Cargill Cares committees at various locations across Canada, which help determine which local charities to support.

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

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

  • Cargill offers a variety of in-house training opportunities including a high performance leadership academy and an online university called "Cargill Nourishing U"
  • AgHorizons, a division of Cargill, manages a summer student tuition bonus program to provide students with financial support in exchange for a commitment of employment for a summer term or full-time upon graduation
  • Cargill interns can participate in a 1-day job-shadowing opportunity with the business unit of their choosing
Cargill employee   (Photo credit: ANDREW MOLYNEUX)

Highlights

Industry Food and Agricultural Products
Major Canadian hiring locations Guelph ON, Winnipeg MB, Camrose AB, High River AB, Calgary AB, London ON, Chambly QC
Full-time employees in Canada summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Annual tuition maximum 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 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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

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

  • Cargill's Canadian office maintains a diversity and inclusion committee, which includes sub-groups for persons with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT employees, visible minorities and women -- sub-groups are responsible for creating and implementing initiatives related to their respective area of focus
  • Cargill employees can participate in "Mentor Up", a reverse mentoring program to help senior leaders increase their understanding of various dimensions of diversity, such as gender and ethnicity
  • To keep employees up to date, Cargill publishes an employment equity newsletter called "Everyone Counts" and a monthly newsletter, which highlights various diverse groups throughout the year -- employees also have access to a variety of online diversity training modules through a dedicated intranet website on topics such as the generational workforce, stereotypes, and diversity action plan training workshops for business or function leadership teams that are interested in customizing diversity plans to fit their current business realities
Cargill agronomist conducting field research in Manitoba   (Photo credit: Treleven)

Highlights

Industry Food and Agricultural Products
Major Canadian hiring locations Guelph ON, Winnipeg MB, Camrose AB, High River AB, Calgary AB, London ON, Chambly QC
Full-time employees in Canada 7,741
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT
Employee resource groups RENEW women's network, LGBT network, Ebony Council (Black/African-American employees)
Formal commitment diversity and inclusion committee, which includes sub-groups for persons with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT employees, visible minorities and women, employment equity committee
Unique diversity initiatives internal employment equity champion award program, Mentor Up (reverse mentoring for senior leaders), monthly inclusion and diversity newsletter
Diversity community partnerships Reaching E-Quality Employment Services, Aboriginal Human Resource Council, Interprovincial Association on Native Employment

The Career Directory

Cargill Limited has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Cargill employees keeping fit in the head office's onsite fitness facility

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Food and Agricultural Products
Parent company Cargill Incorporated
Parent company head office Wayzata, MN, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Guelph ON, Winnipeg MB, Camrose AB, High River AB, Calgary AB, London ON, Chambly QC
Full-time employees in Canada 8,166
Part-time employees in Canada 298
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
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Other info for new grads co-op work term students are hired for Accounting, Information Technology and Agriculture positions, students have opportunity to job-shadow someone in a role that interests them
Typical new grad positions Grain Associate, Agronomy Associate, Commodity Merchant Associate, Operations Management Associate, Engineering Associate, FSQR Associate
Starting salary $45K to $50K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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