CBCL Limited
CBCL employees working on a substation upgrade in Sunnyside, Newfoundland

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

Here are some of the reasons why CBCL Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017), Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2016) and Nova Scotia's Top Employers (2017):

  • Located in the historic Alexander Keith's Brewing Complex, CBCL's head office is steps away from shops and restaurants along the Halifax waterfront -- the unique complex includes of mix of commercial and retail tenants and houses a fully-functioning Keith's brewery
  • An industry and regional leader, CBCL provides maternity leave top-up payments for new mothers (to 80% of salary for 17 weeks) and offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
  • CBCL encourages employees to give back to the communities in which they live and work by providing paid time off to volunteer -- the company also supports a number of local, national and international charitable organizations each year, focusing on health, education, community, science and technology and sustainability initiatives
CBCL employees teamed up for The Lung Association's Runway Run   (Photo credit: Picasa)

Employer Background

Industry Engineering Services
Parent company Canadian British Consulting Group Limited
Parent company head office Halifax NS
Major Canadian hiring locations Halifax NS, Sydney NS, Charlottetown PE, Saint John NB, Fredericton NB, Moncton NB, St. John's NL
Full-time employees in Canada 260
Part-time employees in Canada 30
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 11%
Average age of employees in Canada 44
Longest serving employee 49 years

Physical Workplace B

Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features the head office occupies 50,000 square feet of renovated office space that is located in the historic Alexander Keith's Brewing Complex adjacent to the Halifax waterfront, the unique space includes of mix of commercial and retail and even houses a fully-functioning Keith's brewery, self-serve lunchroom, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities television, board games
Other nearby amenities YMCA, Goodlife Fitness, fitness club, Point Pleasant Park, Public Gardens, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Waterfront Boardwalk (with numerous restaurants and shops), Dalhousie University

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name CBCL Employees Club (est. 1970)
Recent social events children's Christmas party, annual client appreciation event (hosted at the onsite brewery), an annual golf tournament, regular pizza lunches and after work socials
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 24 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,000) for some positions
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 55% 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 option up to 65 years of age
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, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Wellness spending account up to $150 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 80% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information formal "time in lieu" program, allowing employees to bank overtime and save for paid time off at a later date

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B-

Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 2 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 4 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

Employee Engagement & Performance B

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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, long-service awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months

Training & Skills Development B+

In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Unique training & development programs no annual maximum for annual tuition subsidies

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 2 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 92 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 100 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Chisholm House, Dalhousie Women in Engineering, Water for People Well Tapped, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Lung Association of Nova Scotia, Prostate Cancer Nova Scotia, United Way
Community highlight CBCL's charitable focus is directed towards initiatives focused on health, education, community, science and technology and sustainability.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why CBCL Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2016):

  • An employee-owned engineering firm, CBCL Limited lets everyone share in the company's success through profit-sharing and year-end bonuses
  • An industry and regional leader, CBCL Limited provides maternity leave top-up payments for its new moms (to 80% of salary for 17 weeks) and offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
CBCL Limited employee directing a drone at a PotashCorp project site

Highlights

Industry Engineering Services
Established in Canada 1955
Parent company Canadian British Consulting Group Limited
Parent company head office Halifax NS
Major Canadian hiring locations Halifax NS, Sydney NS, Charlottetown PE, Saint John NB, Fredericton NB, Moncton NB, St. John's NL
Full-time employees in Canada 258
Part-time employees in Canada 28
Average age of employees in Canada 43
Longest serving employee 48 years
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 55% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, paid internships

The Career Directory

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Highlights for New Grads

Industry Engineering Services
Parent company Canadian British Consulting Group Limited
Parent company head office Halifax NS
Major Canadian hiring locations Halifax NS, Sydney NS, Charlottetown PE, Saint John NB, Fredericton NB, Moncton NB, St. John's NL
Full-time employees in Canada 260
Part-time employees in Canada 30
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Engineer in Training, Junior Designer, Junior Technologist
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

Academic fields recruited


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