Recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Mar 21, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Fillmore Construction Management Inc. was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2017):
- In addition to 3 weeks of starting vacation allowance, Fillmore Construction employees enjoy up to 5 days of paid holiday shutdown during the winter months (depending on employee position)
- Fillmore Construction invests in ongoing employee development with tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions, subsidies for professional accreditation, in-house training (including apprenticeships) and formal mentoring opportunities
- Fillmore Construction supports a number of local, national and international charitable organizations each year and encourages employees to be active members of their local communities, providing paid time off to volunteer and matching employee donations
Fillmore Construction builds a high-performing team
Founded in 1991 by Brent Fillmore, Edmonton-based Fillmore Construction has grown from a one-man operation into a highly successful commercial, institutional and industrial construction company that works all over Western Canada and employs some 170 people. Despite operating in a tough economy, Fillmore Construction is on track for a record $125 million in revenues this current fiscal year.
President Chris Fillmore (son of Brent) credits the company's success to a number of factors, including an exceptional corporate client base, a willingness to go where the work is (as far north as Baffin Island, for example) and a commitment by all members of the Fillmore team to continuously meet and exceed client expectations.
"Our focus is on building strong, lasting relationships with our clients," says Fillmore. "We hire people with an aptitude and passion for construction and who have a true interest in being part of a high-performing team."
There is a strong emphasis on promoting from within. Observes Fillmore: "It's partly about getting people the upgrading and training they need to move up. But it's also being very intentional about how you position people, provide supervision and help them learn and grow."
The company's deliberate management style is receiving increased recognition, within the construction industry and beyond. Fillmore Construction was recently named one of Canada's Best Managed Companies of 2017 by Deloitte.
While on a significant growth curve, the family-owned business strives to remain a tight-knit unit. "All of our managers have an open-door policy," says Fillmore. "We provide generous wages and have developed a profit-sharing system that recognizes individual contributions and achievements."
Employees give back to the community, most notably through their participation in the annual two-day MS Bike Ride from Leduc to Camrose. Over the past nine years, the company has raised $850,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada while its bike team, "the Happy Fillmores," is the largest and highest fundraising team in Canada.
Janet Becker joined Fillmore Construction three years ago. Her official job title is Executive Assistant/Project Assistant to Chris and his brother Jeff, the company's Vice President. But her ever-evolving role also includes planning and coordination for a number of special events, including the MS Bike Ride.
"There's nothing routine about working here and that's a big part of the appeal," she says. "The Fillmore family have created an environment that's challenging and professional, but also comfortable, casual and fun. Coming here was definitely one of the best decisions I ever made."