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Irving Oil
Maintenance employee at Irving Oil's iconic storage tanks overlooking Saint John, N.B.

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

Here are some of the reasons why Irving Oil was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2017):

  • Irving Oil provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers or fathers (including adoptive parents) of up to 100% of salary for up to 17 weeks as well as the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
  • Irving Oil offers academic scholarships to children of employees interested in pursuing post-secondary studies (up to $2,000 per child)
  • Irving Oil maintains a charitable focus on initiatives that support the community, the environment and education, and encourages employees to be active in their community, providing up to five paid days off to volunteer
Irving Oil employees at a home office launch event in 2015   (Photo credit: Photography Flewwelling)

Employer Background

Industry Petroleum Refining, Distribution and Retail
Major Canadian hiring locations Halifax NS, St. John's NL, Saint John NB, Dartmouth NS
Full-time employees in Canada 2,474
Part-time employees in Canada 44
Full-time employees worldwide 3,103
Workforce engaged on a contract basis .05%
Average age of employees in Canada 42
Longest serving employee 46 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, subsidized parking
Workplace features earlier in the year, Irving Oil announced a new home office project to bring together 1,000 employees under one roof in Saint John (currently under development), the company's current home office, known as "The Golden Ball" is minutes away from the local city market and harbour front and features open-concept and traditional offices as well as telecommuter workstations
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, selection of fresh fruit available every Friday
Snacks available fresh fruit available every Friday
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, circuit training), weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities Canada Games Aquatic Centre, fitness club, Harbour Passage Walking Trail, daycare, restaurants, Imperial Theatre

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Recent social events Christmas parties, summer family picnic with barbecue and horseback riding, retirement celebrations
Cultural aspects business casual dress, casual dress Fridays
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation B

Financial benefits note Irving Oil 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
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Signing bonuses available for some positions

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan note Irving Oil 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 25 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, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Fitness club subsidy up to $150 each year
Family-friendly benefits note Irving Oil has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, academic scholarships of up to $2,000 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B

Vacation note Irving Oil 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
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months

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 long-service awards, employee recognition award for community service (peer nominated)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development A

Career planning in-house career planning services
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 subsidies (unrelated to job) yes

Community Involvement A

Scope of charitable involvement international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 5 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 1,000 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 500 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Canadian Red Cross, MADD Canada, PRO Kids, Hockey Canada, Fuel the Care
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Irving Oil's primary charitable focus includes educational, environmental and community initiatives.

The Career Directory

Irving Oil has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Irving Oil laboratory technicians at the company's refinery

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Petroleum Refining, Distribution and Retail
Major Canadian hiring locations Halifax NS, St. John's NL, Saint John NB, Dartmouth NS
Full-time employees in Canada 2,474
Part-time employees in Canada 44
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
Typical new grad positions Accounting, Engineering
Work perks 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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