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 Keyera Corporation was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2017):
- As part of the company's health benefits plan, Keyera Corporation offers employees a health spending account equivalent to 4.5% of their salary plus an additional $3,500 each year, which can be used to top up existing levels of coverage or allocated as savings
- Keyera Corporation invests in ongoing employee development, providing tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions, subsidies for professional accreditation and financial bonuses for some course completion (ranging from $1,000 to $2,500)
- Keyera Corporation focuses its charitable efforts on initiatives that support community enhancement, the environment, health, wellness, youth and education -- additionally, the company encourages employees to give back to their local communities by providing paid time off to volunteer and matching employee donations
Open doors create a special buzz at Keyera
If you want to know why Keyera Corp.'s employees love working for this midstream oil and gas firm, just check out Jarrod Beztilny's office in Fort Saskatchewan. If you can squeeze in.
"I'm in the same office I was in when I started there as an engineering co-op student years ago, except back then, I had it by myself — now I share it with somebody," chuckles Beztilny, Vice President, Operations in Keyera's Liquids Business Unit. "We don't have a corner office culture at Keyera."
Keyera Corp. provides processing, storage, transportation and marketing services to producers in the energy industry. Headquartered in Calgary, it has facilities across Alberta and just over 1,000 employees.
Along with an open-door management style, the company emphasizes leadership training and constant communication to foster a culture of cooperation and teamwork.
"What makes Keyera a top place to work is people know they're valued here and their opinions matter," says Beztilny.
"That creates an energy that just carries into their work. It shows up with higher engagement and lower turnover than other companies in our space. It's like a buzz around the company that's different than a lot of other firms."
Julie Gunderson can attest to that difference. An Asset Manager in Keyera's Gathering and Processing Business Unit, she says the positive, cooperative corporate culture sets it apart from other workplaces.
"I've worked for two or three other companies along the way and Keyera is the one I can see staying with until I decide to hang up my work boots in 20 years or so," she says.
Gunderson adds that the company's leadership program provides her and other employees with the tools they need to excel and benefit the entire organization. Over 200 employees have been through the program since it started six years ago.
And the Keyera crew keep on the same page with communications initiatives like KEEN (Keyera Employee Engagement Network), where employees from different units give presentations on their work and the projects they have in development. It creates a special sense of community.
"Every day you enjoy the people that you work with, you enjoy what you're working on and you feel like you're a part of a team that's accomplishing something and moving the company forward," says Gunderson. "In Keyera you actually feel like you make a difference."