Loblaw Companies Limited
Loblaw Companies employee

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Loblaw Companies Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • Loblaw head office employees work in a unique environment that reflects the company they work for -- the new impressive facility features an onsite herb garden and test kitchen where new food products are created, an onsite market-style cafeteria that includes many President's Choice and Blue Menu options, and a fully-equipped Goodlife fitness centre with instructor-led fitness classes and massage therapy sessions as well as an outdoor beach volleyball court in the summer and skating in the winter
  • Loblaw provides academic scholarships for children of employees pursuing post-secondary studies (to $1,500) and operates the unique "grad@Loblaw" program for new or recent graduates, a 15-month training program with full pay and benefits and training across all business areas, from information technology to store management
  • As part of its charitable focus, Loblaw and its employees support numerous children's charities across the country, granting over $115 million since 1989 through the longstanding President's Choice Children's Charity
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Employer Background

Industry Supermarkets and Grocery Stores
Publicly traded yes
Parent company George Weston Limited
Parent company head office Brampton ON
Full-time employees in Canada 28,580
Part-time employees in Canada 58,295
Workforce engaged on a contract basis .29%
Average age of employees in Canada 37
Longest serving employee 60 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, free parking
Workplace features the new head office is housed in a four-storey suburban head office that consists of two buildings connected by an impressive 4-story glass atrium that serves as an informal gathering place, office features a medical centre, a television production studio for the creation of internal broadcasts, an extensive herb garden that supplies the state-of-the-art President's Choice Insider's Test Kitchen (where new food products are created year-round), telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals, market-style cafeteria with emphasis on President's Choice Blue Menu items, latte bar
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (body pump), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, sauna, shower facilities, new "LifeScale" machines which measure blood pressure, weight and body fat to create a personalized report, registered massage therapy sessions and massage chairs available for use, outdoor beach volleyball court, basketball court and a skating rink in the winter months, onsite fitness centre is operated by GoodLife
Other nearby amenities fitness club, Eldarado Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Company organized social events yes
Recent social events departmental holiday parties during the Christmas season, a large children's Christmas party in Toronto with activities and even a visit from Santa (with over 2,500 attendees), new product launch events where employees get to sample and preview new creations from the President's kitchen, multicultural celebrations
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications town hall-style meetings, in-house production studio and business television network (accessed by all locations via satellite), employees are invited to email any questions directly to the Chairman using the "Ask Galen" link on the company intranet, ongoing "Let's Talk" sessions to help create open dialogue across the company, annual "National Kick-Off" three-day conference (over 1,600 store managers, specialists and key support personnel attend), the "Yammer" social networking site enables employees and teams to collaborate easily and share information

Financial Benefits & Compensation

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
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $4,000) for some positions
Additional financial benefits the "Colleague Discount Program" for purchases made in corporate stores (to 10% on eligible products), discounts through Loblaw Optical, PC Financial Pet Insurance, PC Home & Auto Insurance, PC Mobile, online "workperks" program that offers discounts on over 800 products and services, from computers to travel bookings, discounted home and auto insurance

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 80% of the premiums
Waiting period for coverage 30 days
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, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 75% of salary for 10 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 75% of salary for 10 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits academic scholarships of up to $1,500 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information maternity and parental leave top-up payment availability is dependent on employee group

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 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 depending on their employee group, some employees start with 2 weeks or 4 weeks of paid vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance

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, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, President's Award, Above and Beyond the Call of Duty recognition program, additional paid time off to celebrate 10 years of service, sales bonus program
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, tuition subsidies related to job
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,200 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,200 in tuition subsidies per year
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs new employee "Buddy" program pairs new hires with experienced personnel as part of their orientation, management development training, the "grad@Loblaw" program for new or recent graduates (15-month training program with full pay and benefits and includes training in various streams such as store management, supply chain, merchandising, marketing, finance, IT, and human resources)

Community Involvement

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 294 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto, Active Healthy Kids Canada, Lions Foundation of Canada, Ontario Horticultural Association, Outreach for Hunger, Feed the Children, Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, Trans Canada Trail
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Loblaw's charitable efforts are focused on three primary areas: Healthy, Active Kids; Feeding our Neighbours; and Greening our Communities. In support of this focus, Loblaw and its employees support children's charities across the country, granting over $115 million since 1989 through the President's Choice Children's Charity, work with food banks across the country (donating over $2.3 million and over 1.6 million pounds of food last year), and donated over $1 million to World Wildlife Fund Canada, in support of their environmental efforts.

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

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

  • Loblaw created "Grad@Loblaw", a 15-month rotational program that covers multiple streams, including store management, supply chain, merchandising, marketing, IT, finance and human resources -- participants receive full benefits and pay for the duration of the program
  • Additionally, Loblaw established a social committee for participants of the "Grad" program, which organizes weekly and monthly events, and maintains a website featuring stories of "Grad" alumni and a "Grad" e-newsletter, which profiles the achievements, advice and stories of recent graduates
  • Each year, Loblaw offers 40 to 50 paid internships to help pharmacy graduates obtain their pharmacy license, with internships lasting between 2 to 4 months in duration
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Highlights

Industry Supermarkets and Grocery Stores
Full-time employees in Canada 28,580
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunites, paid internships, tuition subsidies related to job
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,200 in tuition subsidies per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives virtual learning games which allow employees to gain points, badges and personal recognition for completing their learning requirements, Let's Talk informal group sessions with senior leaders

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

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

  • Loblaw maintains an inclusion council, responsible for developing the company's inclusion strategy, and recently piloted unconscious bias and gender intelligence training for its members
  • Loblaw recently established a formal process to help employees form "Loblaw Colleague Alliances", groups of employees who come together with a common interest -- a LGBTA alliance is one of the first groups to be developed through the new process
  • Loblaw established "Women@Loblaw", a network for female employees that provides opportunities for developmental programming, informal networking and virtual networking through a dedicated website -- and recently hosted its first-ever "Women@Loblaw Success Talk", a 60-minute interactive discussion between Loblaw employees and senior leaders on the secrets to success
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Highlights

Industry Supermarkets and Grocery Stores
Full-time employees in Canada 28,580
Workforce representation female employees (54 %), female managers (44 %), visible minority employees (16 %), visible minority managers (17 %), Aboriginal employees (2 %), Aboriginal managers (2 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT
Employee resource groups LGBTA alliance, Women@Loblaw
Formal commitment inclusion council, accessibility committee, organizational accessibility policy, multi-year accessibility plan
Unique diversity initiatives range of training and education programs on topics such as accessibility at work and generations in the workplace, celebrates various multicultural dates including Chinese New Year, Ramadan, Eid and Diwali, multicultural merchandising department to source products tailored to various communities
Diversity community partnerships Equitek, Career Bridge, Microskills, Aboriginal Human Resource Council (sponsor of their Leadership Circle), Pride at Work Canada, Women's Executive Network, Catalyst, Canadian Business SenseAbility (persons with disabilities)

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