Loblaw Companies Limited
Loblaw dietitian Laura McCann at one of the company's stores

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018)

Here are some of the reasons why Loblaw Companies Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017):

  • Loblaw provides a number of communication and feedback tools to keep employees informed and up-to-date, including an in-house production studio and business television network (accessible by all locations via satellite), ongoing Let's Talk sessions to create open dialogue across the company, and opportunities to email questions directly to the Chairman using the Ask Galen link on the company intranet
  • Along with a number of financial benefits, Loblaw offers a variety of product discounts through the Colleague Discount Program (10% off eligible products for purchases made in corporate stores), Loblaw Optical, and an online WorkPerks program that offers discounts on over 800 products and services, ranging from computers to travel bookings
  • As part of the organization's charitable focus, Loblaw and its employees support numerous children's charities across the country, granting over $146 million (in support of over 3.1 million children) since 1989 through the longstanding "President's Choice Children's Charity"
Loblaw employees meeting for a team huddle before starting their shift

Employer Background

Industry Supermarkets and Grocery Stores
Established in Canada 1919
Publicly traded yes
Parent company George Weston Limited
Parent company head office Brampton ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Brampton ON, Montréal QC, Winnipeg MB, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Cambridge ON, North York ON
Full-time employees in Canada 28,208
Part-time employees in Canada 58,247
Workforce engaged on a contract basis .3%
Average age of employees in Canada 37
Longest serving employee 62 years

Physical Workplace A+

Workplace features the 4-storey suburban head office consists of 2 buildings connected by an impressive glass atrium, office features reserved front-row parking for carpoolers and expectant mothers, a medical centre, a television production studio, 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), convenience store, banking, dry cleaning services, telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, casual seating areas throughout head office for small impromptu meetings
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 for 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 personalized reports, onsite registered massage therapy sessions, massage chairs, outdoor beach volleyball court, basketball court and a skating rink in the winter months, onsite fitness centre is operated by GoodLife
Other nearby amenities Rivergrove Community Centre, fitness club, Eldarado Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, golf course across the street, convenient highway access (401 and 407) as well as convenient access to Pearson International Airport

Work Atmosphere & Communications A+

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, internal social media
Other in-house communications town hall-style meetings, in-house production studio and business television network (accessible by all locations via satellite), employees can email 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 3-day National Kick-Off conference (over 1,600 store managers, specialists and key support personnel in attendance), Yammer

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note Loblaw 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
Share purchase plan available to all employees yes
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $4,000) for some positions
Additional financial benefits Colleague Discount Program for purchases made in corporate stores (to 10% on eligible products), discounts through Loblaw Optical, 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 A

Health plan note Loblaw has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
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)
Other health plan information corporate rates for up to 4 family members at the fitness centre
Family-friendly benefits note Loblaw has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
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 alternative work options and maternity and parental leave top-up payments are unavailable to some employee groups

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B-

Vacation note Loblaw 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 8 years of employment
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, additional paid time off to celebrate 10 years of service

Employee Engagement & Performance A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
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, sales bonus program, new online employee recognition 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 A

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
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,500 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
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

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
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 240 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported YMCA (locations across Canada), Big Brothers Big Sisters, Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Red Cross (providing assistance to those affected by the wild fires in Fort McMurray area), Canadian Chinese Youth Athletic Association, East Coast Trail Association, Eva's Place, Feed Nova Scotia, Moisson Montréal, Skills for Change, Tree Canada, The Canadian Down Syndrome Society
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Loblaw's charitable efforts are focused on 3 primary areas: healthy and active kids; feeding our neighbours; and greening our communities. In support of this focus, Loblaw and its employees support the "President's Choice Children's Charity" program, which has granted over $146 million children's charities and helped over 3.1 million children since 1989. The company also supports the Food Banks Canada's Retail Program with over 320 stores donating their perishable items to food banks across the country, and through its food drive, over 800,000kg of non-perishable food products were donated last year. In addition, Loblaw recently extended its partnership with World Wildlife Fund Canada to help mobilize one million Canadians to take action on the environment with a $1 million donation.

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Loblaw Companies Limited was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017):

  • 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 created a formal process to help employees form "Loblaw Colleague Alliances", groups of employees who come together with a common interest -- Alliances receive business support, increased awareness and the possibility of funding -- an LGBTA Alliance was one of the first groups to be developed through the new process
  • Established in 2010, Loblaw's "Women@Loblaw" network provides opportunities for developmental programming, informal networking and virtual networking through a dedicated website -- in the past year, the network offered wellness-related seminars, hosted four Success Talks (interactive discussions between employees and senior leaders on the secrets to success), facilitated focus groups to better understand the experience of female leaders, and introduced "Reel Talk" to connect colleagues interested in intellectual discussions outside of their job
Loblaw employee

Highlights

Industry Supermarkets and Grocery Stores
Major Canadian hiring locations Brampton ON, Montréal QC, Winnipeg MB, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Cambridge ON, North York ON
Full-time employees in Canada 28,481
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives President, Emerging Business & Inclusion Council Chair
Formal commitment maintains an inclusion council and an accessibility committee
Employee resource groups LGBTA alliance, Women@Loblaw
Diversity training and awareness range of training and education programs on topics such as accessibility at work and generations in the workplace, inclusion toolkit for hiring managers, recruits and HR
Diversity highlights professional development opportunities organized by Women@Loblaw, multicultural merchandising department to source products tailored to various communities, events and celebrations for various multicultural dates including Chinese New Year, Ramadan, Eid and Diwali
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Women's Executive Network, Canadian Board Diversity Council, Equitek, Career Bridge, Microskills, Pride at Work Canada, Catalyst, Ascend Canada (visible minorities), Canadian Business SenseAbility (persons with disabilities), Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

The Career Directory

Loblaw Companies Limited has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
A Loblaw pharmacist and dietitian at one of the company's stores

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Supermarkets and Grocery Stores
Parent company George Weston Limited
Parent company head office Brampton ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Brampton ON, Montréal QC, Winnipeg MB, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Cambridge ON, North York ON
Full-time employees in Canada 25,000 to 50,000
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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Quality Assurance Analyst, Supply Chain Analyst, Customer Service Representative, Pharmacy Intern, Merchandise Coordinator, Data Integrity Analyst, eCommerce Technology Intern, Human Resources Coordinator
Starting salary $40K to $45K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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