National Energy Board
National Energy Board employee volunteering at the board's United Way GCWCC Marketplace

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

Here are some of the reasons why National Energy Board was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2016), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2016) and Alberta's Top Employers (2016):

  • National Energy Board recently moved into a new head office that features an onsite fitness centre, rooftop patio with green space, a barbecue and comfortable seating (often booked for meetings and socials) and a personal wellness room for employees to use to recharge when in need of a break from a busy day and an employee fitness room that offers instructor-led yoga classes and $5 monthly memberships for employees
  • National Energy Board offer employees the kind of deep benefit programs that offer an envious level stability for planning ahead, from full year maternity and parental leave for new mothers, along with exceptional parental leave top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents (35 weeks) to an attractive defined benefit pension plan
  • Along with tuition subsidies for courses at outside institutions, National Energy Board employees can apply for an educational leave of absence for up to one year in duration
National Energy Board employee grilling for the National Public Service Week barbecue

Employer Background

Industry Federal Government, Regulation of the Oil, Gas, and Electric Utility Industries
Major Canadian hiring locations Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 413
Part-time employees in Canada 27
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 19.8%
Average age of employees in Canada 44
Longest serving employee 36 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features onsite library, conference centre, as part of the recent move to its new head office, employee focus groups were established and a dedicated "Office Move" page on the corporate intranet as well as a Pinterest site that hosted a photo contest to help select final decor, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, rooftop patio with barbecue, furniture and green space (can be booked for meetings and events), a quiet "Wellness Room" that employees are free to use to recharge for up to 30 minutes when they need a break from a busy day
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (pilates, yoga), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, The "NEB Fit Committee" manages the dedicated NEB Fitness room for employees only (membership is only $5 per month), another fitness room that is freely available to all building tenants
Other nearby amenities Banker's Hall Club, City of Calgary Beltline Centre, fitness club, Central Memorial Park, Devonian Gardens, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, numerous restaurants, including Starbucks and Tim Hortons

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name FUN Committee
Recent social events golf tournament, mountain biking day at Canmore Nordic Centre, Christmas parties for employees (as well as and event for children of employees), a Calgary Stampede party, pub nights, ski day and a United Way campaign wind-up karaoke party
Cultural aspects business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, concierge services available
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications ongoing "Face-to-Face" meetings with senior leaderships and various departments throughout the year, and company-wide "Town Hall" meetings

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note National Energy Board 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-benefit (DB) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A+

Union and Non-Union and Management

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
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, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Family-friendly benefits note National Energy Board has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 35 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 93% of salary for 35 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 93% of salary for 35 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, earned days off program

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B+

Vacation note National Energy Board 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
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave maximum 15 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

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, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, on-the-spot "Instant" awards that may be presented at anytime in recognition of excellent job performance, quarterly "Chair's Award" recognizing employee contributions, "Awards of Distinction" for commitment, creativity, leadership and teamwork, long-service awards, the "KUDOS" recognition program offering notes of thanks and hard work, and the chance to win monthly prizes
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 3 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 36 months

Training & Skills Development A+

Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of non-related tuition per year
Unique training & development programs education leave of absence (up to one year and can apply to receive an allowance in lieu of salary), depending on the course, employees may apply for a reimbursement for textbooks and other course materials (up to 50%)

Community Involvement B+

Scope of charitable involvement local
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, Health Partners
Community highlight National Energy Board employees support the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC) and host a variety of unique fundraising events, from a chili cook-off to a concert by an in-house band to raise money for selected charities.

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