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PCL Construction
BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, built by PCL Construction

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

Here are some of the reasons why PCL Construction was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) and Alberta's Top Employers (2016):

  • PCL Construction is Canada's largest contractor and 100 percent employee-owned -- employees can become owners through a share purchase plan, available to all employees, and also receive generous referral bonuses when they refer a contact from their network
  • PCL Construction offers new hires and current employees continuous opportunities to enhance their skills through the in-house PCL College of Construction and impressive Centennial Learning Centre, a LEED Gold Certified training facility with a capacity of 350
  • PCL Construction is an industry leader, offering its new moms maternity top-up payments as well as a generous subsidy for in vitro fertilization, to $5,000
PCL Construction employees at work in the Spiral Garden, an integrated outdoor art, healing and play program for children

Employer Background

Industry Commercial and Institutional Building Construction
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Halifax NS, Kelowna BC, Nisku AB
Full-time employees in Canada 2,856
Part-time employees in Canada 265
Full-time employees worldwide 4,443
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 1%
Average age of employees in Canada 38
Longest serving employee 56.5 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities free parking
Workplace features head office campus is situated only 10 minutes from downtown Edmonton and includes a LEED-certified training centre, a new LEED-certified fitness complex and cafeteria, custom artwork (including photography from the firm's founder, Ernest Poole), telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, video games, table tennis
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, instructor-led classes (bootcamp, circuit training, fee required for classes), weights, shower facilities, elliptical trainers
Other nearby amenities YMCA, Goodlife Fitness, fitness club, Argyll Park, Wagner Park, Mill Creek Ravine, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name Social Committee (est. 1997)
Recent social events across the company, office social committees organize annual events and activities, including golf tournaments, family picnics, Christmas parties, and PCL's popular (and competitive) annual in-house hockey tournament, the "Schmauch Cup"
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working, concierge services available
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter
Other in-house communications semi-annual "Fireside Chats" with company's executive team, often including the CEO

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

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 retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 40 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy), extended retire coverage is available (with no employer-paid premiums)
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $5,000 per lifetime
Fitness club subsidy $200 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits yes
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information depending on their location, some offices close early on Fridays during the summer season

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B

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 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information unpaid leaves are determined on a case-by-case basis

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, long-service awards, year-end bonuses
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 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 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 onsite Centennial Learning Centre training facility (the building is LEED Gold certified, accommodates up to 350 people, features a glass atrium and is outfitted with state-of-the-art technology), in-house university program called "PCL College of Construction" that provides customized training across several areas of the company

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 employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 5,000 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 25 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported AIDS Walk for Life Edmonton, Big Bike for Heart and Stroke, Safe Haven Foundation, Community Building at Mustard Seed, The Arthritis Society, Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight As part of its charitable program, PCL selects a new focus annually -- last year's focus was children and youth initiatives. The firm also actively looks for initiatives which allow employees to apply their considerable construction skills and expertise, such as building benches stools for a local organization's work room. Across the firm, employees and the company help raise money for the United Way every year -- over $7 million in the past year.

The Career Directory

PCL Construction has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
New Grad Jobs at PCL Construction
Students tour a PCL Construction site in Vancouver, British Columbia

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Commercial and Institutional Building Construction
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Halifax NS, Kelowna BC, Nisku AB
Full-time employees in Canada 2,865
Part-time employees in Canada 230
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 Field Engineer, Coordinator, HR Assistant, Communications Coordinator
Starting salary $50K to $55K
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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