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 Pembina Pipeline Corporation was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2017):
- Pembina invests in the long term development of its employees with tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions and encourages the next generation to continue their education with a generous academic scholarship program for children of employees (up to $5,000 per child)
- Pembina is active in the community, supporting a number of local, national and international charitable organizations each year -- additionally, the company encourages employees to give back to their local communities with matching charitable donations as well as donations to organizations where employees volunteer their time ($500 for every 50 hours volunteered)
- Employees working at Pembina's head office location enjoy a number of onsite amenities including a cafeteria with healthy menus, an employee lounge stocked with video games, a pool table and table hockey, and free access to a shared use fitness facility
In tough times, Pembina shows it cares
It's hard to imagine a company more supportive of its employees' charitable giving than Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Corporation. It matches individual employee charitable contributions, with no limit, and donates additional funds to not-for-profits where employees volunteer their own time — $10 for every hour volunteered up to $500. That's on top of time off for corporate volunteering.
Pembina's giving culture also extends to its local communities. Last year, the company boosted its Community Investment giving from $3 million to $3.8 million, a 27-per-cent-increase during a time when demand for social services jumped as plunging crude prices devastated the Alberta energy industry. Going forward, Pembina plans to double its community giving in the next two years.
"We are proud of our financial success, but recognize that corporate success goes beyond our share- holders," says President and CEO Mick Dilger. "We want our communities to benefit from having us as a neighbour. It's the right thing to do. Also, our employees expect it.
"Despite recent turmoil in econo-mic markets, Pembina continues to be an industry leader in providing incentives such as defined-benefit pension plans. "We resisted pressure to eliminate it when market returns were terrible and we had to make up the shortfall," says Dilger, adding that a guaranteed pension is "part of the bargain we make as a good employer."
Among other points of corporate pride are the company's safety and economic records, with no em-ployee lost-time injuries for more than three years and no economic layoffs, despite tough times. "Even if we weren't profitable, I would have resisted letting people go," says Dilger. Indeed, Pembina hasn't imposed layoffs since it became a public company 20 years ago.
For Dilger, treating employees well is part of the "secret sauce for success." Growth, of course, is also key, but so is employee engagement. "You can have a life-long career here if you do a good job," says Dilger, "with lots of opportunities to move around and undertake new challenges."
Indeed, Corporate Planning and Finance Analyst Carla Sponheimer has benefited from a number of opportunities in her six years with Pembina. Hired as a University of Calgary student before she finished her degree, Sponheimer says the company wants its employees to "grow professionally and personally."
Pembina also provided workplace flexibility for Sponheimer to finish her undergraduate degree and did the same as she earned a CFA designation, with the company covering all costs. Says Sponheimer: "Pembina appreciates that my success contributes to its success."