Saskatchewan Research Council / SRC
Saskatchewan Research Council employees on the Project CLEANS team collecting water samples

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Saskatchewan Research Council / SRC was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2016):

  • Saskatchewan Research Council provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers or adoptive parents, up to 95% of salary for up to 17 weeks
  • Employees working at Saskatchewan Research Council's head office can take advantage of a number of onsite amenities including a cafeteria with healthy and special diet menus, a fully-stocked employee lounge and shared access to an onsite fitness facility, complete with sauna, squash courts and instructor-led classes
  • In addition to 3.6 weeks of starting vacation allowance, Saskatchewan Research Council offers up to 15 paid personal days off to help employees balance personal commitments
Saskatchewan Research Council engineer examining a custom-built mining camera   (Photo credit: Chris Hendrickson)

Employer Background

Industry Research and Development Activities
Parent company Government of Saskatchewan
Parent company head office Saskatoon SK
Major Canadian hiring locations Prince Albert SK, Saskatoon SK, Regina SK, Uranium City SK, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 344
Part-time employees in Canada 24
Average age of employees in Canada 43
Longest serving employee 43 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features outdoor fountains and ponds, indoor fresh water ponds with live fish, private outdoor skating rink in the winter with a warm-up shack, onsite massage and chiropractic services, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, television, pool table, foosball table, table hockey, table tennis
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility shared use facility, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, Zumba, boot camp), weights, sauna, shower facilities, squash courts, ellipticals
Other nearby amenities Saskatoon Field House & Physical Activity Complex, fitness club, Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, library, movie theatre, observatory

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Company organized social events yes
Recent social events long service awards, Innovation Forum (annual event to showcase different research and technology projects taking place across the organization), summer barbecue, Grey Cup party
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

Financial benefits note Saskatchewan Research Council has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 24 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension, non-matching RSP
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Referral bonuses Microsoft Home Use program available for employees, referral bonuses range from $50 to $1,000

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan note Saskatchewan Research Council has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
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, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $750 each year
Other health plan information health spending account is $750 annually for employees with dependents and $550 for single employees
Family-friendly benefits note Saskatchewan Research Council has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, academic scholarships of up to $500 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week

Vacation & Personal Time-Off A

Vacation note Saskatchewan Research Council has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3.6 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 10 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6.6 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 3 days off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 15 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes

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, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, SPOT awards for employees who go above and beyond the call of duty
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development B

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, leadership training, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unique training & development programs mentoring for Engineer-in-Training and Geoscientist-in-Training members, Aboriginal mentorship program to help connect Aboriginal post-secondary students to STEM disciplines

Community Involvement B

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 4 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre, Canadian Cancer Society, Regina Food Bank, United Way
Community highlight Saskatchewan Research Council maintains an Employee Volunteer Program to encourage employees to reach out the communities where they live and work.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Saskatchewan Research Council / SRC was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):

  • To support employee efforts to achieve professional accreditation, Saskatchewan Research Council offers mentoring for Engineers- and Geoscientists-in-Training -- the organization also recently launched an Aboriginal Mentorship Program to connect post-secondary students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines with employee mentors throughout the school year
  • Saskatchewan Research Council's Environmental Analytical Laboratories offers placements for the Prairie Spirit School division, providing grade 12 students with opportunities to gain work experience in areas of interest
  • Saskatchewan Research Council also hosts students from Saskatchewan Polytechnic's chemical technology program for 1-month internships which include a research project for the lab, preparation of a formal report and a class presentation
Saskatchewan Research Council employees taking part in an on-site training program

Highlights

Industry Research and Development Activities
Major Canadian hiring locations Prince Albert SK, Saskatoon SK, Regina SK, Uranium City SK, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 344
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Career development in-house training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3.6 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

The Career Directory

Saskatchewan Research Council / SRC has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Saskatchewan Research Council employee working in the organization's newly opened Aquatic Toxicology Lab

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Research and Development Activities
Parent company Government of Saskatchewan
Parent company head office Saskatoon SK
Major Canadian hiring locations Prince Albert SK, Saskatoon SK, Regina SK, Uranium City SK, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 344
Part-time employees in Canada 24
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Starting salary $40K to $45K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3.6 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited


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