SaskTel
SaskTel employees volunteer at a local soup kitchen

Recognized as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why SaskTel was selected as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2017):

  • SaskTel employees and retirees donate thousands of volunteer hours through the longstanding "SaskTel Pioneers" club, supporting and raising funds for community projects across the province
  • SaskTel's downtown head office features an onsite fitness facility, open 24/7 and offering a variety of instructor-led fitness classes -- employees enjoy free memberships and their immediate family members may also use the facility on weekends and holidays
  • SaskTel encourages ongoing employee development with generous tuition subsidies for courses related and indirectly related to their current position (up to $2,500) and offers a variety of in-house training programs including summer employment opportunities, paid internships, co-op and apprenticeship programs to help the next generation gain career-level experience
SaskTel employees participate in the annual Santa event for children with special needs   (Photo credit: Pat Dudley)

Highlights

Industry Telecommunications
Established in Canada 1908
Major Canadian hiring locations Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Moose Jaw SK, Swift Current SK, Yorkton SK, Weyburn SK, Estevan SK, Prince Albert SK, North Battleford SK
Full-time employees in Canada 3,102
Part-time employees in Canada 649
Average age of employees in Canada 44
Longest serving employee 47 years
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension, non-matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Health spending account up to $525 each year
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, earned days off program
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer

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

Here are some of the reasons why SaskTel was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):

  • SaskTel created the SaskTel YOUTHnetwork program, a short- and long-term strategy to improve current employment opportunities and encourage young people, specifically underprivileged youth or Aboriginal groups, to pursue technology-based post-secondary education -- the program has three strategic areas of focus: student awareness for elementary schools, high school and post-secondary studies
  • In partnership with local high schools, SaskTel launched the YOUTHnetwork mentorship program to connect employees with students through regular email communication as well as in-person afternoon meetings once a month -- students also have the opportunity to job-shadow their mentor, tour the organization's facilities and participate in related activities
  • Working with Prairie South School Division and the Information Communication Technology Council, SaskTel offers the "Focus on Information (FIT) Program" to secondary students in select schools -- the 2-year program teaches high school students essential ICT and business skills and has four main areas of focus: business and information analysis, software design and development, network and operations support, and interactive media
  • SaskTel participates in the InRoads program, an Aboriginal-focused internship that includes pre-employment guidance and career counselling -- the organization also administers the SaskTel Aboriginal Youth Awards of Excellence program in partnership with the Wicihitowin Foundation to honour Aboriginal youth for their achievements
SaskTel employee participates in the I Am Stronger initiative against bullying   (Photo credit: Jennifer McLeod)

Highlights

Industry Telecommunications
Major Canadian hiring locations Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Moose Jaw SK, Swift Current SK, Yorkton SK, Weyburn SK, Estevan SK, Prince Albert SK, North Battleford SK
Full-time employees in Canada 3,102
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives works with a number of post-secondary institutions to offer pre-employment workshops, mock interview sessions, mentoring and networking events, offers job-shadowing opportunities, maintains the Next Great Employee Network, YOUTHnetwork scholarships for grade 12 students

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

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

  • SaskTel's Aboriginal recruitment strategy aims to increase the number of Aboriginal employees in the workforce through partnerships with First Nations bands, tribal councils and Aboriginal employment agencies, career fair attendance, and participation in networking events hosted by the Aboriginal Government Employee Network and the Interprovincial Aboriginal Network of Employees
  • SaskTel also maintains a hiring strategy for persons with disabilities and conducts information sessions and pre-employment workshops with community partners -- additionally, the organization created the Supported Employment program for candidates with cognitive disabilities, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Abilities Council
  • For over 20 years, SaskTel has maintained an Aboriginal employee network, which hosts lunch and learn events, medicine walks, and teachings by Aboriginal elders -- the organization's resource group for persons with disabilities also hosts lunch and learn sessions on topics related to disabilities such as schizophrenia, autism and dementia, and has consulted on technical issues affecting SaskTel customers with disabilities
SaskTel accountant Jessy showing some SaskTel pride

Highlights

Industry Telecommunications
Major Canadian hiring locations Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Moose Jaw SK, Swift Current SK, Yorkton SK, Weyburn SK, Estevan SK, Prince Albert SK, North Battleford SK
Full-time employees in Canada 3,102
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives VP, Human Resources and Corporate Services
Formal commitment maintains a diversity department and strategies to address diversity and inclusion and Aboriginal recruitment
Employee resource groups NextGEN (young people), SAEN (Aboriginal peoples), SEND (persons with disabilities)
Diversity highlights database of Aboriginal-owned and operated businesses for future tenders and contracts (in partnership with Aboriginal Procurement Advisory Panel), Aboriginal cultural awareness training, Supported Employment program for candidates with cognitive disabilities
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships partnerships with a number of post-secondary institutions to offer scholarships and mentoring opportunities to youth (including Aboriginal students), First Nations Employment Center, Keewatin Career Development Network, Saskatchewan Abilities Council (employment for persons with disabilities)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why SaskTel was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • In 2014, a group of environmentally conscious SaskTel employees formed the SaskTel EnviroCare committee with the mission to "create a greener community and promote environmental awareness and initiatives through the collaboration and engagement of employees" -- the group has already completed a number of community initiatives including working with the Nature Conservancy of Canada at one of its properties and developing organic gardens with the University of Regina
  • SaskTel has extensive and longstanding in-house recycling programs for batteries, printer cartridges, office paper, light bulbs, phone books, wire and cabling -- in communities across the province, the organization and the SaskTel Pioneers volunteer club sponsor local recycling projects for a variety of household items including paint, batteries, used office furniture and old telephone directories
  • SaskTel recently completed renovations to approximately 1,500 square metres of office space, including an onsite fitness centre, achieving LEED Silver certification for commercial interiors -- the renovation is the first project for the company and the first in the province to meet this certification
SaskTel employee participates in a community environmental initiative for the company's EnviroCare Employee Network

Highlights

Industry Telecommunications
Major Canadian hiring locations Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Moose Jaw SK, Swift Current SK, Yorkton SK, Weyburn SK, Estevan SK, Prince Albert SK, North Battleford SK
Full-time employees in Canada 3,102
Employee green team EnviroCare (unique not-for-profit volunteer organization formed by employees)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives VP of Human Resources and Corporate Services (part of The Environment and HR Committee, a sub-committee of the Board of Directors)
Formal strategy/policy name SaskTel Environmental Strategy 2014-2017 (first strategy was developed in 2005)
Green highlights has a unique "environmental category" as part of its flexible health and wellness spending account that lets employees apply their flex-dollars to environmental purchases for day-to-day activities (from transit passes to solar panels to high efficiency appliances for the home), paperless contracts for wireless customers and e-billing options for all accounts
Extended recycling batteries, printer cartridges, fluorescent light bulbs, wire and cabling, office furniture
Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Computers for Schools (company donates used computers), supports the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services (PATH) "Phones for a Fresh Start" program with over 84,000 recycled for donation since 2009, Commuter Challenge
Other location LEED Silver

The Career Directory

SaskTel has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Employees support the organization's I am Stronger initiative against bullying at the SaskTel Summer Invasion

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Telecommunications
Major Canadian hiring locations Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Moose Jaw SK, Swift Current SK, Yorkton SK, Weyburn SK, Estevan SK, Prince Albert SK, North Battleford SK
Full-time employees in Canada 3,102
Part-time employees in Canada 649
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 Programmer Analyst, Engineer, Engineering Assistant, Marketing Analyst, Accountant, Human Resources Manager, Administrative Assistant, Trunking and Switching Technician, Service Technician
Starting salary $45K to $50K
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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