Shaw Communications Inc.
Shaw Communications employees

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

Here are some of the reasons why Shaw Communications Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017):

  • Shaw Communications cultivates an ownership culture through a share purchase plan, available to all employees, and offers a range of additional financial benefits including profit-sharing and year-end bonuses for all employees and referral bonuses of up to $1,000
  • Shaw Communications encourages employees to be active in the community by providing paid time off to volunteer and also maintains a Community Action Network comprised of ten employees from across the country to increase engagement with local communities
  • Shaw Communications supports long-term career development through mentoring, tuition subsidies for job-related courses and subsidies for professional accreditation
The Grey Cup makes an appearance at a Shaw Communications employee meeting   (Photo credit: Todd Korol)

Employer Background

Industry Communications, Cable and Subscription Programming
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Kelowna BC, Vancouver BC, Victoria BC, Nanaimo BC, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Mississauga ON
Full-time employees in Canada 10,921
Part-time employees in Canada 1,397
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 6%
Average age of employees in Canada 37
Longest serving employee 45.7 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features Shaw's head office, Shaw Court, is centrally located in downtown Calgary and features 770 works from the company's art collection, a 12-storey open atrium, green walls, onsite shower facilities, telecommuter workstations, nap room, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Other nearby amenities YMCA Eau Claire, fitness club, Bow River Pathway, Prince's Island Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Eau Claire Market

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Company organized social events yes
Recent social events end of year holiday party with all Shaw offices, separate children's holiday celebrations in larger operating regions, Hot for Hotspots contest, FreeRange TV app launch event
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

Financial benefits note Shaw Communications 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-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, 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 $1,000) for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home internet, reduced prices on Shaw premium products and hardware, discounted cable, satellite, internet and phone rates for employees, discounts on Apple and Panasonic products

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan note Shaw Communications has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
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 20 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 30 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, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $2,000 each year
Wellness spending account up to $2,000 each year
Other health plan information unused flex credits can be put towards a health care spending account, a personal wellness account or allocated to a group RRSP program or life insurance premiums, personal wellness account can be used for everything from transit passes to home fitness equipment to child care expenses
Family-friendly benefits note Shaw Communications has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $2,500 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 70% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 70% of salary for 5 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 70% of salary for 20 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 70% of salary for 20 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, academic scholarships of up to $2,500 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B

Vacation note Shaw Communications 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
Vacation jump vacation increases after 10 years of employment
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 leave maximum is 2 weeks

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

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, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel)
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development B+

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, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes

Community Involvement A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
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 19,000 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 1,000 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Kids Cancer Care, Pathways to Education, The Calgary Police Foundation - Youthlink Calgary, Peter Lougheed Leadership College, Canadian Centre for Child Protection
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Shaw's charitable focus includes organizations that benefit youth. The organization created the Shaw Kids Investment Program (SKIP) and partners with over 655 Canadian organizations focused on youth initiatives. Shaw also established a Community Action Network (CAN team) comprised of ten employees across the country who lead teams of employees to volunteer and raise funds in their communities.

The Career Directory

Shaw Communications Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Shaw Communications employees

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Communications, Cable and Subscription Programming
Major Canadian hiring locations Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Kelowna BC, Vancouver BC, Victoria BC, Nanaimo BC, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Mississauga ON
Full-time employees in Canada 10,921
Part-time employees in Canada 1,397
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 Installer, Customer Advisor, Sales Consultant, Technical Service Representative, Administrative Assistant, Coordinator, Analyst, Project Coordinator, Accounts Payable Representative, Technician, Accounts Receivable Representative, Accountant
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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