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Shell Canada Limited
Shell CEO, Ben Van Beurden, at the opening of the Quest Carbon Capture Storage facility in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

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

Here are some of the reasons why Shell Canada Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and Alberta's Top Employers (2016):

  • Shell Canada encourages ongoing employee development through a variety of initiatives including tuition subsidies for courses at outside institutions, apprenticeship programs, a variety of in-house training initiatives hosted at the head office's dedicated training centre as well as a dedicated women's career development program
  • Shell Canada offers exceptional financial rewards, including a share purchase plan, generous year-end bonuses, a hybrid pension program, discounted financial services through the Shell Credit Union, and even discounts on gasoline purchases at the pump
  • Shell Canada ranks among Canada's leading corporate donors, supporting approximately 600 charitable initiatives last year and encourages employees to get involved in their community with up to 3 paid days off each year to volunteer and matching financial donations to charities where employees volunteer their time and donate funds
  • Shell Canada provides maternity leave top-up payments for new moms and offers assistance in finding daycare centres and nursery schools when employees are ready to head back to work -- the company also helps employees find retirement residences and eldercare services for employees who are caring for older parents
Shell Canada employees unveil Disability Employment Awareness Month prospect art, depicting diversity and abilities in the workplace

Employer Background

Industry Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Royal Dutch Shell
Parent company head office The Hague, Netherlands
Major Canadian hiring locations Fort Saskatchewan AB, Fort McMurray AB, Sarnia ON, Calgary AB, Fort St. John BC
Full-time employees in Canada 8,307
Part-time employees in Canada 83
Full-time employees worldwide 90,000
Average age of employees in Canada 41.9
Longest serving employee 46 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features Shell Canada's work environment varies with the company's diverse operations across the country, ranging from its downtown Calgary head office with great views of the distant Rocky Mountains to remote exploration sites and refineries, the company recently launched a project to create a modern sharing Smart Workplace to integrate technology and work space design reflecting the evolving nature of work, the office includes ergonomic assessments for employees (which includes technology review and adjustable workstation designs), telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, board games, new single brew coffee stations (includes cappuccino, lattes and steamed milk), for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (pilates, cycling, yoga, personal training, Western line dancing and belly dancing classes), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities fitness club, Prince's Island Park (on the Bow River), daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, connected to the city's Plus-15 enclosed walkway system (offers all-weather access throughout the downtown)

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name The Chinook Club (est. 1953)
Recent social events across the company employees enjoy various holiday celebrations, sports days, spa visits, charitable fundraising activities, retiree luncheons, holiday celebrations, and the annual employee Stampede breakfast (with over 400 tickets raffled for the grandstand show)
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications quarterly meetings, town hall-style meetings with the President

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-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounts on gasoline purchases and bonus Air Miles with Shell MasterCard, discounted financial services through the Shell Credit Union, new employee referral bonuses (vary by position), employees are first enrolled into the defined contribution pension plan and moved to the defined benefit pension plan after 10 years of service

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
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, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $1,500 each year
Fitness club subsidy up to $400 each year
Other health plan information retirees also may receive an annual health spending account (to $1,500)
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information assistance in finding daycare centres, nursery schools, retirement residences and eldercare services anywhere across the country

Vacation & Personal Time-Off A

Vacation note Shell Canada 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 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 15 personal days off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 2 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 24 months
Additional time-off information the number of paid personal days off are dependent on position and location

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, annual bonus payments (available to all regular employees), employees can nominate co-workers (or deserving managers) for special recognition awards, which include a variety of tailored awards, from restaurant dinners to weekend getaways in Banff
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 6 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 6 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, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 75% of tuition per year
Unique training & development programs women's career development program, diversity awareness program, head office training centre with 5 classrooms (home of the Shell University and Learn@Shell programs)

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, (up to 3 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 5,000 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 600 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Alberta Ballet Company, Banff Trail Community Association, Calgary Immigrant Educational Society, Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter Association, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Canadian Red Cross, Queen's Eco Vehicle Team, Skate Canada (Alberta, NWT-Nunavut), Wood Buffalo Youth Science Foundation, to name only a few
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Shell's longstanding and generous charitable program focuses on 3 primary areas, the environment, education and employee volunteerism. Projects range from grassroots campaigns to high-profile environmental and educational initiatives, with a focus on support for charitable projects that make a difference in the communities where it operates. The company has endowed charitable programs, including the Shell Environmental Fund and the Community Service Fund, to encourage employees to assist public service initiatives in their communities. In addition to receiving up to 3 paid days off for community service, employees can also apply for up to 30 days of unpaid leave to volunteer with their chosen initiatives.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Shell Canada Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016):

  • Shell Canada created a dedicated graduate program, a 2- to 5-year accelerated career progression program that includes structured training and placement in hands-on roles -- the program may be tailored to have a specific focus, such as technical, commercial or global functions
  • Shell Canada offers "assessed internships", paid internships which provide students with an opportunity to work on projects that are specifically matched to their interests and abilities -- assessed interns join a project team, are assigned a mentor, a buddy, a supervisor, and an HR representative, are formally assessed throughout the program and present a summary of their work, learning, and achievements at the end of the term -- if successful, interns are usually placed in the Shell Graduate program
  • Shell Canada's recruitment team hosts virtual and face-to-face events for interns to network, learn more about Shell and hear from senior leaders, HR staff and other employees -- additionally, the company manages a New Professional Network, which aims to create an engaged and interactive community of employees who are new to the company
Shell Canada employee discusses career paths and possibilities with Aboriginal students through the Shell Canada supported Indspire career workshop and mentoring programs for Indigenous youth


Industry Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction
Major Canadian hiring locations Fort Saskatchewan AB, Fort McMurray AB, Sarnia ON, Calgary AB, Fort St. John BC
Full-time employees in Canada 9,194
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
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 Shell Canada is developing a dedicated power engineering program to help employees achieve 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st Class tickets

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Shell Canada Limited was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016):

  • Shell Canada created a 14-week career development program to help female employees achieve personal and professional goals and manages "Senior Women Connect", a dedicated leadership program for senior-level women
  • Shell Canada launched its fourth annual cross-regional diversity and inclusion week across Canada, Brazil and the United States, which included employee network fairs, lunch and learns, Aboriginal awareness sessions and senior leadership engagement sessions
  • In addition to tracking recruitment activity, Shell Canada notes employee attendance of diverse recruitment events and shares this information with human resources through a quarterly newsletter
Shell Canada employees at the Pride Parade in Calgary, Alberta   (Photo credit: Christy D Swanberg)


Industry Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction
Major Canadian hiring locations Fort Saskatchewan AB, Fort McMurray AB, Sarnia ON, Calgary AB, Fort St. John BC
Full-time employees in Canada 9,194
Workforce representation female employees (25 %), female managers (23 %), visible minority employees (13 %), visible minority managers (8 %), Aboriginal employees (4 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT
Employee resource groups AbNet (Aboriginal peoples), Shell's Women's Network, New Professional's Network, Hispanic Network, AfNet (African Network), Asia Network, LGBT Network, enAble (persons with disabilities)
Formal commitment 3 diversity recruiters
Unique diversity initiatives International Day of Persons with Disabilities recognition events, annual Aboriginal awareness week, extensive training available on a number of topics, such as managing inclusion, cross cultural skills and gender balance
Diversity community partnerships Lilith Professional (mentoring for women), Champions Career Centre (work placements for persons with disabilities), Prospects (work placements for persons with disabilities), Inclusion Works (annual recruitment fair)

The Career Directory

Shell Canada Limited has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Shell Canada employee discusses career paths with Aboriginal students as part of the company's Indspire programs for Aboriginal youth

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction
Parent company Royal Dutch Shell
Parent company head office The Hague, Netherlands
Major Canadian hiring locations Fort Saskatchewan AB, Fort McMurray AB, Sarnia ON, Calgary AB, Fort St. John BC
Full-time employees in Canada 8,307
Part-time employees in Canada 83
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
Other info for new grads Shell Canada manages a New Professional Network as well as a dedicated development program for recent graduates.
Typical new grad positions Engineering, Geosciences, Business, Corporate
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

Academic fields recruited

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