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Shell Canada Limited
Shell Canada employee Carol Elliott in the field

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

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

  • Shell Canada offers exceptional financial rewards, including a share purchase plan, generous year-end bonuses, 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 700 charitable initiatives last year and encourages employees to get involved in their community with up to three 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 elder care services for employees who are caring for older parents

Employer Background

Industry Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Royal Dutch Shell
Parent company head office The Hague, Netherlands
Full-time employees in Canada 9,194
Part-time employees in Canada 85
Full-time employees worldwide 94,000
Average age of employees in Canada 41.3
Longest serving employee 45 years

Physical Workplace

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 in support of the evolving nature of work, the office includes ergonomic assessments for employees, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, board games
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (pilates, cycling, yoga, personal training), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities fitness club, Prince's Island Park on the Bow River, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Employee social committee name The Chinook Club (est. 1953)
Recent social events retiree luncheons, holiday celebrations, employee Stampede breakfast
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

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, discounted financial services through the Shell Credit Union, new employee referral bonuses, employees are first enrolled into the defined contribution pension plan and moved to the defined benefit pension plan after ten years of service

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit 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), eyecare, health plan spending account for additional coverages
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 maternity leave top-up payments for up to six weeks for new mothers, assistance in finding daycare centres, nursery schools, retirement residences and elder care services anywhere across the country

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
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
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

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 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development

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
Unique training & development programs women's career development program, diversity awareness program, head office training centre with five classroom (home of the Shell University and Learn@Shell programs)

Community Involvement

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 5,700 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 700 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Shell's longstanding and generous charitable program focuses on three 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


Industry Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction
Full-time employees in Canada 9,194
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunites, paid internships, tuition subsidies related to job
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


Industry Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction
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)

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