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TELUS Corporation
TELUS employee taking advantage of the company's 'Work Styles' program that offers staff a range of alternative working options

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

Here are some of the reasons why TELUS Corporation was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and BC's Top Employers (2017):

  • TELUS encourages employees to work from home through a formal "Work Styles" program, designed to help employees easily adopt flexible work arrangements where possible -- the long-term initiative aims to have 70% of employees in major centres able to work from home or on a mobile basis for part of the time
  • TELUS employs a Chief Wellness Officer to support employee efforts to make healthy choices and launched a 12-week "Self-Health" pilot program to help employees take better long-term care of their health and minimize the risk of illness and disease
  • TELUS' new corporate headquarters in Vancouver (TELUS Garden) received LEED Platinum certification for its many energy-saving (and producing) features and was designed to better accommodate the changing nature of work for many employees, offering telepresence rooms, reservable walk-station treadmill desks and onsite restaurants that offer their own online ordering system
TELUS employees enjoying a team member celebration at TELUS Garden

Employer Background

Industry Telecommunications
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Burnaby BC, New Westminster BC, Edmonton AB, Québec QC, Rimouski QC, Surrey BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Prince George BC, Mississauga ON, Longueuil QC, Scarborough ON, Barrie ON, Saint-Laurent QC, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Sainte-Marie QC
Full-time employees in Canada 23,328
Part-time employees in Canada 3,312
Full-time employees worldwide 44,274
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 21%
Average age of employees in Canada 39.9
Longest serving employee 47 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, free parking, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features employees recently moved into the new state-of-the-art TELUS Garden head office, which occupies an entire city block in downtown Vancouver, the new structure incorporates energy efficient design (already receiving LEED Platinum certification) and features the city's largest rooftop solar panel installation, triple-glazed windows, a rainwater harvesting system for non-potable water, outdoor terraces and state-of-the-art building control systems, the building is projected to reduce energy demand by up to 90% and reduce CO2 emissions by 1 million kilograms annually (the equivalent of planting 25,000 trees every year), additional workplace features include state-of-the-art telepresence rooms, reservable walkstation treadmill desks, exterior walls to showcase local works of art and broadcast cultural events, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, video games, pool table, foosball table, table hockey, board games, table tennis, branded Cafe Fresh kiosks, rooftop patios and gardens, outdoor fireplaces
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals, new head office also features two onsite restaurants (Glowbal and Nosh, which features its own online ordering system)
Onsite fitness facility shared use facility, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, boot camp), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, personal trainer services at discounted rates, massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractor
Other nearby amenities YMCA (with onsite daycare), fitness club, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Robson Street, Pacific Centre Mall (with underground access to the SkyTrain), Robson Street, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Public Library, BC Place and Rogers Arena

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Recent social events each business unit organizes its own events each year (either entirely or partially funded by the company), events include barbecues, boat cruises, golfing, summer picnics, company-wide holiday galas and parties, a unique Customers First Champions Gala (hosted by senior leadership for up to 300 customer service employees and their guests) as well as a number of recognition events during the year
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working, can bring pets to work when needed, concierge services available
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications interactive forums where employees can meet the CEO and executive leadership team and ask questions, podcasts and a CEO blog, internal social network (called JAM)

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note TELUS 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
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $5,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home internet, company discounts included on home phone, internet, television and wireless services, discounts also extend to retirees and employee friends and family, unique Life Balance Account (includes $500 to be used as employees wish, from savings to weekend getaways), performance share options for senior leadership

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan note TELUS 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
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 10 hours per week
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, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Other health plan information eye care coverage includes eye examinations, hosts regular healthy lifestyle challenges for employees (including the winter National Fitbit Challenge and the autumn Trektober Challenge), recently launched a Self-Health pilot program, providing health screening and biometric testing, a wearable device to track physical activity levels, access to coaches to develop wellness action plans and resources to help employees maintain long-term healthy lifestyle
Family-friendly benefits note TELUS has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $9,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 70% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, academic scholarships of up to $2,000 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information formal work-from-home strategy for eligible employees through the Work Styles at TELUS program (the company's goal is to have up 70% of eligible employees to incorporate off-site work into their work routines), depending on their group some employees receive maternity top-up payments to 95% of salary for 15 to 17 weeks, emergency daycare services (available at some locations)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B+

Vacation note TELUS 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 8 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 3 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Self-funded/deferred salary leave yes
Additional time-off information duration of leave varies by request (an employee is currently on leave serving as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in Alberta)

Employee Engagement & Performance A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 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), peer-to-peer Bravo rewards program, Customers First Champions recognition program for customer-facing employees, TELUS Legends awards for current and former employees who have worked a minimum of 20 years, President's Club and Premier Club programs for top performing sales employees
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 A+

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
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs attainment of professional accreditation is recognized by pay increases or through incentive rewards, leadership development programs (from junior to senior personnel)

Community Involvement A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 4,400 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported David Foster Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, TELUS Ride for Dad, Free the Children, World Wildlife Fund Canada, Hockey Education Reach Out Society, Tree Canada, Salvation Army
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight TELUS directs its charitable giving through employee time, expertise, technology and financial support in three major areas, health and healthcare, education and a healthy environment. In the past year, employees, retirees, friends and families logged over 830,000 volunteer hours through the formal TELUS Days of Giving initiative and together, with company contributions, raised over $43 million for charitable and community initiatives across the country -- the decade-long Days of Giving program has helped to raise over $440 million and contributed over 6.8 million volunteer hours since its establishment

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

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

  • TELUS manages a rotational leadership development program for new university or college graduates, hiring grads for a 24- to 36-month period in finance, marketing and engineering disciplines -- participants gain hands-on experience through multiple business roles, receive coaching and mentoring, interact regularly with senior management and the leadership team, and participate in a number of formal and informal development opportunities
  • TELUS created the Innovation Project, a nationwide internal business case competition to encourage innovative thinking amongst employees -- participants identify an area of opportunity that will add value to the organization and present a business case to mentors and senior leaders in various rounds until a final winner is selected
  • Each year, TELUS hosts a Social Enterprise Competition, allowing employees to share ideas for a social enterprise that will help Canadians enhance their well-being -- the winning team receives $50,000 in seed capital and a 6-month paid secondment to bring their idea to life -- last year's winning idea was "TELUS WISE Social", an online tool that provides parents with insights into their children's social media activities
TELUS executives presenting the inaugural Business Community Champion award at the company's Lower Mainland Celebration of Giving event

Highlights

Industry Telecommunications
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Burnaby BC, New Westminster BC, Edmonton AB, Québec QC, Rimouski QC, Surrey BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Prince George BC, Mississauga ON, Longueuil QC, Scarborough ON, Barrie ON, Saint-Laurent QC, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Sainte-Marie QC
Full-time employees in Canada 23,328
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
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 TELUS maintains a strong presence on campus, participating in a number of events to reach out to the next generation including information sessions, career fairs, tech talks, speed networking, LinkedIn workshops and offering tours of TELUS Innovation Centres as well as open houses at some office locations, offers Leadership Development and Alumni networks for participants of rotational leadership development programs, paid internships also offered in partnership with Career Edge, maintains a Converged Technology Professional apprenticeship program

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

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

  • TELUS maintains "Eagles", a dedicated resource group to provide professional development and networking opportunities for Aboriginal employees -- members work in conjunction with other TELUS teams to develop marketing strategies to better serve the needs of Aboriginal customers as well as promote the company's supplier diversity strategy -- TELUS also supports a number of programs dedicated to Aboriginal youth and created a pilot mentorship program for employees in Edmonton and Vancouver
  • TELUS established a 12-month supplier diversity mentorship program, providing opportunities for 6 diversity-certified companies to work directly with a TELUS executive to develop strategies to strengthen their business
  • With over 1,000 members, TELUS' "Spectrum" group promotes inclusive practices for LGBTQA employees and organizes internal learning and networking opportunities -- Spectrum's Toronto chapter also mentors LGBTQ students (in partnership with the Rotman Commerce Pride Association) and recently expanded mentorship to include students from McMaster University and Ryerson University
TELUS executive and employee at the CHLOE Awards in Vancouver, British Columbia
"Through our Women's Network -- Connections, I've leveraged my strengths and passions for supporting and advancing women in the workplace to take on a leadership role. I've had the privilege of being mentored by fantastic role models as well as working with talented peers to develop events and initiatives that empower and inspire women at TELUS and in the community." Amanda Wong, Senior Marketing Manager

Highlights

Industry Telecommunications
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Burnaby BC, New Westminster BC, Edmonton AB, Québec QC, Rimouski QC, Surrey BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Prince George BC, Mississauga ON, Longueuil QC, Scarborough ON, Barrie ON, Saint-Laurent QC, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Sainte-Marie QC
Full-time employees in Canada 23,328
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives VP of People & Culture and Senior People & Culture Advisor
Formal commitment maintains a diversity and inclusiveness office, responsible for overseeing the company's diversity strategy, and a diversity and inclusiveness council, publishes an annual diversity and inclusiveness report
Employee resource groups ERGs include Abilities Network (persons with disabilities), Alliance (military), Connections (network for women, over 3,900 members, hosted 140 local events), Eagles (Aboriginal peoples), Mosaic (network for new Canadians, 700 members), Spectrum (LGBT), some ERGs have recently expanded to international chapters
Diversity training and awareness training on conscious and unconscious bias
Diversity highlights 5th annual CHLOE awards (recognition program for women organized by Connections resource group), Aboriginal pilot mentorship program in Edmonton and Vancouver, speed mentoring with senior leaders (organized by the MOSAIC resource group), participates in the Career Mentorship program to connect newcomers with experienced professionals for mentoring (joint initiative of immigration employment organizations), maintains gender transition guidelines, events to recognize important dates such as World Autism Awareness Day, International Women's Day and National Aboriginal Day
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Women of Influence, Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, Edmonton Regional Immigrant Employment Council, Immigrant Employment Council of BC, Abilities in Mind, Career Edge, Mosaic, Champion Career Centre, Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Out on Bay Street

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

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

  • TELUS actively encourages employees to work from home through its formal "Work Styles" program, designed to assist employees in adopting flexible work arrangements and reduce the number of trips to and from the office -- the program helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly, not only by reducing employee travel but also the company's overall real estate footprint
  • TELUS' Sustainability Council is comprised of 15 employees who support employee-led Green Teams at offices across the country, organizing a range of events to engage colleagues from promoting carpooling to recycling drives to gardening and composting workshops
  • TELUS' new LEED Platinum certified head office in downtown Vancouver (TELUS Garden) features rooftop solar panels, triple-glazed windows, a rainwater harvesting system for non-potable water, outdoor terraces, and state-of-the-art building control systems -- the building is designed to consume 90 percent less energy than a similar sized building
TELUS' President and CEO greeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at TELUS Garden after the official announcement of the building's LEED Platinum certification

Highlights

Industry Telecommunications
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Burnaby BC, New Westminster BC, Edmonton AB, Québec QC, Rimouski QC, Surrey BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Prince George BC, Mississauga ON, Longueuil QC, Scarborough ON, Barrie ON, Saint-Laurent QC, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Sainte-Marie QC
Full-time employees in Canada 23,328
Employee green team Green Teams (local and open to all employees), National Sustainability Council (comprised of 15 employees who dedicate from 5 to 10 percent of their paid working time to champion sustainability initiatives and support local Green Teams)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Chief Sustainability Officer and the Sustainability Steering Committee (comprised of senior personnel)
Formal strategy/policy name Environmental Management System (aligns with ISO 14001:2004 standards), Environmental Policy (public statement)
Green highlights full suite of teleconferencing products to help business customers reduce unnecessary travel, electronic medical record services (over 9 million patient files stored electronically), Work Styles program (flexible work arrangements leading to reduced commuting emissions and a reduced real estate footprint)
Extended recycling organics (pilot program with intention to expand), all types of electronic waste, batteries, hazardous waste (motor oil, antifreeze), cellphones (including customer phones), furniture (donated where possible), paper use reduction strategy, and recently conducted a waste review and established a 90 percent 5-year waste diversion from landfill target
Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives World Wildlife Foundation (made a $1 million investment over 4 years to support animal and habitat protection initiatives), Tree Canada (over half a million trees and saplings have been planted and maintained since 1998)
Head office LEED Platinum
Other location LEED Pending
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, geothermal heating/cooling, solar air heating, new Calgary (TELUS Sky) is being constructed to meet LEED Platinum standards, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

The Career Directory

TELUS Corporation has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
TELUS employees having fun on the dance floor at the grand opening of TELUS Garden in Vancouver, British Columbia

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Telecommunications
Major Canadian hiring locations Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Burnaby BC, New Westminster BC, Edmonton AB, Québec QC, Rimouski QC, Surrey BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Prince George BC, Mississauga ON, Longueuil QC, Scarborough ON, Barrie ON, Saint-Laurent QC, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Sainte-Marie QC
Full-time employees in Canada 23,328
Part-time employees in Canada 3,312
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
Other info for new grads TELUS continues to support the next generation of leaders in their career success through graduate programs, including a Graduate Engineering Leadership Development Program, a Finance Development Program, and a Marketing Development Program.
Typical new grad positions Product Analyst, Business Analyst, Project Manager, Marketing Coordinator
Starting salary $55K to $60K
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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