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Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Blackcomb's scenic landscape   (Photo credit: David McColm)

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

Here are some of the reasons why Whistler Blackcomb was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2017):

  • Whistler Blackcomb is a longstanding environmental leader -- the resort established an environmental management strategy back in 1993 with the aim of developing a model of environmental and social stewardship for ski and mountain resort operations -- the strategy includes everything from watershed protection to native species planting to low-emission snowmobiles and shared-use bicycle programs
  • Whistler Blackcomb provides housing for its full- and part-time seasonal employees (with room for 1,100 employees) along with discounted mountain passes and free access to an onsite fitness facility that features instructor-led classes, including yoga and mountain-fit programs
  • Whistler Blackcomb provides its many younger employees opportunities to build careers in the same place they play through apprenticeships, co-op work terms and paid internships -- and follows up throughout their careers with a variety of in-house and online training programs, formal mentoring and tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions
Whistler Blackcomb employees on the 'Mountain Hosts' team

Highlights

Industry Skiing and Resort Operations
Established in Canada 1997
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc.
Parent company head office Whistler BC
Major Canadian hiring locations Whistler BC, Vancouver BC, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Winnipeg MB, Ottawa ON, Saskatoon SK, Calgary AB, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 3,250
Part-time employees in Canada 1,108
Average age of employees in Canada 35
Longest serving employee 46 years
Long-term savings matching RSP
Health spending account up to $150 each year
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours, earned days off program
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
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 Greenest Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Whistler Blackcomb was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):

  • Whistler Blackcomb supports a unique "Habitat Improvement Team" compromised community members, employees and even guests who work to protect, restore and enhance fish and wildlife habitat in the Whistler area -- established back in 1997, the group works with local government and businesses and has completed over 100 projects as part of a comprehensive community sustainability plan entitled "Whistler 2020"
  • Whistler Blackcomb manages an in-house "Workplace Conservation Awareness" program to actively reduce energy consumption across the resort -- the initiative includes a cross-sectional team of 15 employees who meet monthly to develop and manage programs designed to improve conservation efforts and increase general awareness of sustainability -- in addition, the resort recently added a 10 person team to oversee efforts in the food and beverage division (the single largest energy consumer in the resort)
  • Whistler Blackcomb recently established an Environmental Fund to provide annual grants to registered non-profit organizations working to improve the natural environment in the Sea to Sky Corridor -- the fund has provided over $352,000 to date through generous voluntary staff donations, which are in turn matched by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation
  • Whistler Blackcomb introduced aggressive recycling and composting programs in 2005 and has since implemented a number of initiatives as it works toward the goal of zero waste -- impressively, the resort reduced its waste by as much as 70 percent annually over a baseline year of 2000
Whistler Blackcomb employees contributing ideas for a sustainable workplace during a company town hall

Highlights

Major Canadian hiring locations Whistler BC, Vancouver BC, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Winnipeg MB, Ottawa ON, Saskatoon SK, Calgary AB, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 2,987
Employee green team Workplace Conservation Awareness (cross-sectional team of 15 employees)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Vice President, Planning, Government Relations & Special Projects
Green highlights Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Environmental Fund, longstanding "Operation Green-Up" program (ongoing initiative to enhance the natural environment, including projects to limit erosion in watersheds, protect drinking water, and apply planting strategies that reintroduce native species and seed mixes to support resident wildlife), eco-tourism initiatives in the summer months (includes educational tours and education program for kids), unnecessary idling policy, lower-emission snowmobiles, shared bicycle program, over 65 employees participate in a carpool program that utilizes eight company vehicles, and extensive Monitoring, Targeting and Reporting programs to reduce energy consumption in snow-making operations and its food and beverage operations (two operational areas that consume the most energy)
In-house waste reduction and recycling all plastics (from 1 through 7) plastic bags, sleeves, food wrappers, cup lids, polystyrene containers, electronics, computers, print supplies, batteries, rubber tires and tubes, light bulbs, wood waste, all metals (including ski poles), used motor oil, anti-freeze, waste cooking oil, paint
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Earth Hour, Bike to Work Week, Environment Week, the Commuter Challenge, partnership with BC Hydro and Power Smart Partners
Other location LEED Pending

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

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

  • Whistler Blackcomb provides paid internships and co-op opportunities to students in a number of areas including operations, retail, interactive marketing, public relations, marketing, snow school, human resources, guest relations and lift operations
  • Additionally, Whistler Blackcomb offers a number of in-house apprenticeships and skilled trades training, and recently created a culinary apprenticeship program with the aim of employing 3 apprentices per level per year (professional cook levels one, two and three)
Whistler Blackcomb employee

Highlights

Industry Skiing and Resort Operations
Major Canadian hiring locations Whistler BC, Vancouver BC, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Winnipeg MB, Ottawa ON, Saskatoon SK, Calgary AB, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 3,250
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, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives mentoring for students ages 15 to 17 in the Ski and Snowboard School or Bike Park of the Whistler Kids department, work placements for high school students

The Career Directory

Whistler Blackcomb has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Whistler Blackcomb lift maintenance employees

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Skiing and Resort Operations
Parent company Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc.
Parent company head office Whistler BC
Major Canadian hiring locations Whistler BC, Vancouver BC, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Winnipeg MB, Ottawa ON, Saskatoon SK, Calgary AB, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 3,250
Part-time employees in Canada 1,108
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 offers seasonal and year round jobs in divisions such as Ski School, Food and Beverage, Guest Services, Retail and Rentals, and Operations, to name a few
Typical new grad positions Kids Camp Child Care Worker, Instructor, Accounts Payable / Receivable Clerk, Revenue Representative, Retail / Rental Host, Sales and Marketing, Graphic Designer, Receptionist, Administrative Assistant, Lift Maintenance Mechanic, Data Entry Clerk, Computer User Support, Human Resources, Food and Beverage, Guest Services, Mechanic, Millwright, Plumber, Carpenter, Electrician
Starting salary $25K or less
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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