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Bell Canada
Bell Canada employees collaborating at stand-up work stations, piloted for an agile work environment

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018)

Here are some of the reasons why Bell Canada was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and Montreal's Top Employers (2017):

  • Bell Canada encourages employees to become owners through a share purchase plan and offers a number of additional financial incentives, including signing and year-end bonuses for some employees and referral bonuses of up to $2,500
  • Bell Canada created the national "Let's Talk" initiative to support mental health awareness initiatives across Canada (a total commitment of over $100 million) and encourages employees to get involved in the community with matching charitable donations as well as financial donations to charities where employees volunteer their time (up to $2,500)
  • Head office employees at Bell Canada receive subsidized membership to a fully-equipped onsite fitness facility with instructor-led classes (from Zumba to spinning) as well as access to nutritionist, massage therapist and physiotherapist services -- the company also maintains three fitness centres in Montréal that employees can access with their single membership
Bell Canada employees can work where they want with wi-fi access on each of its campuses   (Photo credit: Shan Qiao)

Employer Background

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Established in Canada 1880
Publicly traded yes
Parent company BCE Inc.
Parent company head office Montréal QC
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Halifax NS, Winnipeg MB, Saint John NB, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 37,137
Part-time employees in Canada 9,520
Full-time employees worldwide 37,929
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 3.7%
Average age of employees in Canada 41.4
Longest serving employee 50.6 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, online car-pool sign-up, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features physical workplace and amenities vary by office location, Bell's Mississauga office features onsite gyms while Bell Media's historic Toronto office houses CP24 and other programs, Bell's Montréal head office is LEED certified and features electric vehicle parking, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, television, pool table, foosball table, board games, table tennis, private phone rooms, self-serve library and reading area, outdoor terrace with parasols
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, marche-style cafeteria, onsite coffee shop
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (Zumba, spinning, cardio-interval, step combo), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, sauna, shower facilities, nutritionist, massage therapist and physiotherapist services, outdoor space for volleyball, ball hockey and basketball, single membership provides access to all three facilities in Montréal
Other nearby amenities golf course, tennis club (with over 20 indoor courts), spa (with discounted employee membership), Elgar Community Centre, fitness club, Domaine St. Paul & Lac Des Battures (features 26 hectares of forest with walking trails and a bird sanctuary), daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, 10 km of illuminated bicycle paths, outdoor rinks and cross-country ski trails, a number of parks with playgrounds

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name various committees at locations across Canada (est. 2007)
Recent social events each of Bell's departments organize dedicated social events and celebrations throughout the year, including an offsite event at Mont Tremblant, annual barbecues, a scavenger hunt, holiday celebrations and a bowling tournament (to name a few), Bell also maintains employee sports teams and clubs, from baseball to chess and bowling to hockey (pre-dating the NHL, Bell's first teams played in 1903, competing for the Telephone Trophy)
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications quarterly town hall meetings, annual meetings with the CEO hosted at locations across the country (including live webcasts for some of the meetings), InTouch (retiree newsletter)

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note Bell Canada 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 yes
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,500) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance, discounted auto lease rates, subsidized home internet, participates in over 20 salary surveys annually to ensure competitive compensation across its diverse business

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B

Health plan note Bell Canada 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
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, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Other health plan information dedicated mental health and wellness site on the company's intranet, which features articles, videos, training and a variety of related resources, retirees have access to "MyFuture" health benefits program (with no employer paid premiums)
Family-friendly benefits note Bell Canada has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $15,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 67% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 67% of salary for 12 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 67% of salary for 12 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, daycare centre onsite
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information maternity and parental leave programs vary by employee group and location, to 75% for 25 weeks (Atlantic Canada), to 75% for 15 weeks for new mothers and 75% for 10 weeks for new fathers and adoptive parents (Ontario)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B

Vacation note Bell 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 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 4 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 36 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 1 month
Additional time-off information depending on their group, employees can purchase 2 to 5 extra days of vacation through benefit flex credits or payroll deductions

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, (each business unit at Bell has a formal recognition program and presents awards to employees each quarter), Bravo Award program to recognize remarkable achievements and performance (presented at an annual gala that has featured musical guests such as Blue Rodeo, Sam Roberts Band, Sarah McLachlan and Nikki Yanofsky), long service awards since 1931, leading to the President's Wallet Program to commemorate employee retirement
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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs formal leadership development program (focused on new and existing leaders as well as the development of the next generation of leaders), mental health training initiative

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 1 paid day)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 336,000 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 3,000 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Queen's University ($1 million Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair), Fondation de l'Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec ($1 million), Nunavut's Embrace Life Council (suicide prevention initiative), over 70 grants to community organizations providing mental health care at the community level (from $5,000 to $25,000), and numerous other initiatives and events across the country
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative is one of the largest commitments to mental health in Canada, with a total commitment of over $100 million over a decade. Employees support many of the program's initiatives, including the annual Bell Let's Talk Day, a high-profile campaign to reduce stigma and raise funds to fight mental illness. Since the initiative was launched in 2010, the campaign has funded more than 700 partner organizations who have worked with over 1.7 million people across the country.

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

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

  • In addition to managing the widely recognized "Bell Let's Talk" campaign, the company maintains an internal mental health policy and offers enhanced benefits coverage for mental health care -- Bell Canada also supported the creation of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace and is the first company to adopt the standard internally, providing all managers with Workplace Mental Health certificate training
  • Bell Canada established an LGBT network in 2009 to support the inclusion and professional development of LGBT employees and also developed formal guidelines and resources to support employees, their leaders and their teams through the gender transition process -- resources include information on gender identity at work, an FAQ for leaders and a terminology guide
  • For the past 11 years, Bell Canada has sponsored female executives' participation in career development programs such as The Judy Project and the International Women's Foundation fellowship -- the company also maintains the national "Women at Bell" network to provide professional development, mentoring and networking opportunities
Bell Canada employees on the official committee for the 'Bell Let's Talk' mental health initiative


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Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Halifax NS, Winnipeg MB, Saint John NB, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 38,671
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Executive Vice President, Corporate Services (Chair of Bell's diversity leadership team)
Formal commitment maintains a diversity leadership council comprised of executive representation from each of the company's 12 business units, employs staff dedicated to diversity and inclusion
Employee resource groups Women at Bell, LGBT Network
Diversity highlights Language Diversity Program to help employees improve their French or English, supplier diversity program to increase representation of women- and minority-owned businesses, re-launched its diversity questionnaire to collect additional data on the company's workforce, celebrations and events to recognize important dates such as Black History Month, International Women's Day, Pride and International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Canadian Business SenseAbility (member), Career Edge (20-year partnership to recruit internationally educated professionals), Canadian Lesbian and Gay Chamber of Commerce (member), Canada Company (hiring veterans), Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council (member)

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

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

  • Bell Canada has added over 40 electric vehicle charging stations for employees looking to plug-in at work and also partners with Add Énergie and the Province of Québec to install e-charging stations at locations across the province
  • Bell Canada is an early adopter of green building strategies with its first building certified LEED Gold in 2011 -- the company's property portfolio also includes a variety of uniquely green features such as green roofs, white roofs, solar panels, rainwater collection, native plantings and bird mating protection zones
  • Along with local partnerships and initiatives, Bell Canada is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, a sponsor of the Global Compact Network Canada and reports to the Carbon Disclosure Project (since 2004)
Bell Canada employees have access to 44 charging stations for electric cars at the company's head office


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Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Halifax NS, Winnipeg MB, Saint John NB, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 38,671
Employee green team Corporate Responsibility & Environment group (est. in the 1980's)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Executive Vice President of Corporate Services
Extended recycling organics, batteries, cable, telecommunications equipment (everything from technology to cable to utility poles), electronic waste (partnership with Ecotech Québec), hazardous waste management program
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, 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 United Nations Global Compact, Global Compact Network Canada, Carbon Disclosure Project, Global e-Sustainability Initiative, Earth Hour, Earth Day, Pousses urbaines, Ecoquartier Verdun, One Tree Planted, Voyagez futé, Computer for Schools Program
Head office LEED Gold
Other location LEED Gold
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, electric vehicle charging stations, white roof, motion sensitive lighting, use of native plant species on grounds and a ban on pesticide and rodenticides, biodegradable flatware and cutlery in cafeteria, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

The Career Directory

Bell Canada has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Bell MTS employees, now part of Bell Canada

Highlights for New Grads

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Parent company BCE Inc.
Parent company head office Montréal QC
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Halifax NS, Winnipeg MB, Saint John NB, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 25,000 to 50,000
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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Corporate Strategy and M&A Analyst, Applications Developer, Business Analyst, Business Intelligence Specialist, Communications Specialist, Environmental Responsibility Advisor, Financial Analyst, Financial Planning Manager, HR Specialist, Marketing Specialist, Network Architect, Pre-Sales Engineer, Project Specialist, Recruitment Specialist, RF Engineer, Sales Consultant, Systems Integrator, Technical Consultant, Talent Acquisition Consultant, Project Manager
Starting salary $60K to $65K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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