Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd.
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories employee

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

Here are some of the reasons why Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018):

  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories encourages employees to get involved in the community with paid volunteer time -- the organization's charitable program focuses on local school initiatives that draw on employee expertise in health and safety as well as science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories supports its new moms with generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 93% of salary for 52 weeks) and extends this benefit to new dads and adoptive parents (to 75% of salary for 37 weeks)
  • In addition to 3 weeks of starting vacation allowance, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories offers employees up to 4 paid personal days off, which can be scheduled throughout the year
Analytical chemist at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Employer Background

Industry Nuclear Power Technology and Engineering Services
Established in Canada 2014
Parent company Canadian National Energy Alliance
Parent company head office Chalk River ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Port Hope ON, Fredericton NB, Chalk River ON, Ottawa ON, Petawawa ON, Winnipeg MB, Deep River ON, Toronto ON, Renfrew ON, Pembroke ON
Full-time employees in Canada 3,278
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 8.9%
Average age of employees in Canada 43.7 years
Longest serving employee 32 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features campus is situated in a rural, forested setting, offering views of the Ottawa river, the Laurentian Mountains and occasional glimpses of wildlife passing through, the primary building is the Brockhouse Building (named in recognition of Nobel Prize Physics recipient, Bert Brockhouse) with other buildings featuring diverse spaces that reflect work done by a range of employees, from administrative and business services to skilled trades, technical scientists and laboratory workers, the primary building also features telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, onsite library, walking trails
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, market-style cafeteria, onsite Tim Hortons
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (mindfulness and meditation, yoga, pilates), weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities fitness club, forest trails for cycling, running and cross-country skiing in the winter, snowmobile trails, Algonquin Provincial Park, daycare, restaurants

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A+

Employee social committee name Chalk River Social Club (est. 2005)
Recent social events annual holiday social for all employees (and a separate children's Christmas party), summer golf tournament, family water park day, Ottawa RedBlacks CFL football games, social club discounts on everything from winter ski passes to dog training to tickets to Ottawa Senators NHL hockey games
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, internal social media
Other in-house communications quarterly all hands meetings, connecting all sites through video conference, employee clubs (from yoga to photography), alumni network and newsletter for retirees

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B

Financial benefits note Canadian Nuclear Laboratories 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, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits employees hired prior to 2013 participate in a defined benefit pension plan

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 30 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, podiatrist, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $200 each year
Family-friendly benefits note Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $15,000 per lifetime
Additional family-friendly benefits yes
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week
Additional family-friendly information parental leave top-up is 93% of salary for 3 weeks for approximately 8% of the workforce and approximately 4% of the workforce do not receive parental top-up

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B+

Vacation note Canadian Nuclear Laboratories has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
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
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information vacation schedules vary, management employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation to start

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B-

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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, CNL Awards of Excellence, the D.F. Torgenson Discovery Award (for new innovative ideas and suggestions), incentive program for management personnel

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, 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 financial bonuses for course completion ranges from 10% to 15% of salary, numerous opportunities for students and new grads including postdoctoral fellowships, apprenticeships, summer student roles and co-op opportunities

Community Involvement Rating: A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
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 30 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Canadian Cancer Society, hosted 18 events focused on the environment, physics and biology for local area schools, raises funds for the Renfrew County United Way every year, which, in turn, supports numerous local initiatives including the Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Boys and Girls Club of Pembroke, North Renfrew Family Services, Women's Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County and the Community Resource Centre Killaloe
Community highlight CNL's community and charitable focus is on meeting local needs in the communities where employees live and work, with a specific focus on initiatives that support health and safety as well as science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Career Directory

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories employees from the environmental technologies branch

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Nuclear Power Technology and Engineering Services
Parent company Canadian National Energy Alliance
Parent company head office Chalk River ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Port Hope ON, Fredericton NB, Chalk River ON, Ottawa ON, Petawawa ON, Winnipeg MB, Deep River ON, Toronto ON, Renfrew ON, Pembroke ON
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Health Physicist, Power Engineer, Technician, Technologist, Instrumentation and Control Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Civil Engineer, Drafter, Process Engineer, Safety and Licensing Engineer
Starting salary $50K to $55K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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