Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd.
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories employees in the mechanical equipment development branch discuss MODAR technology  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019):

  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories celebrates exceptional performance and achievement through a number of programs, including the D.F. Torgenson Discovery Award for innovative ideas and suggestions, and the CNL Awards of Excellence -- additionally, the organization maintains a unique "Employee Morale Fund" for senior personnel to reward employees with meals, gifts or help with planning celebrations
  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories encourages employees to get involved in the community with paid volunteer time -- the organization's charitable program focuses 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
  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories supports its new moms with generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 93% of salary for 15 weeks, followed by 75% of salary for 37 weeks) and extends this benefit to new dads and adoptive parents (to 75% of salary for 37 weeks)
Past and current employees of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories in attendance for the final shutdown of the organization's National Research Universal (NRU) reactor  

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 3,307
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 13.7%
Average age of employees in Canada 43.2 years
Longest serving employee 42 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, 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, workplace also features telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, religious observance room, outdoor patio, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, onsite library
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, take-home meals, market-style cafeteria, onsite Tim Hortons
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, exercise training programs, onsite registered kinesiologist), weights, shower facilities, padded mat areas, jumping ropes, kettle bells, medicine balls and Cross-Fit equipment
Other nearby amenities fitness club, campus is surrounded by over 4,000 acres of wilderness, with forest trails for cycling, running and cross-country skiing in the winter, snowmobile trails, Algonquin Provincial Park, restaurants

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A+

Employee social committee name Chalk River Social Club (est. 2005)
Recent social events summer water park event, children's Christmas party in the winter, employee Christmas gala, summer golf tournament, murder mystery events, bus trip to New York City, comedy night at Yuk Yuk's, tickets for Ottawa Redblacks CFL games, discounts on ski passes, Ottawa Senators NHL hockey tickets, amusement park passes (including Canada's Wonderland) and the National Arts Centre (just to name a few), employee clubs (from yoga to photography)
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications new social medial platform (myCNL TV), quarterly all-hands meetings, 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 15 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
Other health plan information 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)
Health spending account up to $200 each year
Additional health and wellness information health spending account includes additional $200 for family coverage
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
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 93% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 37 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 75% of salary for 37 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 75% of salary for 37 weeks
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 approximately 8% of the workforce receive parental leave top-up to 93% of salary for 3 weeks 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 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 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 4 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information vacation allowance varies, management employees receive 4 weeks of starting vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), CNL Awards of Excellence, the D.F. Torgenson Discovery Award (for innovative ideas and suggestions), incentive bonus program for management personnel, unique "Employee Morale Fund" to encourage senior personnel to reward employees with meals, gifts or to plan celebrations
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 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, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
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 numerous opportunities for students and new grads, including postdoctoral fellowships, apprenticeships, summer student roles and co-op opportunities, the "10,000 Coffees" science and technology mentoring program (designed to encourage and simplify the mentoring process)

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 Renfrew County United Way campaign (numerous fundraising events including a pet photo contest, karaoke in the cafeteria, and an in-house band jamming session), annual Black Bear's Charity Hockey Tournament (raised over $41,000 last year), Renfrew County Canadian Cancer Society (was the title sponsor of the annual mud run in the Ottawa Valley)
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

Academic fields recruited


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