Cargill Limited
Cargill employees   (Photo credit: Joe Treleven)

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

Here are some of the reasons why Cargill Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and Manitoba's Top Employers (2018):

  • Varying by employee group, new moms at Cargill may receive maternity leave top-up payments, to 100% of salary for 8 weeks -- and, as part of their health plan, receive a health spending account of up to $1,000 each year, which can be used to cover a variety of wellness-related expenses, from gym membership and home fitness equipment to nutrition classes
  • Cargill supports ongoing personal and professional development with tuition subsidies for courses both related and indirectly related to an employees' position (up to $3,500 annually) as well as a variety of in-house and online training programs, including apprenticeships and paid internships for those entering the workforce
  • Cargill encourages employees to get involved in their community with paid volunteer time (up to 3 days each year) and matches employee financial donations to charities of their choosing (up to $100) -- employees also comprise "Cargill Cares" committees that meet to determine local charities to support
Cargill employees   (Photo credit: Bowden Images)

Employer Background

Industry Food and Agricultural Products
Established in Canada 1928
Parent company Cargill Incorporated
Parent company head office Wayzata, MN, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Guelph ON, Winnipeg MB, High River AB, Calgary AB, London ON, Chambly QC, Spruce Grove AB
Full-time employees in Canada 7,665
Part-time employees in Canada 312
Full-time employees worldwide 150,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 4.19%
Average age of employees in Canada 43
Longest serving employee 44 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features Cargill's head office is within walking distance to a number of amenities, including the Canadian Human Rights Museum and the St. Boniface neighbourhood, and features telecommuter workstations, standing desks, a self-serve lunchroom and onsite massage services (employee-paid, but covered under Cargill's health plan)
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, book library
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (Zumba, yoga), weights, shower facilities, audio sound system, lockers
Other nearby amenities YMCA/YWCA, fitness club, Riverwalk, Forks, Memorial Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, MTS Centre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Symphony Concert Hall, Manitoba Museum, movie theatre

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Employee social committee name Cargill Cares Council
Recent social events recently hosted a 150th anniversary gala celebration in Winnipeg, hosts a variety of Earth Day activities every year
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

Financial Benefits & Compensation B

Financial benefits note Cargill Limited 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, matching RSP
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,000) for some positions
Additional financial benefits corporate discounts on everything from food products to banking services to gym memberships

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B

Health plan note Cargill Limited has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $1,000 each year
Other health plan information retiree coverage has no age limit, with premium coverage ranging from no employer paid premiums to 50% paid premiums (most employees must pay the full premium cost)
Family-friendly benefits note Cargill Limited has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
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, reduced summer hours

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B

Vacation note Cargill Limited 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
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information employees receive a half day off during the holidays, unpaid leave maximum is 5 days

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, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), recognition points program which can be used for purchases from the company store
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 18 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 $3,500 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 $3,500 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position

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, (up to 3 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 2,500 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 102 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Food Banks Canada, Agriculture in the Classroom, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Cargill Ag Day, High River Salvation Army Food Bank, Literacy for Life, Habitat for Humanity, Alberta Provincial Hockey Tournament
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight The company maintains Cargill Cares committees at various locations across Canada, which help determine local charities to support.

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

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

  • Cargill manages associate programs to help recent graduates learn about their chosen profession -- programs are 6 to 12 months in length and include opportunities to travel and work at locations across Canada
  • Cargill interns can participate in a 1-day job-shadowing opportunity with the business unit of their choosing
  • AgHorizons, a division of Cargill, manages a summer student tuition bonus program to provide students with financial support in exchange for a commitment of employment for a summer term or full-time upon graduation
Cargill employee celebrating pride

Highlights

Industry Food and Agricultural Products
Major Canadian hiring locations Guelph ON, Winnipeg MB, High River AB, Calgary AB, London ON, Chambly QC, Spruce Grove AB
Full-time employees in Canada 8,166
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
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 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives sponsors a scholarship and bursary program for children of employees (managed by Universities Canada), offers a high performance leadership academy and an online university called "Cargill Nourishing U", which is available in 32 different languages

The Career Directory

Cargill Limited has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Cargill employees keeping fit in the head office's onsite fitness facility

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Food and Agricultural Products
Parent company Cargill Incorporated
Parent company head office Wayzata, MN, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Guelph ON, Winnipeg MB, High River AB, Calgary AB, London ON, Chambly QC, Spruce Grove AB
Full-time employees in Canada 8,166
Part-time employees in Canada 298
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 co-op work term students are hired for Accounting, Information Technology and Agriculture positions, students have opportunity to job-shadow someone in a role that interests them
Typical new grad positions Grain Associate, Agronomy Associate, Commodity Merchant Associate, Operations Management Associate, Engineering Associate, FSQR Associate
Starting salary $45K to $50K
Work benefits 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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