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Graham Group
Graham Group employee at work   (Photo credit: Nathan Elson)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Graham Group was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and Alberta's Top Employers (2018) :

  • Graham Group cultivates an ownership culture through a share purchase plan and profit-sharing -- and helps employees prepare for the future with a defined contribution pension plan and retirement planning assistance
  • Graham Group encourages employees to keep their skills up-to-date through a variety of training initiatives, from apprenticeships and trades programs to extensive leadership training -- employees can also take advantage of no-limit tuition subsidies for courses at outside institutions
  • In addition to 3 weeks of starting vacation allowance, Graham Group helps employees achieve better work-life balance with flexible hours and a telecommuting option (for some employees)
Graham Group employees collaborating at the corporate head office   ( Photo credit: Nathan Elson)

Employer Background

Industry Industrial Building Construction
Established in Canada 1926
Parent company Graham Management Services LP
Parent company head office Calgary, AB
Major Canadian hiring locations Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Saskatoon SK, Vancouver BC, Regina SK, Toronto ON, Winnipeg MB
Full-time employees in Canada 1,051
Full-time employees worldwide 1,186
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2.7%
Average age of employees in Canada 39.4 years
Longest serving employee 42 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities free parking
Workplace features custom built 2-storey head office features plenty of natural light, location was chosen by management with employees providing feedback to overall design and layout, ergonomically designed workstations, dedicated training rooms, complete kitchen on the main floor, coffee stations on each level, free parking spot equipped with electrical outlets, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television
Snacks available free candies including (but not limited to) Werther's Original, York Peppermints, Toffees and jelly-filled fruit candies
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, weights, shower facilities, flatscreen television, change rooms also feature hair dryers and various toiletries
Other nearby amenities Remington YMCA, fitness club, Fish Creek Provincial Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name Graham Calgary Social Club (est. 1985)
Recent social events annual Christmas parties for employees and their children, annual employee hockey and golf tournaments, Stampede party, summer barbecues, Calgary and Edmonton Corporate Challenge, tickets to local sporting events and concerts
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

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
Share purchase plan available to all employees yes
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits deferred equity program for some employees (can be transferred to company shares)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 24 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, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 12 weeks
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

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
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 3 days off
Unpaid leave maximum 3 months

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: 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, long-service awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 3 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, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs leadership development program

Community Involvement Rating: 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
Some of the community organizations supported Canadian Military Families Fund, Feed the Hungry Calgary, Hospice Calgary, Vancouver Food Bank, Saskatchewan Summer Games, Make a Wish Canada, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Golf a Kid to Camp, Kids Cancer Care, Movember
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Employees are encouraged to submit their charitable requests, stating their rationale and the level of investment desired, with senior leadership reviewing all requests and selecting which initiatives to support.

The Career Directory

Graham Group has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Employees at Graham reviewing plans on their project

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Industrial Building Construction
Parent company Graham Management Services LP
Parent company head office Calgary, AB
Major Canadian hiring locations Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Saskatoon SK, Vancouver BC, Regina SK, Toronto ON, Winnipeg MB
Full-time employees in Canada 1,000 to 2,500
Student opportunities 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
Typical new grad positions Project Coordinator, Accounting Clerk, Quantity Surveyor/ Junior Estimator
Starting salary $45K to $50K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, 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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