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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 (2019) and Alberta's Top Employers (2018) :

  • Graham Group encourages employees to keep their skills up to date through a variety of training initiatives, from apprenticeships and trades programs to leadership development -- employees can also take advantage of tuition subsidies for courses at external institutions (with no annual max)
  • Graham Group employees enjoy work and play, with a number of company-organized social events throughout the year, including annual Christmas parties for employees and their children, annual employee hockey and golf tournaments, a Calgary Stampede party, summer barbecues and chili cook-offs, and tickets to local sporting events and concerts
  • Graham Group cultivates an ownership culture through a share purchase plan and profit-sharing -- and helps employees save for the future with a defined contribution pension plan
Graham Group employees at the company's corporate office  

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 1,118
Full-time employees worldwide 1,286
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2.2%
Average age of employees in Canada 39.86 years
Longest serving employee 43 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, sit-stand workstations, outdoor patio, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television
Snacks available coffee stations on each level with full kitchen area on main floor, free candy such as 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 include hair dryers and toiletries
Other nearby amenities Remington YMCA, fitness club, Fish Creek Provincial Park, daycare, restaurants

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, Calgary Stampede party, summer barbecues and chili cook-offs, participates in Calgary and Edmonton's Corporate Challenge sporting events, 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
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits deferred equity program for some employees (can transfer up to half of their annual performance incentive 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
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)
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, peer-to-peer recognition awards, 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, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
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 Threads of Life, Hike for Hospice, Children's Link, Habitat for Humanity, Mustard Seed, Canadian Cancer Society, Engineers Without Borders, Kwikwetlem First Nation, Saskatchewan Abilities Foundation, United Way, Young Construction Leaders of Manitoba
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Graham's charitable focus is directed towards 7 areas that align with the firm's overall culture, values and strategic focus, including community, children and family, underprivileged persons, healthcare, education, Indigenous communities, and advocating for the construction industry. 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.
Graham Group employees walking along the outdoor paths at the company's corporate office

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Industrial Building Construction
Full-time employees in Canada 1,000 to 2,500
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
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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