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Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Irving Oil was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2018) :

  • Irving Oil provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers or fathers (including adoptive parents), to 100% of salary for up to 17 weeks -- additionally, the company offers academic scholarships to children of employees interested in pursuing post-secondary studies (up to $2,000 per child)
  • As part of the company's efforts to support diversity and inclusion, Irving Oil maintains the E3 Women's Forum and the "eMERGe" employee group for millennials -- each group organizes networking and learning and development events throughout the year
  • In addition to supporting a number of local, national and international charitable initiatives, Irving Oil created the Fuel the Care program to cover fuel related travel expenses for a sick child's medical treatment -- the program is administered in partnership with 7 partner hospitals and has helped more than 50,000 families across Atlantic Canada, Quebec, and New England in the past 15 years
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Employer Background

Industry Petroleum Refining, Distribution and Retail
Established in Canada 1924
Major Canadian hiring locations Halifax NS, St. John's NL, Saint John NB
Full-time employees in Canada 2,474
Part-time employees in Canada 25
Full-time employees worldwide 3,429
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 1%
Average age of employees in Canada 42 years
Longest serving employee 66 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, subsidized parking
Workplace features Irving Oil is midway through construction of a new head office that will bring 1,000 employees together under one roof in Saint John (expected completion date is in 2018), the company's current head office, known as "The Golden Ball", is minutes away from the historic City Market and the city's beautiful harbour front area
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, selection of fresh fruit available every Friday, vending machines, private rooms available for personal calls and quick meetings
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, circuit training, body blitz, 2 full-time fitness instructors and nurses (also hosts annual flu clinics and blood collection clinics)), weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities Canada Games Aquatic Centre, fitness club, Harbour Passage Walking Trail, daycare, restaurants, King's Square

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Recent social events hosts a number of Christmas parties across the company, annual summer family picnic for the entire company (with barbecue and horseback riding), service awards and retirement celebrations
Cultural aspects business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B

Financial benefits note Irving Oil 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, life & disability insurance
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $500) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounted company products include home heating (oil and natural gas), vehicle fuel and oil products, corporate discounts on Ford vehicle purchases

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan note Irving Oil 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 25 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage option up to 65 years of age
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 $150 each year
Fitness club subsidy up to $150 each year
Additional health and wellness information smoking cessation program, Weight Watchers at Work, first-aid training
Family-friendly benefits note Irving Oil has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits academic scholarships of up to $2,000 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation note Irving Oil 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
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months

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 peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, employee recognition award for community service (includes a $500 donation to the charity of their choosing)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A

In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unique training & development programs "eMERGe" employee affinity group for younger employees (hosts networking events with guest speakers), E3 Women's Forum (hosts networking and learning and professional development sessions)

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
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 2,500 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 200 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported New England Aquarium (support for education and research focused on Right Whale health and migration patterns), Ducks Unlimited, Acadia University, University of New Brunswick, Dalhousie University, and Dartmouth College
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Irving Oil's primary charitable focus includes healthcare, environmental, educational and local community building initiatives. The company manages an in-house program called Fuel the Care, which helps cover travel costs incurred when travelling for a sick child's treatment (over 50,000 helps supported so far). Additionally, employees are encouraged to bring their charitable suggestions to a formal Donations and Sponsorship Committee for consideration.

The Career Directory

Irving Oil has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Irving Oil laboratory technicians at the company's refinery

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Petroleum Refining, Distribution and Retail
Major Canadian hiring locations Halifax NS, St. John's NL, Saint John NB
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
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Accounting, Engineering
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 5 paid days)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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