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Irving Oil
Jennifer Murray, Troy Melanson and Josie Lantz work at Irving Oil's Saint John refinery  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Irving Oil was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Atlantic Canada's Top Employers (2019):

  • In an effort to empower employees to contribute to their communities, Irving Oil launched a new "Good Energy in Action" program, which provides employees with one paid day off to volunteer each year -- additionally, the company matches employee donations of up to $100
  • Irving Oil offers retirement planning assistance to help employees prepare for the future and maintains a dedicated alumni association to encourage retirees to stay connected
  • Irving Oil provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers or fathers (including adoptive parents), to 100 per cent of salary for up to 17 weeks -- the company also offers academic scholarships to children of employees interested in pursuing post-secondary studies (up to $2,000 per child)
Irving Oil employees Candice MacLean, the mascot Happy, and Sam Robinson volunteer during Fuel the Care Day   (Photo credit: Daniel St Louis)

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 2,762
Part-time employees in Canada 38
Full-time employees worldwide 3,678
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2.6%
Average age of employees in Canada 44 years
Longest serving employee 67 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, subsidized parking
Workplace features Irving Oil is nearing completion of the construction of a new 11-storey head office that will bring 1,000 employees together under one roof in Saint John (the new office features a fitness and wellness facility, full-service café and outdoor patio on the fifth floor), the current workplace features telecommuting workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television
Snacks available selection of fresh fruit available every Friday
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, Zumba, strength training, two full-time fitness instructors), weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities Canada Games Aquatic Centre, fitness club, Harbour Passage Walking Trail, Saint John harbour front, daycare, restaurants, King's Square, Imperial Theatre, New Brunswick Museum, historic City Market

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Recent social events hosts a number of Christmas parties across the company, children's Christmas party, annual summer family picnic for the entire company (with barbecue, games and horseback riding), service awards, retirement celebrations, Sand City event with more than 1,000 people at Dartmouth waterfront for barbecue and music
Cultural aspects dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress Fridays, music while working, organized social activities for retirees
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
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
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 including home heating (oil and natural gas), vehicle fuel and oil products, corporate discounts on Ford vehicle purchases, numerous other local businesses and recreation facilities

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, annual flu clinics, blood pressure check-ups and blood collection clinics
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 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
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, 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
Unique training & development programs new (and returning) employee onboarding program, "eMERGe" employee affinity group for younger employees (hosts networking events with guest speakers), "inSPIRE" resource groups (also hosts networking, learning and professional development sessions throughout the year), leadership development program, participates in the newly created regional Education Welder Apprentice Retention and Development Program to help address future labour force requirements in New Brunswick

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, (up to 1 paid day)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 3,500 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 350 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, Dartmouth College
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Irving Oil's primary charitable focus includes a focus on support for families, the environment and education. The company recently launched the "Good Energy in Action" program, which offers one paid volunteer day each year along with an annual $100 match for any personal donation to the charitable cause of their choosing. Additionally, employees are encouraged to bring their charitable suggestions to a formal "Donations and Sponsorship Committee" that features employee representation from across the company.

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 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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