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K+S Potash Canada GP
Employees in the control room at K+S Potash Canada's Bethune mine   (Photo credit: Greg Huszar)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why K+S Potash Canada GP was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2018) :

  • K+S Potash Canada helps employees balance personal and family commitments through the unique "PLUS+ time" program, which provides employees with 40 hours at the start of the calendar year to be used as needed for family appointments, eldercare or personal time
  • As part of the company's flexible health benefits plan, K+S Potash Canada employees receive a health spending account of up to $500, which can be used for everything from personal gym membership to eldercare expenses
  • K+S Potash Canada focuses its charitable support on initiatives related to youth, the environment, sustainability, employment and skills training, and provides paid time off for employees to volunteer -- additionally, employees can vote on charities to receive company support through the "Holiday Click Campaign", which can include up to $10,000 in donations to selected charities
K+S Potash Canada employees walk through the administrative building at the Bethune mine   (Photo credit: Greg Huszar)

Employer Background

Industry Fertilizer Manufacturing
Established in Canada 2010
Parent company K+S AG
Parent company head office Kassel, Germany
Major Canadian hiring locations Saskatoon SK, Bethune SK, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 425
Part-time employees in Canada 11
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 0.9%
Average age of employees in Canada 38.42 years
Longest serving employee 9.67 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, free parking, subsidized parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features new LEED Gold certified 40,000 square foot, 3-storey head office is located in the city's gentrifying warehouse district, steps away from a selection of coffee shops and restaurants, interior is adorned with art from Saskatchewan-based artists (leased by the Saskatchewan Arts Council), a rooftop deck with green roof, indoor bike storage and an onsite shower and change room for self-propelled commuters (fitness equipment is available at Bethune Site), heated underground parking stalls, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, nap room, outdoor patio, outdoor barbecue, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, television, board games, mixed seating options for one-on-one conversations or small group gatherings
Snacks available healthy snack program available through the Wellness Committee, commercial grade coffee/espresso machine, sparkling water machine, ovens in the kitchen area
Other nearby amenities YMCA, YWCA (offers daycare services), fitness club, Kiwanis Park North, River Landing (with canoe and kayak club), daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, yoga and pilates studio

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name Social Committee (est. 2012)
Recent social events holiday party at Christmas (includes an evening dinner and hotel rooms for out-of-town employees), bowling and billiards parties, annual softball tournament, summer golf tournaments, ticket giveaways for local sports teams, including football, lacrosse and hockey
Cultural aspects business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B+

Financial benefits note K+S Potash Canada has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 6 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
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Additional financial benefits discounted auto lease rates

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
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, 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 $500 each year
Wellness spending account up to $500 each year
Additional health and wellness information benefits include $15,000 per lifetime for fertility drugs, health spending account is taxable and can be used for everything from personal gym memberships to eldercare expenses
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Adoption assistance subsidy up to $500 per child
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 5 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
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 5 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information personal days off program (called "PLUS+ time") offers 40 hours to each employee at the start of the calendar year and may be used as required for family appointments, eldercare or personal time, vacation increase to 3.4 weeks after only 3 years of employment

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, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), annual "Saint Barbara Celebration" (a German mining tradition to recognize employees who have made significant contributions), KSPC Pioneer Recognition Program for individuals who represent some of the earliest employees of the company
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 36 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, 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
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unique training & development programs Indigenous cultural awareness training

Community Involvement Rating: A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
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 752 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 65 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported K+S MS Bike Rides, Red Cross Day of Pink, BC Children's Hospital, Children's Wish Foundation, Saskatoon Crisis Nursery, Special Olympics Saskatchewan, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Beads of Courage, Earth Rangers, STARS Air Ambulance
Charitable giving matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight K+S Potash's charitable program emphasizes support for initiatives in the communities where the company operates, with a special focus on supporting youth, the environment, sustainability, employment and skills training. The company contributes $300 per employee per year to a charity of their choosing where employees have volunteered at least 8 hours. Additionally, employees vote on 4 charities to support through the company's "Holiday Click Campaign", which can include up to $10,000 in donations to the selected charities.

The Career Directory

K+S Potash Canada GP has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
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Highlights for New Grads

Industry Fertilizer Manufacturing
Full-time employees in Canada 250 to 500
Parent company K+S AG
Parent company head office Kassel, Germany
Major Canadian hiring locations Saskatoon SK, Bethune SK, Vancouver BC
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Starting salary $60K to $65K
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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