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K+S Potash Canada GP
K+S Potash Canada employees collaborating   (Photo credit: Greg Huszar)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018)

Here are some of the reasons why K+S Potash Canada GP was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2017):

  • K+S Potash Canada experienced significant growth in the past year, opening the first new potash mine in Saskatchewan in 40 years and adding over 170 new employees to its workforce
  • K+S Potash Canada supports employees who are new mothers or adoptive parents with maternity and parental leave top-up payments of 100% of salary for up to 8 weeks -- and also offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
  • K+S Potash Canada encourages ongoing employee development with tuition subsidies for courses related and indirectly related to their current position, subsidies for professional accreditation and a variety of in-house and online training programs
K+S Potash Canada employees   (Photo credit: Greg Huszar)

Employer Background

Industry Fertilizer Manufacturing
Established in Canada 2011
Parent company K+S Group
Parent company head office Kassel, Germany
Major Canadian hiring locations Saskatoon SK, Bethune SK, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 462
Part-time employees in Canada 10
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 3.9%
Average age of employees in Canada 38.53
Longest serving employee 8.67 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, free parking, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features new 40,000 square foot 3-storey head office features an onsite shower and change room facilities (fitness equipment available at Bethune Site), heated underground parking stalls, rooftop deck with green roof, interior is adorned with art from Saskatchewan-based artists (leased by the Saskatchewan Arts Council), telecommuter workstations, nap room, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, television, board games
Snacks available healthy snack program available through the Wellness Committee
Other nearby amenities YMCA, YWCA, fitness club, Kiwanis Park North, River Landing, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, yoga studio, pilates, canoe and kayak club

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name Social Committee (est. 2012)
Recent social events Summerfest company barbecue and golf tournament, holiday celebrations, summer slo-pitch tournament at Legacy Site, United Way campaign events such as a chili lunch, Red Cross Day of Pink anti-bullying campaign
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, 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 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
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounted auto lease rates

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits 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
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)
Health spending account up to $500 each year
Wellness spending account up to $500 each year
Other health plan information benefits include $15,000 per lifetime for fertility drugs, employees may allocate $500 to a health spending account, a taxable spending account or a combination of both, taxable spending accounts can be used for personal health and wellness expenses such as gym membership
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 B+

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

Employee Engagement & Performance 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), 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 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 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 94 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 100 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Saskatchewan, Canadian Red Cross, RuBarb Theatre, Dress for Success
Community highlight K+S Potash's charitable focus includes youth, the environment, sustainability, employment and skills training. The company contributes $300 per employee per year a charity of their choosing, donating over $60,000 on behalf of employees to over 30 different organizations in the past year.

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.
K+S Potash Canada employee

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Fertilizer Manufacturing
Parent company K+S Group
Parent company head office Kassel, Germany
Major Canadian hiring locations Saskatoon SK, Bethune SK, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 250 to 500
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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