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Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why PCL Construction was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and Alberta's Top Employers (2018) :

  • PCL Construction is one of Canada's largest contractors and is 100% employee owned -- the company offers a full suite of financial benefits including profit-sharing, a share purchase plan (available to all employees), signing bonuses and referral bonuses of up to $2,000
  • To support the development of female employees, PCL Construction recently created a mentoring group for women at its Calgary location and will be hosting a Women's Leadership Summit to engage executive leadership in a dialogue to advance women
  • PCL Construction employees from across the company enjoy an incredible variety of social events throughout the year, from golf tournaments to ski trips to the longstanding (and competitive) in-house hockey tournament, the "Schmauch Cup"
PCL Construction employees volunteering at the United Way's InKind Exchange in Edmonton, AB   ( Photo credit: Christopher Martin)

Employer Background

Industry Commercial and Institutional Building Construction
Established in Canada 1906
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Halifax NS, Kelowna BC, Nisku AB, Whitehorse YT
Full-time employees in Canada 2,785
Part-time employees in Canada 196
Full-time employees worldwide 4,451
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 1%
Average age of employees in Canada 41 years
Longest serving employee 58 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities free parking
Workplace features head office campus is situated only 10 minutes from downtown Edmonton and includes a LEED-certified training centre (built in 2006 to celebrate the firm's 100th year anniversary), a newly constructed LEED-certified fitness complex and cafeteria, historical artwork throughout (including early photography from the 1920's and 30's taken by the firm's founder, Ernest Poole), outdoor courtyard, a large open atrium area with comfortable seating (can accommodate up 350 employees for events), telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, video games, table tennis, lounge is surrounded by a glass atrium that ensures lots of natural light throughout, private telephone rooms
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, instructor-led classes (bootcamp, circuit training (small fee for fitness classes which are run by a local company)), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, elliptical trainers
Other nearby amenities YMCA, GoodLife Fitness, fitness club, Argyll Park, Wagner Park, Mill Creek Ravine, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Edmonton's LRT, convenient highway access

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name Social Committee (est. 1997)
Recent social events across the company, office social committees organize annual events and activities including golf tournaments, family picnics, ski trips, fundraising events, long-service awards, Christmas parties and PCL's popular (and competitive) annual in-house hockey tournament, the Schmauch Cup
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working, concierge services available
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, internal social media
Other in-house communications my PCL social media forum, semi-annual Fireside Chats with company's executive team (often including the CEO)

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 yes
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 40 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, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Fitness club subsidy up to $200 each year
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $5,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information alternative working options vary by position and type of work, time off in lieu of overtime pay (determined on a case-by-case basis)

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
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information unpaid leaves are determined on a case-by-case basis

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
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, long-service awards, a variety of specific recognition awards including leadership, estimating excellence, safety, financial performance and a charity award (presented to the leading office for their United Way fundraising efforts)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 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
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 the PCL Leadership Academy, onsite Centennial Learning Centre training facility (the building is LEED Gold certified, accommodates up to 350 people, features a glass atrium and is outfitted with state-of-the-art technology), in-house university program called PCL College of Construction (provides customized training across several areas of the company), unique e-book library (access to thousands of e-books on a range of subjects)

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 number of charities supported last year approximately 50 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way (directing funds to numerous local initiatives), across the company, each PCL office has the autonomy to select local initiatives that are important to their respective employees
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight PCL's corporate charity of choice is the annual Untied Way campaign. Employees raise funds (and compete for recognition as the biggest fundraising office), with the company matches their donation dollar-for-dollar.

The Career Directory

PCL Construction has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
New Grad Jobs at PCL
PCL students tour a construction site in Regina, SK

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Commercial and Institutional Building Construction
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Halifax NS, Kelowna BC, Nisku AB, Whitehorse YT
Student opportunities paid internships, 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 Field Engineer, Accountant, HRPD Coordinator, Communications Coordinator
Starting salary $50K to $55K
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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