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PCL Construction
PCL Construction employees working together on a construction site in Edmonton, AB   (Photo credit: Christophe Benard Photography)

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 (2019) and Alberta's Top Employers (2018) :

  • PCL Construction encourages employees to make health and wellness a priority with onsite fitness classes such as yoga, Zumba and boot camp, a separate fitness credit of $200 a year, monthly work-life balance workshops and a wellness fair, which featured over 40 community partners
  • PCL Construction supports a number of charitable initiatives each year, including the United Way's annual fundraising campaign -- impressively, employees raised more than $6.7-million in 2017 for United Way and member organizations throughout North America (with matching contributions from PCL)
  • 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
PCL Construction employees in Edmonton participating in a game show to wrap up the company's United Way campaign  

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 2,828
Part-time employees in Canada 23
Full-time employees worldwide 4,492
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 4%
Average age of employees in Canada 39.41 years
Longest serving employee 59.4 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities free parking
Workplace features head office campus is located 10 minutes from downtown Edmonton and includes a LEED-certified training centre (built in 2006 to celebrate the firm's 100-year anniversary), a LEED-certified fitness complex and cafeteria, historical artwork throughout (including early photography from the 1920s and 30s taken by the firm's founder, Ernest Poole), an outdoor courtyard, a large open atrium area with comfortable seating (can accommodate up 350 employees for events), a 220-inch video wall for presentations, a new video and audio studio to create professional products for employees and customers, telecommuter workstations, private phone booth, religious observance room, outdoor patio, outdoor barbecue, 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)
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, instructor-led classes (boot camp and circuit training available for a small fee), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, elliptical trainers (PCL invests in new equipment every year), facility is also open to family members
Other nearby amenities YMCA, GoodLife Fitness, Argyll Park, Wagner Park, Mill Creek Ravine, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Edmonton 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 a variety of events every year, including golf tournaments, family picnics, fundraising events, bowling nights, curling bonspiels, movie nights, weekend ski trips, Christmas parties for employees and their children, and PCL's popular (and competitive) annual in-house hockey tournament (the "Schmauch Cup"), which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working, concierge services available, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, internal social media
Other in-house communications semi-annual Fireside Chats with the 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
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
Other health plan information 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
Additional health and wellness information employees receive an additional $500, which can be allocated to a health spending account, group RSP or lifestyle spending account (unused flex credits may also be allocated), monthly work-life balance workshops, onsite flu shots, a wellness fair with more than 40 community partners
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 even 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, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
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 annual PCL Operations Conference, PCL Leadership Academy, 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), social media training for all employees, Centennial Learning Centre training facility at the head office (accommodates up to 350 people)

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 each PCL office has the autonomy to select local initiatives that are important to their respective employees, last year's support includes the MS Society of Canada, Canadian Blood Services, CANstruction, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Habitat for Humanity (to name only a few)
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight PCL's corporate charity of choice is the United Way, with employees raising funds for local campaigns across the country. The company matched employee donations dollar-for-dollar, raising over $6.7-million in the last year.

The Career Directory

PCL Construction has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Students at PCL Construction participating in a team building activity

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Commercial and Institutional Building Construction
Full-time employees in Canada 2,501 to 5,000
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 Coordinator, Junior Estimator, Building Systems Coordinator, Construction Modelling Coordinator, Accountant, HRPD Coordinator, HSE Coordinator, Systems Administrator, Technology Analyst, Applications Analyst, Software Developer, Marketing Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, Proposal Coordinator, Buyer
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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