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Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto employees performing environmental monitoring at the Diavik Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories   (Photo credit: Dave Brosha)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Rio Tinto was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019):

  • Rio Tinto supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments of up to 100% of salary for 18 weeks and offers the convenience of onsite daycare at its head office -- the company also provides parental leave top-up for adoptive parents (to 100% of salary for 18 weeks)
  • Rio Tinto invests in ongoing employee development with generous tuition subsidies for job-related courses (to $15,000) and provides a variety of in-house and online training opportunities, including access to Rio Tinto College, which features over 3,000 online training modules that cover everything from technical courses to safety training
  • Rio Tinto cultivates an ownership culture with a share purchase plan and helps employees save for retirement with a defined contribution pension plan
A Rio Tinto employee at the smelter in Kitimat, BC  

Employer Background

Industry Diversified Mining and Metals Manufacturing
Established in Canada 1873
Publicly traded yes
Parent company head office London, United Kingdom
Major Canadian hiring locations Yellowknife NT, Sept-Îles QC, Labrador City NL, Havre-Saint-Pierre QC, Sorel-Tracy QC, Montréal QC, Kitimat BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,333
Part-time employees in Canada 59
Full-time employees worldwide 39,937
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2.6%
Average age of employees in Canada 44 years
Longest serving employee 50 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features Rio Tinto occupies three floors inside the LEED Platinum-certified Deloitte building in downtown Montréal, inside, the office features an open-concept design to maximize natural light and capitalize on 360-degree views of the city, onsite shower facilities, onsite doctor's office specifically for Rio Tinto employees, treadmill desks, kitchen areas available on each floor, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, nap room, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, take-home meals
Snacks available fruit baskets available on each floor 3 times per week
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, instructor-led classes (free yoga classes once a week, free Zumba classes)
Other nearby amenities YMCA, fitness club, Place du Canada / Square Dorchester, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Bell Centre, skating rink

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name Wellbeing Committee (est. 2017)
Recent social events Christmas party, employee town hall barbecue, anniversary parties, 5-7 evening socials
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note Rio Tinto 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 phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounted auto lease rates, discounted diamonds through wholesaler, discounted travel rates on preferred hotels, airlines and car rental companies, discounted ski lift tickets at Tremblant, discounted vehicle purchase for Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Volvo and Chrysler

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan note Rio Tinto has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
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
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Other health plan information employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Fitness club subsidy up to $300 each year
Family-friendly benefits note Rio Tinto has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 18 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 1 week
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 18 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits daycare centre onsite
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation note Rio Tinto 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 8 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 24 months

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 4 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)
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 6 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A

Career planning 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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $15,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training & development programs Rio Tinto College, which provides online access to over 3,000 training modules that cover everything from technical courses to safety training

Community Involvement Rating: B+

Scope of charitable involvement national
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 250 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Breakfast Club of Canada, Indspire, Pathways to Education, Le Grand défi Pierre Lavoie, Centraide, United Way, BC Freshwater Fisheries
Charitable giving matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Rio Tinto's charitable focus includes First Nations, education, health and well-being, poverty reduction, environment and community support.

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