SaskTel
A SaskTel employee working in a Regina-area store  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

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

  • SaskTel supports its new moms with maternity leave top-up payments (to 95% for 17 weeks) and helps employees balance their work and personal lives with a variety of alternative work options, including telecommuting and flexible work hour options
  • SaskTel's downtown head office features the onsite "Lifestyle Centre" fitness facility that is managed by an in-house committee with feedback from employees -- the facility is open 24/7 and employees may bring family members outside of work hours during the week and anytime on weekends and statutory holidays
  • SaskTel encourages ongoing employee development through a variety of in-house training programs and generous tuition subsidies for courses related and indirectly related to their current position (up to $2,500) -- and reaches out to the next generation with summer employment opportunities, paid internships, co-op and apprenticeship programs
SaskTel employees recycling used devices through the company's Phones For a Fresh Start program  

Employer Background

Industry Telecommunications
Established in Canada 1908
Major Canadian hiring locations Regina SK, Weyburn SK, Estevan SK, Saskatoon SK, Swift Current SK, North Battleford SK, Prince Albert SK, Yorkton SK, Moose Jaw SK
Full-time employees in Canada 3,000
Part-time employees in Canada 606
Full-time employees worldwide 4,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 6.5%
Average age of employees in Canada 44.5 years
Longest serving employee 49 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features onsite medical department, extensive art collection of primarily Saskatchewan artists displayed throughout the building, onsite Resource Centre, SaskTel retail store on main level of the building, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, television offers a full range of programming courtesy of the company's "MaxTV" service
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals, take-home meals, features an onsite self-serve beverage-only Tim Hortons
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, boot camp, Taekwondo, karate, Butts and Guts Toning, Flab-u-less, From Couch to 5K running class), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, "Lifestyle Centre" fitness facilities in Regina and Saskatoon are open 24/7 and each is managed by a Lifestyle Centre Committee that is comprised of employee representatives, accompanied family members may also use the facilities before 9 am or after 6 pm on weekdays and anytime on weekends and statutory holidays
Other nearby amenities YMCA, YWCA, Lawson Aquatic Center, Regina Field House, yoga studios, Evolution Fitness, Victoria Park, Central Park, Wascana Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, seasonal farmer's market, Regina City Square Plaza with variety of food trucks and live entertainment throughout the summer months, Evraz Convention Centre, Regina Sports Hall of Fame, Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum, Regina Public Library, Cathedral neighbourhood with trendy shops, restaurants and caf├ęs, as well as arts festivals and craft fairs

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A+

Employee social committee name Culture Champions (est. 2015)
Recent social events SaskTel Proud Day (employees asked to wear corporate wear or anything blue that day), Pink Day in support of the company's "I am Stronger" anti-bullying initiative, recognition banquet, Spirit of SaskTel choir comprised of current and past employees, sponsors employee hockey tournaments (recently celebrating its 35th anniversary), curling bonspiels and golf tournaments, company intranet features a dedicated "Contest Zone" where employees have chances throughout the year to win tickets to concerts, theatre productions and sports events
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications SaskTel Ambassador initiative (training program to ensure all employees can answer questions about products and services when out in the community), and a number of dedicated employee networks, including the longstanding SaskTel Pioneers (retiree and former telecom industry employee network), SaskTel NextGEN network (young professional network focused on helping navigate career paths as well as dedicated social events), the SaskTel Employee Network on Disability, SaskTel Envirocare (encourages employee to participate in green community initiatives), and the SaskTel Aboriginal Employees Network

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, non-matching RSP
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $250) for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home internet, interest-free personal loans for the purchase of new technology, significant discounts on home internet and television (to 40%), as well as basic telephone and on retail products from SaskTel store locations, referral bonuses range up to $250 in value for successful candidates (referring employees can select an item of their choice from an online catalogue)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

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 13 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 180 days
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, podiatrist, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $525 each year
Additional health and wellness information through its unique in-house "Helping Our Own People" (HOOP) program, the company supports unique employee circumstances not addressed by the benefits programs (over $750,000 has been distributed since the program's founding in 1992 -- over $55,000 was distributed last year to 31 employees), also supports a weight-loss incentive and smoking cessation programs
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, academic scholarships of up to $3,000 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, earned days off program
Additional family-friendly information through the EDO program employees can work additional hours and receive up to 2 days off per month

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B+

Vacation note SaskTel 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
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 5 personal days off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 21 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Self-funded/deferred salary leave yes
Additional time-off information unpaid leaves of absence are determined on an individual basis with no set maximum, management employees receive additional paid personal days (up to 13 days annually)

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), the popular "Alex Awards" point-based platform allows employees to reward one another with redeemable points and send tailored (and fun) e-greeting cards (points may be redeemed or saved for larger ticket items)
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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,500 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs Leadership Conference (hosted at least once every 2 years), SaskTel Aboriginal Youth Awards of Excellence program

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 employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 26,209 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 888 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan, Teddy Bears Anonymous, Jim Pattison Children's Hospital Foundation, Saskatchewan Music Festival Association, Saskatchewan Hockey Association, KidSport Saskatchewan, University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Amateur Football, Wicihitowin Foundation, Regina Ski Club Alpine Adaptive Ski Program, Special Olympics Saskatchewan, and many more
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight SaskTel has many longstanding and very successful community programs and initiatives, including the PATH Partnership (providing cellphones to those in need), the Phones for a Fresh Start program (old phone recycling program with proceeds going to community charitable programs), and the impressive SaskTel Pioneers retiree/volunteer organization that supports over 100 community initiatives every year. Recently, and in recognition of the possible inappropriate use of tech and the rise of cyberbullying, SaskTel made the timely decision to become a leader in the conversation around all types of bullying through its impressive "I Am Stronger" anti-bullying social media campaign -- through this program, the company launched a professionally-developed website, as well as strong representation on social media platforms to counter and spread positive messages and imagery across the province (and beyond).

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People

Here are some of the reasons why SaskTel was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2018):

  • SaskTel created the YOUTHnetwork program, a short- and long-term strategy to improve human resource issues and encourage young people, specifically underprivileged youth or Aboriginal groups, to pursue technology-based post-secondary education
  • In partnership with local high schools, SaskTel launched the YOUTHnetwork mentorship program to connect employees with students through regular email communication, as well as in-person afternoon meetings once a month -- students also have the opportunity to job shadow their mentor, tour the organization's facilities and participate in related activities
  • Working with Prairie South School Division and the Information Communication Technology Council, SaskTel offers the "Focus on Information (FIT) Program" to secondary students in select schools -- the 2-year program teaches high school students essential ICT and business skills and has four main areas of focus: business and information analysis, software design and development, network and operations support, and interactive media
SaskTel employees at the company's I Am Stronger rally  

Highlights

Industry Telecommunications
Major Canadian hiring locations Regina SK, Weyburn SK, Estevan SK, Saskatoon SK, Swift Current SK, North Battleford SK, Prince Albert SK, Yorkton SK, Moose Jaw SK
Full-time employees in Canada 3,054
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives works with a number of post-secondary institutions to offer pre-employment workshops, mock interview sessions, scholarships, mentoring and networking events, Next Great Employee Network, YOUTHnetwork scholarships for grade 12 students

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers

Here are some of the reasons why SaskTel was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2018):

  • SaskTel's Indigenous recruitment strategy aims to increase the number of Indigenous employees in the workforce through partnerships with community organizations, career fair attendance, and participation in networking events hosted by the Aboriginal Government Employee Network and the Interprovincial Aboriginal Network of Employees
  • SaskTel also maintains a hiring strategy for persons with disabilities and conducts information sessions and pre-employment workshops with community partners -- additionally, the organization created the Supported Employment program for candidates with cognitive disabilities, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Abilities Council
SaskTel employees volunteering at a local soup kitchen during Diwali  

Highlights

Industry Telecommunications
Major Canadian hiring locations Regina SK, Weyburn SK, Estevan SK, Saskatoon SK, Swift Current SK, North Battleford SK, Prince Albert SK, Yorkton SK, Moose Jaw SK
Full-time employees in Canada 3,054
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives VP, Human Resources and Corporate Services
Formal commitment dedicated recruitment strategies for Indigenous peoples, new Canadians and persons with disabilities
Employee resource groups NextGEN (young people), SAEN (Aboriginal peoples), SEND (persons with disabilities)
Diversity training and awareness online diversity toolkit, resource on working with individuals who are blind or visually impaired, Aboriginal cultural awareness training
Diversity highlights Supported Employment program for candidates with cognitive disabilities, employment readiness workshops and work placements for new Canadians (in partnership with Open Door Societies)
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Autism Resource Centre, Saskatchewan Abilities Council (employment for persons with disabilities), First Nations Employment Centre, partnerships with a number of postsecondary institutions to offer scholarships and mentoring opportunities to youth, including Aboriginal students

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers

Here are some of the reasons why SaskTel was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2018):

  • SaskTel maintains extensive and longstanding in-house recycling programs for batteries, printer cartridges, office paper, light bulbs, phone books, wire and cabling -- across the province, the organization and the SaskTel Pioneers volunteer club sponsor local recycling projects for a variety of household items, including paint, batteries, used office furniture and old telephone directories
  • In 2014, a group of environmentally conscious SaskTel employees formed the SaskTel EnviroCare committee with the mission to "create a greener community and promote environmental awareness and initiatives through the collaboration and engagement of employees" -- the group has already completed a number of community initiatives following a 3-year strategic plan to "create a greener community"
SaskTel employees donating 'Comfort Packs' filled with donated personal items to those in need  

Highlights

Industry Telecommunications
Major Canadian hiring locations Regina SK, Weyburn SK, Estevan SK, Saskatoon SK, Swift Current SK, North Battleford SK, Prince Albert SK, Yorkton SK, Moose Jaw SK
Full-time employees in Canada 3,054
Employee green team EnviroCare (not-for-profit volunteer organization formed by employees, follows an ongoing 3-year strategic plan to "create a greener community")
Senior executive who oversees initiatives VP of Human Resources and Corporate Services (part of The Environment and HR Committee, a sub-committee of the Board of Directors)
Formal strategy/policy name SaskTel Environmental Strategy 2014-2017 (first strategy was developed in 2005)
Green highlights unique "environmental category" as part of its flexible health and wellness spending account that lets employees apply their flex dollars to environmental purchases for day-to-day activities (from transit passes to solar panels to high efficiency appliances for the home), paperless contracts for wireless customers and e-billing options for all accounts
Extended recycling batteries, printer cartridges, fluorescent light bulbs, wire and cabling, office furniture
Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives Computers for Schools (company donates used computers), supports the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services (PATH) "Phones for a Fresh Start" program with over 84,000 recycled for donation since 2009, Commuter Challenge, Trans Canada Trail, Safe Drinking Water Foundation (Operation Water Pollution program in local schools), Nature Conservancy of Canada
Other location LEED approximately 1,500 square metres of the head office were renovated to meet LEED Silver Commercial Interior accreditation (the first such project in the province)

The Career Directory

SaskTel has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
A customer service technician at SaskTel

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Telecommunications
Full-time employees in Canada 2,501 to 5,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Regina SK, Weyburn SK, Estevan SK, Saskatoon SK, Swift Current SK, North Battleford SK, Prince Albert SK, Yorkton SK, Moose Jaw SK
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Programmer Analyst, Engineer, Engineering Assistant, Marketing Analyst, Accountant, Human Resources Manager, Administrative Assistant, Trunking and Switching Technician, Customer Service Technician
Starting salary $45K to $50K
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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