Suncor Energy Inc.
Suncor employees in a meeting at the company's head office in Calgary  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Alberta's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Suncor Energy Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Alberta's Top Employers (2019):

  • Through the SunCares Rewards program, Suncor offers volunteer awards of up to $1,000 per year for employees and retirees who are active in their local communities as well as leadership rewards for those who serve as a board member for a community organization
  • Suncor helps employees save for the future, enrolling new employees in a defined contribution pension plan to start and offering a one-time option to switch to a hybrid plan that combines features of defined benefit and defined contribution pensions -- the company also extends its health benefits plan to retirees (with no age limit and 100% premium coverage)
  • Employees working at Suncor's head office can take advantage of subsidized access to an onsite fitness facility, which features personal training sessions, instructor-led classes such as yoga, kickboxing and Zumba, special-interest seminars and fitness competitions
Suncor employees holding a field meeting in Fort Hills, AB  

Employer Background

Industry Crude petroleum and natural gas extraction
Established in Canada 1919
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Edmonton AB, Fort Hills AB, Québec QC, Calgary AB, Fort McMurray AB, Mississauga ON, Sarnia ON, Montréal QC, St. John's NL
Full-time employees in Canada 11,590
Part-time employees in Canada 92
Full-time employees worldwide 12,240
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 16%
Average age of employees in Canada 43.1 years
Longest serving employee 48 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office building is located in the heart of Calgary's downtown core, the building features a marble lobby, a sunny atrium, greenery, original artwork, and a food court on the second floor, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, kickboxing, pilates, Zumba, high-intensity training circuit, cycling, weight training), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, yoga and fitness studio, personal training sessions, special-interest seminars and fitness competitions, fitness centre is open mornings, evenings and weekends and employees can access for $10
Other nearby amenities YMCA Eau Claire, fitness club, Prince's Island Park, Riverfront Pathways, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Arts Common, Glenbow Museum, Calgary Zoo

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Employee social committee name Suncor Social Club (est. 2011)
Recent social events adult and children's Christmas party, Calgary Corporate Challenge, United Way campaigns
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note Suncor 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-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension, non-matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $5,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits employees receive a 5% discount on products purchased at Petro-Canada gas stations, new employees are enrolled in a defined contribution pension plan to start and have a one-time option to switch to a combined defined benefit and defined contribution pension program when their age and years of service equal to 50

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: 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
Retiree coverage with no age limit 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, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Additional health and wellness information eyecare coverage includes eye exams and eye wear
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits daycare centre onsite, academic scholarships of up to $1,800 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information maternity leave top-up ranges from 70% to 100% of salary, depending on their position

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B+

Vacation note Suncor 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 10 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 7 personal days off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 5 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B+

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, long-service awards
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B+

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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training & development programs Engineer-in-Training (EIT) program to match EITs to mentors who are different from their direct leaders

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement international
Employee charitable involvement employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 2 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 13,983 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 1,724 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Calgary Stampede, Beakerhead, Alberta Ecotrust, Bridges Social Development
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Suncor's charitable focus includes inspiring innovation, building skills and knowledge, cultivating community leaders, and engaging citizens. The company manages the SunCares program to encourage employees to be active in their local communities, and offers volunteer rewards of up to $1,000 per year for employee and retiree involvement (which can be directed to the cause of their choosing) and leadership rewards for those who serve on community organization board of directors ($1,000 per year).

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