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Bell Canada employees collaborate in the office   (Photo credit: Eric Carriere)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2022) and Montreal's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Bell Canada was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2022) and Montreal's Top Employers (2022):

  • Bell Canada has been a pioneering voice in helping to raise mental health awareness through "Bell Let's Talk" initiatives with a financial commitment of over $155-million over 15 years -- and the company recently introduced unlimited mental health coverage for all employees (and their families) through their health benefits programs
  • Bell Canada recently introduced the "Bell Workways" initiative that helps employees develop hybrid work models that offer greater flexibility, collaboration and support in how and where employees work, from hybrid and telecommuting to flexible hours
  • Bell Canada's family-friendly policies include maternity and parental leave top-up for new mothers (up to 70 per cent of salary for 36 weeks) as well as parental leave top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents (up to 70 per cent of salary for up to 19 weeks) -- and supports new parents to be with generous fertility support payment, up to $15,000
Bell Canada employees use video conferencing to connect with team members across the country   (Photo credit: Eric Carriere)

Employer Background

Industry Communications
Established in Canada 1880
Publicly traded yes
Parent company BCE, Inc.
Parent company head office Verdun QC
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Halifax NS, Winnipeg MB, Saint John NB, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 34,983
Part-time employees in Canada 7,032
Full-time employees worldwide 41,666
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2%
Average age of employees in Canada 44.06 years
Longest serving employee 51.7 years

Work Environment Rating: A+

Hybrid work varying by roles and type of work, the Bell Workways program includes 3 work options that include full-time onsite, mobile and remote work that includes 2 to 3 days onsite and the remainder at home (or other approved location)
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, transit subsidies, online carpool sign-up, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station, corporate ride-sharing account
Onsite workplace features head office features parking for nearly 100 bikes (a mobile bike repair vendor makes monthly visits), 2,000 heated indoor parking spaces, complimentary EV charging, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, outdoor barbecue, discounts at local restaurants, offices across Canada have a number of unique features, including a fully equipped gym at the Mississauga office, the centrally located Bell Media office in Toronto's trendy Queen Street West district, a food court at the Halifax office, and an onsite fitness facility at the downtown Winnipeg office (also only a short walk to The Forks)
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, pool table, self-serve library and reading area, outdoor terrace with parasols, original artwork
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, cafeteria offers variety of healthy menu items, from full breakfasts, 3 daily meal options and take-away dinners
Other food options at main location Starbucks and Tim Hortons
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (Zumba, yoga, spin, cardio-interval, step combo), elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, nutritionist, massage therapist, physiotherapist and acupuncture services, personal fitness evaluations

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Employee social committee name various committees at locations across Canada (est. 2001)
Past social events has hosted numerous virtual events over the past two years, the company has a long history of hosting social events for employees (the first such event dates back to 1889 and featured a sleigh ride and dance) as well as a longstanding tradition of supporting employee sports teams and clubs to suit a range of interests
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working, employee sports teams, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications quarterly retiree newsletter, national team meetings with the CEO

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note Bell Canada 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 retirement planning assistance, life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,500) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.), discounted home insurance, discounted auto insurance, discounted auto lease rates, generous discounts on Bell services (extends to family members and retirees), including mobile, internet, television, home phone, and home security, discounts on a wide range of products (cultural and music festivals, travel and hotels, home computers, and even vehicles), participates in numerous salary surveys annually to ensure competitive compensation across its diverse businesses, unionized employee pay scales are adjusted as per their negotiated agreement

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
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Eyecare $200 every 2 years
Paid sick days employees receive 5 days off each year
Health plan includes traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs), employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy), virtual healthcare services
Additional health plan information unlimited mental health coverage, retirees can purchase continued benefits coverage through the dedicated "MyFuture Marketplace" program
Additional health and wellness initiatives online access to LifeSpeak (library of more than 800 videos that cover a wide range of health-related topics)
Family-friendly benefits note Bell Canada has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $15,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 70% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 70% of salary for 19 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 70% of salary for 19 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 70% of salary for 19 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, child care onsite
Additional family-friendly information maternity and parental leave programs vary by employee group and location, some locations and employee groups also can take advantage of daycare subsidy programs, alternative work options also vary by employee group

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation note Bell Canada 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 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Unpaid leave maximum 36 months
Additional time-off information depending on employee group, employees can apply for self-funded leaves of absence, and some employees jump to 4 weeks of paid vacation after 7 years of employment (to a maximum of 6 weeks), paid personal days also vary by employee group

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A+

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 online recognition platform, individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (e.g. travel), Better Together recognition program launched during the pandemic (allows employees to give and receive points or social recognition with live newsfeed to enable active participation), Bravo Award program to recognize remarkable achievements and performance (presented at the annual Bravo Gala, held virtually in recent years), long-service awards that culminate with the President's Wallet program to commemorate retirement (a tradition since 1931, retiring employees receive an embossed leather wallet with a signed thank you letter from the CEO)
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 mentoring, in-house training, online 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 $1,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs formal corporate leadership development programs, self-directed learning catalogue (with over 16,000 courses from which to select), Bell U platform (virtual university that provides opportunities for team members to develop the skills needed to advance in their current role or move into a new role), mobile-friendly learning platform for front-line employees (bite-sized learning modules)

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 80,000 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 4,360 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Canadian Mental Health Association, True Patriot Love Foundation, Canadian Red Cross, Hope Blooms, Kids Eat Smart Foundation, Foundation Class-Tête Golf Tournament, Trees of Hope for CHEO, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Dauphin's Countryfest, to name only a few
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Established in 2010, the Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative has expanded into one of the largest commitments to mental health in Canada, with a total commitment of over $155-million over 15 years. The initiative has expanded in support of many tailored programs in support of post-secondary students, BIPOC communities, and children and youth programs.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Bell Canada was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2022):

  • Bell Canada's virtual career fairs provide students and new grads opportunities to connect virtually with recruiters and access to different events and activities, including webinars, application workshops, speed interviewing, and question and answer sessions with Bell’s leadership team
  • Bell Canada manages a number of graduate leadership programs to help cultivate the next generation of leaders -- participants work in a variety of different departments for periods ranging from 18 months to three years, and also attend the company's annual Grad Leadership Summit
  • Bell Canada's summer internship provides an early introduction and fast-track opportunity for students to join the company's Graduate Leadership Program -- over the course of the internship, students are assigned a buddy and participate in a variety of unique events including networking sessions with Bell executives, managers, and other grads, volunteer opportunities at CAMH and North York Harvest Food Bank, and prior to COVID-19, various social activities such as team dinners, visits to Bell Media, or an afternoon at a local arcade
  • For 23 years, Bell Canada has partnered with Career Edge to provide work-term placements to candidates, offering over 1,200 placements to date and hiring approximately 300 interns into full-time roles -- Bell Canada also works with Lime Connect to recruit students and new graduates with disabilities
A new graduate at Bell Canada takes part in the organization's virtual onboarding program.  

Highlights

Industry Communications
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Halifax NS, Winnipeg MB, Saint John NB, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 36,412
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory, mentoring, leadership training
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training and development opportunities new grads are paired with a buddy before they begin work as well as a mentor from the senior leadership team, virtual Graduate Leadership Foundations Program supports new grads in the transition from university to the workplace through 6 weeks of foundational learning (experiential learning, coaching), program participants also have access to a variety of courses
Additional highlights Grad Alumni Program to encourage participants of Bell's graduate leadership programs to stay connected (annual networking event and various team-building activities), developed a one-year Master of Applied Cybersecurity program in partnership with the University of New Brunswick, (Bell offers tuition reimbursement for eligible students and also considers students for its Bell Research Intensive Cyber Knowledge Studies program, with the opportunity for full-time employment upon graduation), offers access to LinkedIn Learning
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Bell Canada was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2022):

  • Bell Canada launched an accessibility advisory group in 2019 to focus on improving employment opportunities for persons with disabilities, making the workplace physically accessible, reviewing its programs and service delivery for accessibility, and reviewing the accessibility of its technology (computers, smartphones, and other technology) -- the group has since increased to 228 team members who speak to lived experiences and help provide a better understanding of the needs and challenges to succeed
  • In 2019, Bell Canada launched the Black Professionals at Bell employee resource group during Black History Month with the aim of supporting professional development, raising cultural awareness, and engaging and attracting new talent -- more than 700 employees have joined the ERG since its launch, which celebrated Black History Month last year with nine events under the theme of "moving forward" towards a better and bright future, professionally and personally
  • Bell Canada partners with the Military Family Services Spousal Employment Network to support career development among military spouses, and has hired more than 470 veterans and veteran spouses since 2013 -- the company also provides dedicated training internally to ensure recruiters understand the transferability of veterans' skills
Bell Canada team members recognize International Day of Pink virtually  
As a child of immigrants from Hong Kong, I grew up with a clear understanding that my parents had moved their lives to Canada for me. [...] My parents were so proud when I first started at Bell Canada, what an iconic Canadian brand and organization. I’ve essentially grown up here over the last 20 years, building a career in Human Resources. [...] I’ve been inspired by so many amazing leaders, mentors and colleagues who have pushed me to grow, who have lifted me up, helped me find my voice and cheered me on. Having that support has meant so much to me and it is part of why I am so passionate about mentoring, coaching and genuinely caring about the development of others. Angie Harrop, Director of Talent and Engagement

Highlights

Industry Communications
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Halifax NS, Winnipeg MB, Saint John NB, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 36,412
Management of diversity and inclusion initiatives diversity leadership council comprised of senior leaders from each of the company's business units, chaired by CHRO & executive vice-president, corporate services
Performance management and accountability standardized monthly business unit dashboards for diversity leadership council members and senior leaders, goal of at least 35% women in executive positions (vice-president level and above) by the end of 2021, set new targets for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of colour) representation, with at least 25% in senior management and 40% of graduate and student hires by 2025
Employee resource groups Women at Bell (est. 2007), Pride at Bell (est. 2009), Black Professionals at Bell (est. 2019)
Noteworthy diversity strategies and policies formal guidelines and resources on gender transition (resources on gender identity and expression at work, an FAQ for leaders, a terminology guide), diversity and inclusion portal with downloadable inclusion resources for leaders and employees, promotes sourcing from businesses that are 51% owned and managed by Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, women, LGBT, veterans, and persons with disabilities, procurement team has corporate memberships to 5 Canadian supplier diversity certifying organizations
Recruitment initiatives 23-year partnership with Career Edge to provide paid internships for recent graduates, graduates with disabilities, newcomers, and Canadian Armed Forces reservists, requires a minimum of one qualified diverse candidate on every shortlist
Retention and development programs Women at Bell launched a 9-month pilot mentorship program in 2020 with over 30 participants, aimed at helping women at all levels reach their ultimate potential through networking, professional development and mentorship opportunities, sponsors female participation in a variety of external leadership programs, including The Judy Project, L'effet A, and Women in Communications and Technology's Protégé Project and mentorship program, Black Journalism Fellowship (supported by CTV News, mentorship and skills training to early-career journalists)
Training and awareness initiatives mental health training, online courses on topics such as unconscious bias and managing diverse teams, inclusive leadership development training, language diversity program to help employees improve their French or English, Black Professionals at Bell held multiple events in 2020, including Responding to Crisis, Understanding the Black Experience in Tech and Becoming an Ally
Diversity highlights onboarding program includes an overview of the company's commitment to diversity and inclusion, information on employee resource groups and related resources (such as reflection room locations and gender transition guidelines), offers internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) along with expansive coverage from a variety of mental health practitioners, 5 Inclusion Days to recognize important dates such as Black History Month, International Women's Day, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, National Indigenous Peoples Day and International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Highlights from the past year launched HireBIPOC web portal to promote greater diversity in Canadian media, Bell Media created a content diversity task force in partnership with BIPOC TV & Film, Jonathan Gayle-West Memorial internship program (TSN partnership with Ryerson University to provide BIPOC students with the opportunity to work alongside broadcasters in the creation of a high-profile sports program), new $5-million Bell Let's Talk Diversity Fund to support mental health and well-being of Canadian BIPOC communities (including donations to Black Youth Helpline, 360Kids Support Services, Black Creek Community Health Centre, CAMÉÉ, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba, Khalil Center, among others)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Bell Canada was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

  • Bell Canada manages a consumer-facing e-waste collection program that covers everything that goes out, including mobile phones, television receivers and modems -- in 2020, more than 2,537 tonnes of electronics were diverted from landfill through these programs
  • In partnership with community programs, Bell Canada has introduced electric vehicle charging stations at over 20 sites in Québec, Ontario and Manitoba -- with over 100 installations and the addition of more sites every year
  • Bell Canada operates diesel hybrid and solar systems at nine remote work sites in the Northwest Territories -- and the Whitehorse, Yukon solar power system generates 130,000 kWh of renewable energy every year or the equivalent of saving over 300 tonnes of CO2 annually
A Bell Canada employee participates in the Bell Let's Talk initiative  

Highlights

Industry Communications
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Halifax NS, Winnipeg MB, Saint John NB, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 36,412
Part-time employees in Canada 6,713
Employee green team Corporate Responsibility & Environment group (est. in the 1980s)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives CHR and Executive Vice President of Corporate Services
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights formal and extensive environmental programs encompass a range of initiatives, including air emissions, water usage, hazardous waste, noise pollution, sustainable real estate, resource consumption and much more
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, electric vehicle charging stations, solar air heating, white roof, motion sensitive lighting, dedicated VideoZone rooms to provided enhanced video conferencing capabilities and reduce unnecessary travel, use of native plant species on its grounds and bans the use of pesticides and rodenticides, wind turbine at Nungesser Lake location
Extended recycling consumer-facing waste recycling program (captures mobile phones, modems and television receivers), organics, batteries, cable, electronic waste, office furniture, and telecommunications equipment (everything from technology to cable, to utility poles to wood pallets), longstanding hazardous residual materials program and parallel non-hazardous residual materials management program to manage waste streams from the field and outside operations, extensive repair and reuse campaign to repair tools and ladders (program inspired by Bell technicians)
Commuter amenities EV parking spots available at locations across Canada (Québec, Ontario and Manitoba), EV car demonstration day (hosted prior to the pandemic), downtown shuttle bus at head office, daily shared taxi to local shopping centre, bike loan program (with helmets), walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online carpool sign-up, transit subsidies
Community partnerships UN Global Compact, Global Compact Network Canada, Computer for Schools Program/Ordinateurs pour les écoles du Québec, informal employee-led Earth Hour and Earth Day celebrations across the company

The Career Directory

Bell Canada has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Bell Canada offers a number of opportunities for students and new grads

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Communications
Full-time employees in Canada 25,001 to 50,000
Parent company BCE, Inc.
Parent company head office Verdun QC
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Halifax NS, Winnipeg MB, Saint John NB, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
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 $1,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Corporate Strategy and M Analyst, Applications Developer, Business Analyst, Business Intelligence Specialist, Communications Specialist, Environmental Responsibility Advisor, Financial Analyst, Financial Planning Manager, HR Specialist, Marketing Specialist, Network Architect, Pre-Sales Engineer, Project Specialist, Recruitment Specialist, RF Engineer, Sales Consultant, Systems Integrator, Technical Consultant, Talent Acquisition Consultant, Project Manager
Starting salary $60K to $70K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, transit subsidies, 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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