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Bell Canada employees participate in mentoring and career planning   (Photo credit: Eric Carriere)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2024) and Montreal's Top Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why Bell Canada was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2024) and Montreal's Top Employers (2024):

  • Bell Canada's "Workways" program aims to provide employees greater flexibility to manage work and life commitments -- depending on their role, employees may split their time between home and office, work in-office full-time, or work remotely with occasional work in the office -- additionally, employees may adopt variable start and end times to their workday and eligible employees can choose a reduced work week for up to three months
  • Bell Canada provides resources and services to help employees build financial literacy and publishes a quarterly newsletter on saving and investing for participants of its defined contribution pension plan -- the company also offers an interactive retirement planning webinar series to help employees manage their path to retirement
  • Along with paid time off to volunteer, Bell maintains a community leave program, allowing employees to apply for a leave of one to 12 consecutive months to work at a registered non-profit organization that operates in Canada -- during the leave, employees receive 20 per cent of their base salary, provided they work for the non-profit the same average number of hours a week as they do at Bell
An employee at Bell Canada uses an ergonomic workstation   (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 locations Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Halifax NS, Winnipeg MB, Saint John NB, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 36,561
Part-time employees in Canada 6,679
Full-time employees worldwide 37,969
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 5.2%
Average age of employees in Canada 43.98 years
Longest serving employee 52.7 years

Work Environment Rating: A+

Flexible work options hybrid work option, flexible work hours, telecommuting, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, Bell Canada's "Workways" program aims to provide employees greater flexibility to manage work, family and other life commitments (depending on their role, employees may work up to 3 days in-office, work in-office full-time, or work remotely with occasional work in-office)
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, transit subsidies, online carpool sign-up, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, nearby bike sharing station, 2,000 heated indoor parking spaces, parking for nearly 100 bikes
Onsite workplace features is renovating several buildings to modernize workspaces as part of its transition to a hybrid workforce as well as enhance building amenities, head office features onsite gardens and green space, wellness rooms, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants, offices across Canada have a number of unique features, including a micro-market and fitness facility at the Mississauga location, the centrally located Bell Media office in Toronto's Queen Street West neighbourhood, an extensive 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, fireplace, television, pool table, foosball table, self-serve library and reading area, outdoor terrace with parasols
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, full breakfasts, 3 daily hot meal options and grab-n-go options
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, instructor-led classes (employees at other locations also receive free access to onsite fitness facilities)

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Employee social committee name various committees at locations across Canada (est. 2001)
Past social events the company has a long history of organizing sports and social events for employees with the first event dating back to 1889 (featured a sleigh ride and dance at Péloquin Hotel), company-sponsored sports programs include hockey, bowling, softball and dragon boating, social activities over the past year include food truck visits, cooking classes, and the annual Bravo Gala, celebrating employees and their achievements
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 newsletter for retirees, national team meetings with the CEO, town halls hosted by each business unit, "CEO Dialogues" with employees from various business units and resource groups (hosted virtually and in person)

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
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,500) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits year-end bonuses for some employees, 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 is adjusted as per their negotiated agreement's pay scales

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 flex credits can be allocated to a health reimbursement account or a new lifestyle account, which can be used to pay for fitness and recreation expenses, daycare expenses and education expenses for employees and their families, benefits include unlimited mental health care (expanded coverage includes licensed psychologist, psychotherapist, family therapist, couple counsellor, and social worker), gender affirmation benefit (lifetime maximum of $20,000), and access to CAREpath (support in navigating the health care system), retirees can purchase continued benefits coverage through the "MyFuture" program
Additional health and wellness initiatives dedicated intranet for mental health and wellness (with tools and resources), mental health and well-being related events and activities, access to LifeSpeak (library of more than 2,500 videos, articles and podcasts on a range of health, wellness and professional development topics), corporate wellness challenges and virtual fitness classes
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 some locations and employee groups also can take advantage of daycare subsidy programs

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
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 1 month
Additional time-off information some employees have the option to purchase extra vacation days through the company's flexible benefits program (up to 5 days per year), employees may also take additional time off without pay and spread the financial impact over multiple pay periods, recently implemented a new flexible holiday policy allowing eligible team members to substitute any of the 12 company holidays for other days in the calendar year

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 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, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, tailored and unique rewards (e.g. travel), Better Together recognition program (allows employees to give and receive points or social recognition), Bravo Award program to recognize remarkable achievements and performance (presented at the annual Bravo Gala, hosted by Canadian platinum recording artist Marie-Mai and Traci Melchor from ETALK and Canada’s Drag Race), 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 apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership development programs, 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
Education leave educational leaves of absence are available
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs learning hub with over 16,000 on-demand video-based courses taught by industry leaders, Bell U virtual university (includes a re-skilling program for online and on-the-job learning and upskills program for technical employees), 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 100,000 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 4,180 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
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 to include tailored programs in support of post-secondary students, BIPOC communities, serving military members, veterans and their families.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why Bell Canada was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2024):

  • Bell Canada manages a number of graduate leadership programs to help cultivate the next generation of leaders -- participants work in a variety of 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 virtual networking sessions with Bell executives, managers, and other grads, and volunteer opportunities at CAMH and North York Harvest Food Bank
  • Bell Canada invites its new graduates from all across the country to attend the annual Bell Grad Leadership Summit, featuring presentations from executive leaders, Q&A opportunities, panel discussions and a 5@7 networking event
Bell graduate leader program participant enjoys a snack at the graduate leadership summit   (Photo credit: Joel Nadel)

Highlights

Industry Communications
Major Canadian locations Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Halifax NS, Winnipeg MB, Saint John NB, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 36,561
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, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
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, Graduate Leadership Program with 9 streams across the organization (5 rotational programs available ranging from 18 months to 3 years)
Additional highlights Grad Alumni Program to encourage participants of Bell's graduate leadership programs to stay connected (hosts an annual networking event), offers access to LinkedIn Learning, virtual onboarding program for interns and new grads (includes events, modules and activities spread across participants' first month at Bell)
Dedicated employee resource group Social and Development Committee (run by graduates from each business unit, organizes engaging activities and events for graduates and alumni)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why Bell Canada was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2024):

  • Bell Canada manages a long-standing e-waste collection program that covers everything that goes out, including mobile phones, modems and receivers -- approximately 1,900 tonnes of electronics are diverted from landfill through these programs annually
  • Bell Canada donates the residual value of returned and recycled mobile devices to World Wildlife Fund Canada's ambitious decade-long Regenerate Canada program that seeks to restore one million hectares of vital ecosystems across the country
  • Bell Canada operates diesel hybrid and solar systems at ten remote work sites in the Northwest Territories and Yukon -- the systems generate over 240,000 kWh of renewable power from solar and wind sources with the Whitehorse, Yukon facility generating approximately 130,000 kWh of renewable energy every year (or the equivalent of saving over 300 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually)
Bell Canada employees join a hybrid meeting outdoors  

Highlights

Industry Communications
Major Canadian locations Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Halifax NS, Winnipeg MB, Saint John NB, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 36,561
Part-time employees in Canada 6,679
Employee green team Corporate Responsibility & Environment group (est. in the 1980s)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives CHRO 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, recently launched regional green teams along with an online green collaboration space to share green events, tips, ideas and stories
Building footprint includes PV solar panels, rainwater collection, green roof, electric vehicle charging stations, white roof, motion sensitive lighting, programs to plant native plant species on its grounds and pesticide bans, generated over 240,000 kWh of renewable power from solar and wind sources in 2022
Extended recycling organics, batteries, cable, electronic waste, office furniture, and telecommunications equipment (everything from technology to utility poles and 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, introduced a company-wide directive on single-use plastics (aims to reduce plastic waste at the source, targeting plastic bags, promotional items, water bottles and cafeteria items), consumer-facing e-waste recycling program
Commuter amenities EV parking spots available at locations across Canada (Québec, Ontario and Manitoba), downtown shuttle bus at head office, daily shared taxi to local shopping centre, bike loan program, walk to public transit, online carpool sign-up, transit subsidies
Community partnerships UN Global Compact, Global Compact Network Canada, Computers for Schools Plus (CFS+)/Ordinateurs pour les écoles du Québec, informal employee-led Earth Hour and Earth Day celebrations across the company, World Wildlife Fund Canada (revenues generated through mobile device returns and recycling directed towards the WWF's Regenerate Canada program)

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 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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