Loblaw Companies Limited
Loblaw employees have a meeting  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Loblaw Companies Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2021):

  • As part of a need to keep communication lines open during the pandemic, Loblaw introduced the new "fl!p" intranet mobile platform that reaches all support and in-store personnel, manages the unique Let's Talk Program (to connect employees with leadership), and encourages employees to send questions directly to the chairman's office using the "Ask Galen" link on the company intranet -- the company also maintains its own in-house production studio and business television network, accessible at all locations across the country via satellite and digital signage in key locations
  • Loblaw encourages ongoing employee development through the extensive online Loblaw Virtual Learning Centre and tuition subsidies for courses related and not directly related to their current position (from $1,200 to $2,500 annually) -- the company also provides academic scholarships for children of employees pursuing post-secondary studies (to $1,500)
  • Loblaw's primary charitable focus is to help Canadian families "live life well" through a range of initiatives addressing childhood hunger and women's health issues -- as part of this commitment, each store location partners with a local food bank, and donated non-perishable food items and over $3.3-million to food banks across the country last year
A Loblaw employee at one of the organization's Real Canadian Superstore locations   (Photo credit: Matthew Liteplo)

Employer Background

Industry Supermarkets and grocery stores
Established in Canada 1919
Publicly traded yes
Parent company George Weston Limited
Parent company head office Brampton ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Dartmouth NS, Saskatoon SK, Vancouver BC, Ottawa ON, Mississauga ON, Brampton ON, Montréal QC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 27,360
Part-time employees in Canada 60,252
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 0.5%
Average age of employees in Canada 38 years
Longest serving employee 65 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities online carpool sign-up, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations
Workplace features the 4-storey suburban head office consists of 2 buildings connected by an impressive glass atrium, a medical centre, a television production studio, an extensive herb garden that supplies the state-of-the-art President's Choice Insider's Test Kitchen (where new food products are created year-round), convenience store, dry cleaning services, fully equipped auditorium (seats 200 people), PC banking kiosks, IT support kiosk (with in-person support services), reserved front-row parking for registered carpoolers and expectant mothers (and a shuttle service from the car to the front entrance of the building), new "Agile" work environments on the second and fourth floors offer employees the flexibility of work and meeting locations, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, outdoor barbecue, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, casual seating throughout head office for small impromptu meetings
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals, take-home meals, market-style cafeteria with emphasis on President's Choice Blue Menu items, latte bar, home product evaluation area
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (BodyPump, combat, yoga, Zumba, BodyAttack), elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, basketball court, sauna, shower facilities, LifeScale machines which measure blood pressure, weight and body fat to create personalized reports, registered massage therapy sessions, massage chairs, outdoor beach volleyball court, basketball court, discounted family rates (fitness centre is operated by GoodLife)
Other nearby amenities Rivergrove Community Centre, Eldorado Park, golf course across the street, convenient highway access

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A+

Past social events departmental holiday parties during the Christmas season, a large children's Christmas party in Toronto with activities and even a visit from Santa (with over 2,500 attendees), product launch events that allow employees to sample and preview new creations from the President's Choice kitchen, multicultural and Pride celebrations, special employee appreciation "Thanks to You" day, new #EatTogether day (to encourage people to take time to enjoy lunch together)
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, employee sports teams
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications quarterly and departmental town hall-style meetings, in-house production studio and business television network (accessible by all locations via satellite and digital signage in key locations), employees can email questions directly to the chairman's office using the "Ask Galen" link on the company intranet, Let's Talk Program (initiative to connect employees with leadership), weekly or daily "huddles" at store, support and distribution centres, new "fl!p" intranet (mobile platform reaches all support and in-store personnel -- and has become an additionally important tool over the past year)

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note Loblaw 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 life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $3,000) 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.), 10% Colleague Discount Program for purchases made in corporate stores, additional discounts through Loblaw Optical, PC Mobile, PC Financial Pet Insurance, and PC Home and Auto, online WorkPerks program offers discounts on over 800 products and services (from computers to travel bookings)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan note Loblaw has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 80% of the premiums
Waiting period for coverage 30 days
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage option up to 65 years of age
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
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, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy)
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $500 each year
Additional health plan information employees may also access dietitian, speech therapy, psychologist, hearing aids, and private duty nursing (to name a few), corporate rates for up to 4 family members at the head office fitness centre
Family-friendly benefits note Loblaw has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 75% of salary for 11 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 75% of salary for 11 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits academic scholarships of up to $1,500 per child
Flexible work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information flexible work options and maternity and parental leave top-up payments are unavailable to some employee groups

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B-

Vacation note Loblaw 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 of absence option yes
Additional time-off information depending on their grouping, some employees start with 2 or 4 weeks of paid vacation, additional paid day off is provided to those celebrating 10 years of service and every subsequent decade thereafter

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 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
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, store and distribution centre managers can access the Rapid Access Funds program to spend in ways to reward and engage their employees
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 6 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 6 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,500 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 $2,500 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs tuition subsidies range from $1,200 to $2,500 annually, buddy program pairs new hires with experienced personnel as part of their orientation, management development training, VP onboarding program, executive development program, and formal leadership development training

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 9,938 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 99 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported President's Choice Children's Charity, World Wildlife Fund Canada, Food Banks Canada, Second Harvest, Alzheimer Society of Toronto, Burlington Girls Hockey Club, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, Imagine Canada, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Calgary, Tecumseh Goodfellows, The Ride to Conquer Cancer, YMCA of Central East Ontario, and many more
Charitable giving matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Loblaw's primary charitable focus is to help Canadian families "live life well" through support for a range of initiatives addressing childhood hunger and women's health issues. This focus is being addressed in tangible ways through the longstanding President's Choice Children's Charity (a $150-million multi-year commitment to tackle childhood hunger); and through its network of retail stores, the company works with Food Banks Canada to ensure that each store is partnered with a local food bank (donating non-perishable food items and $3.3-million to food banks across the country last year).

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2020):

Here are some of the reasons why Loblaw Companies Limited was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2020):

  • Loblaw's Inclusion Council is comprised of two co-chairs (who work to embed diversity and inclusion into the enterprise strategic plan), enterprise priority leaders (who set and lead an enterprise-wide agenda for the company's four priority areas of gender, multicultural, disabilities and LGBTQ), division leads (who leads a division inclusion committee within their business area), advisors (who support development and execution of strategies, plans and measurements), and champions (selected colleagues who work with council leaders to help drive the strategy and agenda through the business)
  • Loblaw maintains "colleague resource groups," with each receiving business support and funding to achieve its priorities -- each group has subcommittees that focus on core areas, including education, events, networking, partnerships/sponsorships and leadership development
  • The colleague resource group Go Further Women@Loblaw recognized International Women's Day with events and the "Go Sponsor Her" initiative -- leaders were challenged to sponsor a high-potential woman in their network by opening up opportunities for her to showcase her talents and committing to her progression up the corporate ladder
A Loblaw employee takes part in the organization's Pride celebrations   (Photo credit: Trevor Sherwin)

Highlights

Industry Supermarkets and grocery stores
Major Canadian hiring locations Dartmouth NS, Saskatoon SK, Vancouver BC, Ottawa ON, Mississauga ON, Brampton ON, Montréal QC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 27,488
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives VP, Talent and Culture
Formal commitment inclusion council, inclusion committees for each division (est. in 2018), national accessibility plan
Employee resource groups Go Further Women@Loblaw, Able@Loblaw (persons with disabilities), Embrace Your Roots (visible minorities and Indigenous peoples), Proud to Be (LGBTA)
Training and awareness inclusion toolkit for hiring managers, recruiters and new employees
Diversity highlights restructured and expanded inclusion council in 2018, all inclusion council members, colleague resource group leads, and division inclusion committee leads are senior leaders, standards for Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was extended nationally, professional development opportunities organized by Women@Loblaw, Proud to Be provided all stores and offices with a Pride Execution Kit with posters, stickers, education and activities to show support and engage colleagues across the organization, all Loblaw stores have dedicated space for multicultural foods, multicultural merchandising department sources products tailored to various communities, events and celebrations for various multicultural dates in stores and offices, including Chinese New Year, Ramadan, Eid and Diwali
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Ascend Canada, Canadian Board Diversity Council, Canadian Business SenseAbility, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, Conference Board of Canada (Council of Inclusive Work Environments), Corporate Leadership Council, Pride at Work Canada, Diversity Roundtable

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2020):

Here are some of the reasons why Loblaw Companies Limited was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2020):

  • Through its ambitious carbon reduction strategy, Loblaw has set the target of reducing the company's carbon footprint for its office and retail locations by 30 per cent over a 2011 baseline year by 2030 -- the ambitious strategy focuses on four key areas, including waste, electricity use, refrigerant leaks, and transportation
  • As part of this strategy, Loblaw is one of the first major retail organizations to introduce electric vehicles to its trucking fleet, recently unveiling its first fully electric Class 8 truck capable of making commercial deliveries with zero carbon emissions
  • Loblaw manages an impressive range of initiatives to increase consumer access to sustainable products, including its longstanding PC GREEN product line with eco-friendly household alternatives (ranging from food to diapers to home decor) and partnerships with farmers who use innovative, sustainable farming practices to offer the new PC Free From line with over 250 beef, pork and poultry products
Inside a Real Canadian Superstore location, a Loblaw company  

Highlights

Industry Supermarkets and grocery stores
Major Canadian hiring locations Dartmouth NS, Saskatoon SK, Vancouver BC, Ottawa ON, Mississauga ON, Brampton ON, Montréal QC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 27,488
Employee green team CSR Committee, Carbon Working Group
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights sustainable seafood commitment, solar power generation, carbon reduction strategy (aims to reduce emissions 20 per cent by 2020, and 30 per cent by 2030 over 2011 baseline), programs to address packaging (99 per cent of fibre used in corrugated boxes and trays, folding carton and paperboard trays are either recycled or from certified sustainable sources), energy savings (lighting retrofits), eliminating single-use plastic dishes and utensils at head office, PC Free From line of meat products produced in partnership with farmers who use innovative farming practices, various strategies to reduce food waste at retail locations, including "Flashfood," an online platform that advertises food items that are near expiration for a reduced price and food donations to local community organizations
Noteworthy initiatives ongoing PC GREEN product line has offered accessible sustainable alternatives (from grocery items to diapers and home decor) for over 30 years, the retailer also introduced the No Name Naturally Imperfect brand that markets small or flawed produce at a discount
Building footprint includes green roof, electric vehicle charging stations, 59 store locations have PV panel installations as well as two distribution centres and the head office location, one store location in Halifax has a wind turbine (in operation since 2009), in the process of electrifying corporate trucking fleet (recently unveiled its first electric Class 8 truck and announced an order of 25 Tesla electric semi-trucks)
Extended recycling corrugated and waxed cardboard, plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans, organics, shrink wrap, meat and seafood, cooking oil, e-waste, expired medication and medical products
Commuter amenities carpool program through Smart Commute, 100 dedicated carpool parking spaces at head office, walk to public transit, online carpool sign-up
Community partnerships World Wildlife Fund, presenting sponsor of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Earth Hour (more than 1,800 retail stores dimmed lights), involved in The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, Loblaw Water Fund (managed in partnership with WWF and offers grants to Canadians addressing major threats to water wealth)

The Career Directory

Loblaw Companies Limited has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Loblaw employees collaborating

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Supermarkets and grocery stores
Full-time employees in Canada 25,001 to 50,000
Parent company George Weston Limited
Parent company head office Brampton ON
Major Canadian hiring locations Dartmouth NS, Saskatoon SK, Vancouver BC, Ottawa ON, Mississauga ON, Brampton ON, Montréal QC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training 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 Quality Assurance Analyst, Supply Chain Analyst, Customer Service Representative, Pharmacy Intern, Merchandise Coordinator, Data Integrity Analyst, eCommerce Technology Intern, Human Resources Coordinator
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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