McElhanney Ltd.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023):

Here are some of the reasons why McElhanney Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023):

  • McElhanney leverages employee feedback when reviewing its benefits and maintains a three-year well-being strategy with accompanying in-house programming, including lunch and learns on financial and mental well-being -- the company also recently increased coverage for mental health services to $2,000 per year
  • McElhanney supports parents-to-be with maternity and parental leave top-up, a dedicated guide to help them prepare for their leave, and a "parent channel" on its intranet to help new parents build community at work
  • McElhanney lets everyone share in the company's success through profit-sharing and offers a number of additional financial incentives, including signing bonuses for some, year-end bonuses for all, and generous referral bonuses of up to $10,000
A McElhanney employee conducts surveying on top of the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver  

Employer Background

Industry Engineering, surveying and mapping services
Established in Canada 1910
Major Canadian hiring locations Canmore AB, Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Courtenay BC, Kamloops BC, Prince George BC, Victoria BC, Surrey BC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,041
Part-time employees in Canada 156
Full-time employees worldwide 1,045
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 1%
Average age of employees in Canada 40 years
Longest serving employee 48 years

Work Environment Rating: B+

Hybrid work developed a remote work policy and procedure document as well as training and a guidebook for managers
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station
Onsite workplace features head office is next to BC Place Stadium, Yaletown and Gastown communities, the building features an open-space concept, glass walls to enable employees to enjoy natural light, lunchroom overlooking Beatty street, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, board games
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (boot camp), elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Employee social committee name Vancouver Social Committee (est. 2010)
Past social events annual year-end holiday celebration, cooking classes hosted by local caterers and restaurants, walking tour of Gastown, Whistler Ski Day with family and friends
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working, concierge services available, employee sports teams, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B+

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings matching RSP
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $10,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits share purchase plan available to some employees, corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.), discounted auto lease rates, work clothing discount program

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B

Health plan note McElhanney Ltd. has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 50% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 30 days
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Eyecare $300 every 2 years
Paid sick days employees receive 6 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
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $2,000 each year
Health spending account up to $200 each year
Additional health plan information employees may carry forward 3 sick days from the previous year and can use the time off to care for their families as well as themselves
Additional health and wellness initiatives dedicated well-being strategy, lunch and learns on financial and mental well-being, as well as online courses, fitness and step challenges with prizes
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 16 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Additional family-friendly information dedicated parent channel on the company's internal site, maternity and parental leave guide to help employees prepare

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B-

Vacation note McElhanney Ltd. 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 6 months

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B

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
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, long-service awards, internal awards program with 10 categories including innovation, community service, project management, and technical service, to name a few, hosted a virtual awards celebration in the past year to honour staff (winners received plaques and financial rewards totalling $54,000)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A

In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Education leave educational leaves of absence are available
Unique training & development programs learning hub with over 500 courses and webinars through desktop and mobile apps, annual Leader's Conference to ensure leadership employees remain well equipped

Community Involvement Rating: B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 452 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 200 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Aboriginal Mother Centre Society, Edmonton's Food Bank, Canucks Autism Network, Kidney Foundation of Canada, Alzheimer Society of BC, Food Banks BC, Movember
Community highlight Through the McElhanney Cares program, employees can donate their time as service in-kind. The company maintains a charitable focus on giving back to their communities and manages a dedicated committee to organize company donations (with employee feedback on which charities to support).

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