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PCL Construction
PCL Construction employees on a work site  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023) and Alberta's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why PCL Construction was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023) and Alberta's Top Employers (2022):

  • PCL Construction provides a variety of learning opportunities for employees at various stages of development, including the PCL College of Construction (with over 2,000 courses and custom training), in-house apprenticeships, and the "Learn2Go" micro-learning initiative which employees can access anytime and from anywhere
  • PCL Construction helps employees plan for life after work with retirement planning assistance along with a defined contribution pension plan -- and varying by position, employees may be able to take advantage of phased-in work options when nearing retirement
  • PCL Construction's head office employees are encouraged to keep fit with free memberships to a 4,500 square foot onsite fitness centre that's open to family members and retirees
A PCL Construction employee mentors a younger colleague  

Employer Background

Industry Industrial, commercial and institutional building construction
Established in Canada 1906
Major Canadian hiring locations Terrace BC, Montréal QC, Richmond BC, Yellowknife NT, Sudbury ON, Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Halifax NS, Kelowna BC, Nisku AB, Whitehorse YT
Full-time employees in Canada 2,697
Part-time employees in Canada 10
Full-time employees worldwide 4,226
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 1.6%
Average age of employees in Canada 39 years
Longest serving employee 49 years

Work Environment Rating: A+

Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, reduced summer hours
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, free parking
Onsite workplace features assembly hall featuring one-of-a-kind artwork (with capacity for up to 300 employees), an 18-foot video wall and an in-house multimedia studio to produce content for employees and clients, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, outdoor patio, outdoor barbecue
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, video games, board games, table tennis, large central lounge is surrounded by a glass atrium that ensures lots of natural light
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, take-home meals
Other food options at main location popular food truck has a permanent space and offers a variety of lunch options, grocery store, restaurants and cafés within walking distance
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, invests in new equipment for its 4,500 square foot fitness centre every year, the facility is also open to family members and retirees

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Employee social committee name Social Committee (est. 1997)
Past social events moved many of its traditional social events to virtual events, including happy hours, trivia competitions and socials
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, concierge services available, employee sports teams, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, internal social media
Other in-house communications semi-annual fireside chats with the company's executive team, Friday Digest (weekly updates)

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

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, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits share purchase plan available to some employees, profit-sharing plan available to some employees

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% 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
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Eyecare $400 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, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy), virtual healthcare services
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $1,200 each year
Fitness club subsidy up to $200 each year
Additional health plan information unused health spending account credits can be transferred to a group RRSP, additional health coverage or a lifestyle spending account (includes a range of options, from legal fees to pet care services)
Additional health and wellness initiatives extended the in-house “WellPCL” wellness program to employees across Canada (the program sponsors a number of initiatives, from step challenges, work-life balance seminars, wellness fairs and a mental health awareness week)
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $5,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Additional family-friendly information flexible work options vary by position and type of work

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

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
Unpaid leave of absence option yes

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, tailored and unique rewards (e.g. travel), numerous awards for its top performing employees, including PCL Innovation Award, Estimating Award of Excellence, Student Program Awards, Ross Grieve Excellence in Leadership Award, and many more
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 18 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unique training & development programs PCL College of Construction (more than 2,000 courses, includes customized training on a variety of subjects), Ross Grieve Centennial Learning Centre training facility at head office

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, (up to 1 paid day)
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 50 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way (local agencies across Canada) Canadian (and American) Red Cross, Canadian Veterans Helmets to Hardhats, MS Society of Canada, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, Covenant House, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and many more
Community highlight PCL's corporate focus is to "create robust, healthy neighbourhoods as community partners," donating $7-million to charitable organizations (and volunteer hours) over the past year -- the firm focuses on initiatives addressing poverty, children, environment, health and community

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

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

  • As part of the PCL Student Program, students receive ongoing support and feedback from their immediate supervisor as well as an assigned buddy, and have various opportunities to engage in meaningful work throughout their 4 to 16-month term
  • PCL Construction manages an accelerated superintendent development program and an accelerated estimating and construction risk management program for early-career leaders -- the intensive programs range from 9 months to 2 years in length and focus on identifying personal leadership strengths, building technical knowledge, and developing mentoring relationships
  • PCL Construction collaborates with the University of Alberta, recruiting master's and PhD students to work on research projects relating to the civil, mechanical, electrical, and computing science areas of construction
PCL Construction employees took part in a past year's Mud Hero charity event  

Highlights

Industry Industrial, commercial and institutional building construction
Major Canadian hiring locations Terrace BC, Montréal QC, Richmond BC, Yellowknife NT, Sudbury ON, Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Halifax NS, Kelowna BC, Nisku AB, Whitehorse YT
Full-time employees in Canada 2,554
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unique training and development opportunities 6-month onboarding program to help recent grads make the transition from school to work, accelerated development programs for early-career leaders in areas including field management, estimating and construction risk management, PCL Leadership Academy, hosts several in-house conferences
Additional highlights awards internal scholarships to students (on the basis of the quality of their work during placement, passion for the construction industry, and potential as a future leader), offers over $50,000 in scholarships to educational institutions, students can submit applications to deliver "TED Talk" style presentations on various topics (one student from each Canadian office selected to present virtually), junior mobility program provides students with housing assistance and support during a student's relocation, virtual student appreciation day
Dedicated employee resource group Student Body blog and Student Exchange Yammer page provide a platform for students to share information, ideas and experiences (students can volunteer to be blog writers and become "Yambassadors"), student organizing committee plans events such as Midterm Mixers
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 (2022):

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

  • PCL Construction encourages employees to reach out to one another and share their best ideas on building sustainability into all aspects of its operations, such as contributing their ideas through short videos to share "My Sustainability Story" on how to make projects (and offices) more sustainable
  • PCL Construction employees are encouraged to volunteer with office sustainability committees to develop and execute environmental plans -- employees can also volunteer to join the company's Solar Centre of Excellence that provides opportunities to work on some of Canada's largest solar facilities
  • PCL Construction is a founding member of the City of Edmonton’s Corporate Climate Leaders program, which works alongside businesses encouraging them to become leaders on climate action (and save money) by helping them find environmental efficiencies across their operations
PCL Construction treated their tradespeople to lunch during the company's 'Lunch Box Challenge'  

Highlights

Industry Industrial, commercial and institutional building construction
Major Canadian hiring locations Terrace BC, Montréal QC, Richmond BC, Yellowknife NT, Sudbury ON, Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Halifax NS, Kelowna BC, Nisku AB, Whitehorse YT
Full-time employees in Canada 2,554
Part-time employees in Canada 14
Employee green team sustainability steering committee
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Chief Operating Officer
Formal strategy/policy name sustainability strategic plan
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights Solar Centre of Excellence (builds renewable energy projects across the country with employees volunteering for the opportunity to work on some of Canada’s largest solar facilities), has completed over 200 LEED-certified projects in North America and has over 260 LEED-credentialed employees (and other environmental certifications)
Noteworthy initiatives established a unique network of sustainable construction advisors (these employees provide in-house expertise on sustatainable construction practices as well as leading in-office sustainability initiatives), My Sustainability Story (online video program that lets employees share their environmental initiatives with colleagues across the company)
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, green roof, geothermal heating/cooling, heat recovery systems, white roof (on one campus building), low-flow fixtures, natural lighting
Commuter amenities walk to public transit
Community partnerships Canada Green Building Council, Earth Day

The Career Directory

PCL Construction has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
PCL Construction operations team member at the Saskatoon Reservoir project

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Industrial, commercial and institutional building construction
Full-time employees in Canada 2,501 to 5,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Terrace BC, Montréal QC, Richmond BC, Yellowknife NT, Sudbury ON, Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Regina SK, Saskatoon SK, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Ottawa ON, Halifax NS, Kelowna BC, Nisku AB, Whitehorse YT
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Field Coordinator, Junior Estimator, Building Systems Coordinator, Construction Modelling Coordinator, Accountant, Human Resources Coordinator, HSE Coordinator, Systems Administrator, Technology Analyst, Applications Analyst, Software Developer, Marketing Coordinator, Communications Specialist, Administrative Assistant, Proposal Coordinator, Buyer, Integrated Construction Technology Coordinator, Scheduling Coordinator, Cost Control Coordinator, Industrial Project Coordinator, Workplace Health Coordinator, Quality Coordinator, Document Control Coordinator, Payroll Coordinator, Professional Development Coordinator, Junior Graphic Designer
Starting salary $50K to $60K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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