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PCL Construction
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Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021) and Alberta's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why PCL Construction was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021) and Alberta's Top Employers (2021):

  • PCL Construction and its employees worked with industry partners to create temporary care and treatment "pods" from shipping containers to be used by health care agencies and other organizations during the pandemic
  • 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 a new "Learn2Go" micro-learning initiative which employees can access anytime and from anywhere
  • PCL Construction offers a range of health and wellness resources through its WellPCL program and organizes activity challenges with prizes for completing certain tasks -- additionally, the company offers an allotment of $500 per year, which can be allocated to a lifestyle spending account for personal wellness-related expenses
Employees of PCL Construction take part in a Women Build event for Habitat for Humanity   (Photo credit: Denis Deschenes)

Employer Background

Industry Industrial, commercial and institutional building construction
Established in Canada 1906
Major Canadian hiring locations 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 2,829
Part-time employees in Canada 19
Full-time employees worldwide 4,522
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 4.11%
Average age of employees in Canada 39 years
Longest serving employee 47 years

COVID-19

Pandemic response quickly created a formal Pandemic Response Committee followed by dedicated task forces to address specific issues, including safety, people, contracts, government relations, supply chain and planning for the future, some employees moved to reduced hours and temporary leaves of absence (but the firm ensured the continuance of benefits and investments as PCL employee shareholders), most office-based employees moved to work-from-home arrangements, introduced the "On the Bright Side" feature on the company's intranet to help employees keep in touch, worked with industry partners to create portable emergency health care facilities from shipping containers

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities free parking
Workplace features head office campus is located 10 minutes from downtown Edmonton and includes a LEED Gold-certified training centre (built in 2006 to celebrate the firm's 100-year anniversary), a central courtyard with picnic tables, outdoor patio and barbecue, an assembly hall featuring one-of-a-kind artwork (with capacity for up to 300 employees), an 18-foot video wall, an in-house multimedia studio to produce content for employees and clients, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, religious observance room, 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
Snacks available fresh fruit delivered to office once a week
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, instructor-led classes (instructor-led boot camps offered by a local company, Training by Aleth), elliptical trainers, weights, shower facilities, PCL invests in new equipment for its 4,500 square foot fitness centre every year, the facility is also open to family members and retirees
Other nearby amenities YMCA, GoodLife Fitness, Argyll Park, Wagner Park, Mill Creek Ravine, Edmonton LRT, convenient highway access

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name Social Committee (est. 1997)
Past social events local social committees organize a variety of events every year, including golf tournaments, bowling nights, curling bonspiels, weekend ski trips, Christmas parties for employees and their children, and PCL's popular (and competitive) in-house hockey tournament, the Schmauch Cup, which recently celebrated its 32nd anniversary and was hosted in Las Vegas last year
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, new PCL Podcast pilot initiative to showcase its people and projects

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, corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.)

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
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)
Fitness club subsidy up to $200 each year
Additional health plan information employees receive an additional $500, which can be allocated to a health spending account, group RRSP or lifestyle spending account (unused flex credits may also be allocated)
Wellness initiatives extensive WellPCL program and committee (initiatives include step challenges, work-life balance seminars, wellness fairs and mental health awareness week)
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $5,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours
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)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 18 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 18 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership 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 annual PCL Operations Conference, PCL Leadership Academy, 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, PCL Library, new "Learn2Go" micro-learning initiatives

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 50 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Canadian (and American) Red Cross, United Way, MS Society of Canada, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Vancouver Ride to Conquer Cancer, and many more
Community highlight PCL's corporate charity of choice for the past half century is the the United Way -- the company matched employee donations dollar-for-dollar, raising over $6.9-million over the past year (2019) for United Way and member agencies across North America.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why PCL Construction was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2021):

  • PCL Construction recruits master's and PhD students from across Canada to take part in engineering internships, during which participants develop a research project related to their area of specialization (computing science, civil, mechanical, or electrical engineering)
  • 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's Central Relocation Services team formalized a junior mobility program to create a welcoming environment for students relocating to take part in an internship -- the program provides information on housing and transportation, as well as introductions to other students
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 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 2,829
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, 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 and estimating and construction risk management, PCL Leadership Academy, hosts several in-house conferences
Additional highlights Calgary office hires apprentices from Alberta's registered apprenticeship program and partners with local school boards to host high-school students for a 2-week summer work experience program, awards internal scholarships to students in each major business division on the basis of the quality of their work during placement, passion for the construction industry, and potential as a future leader, offers over $70,000 in scholarships to educational institutions
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

The Career Directory

PCL Construction has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.

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 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 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
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Field Coordinator, Junior Estimator, Building Systems Coordinator, Construction Modelling Coordinator, Accountant, HRPD Coordinator, HSE Coordinator, Systems Administrator, Technology Analyst, Applications Analyst, Software Developer, Marketing Coordinator, Communications Specialist, Administrative Assistant, Proposal Coordinator, Buyer
Starting salary $55K to $60K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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