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Pomerleau Inc.
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Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022) and Montreal's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Pomerleau Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022) and Montreal's Top Employers (2021):

  • Pomerleau developed a new ergonomic policy that provides employees with the funds needed to set up a comfortable office at home, along with 24/7 telehealth access as part of their health benefits, a well-being committee to ensure that mental and physical health is a priority -- and the firm donated over $600,000 to local community organizations helping address the impacts of the pandemic and lockdowns on vulnerable populations
  • Pomerleau helps employees plan for the future with retirement planning assistance services along with a defined contribution pension plan and matching RSP contributions -- the company implemented a work-share wage reduction program to minimize layoffs at the beginning of the pandemic and followed up by reimbursing all salaries when employees returned to work in the autumn
  • Pomerleau provides training and development opportunities for individuals at various stages of their career, from in-house training and career planning services for experienced employees, to paid internships in a variety of disciplines for students and recent graduates
A Pomerleau employee on a work site  

Employer Background

Industry Construction services
Established in Canada 1966
Major Canadian hiring locations Saint-Georges QC, Lévis QC, Montréal QC, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Calgary AB, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 2,105
Average age of employees in Canada 40 years
Longest serving employee 47 years

COVID-19

Pandemic response provided funds to help employees working from home to set up proper home offices, offers enhanced telehealth services as well as supporting an in-house well-being committee, introduced work-share and wage reduction programs to avoid layoffs early in the pandemic (with all pay restored when employees returned to work), in recognition that the pandemic impacted employee vacation plans the company extended the period that employees can carry over unused vacation from one year to the next (from the end of March to the end of August) along with offering an additional paid Wellness Day as part of a holiday gift at Christmas

Physical Workplace Rating: B+

Editorial note due to the pandemic, some workplace amenities may be temporarily unavailable
Commuter amenities transit subsidies, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, nearby bike sharing station
Workplace features located in downtown Montréal in the heart of the Old Port, head office is a short walk from a number of attractions including the St. Lawrence waterfront and Notre-Dame Basilica, inside, the office features, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, discounts at local restaurants, onsite showers for bike commuters and an onsite spin gym, the company also has offices across the country, including the award-winning office in Lévis, Québec, which features the company's PX³ training facility
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, stationary bikes, instructor-led classes (spin class), shower facilities
Other nearby amenities Parc Berge des Coursiers

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Company organized social events yes
Past social events various athletic celebrations and events (adapted to virtual in the past year), team-based retreats, annual maple syrup breakfast for employees, annual "The LAB" summit featuring internal and external guest speakers
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working, employee sports teams
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications Connect platform to encourage sharing and collaboration

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B

Financial benefits note Pomerleau Inc. has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension, matching RSP
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits share purchase plan available to some employees, profit-sharing plan available to some employees, year-end bonuses for some employees, salaried employees (55% of workforce) also have basic RSP deductions, life and disability insurance, referral bonuses from $1,000 to $5,000, discounted home insurance, discounted company products, and corporate discounts at retailers

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan note Pomerleau Inc. has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
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
Minimum hours worked for coverage 300 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 180 days
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Paid sick days employees receive 2 days off each year
Health plan includes 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)
Additional health plan information telehealth services (Dialogue), salaried employees receive a fitness club subsidy of up to $250 annually, health spending account of up to $400, and mental health practitioner benefit of up to $1,000
Family-friendly benefits note Pomerleau Inc. has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 90% of salary for 15 weeks
Flexible work options flexible work hours, compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Additional family-friendly information union employees (35%) do not receive top-up

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A

Vacation note Pomerleau Inc. has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 4 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months

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
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, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, Synergy awards for best-performing construction sites, health and safety awards, Astro awards for achievement in quality, excellence awards for top-performing interns, value awards for employees who embody the company's 5 values

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
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unique training & development programs state-of-the art PX³ training facility located in Lévis, which facilitates a 3-day onboarding program for current and new hires

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 100 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal Hospital Foundation, Centre Jacques Cartier, Fondation Catherine de Longpré, Fondation Institut de Cardiologie de Montréal, Leucan, Fondation Centre Cancérologie Charles-Bruneau, Habitat for Humanity, RainCity Housing, Daily Bread Food Bank, North York Harvest Food Bank, Doctors of the World, Moisson Beauce, Ottawa Food Bank
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Pomerleau's charitable focus is health and education initiatives related to the construction industry.
Pandemic-related community initiatives The company directed financial support to help vulnerable populations affected by the pandemic, donating over $600,000 to organizations that support people in the communities where Pomerleau operates across the country.

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