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Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto employees work together at a production facility in Grande-Baie, QC  

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

Here are some of the reasons why Rio Tinto was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021) and Montreal's Top Employers (2021):

  • Rio Tinto created the Rio Tinto Aluminium Fund Canada back in 2008 and has invested over $10-million into initiatives related to First Nations, education, health and well-being, poverty reduction, environment and community -- and over the past year, the firm has donated needed critical care equipment to hospitals to assist during the pandemic
  • Rio Tinto supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments of up to 100 per cent of salary for 18 weeks and offers the convenience of onsite child care at its head office -- the company also provides parental leave top-up for adoptive parents (to 100 per cent of salary for 18 weeks)
  • Rio Tinto starts new employees with three weeks of paid vacation and considers previous work experience when setting vacation entitlements for experienced candidates -- longer-serving employees can apply for unpaid leaves of absence (up to 12 months in duration)
Rio Tinto employees work at the organization's award-winning wind farm at the Diavik Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories   (Photo credit: Pat Kane)

Employer Background

Industry Diversified mining and metals manufacturing
Established in Canada 1873
Publicly traded yes
Parent company head office London, United Kingdom
Major Canadian hiring locations Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean QC, Yellowknife NT, Sept-Îles QC, Labrador City NL, Havre-Saint-Pierre QC, Sorel-Tracy QC, Montréal QC, Kitimat BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,829
Part-time employees in Canada 32
Full-time employees worldwide 40,380
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 4%
Average age of employees in Canada 44 years
Longest serving employee 53 years

COVID-19

Pandemic response committed $10-million (USD) to support local community efforts in response to the pandemic, from delivering needed medical equipment in local hospitals to supporting practical assistance initiatives to help individuals, families and their communities

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station, corporate ride-sharing account
Workplace features Rio Tinto occupies 3 floors of the LEED Platinum-certified Deloitte building in downtown Montréal (the first in the city), inside, the office features an open-concept design to maximize natural light and capitalize on 360-degree views of the city, onsite shower facilities, onsite doctor's office specifically for Rio Tinto employees, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, nap room, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television
Snacks available fruit baskets available on each floor 3 times per week, Nespresso coffee machines on every floor
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, take-home meals
Other food options at main location short walk to the food court in the nearby Place Ville Marie
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, treadmills, instructor-led classes (free yoga classes once a week, running group), shower facilities, organized intramural sports
Other nearby amenities Les YMCA du Québec, Place du Canada, Square Dorchester, Mount Royal, Bell Centre, skating rink in front of the head office during winter months, Old Port of Montréal, all-weather access to the Métro through the city's underground walking network

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name Wellbeing Committee (est. 2017)
Past social events end-of-year party, employee barbecues, "5 à 7" after work socials, annual Inclusion and Diversity Day celebration, regular lunch and learns with outside presenters, celebrations sponsored by social committees (eg. appreciation day, happiness day), fitness challenges, and a variety of family social events
Cultural aspects dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, employee sports teams, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications regular leader's briefs, employee town hall presentations

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note Rio Tinto 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-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounted home insurance, discounted auto insurance, discounted auto lease rates, subsidized home internet, unionized employees may enroll in defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan note Rio Tinto 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 20 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative
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)
Wellness spending account up to $500 each year
Wellness initiatives Wellness Committee (organizes related activities including yoga, kick-boxing, and cardio classes onsite), fresh fruit delivered weekly, free financial education sessions and vaccination clinics
Family-friendly benefits note Rio Tinto has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 18 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 1 week
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 18 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits child care onsite
Flexible work options flexible work hours, telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Additional family-friendly information unionized employees do not have flexible work arrangements

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation note Rio Tinto 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 maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 4 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 individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, the "Proud to Achieve Awards" in 5 key priorities, including people, partnership, cash and growth
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 6 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A

Career planning online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $15,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training & development programs Rio Tinto College, which provides online access to over 3,000 training modules covering everything from technical courses to safety training

Community Involvement Rating: B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, employees are involved in selection of charities
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 200 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Centraide, Pathways to Education, Indspire, Grand défi Pierre Lavoie, Alloprof, Fondation de l'hôpital Ste-Justine, Fondation du CHUM, Fondation de ma vie, Fondation des maladies du coeur, Société canadienne du cancer, Fondation du CHU de Québec, Fondation du CUSM, Breakfast Club, Fondation Polytechnique, Fondation UQAC, Let's Talk Science, 55+ BC Games, Kitamaat Valley Education Society
Charitable giving matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Rio Tinto's charitable focus includes First Nations, education, health and well-being, poverty reduction, the environment and community support. The Rio Tinto Aluminium Fund Canada was established in 2008 and has since invested over $10-million annually in major projects and initiatives in the regions where the company operates -- the firm has also donated critical care equipment to hospitals during the pandemic.

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

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

  • Rio Tinto manages a two-year Graduate Development Programme designed to help prepare new graduates for leadership roles -- the program features a range of unique opportunities including individual coaching sessions, mentoring, collaborative networking, and online learning with their peers
  • In the first year of the Graduate Development Programme, participants attend a graduate summit, which helps them expand their knowledge and build relationships with other graduates, leaders and technical experts
A Rio Tinto grad captured the above shot for a selfie competition  

Highlights

Industry Diversified mining and metals manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean QC, Yellowknife NT, Sept-Îles QC, Labrador City NL, Havre-Saint-Pierre QC, Sorel-Tracy QC, Montréal QC, Kitimat BC
Full-time employees in Canada 10,829
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, online employee skills inventory, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $15,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Dedicated employee resource group graduate group on Yammer to foster engagement globally, Graduate Champions Network to connect grads globally through peer support, activities, and feedback
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

The Career Directory

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

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Diversified mining and metals manufacturing
Full-time employees in Canada 10,001 to 25,000
Parent company head office London, United Kingdom
Major Canadian hiring locations Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean QC, Yellowknife NT, Sept-Îles QC, Labrador City NL, Havre-Saint-Pierre QC, Sorel-Tracy QC, Montréal QC, Kitimat BC
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $15,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Starting salary $70K to $75K
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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