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Rio Tinto
Kyla Gray, an environment analyst at Rio Tinto visits the Diavik diamond mine in the Northwest Territories   (Photo credit: Pat Kane)

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

Here are some of the reasons why Rio Tinto was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022) and Montreal's Top Employers (2022):

  • Rio Tinto recently increased its starting vacation policy to provide a minimum of four weeks paid vacation for new employees, with employees working to a maximum of six weeks of paid vacation -- and the company considers previous work experience when hiring new candidates
  • Rio Tinto helps employees prepare for the future through a defined contribution pension plan, and employees nearing retirement may be able to take advantage of phased-in retirement work options
  • Rio Tinto supports its new moms (including adoptive moms) with maternity leave top-up payments to 100 per cent of salary for 18 weeks -- and head office employees may be able to take advantage of an onsite daycare centre when ready to return to work
Mathieu Collerette, a casting centre operator at Rio Tinto's Grande Baie aluminium production facility in Saguenay, Québec  

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 10,974
Part-time employees in Canada 24
Full-time employees worldwide 40,904
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 3.6%
Average age of employees in Canada 43 years
Longest serving employee 54 years


Pandemic response moved office employees to work-from-home arrangements, providing $300 to employees for needed technology updates for the home office, $500 for needed ergonomic furniture, along with the option to have their office chair (and personal items) delivered to their home

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Editorial note due to the pandemic, some workplace amenities may be temporarily unavailable
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, sleep pods, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, foosball table
Snacks available fruit baskets available on each floor 3 times per week, Nespresso coffee machines on every floor
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals, free meals daily, 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, 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: B

Employee social committee name Wellbeing Committee (est. 2018)
Past social events hosted over 30 social activities virtually during the pandemic, from cooking classes to workouts to movie nights
Cultural aspects 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 virtual town halls, monthly lunch and learn sessions (on a range of subjects), monthly coffee roulette get-togethers to keep employees in touch

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-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning 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 corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.), discounted home insurance, discounted auto insurance, discounted auto lease rates, 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
Paid sick days employees receive 5 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
Wellness spending account up to $600 each year
Additional health and wellness initiatives in-house wellness committee (organizes activities ranging from fitness classes to financial education sessions)
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, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, reduced summer hours
Additional family-friendly information flexible work arrangements vary by positions and by employee group

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 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
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 24 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 in-house career planning services, 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
Employee charitable involvement 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 Breakfast Club of Canada, Let's Talk Science, local Centraide/United Way chapters, Pathways to Education, Indspire, Grand défi Pierre Lavoie, Waubetek Business Development Corporation, Fondation de ma vie, Canards illimités,  Fondation Polytechnique, Fondation UQAC, and support for 12 local women's shelters and supporting organizations
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Rio Tinto's charitable focus includes supporting projects that support culture and heritage, education (with a focus on STEM initiatives), health and well-being, environment, community and societal inequalities, with an additional focus on projects that support Indigenous communities --  last year, the company committed $360,000 to support 12 women's shelters and local organizations as part as 16 days of activism against violence against women.

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, in-house career planning services, 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 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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