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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 (2024) and Montreal's Top Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why Rio Tinto was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024) and Montreal's Top Employers (2024):

  • Rio Tinto encourages employees to volunteer with their favourite charitable organizations through matching financial contributions for the number of hours committed, providing $250 for every 25 volunteer hours
  • Rio Tinto 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 vacation -- and the company considers previous work experience when hiring new candidates
  • Rio Tinto supports all new parents with maternity or parental 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 they're 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 Mining
Established in Canada 1873
Publicly traded yes
Parent company head office London, United Kingdom
Major Canadian 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 12,183
Part-time employees in Canada 24
Full-time employees worldwide 49,629
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2.7%
Average age of employees in Canada 43 years
Longest serving employee 56 years

Work Environment Rating: A

Flexible work options hybrid work option, flexible work hours, telecommuting, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), reduced summer hours, provides ergonomic assessments and financial support for home office set-ups, (flexible work options vary by position)
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, transit subsidies, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station
Onsite workplace features telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, nap room, sleep pods, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, foosball table, swings and lounge couches on different floors, smaller break areas are available on each floor with varying styles
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals, take-home meals
Other food options at main location grab and go snacks and quick meals with self-serve checkout available
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, treadmills, instructor-led classes (kickboxing, yoga, pilates), shower facilities, organized intramural sports including basketball and volleyball

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name Wellbeing Committee (est. 2018)
Past social events Montreal Summer festival (with a food truck and DJ), the "Disconnect to Reconnect" event in September (included an afternoon of golf or cycling trails that was followed by cocktails and dinner with a DJ), Halloween costume contest, year-end celebration, Santa Claus parade event for kids (Montréal), and a full day of celebrations for the company's 150th anniversary (attendees enjoyed a day of activities and a lunch with onsite poutine, smoked meat and cupcakes)
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 town hall, monthly lunch and learns, monthly coffee roulette

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

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
Eyecare $200 every 3 years
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 $500 each year
Additional health and wellness initiatives wellness committee organizes a variety activities ranging from virtual fitness classes to financial education sessions, dedicated well-being area with an onsite nurse and a recharge booth with guided meditation, light and music therapy
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 18 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 18 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 18 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, child care onsite

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, formal Proud to Achieve awards program, Rio Excel program recognizes individuals with technical skills in critical roles
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 6 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B+

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, 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 $1,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training & development programs Rio Tinto College provides online access to over 3,000 training modules (covering everything from technical courses to safety training)

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 200 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Breakfast Club of Canada, Let's Talk Science, Centraide/United Way, Pathways to Education, Indspire, Grand défi Pierre Lavoie, Alloprof, Waubetek Business Development Corp., Fondation de ma vie, Canards illimités, Fondation Polytechnique, Fondation UQAC, and multiple women's shelters and local 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 reducing societal inequalities, with an additional focus on projects that support Indigenous communities -- the company's Rio Tinto Aluminium Fund Canada was established in 2008 and has invested over $10-million annually in the regions where the company operates, working with local communities and First Nations partners

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