SaskTel
SaskTel employees stand up against bullying on Pink Shirt Day  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021) and Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2020):

Here are some of the reasons why SaskTel was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021) and Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2020):

  • SaskTel supports a variety of flexible work arrangements, including shortened and compressed work weeks, flexible hours and working-from-home arrangements (with many employees moving to work from home over the past year) -- employees may also earn additional time off (up to two days each month) through a formal earned days off program
  • SaskTel manages a unique Helping Our Own People (HOOP) program to support employees whose needs cannot be addressed by traditional health benefits plans -- since its inception in 1992, HOOP has distributed over $800,000 to employees and over $59,000 in the past year to 28 employees
  • As part of SaskTel's health plan, employees can take advantage of the All About Balance program, which is a voluntary six-week program for employees who want to address their own work-life balance and self-care
Employees at a SaskTel retail location  

Employer Background

Industry Telecommunications
Established in Canada 1908
Major Canadian hiring locations Regina SK, Weyburn SK, Estevan SK, Saskatoon SK, Swift Current SK, North Battleford SK, Prince Albert SK, Yorkton SK, Moose Jaw SK
Full-time employees in Canada 2,737
Part-time employees in Canada 514
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 4.4%
Average age of employees in Canada 45.5 years
Longest serving employee 47.6 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities online carpool sign-up, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features SaskTel retail store on the main level of the building, corporate resource centre provides a variety of services (including research, digital print material, and online catalogues), second-floor auditorium includes a state-of-the-art video conference and presentation system, numerous conference rooms, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals, take-home meals, self-serve Tim Hortons (beverage-only)
Other food options at main location adjacent Cornwall Centre food court features a variety of food options, including Starbucks and Tim Hortons
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (Taekwondo, yoga), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, fitness facilities are known as "Lifestyle Centres" and are open 24/7 in Regina and Saskatoon, managed by a Lifestyle Centre Committee (comprised of employee representatives), accompanied family members may also use the facilities, onsite occupational therapist
Other nearby amenities Lawson Aquatic Centre, yoga studios, Evolution Fitness, Victoria Park, Central Park, Wascana Park, seasonal farmers' market, Regina City Square Plaza (a variety of food trucks and live entertainment throughout the summer months), Regina Sports Hall of Fame, Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum, Regina Public Library, Cathedral neighbourhood with trendy shops, restaurants and cafes, as well as arts festivals and craft fairs

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A+

Employee social committee name Culture Champions (est. 2015)
Past social events 4th annual SaskTel Proud Day (employees asked to don corporate wear or anything blue that day), Pink Day in support of the company's "Be Kind Online" anti-bullying initiative, Spirit of SaskTel choir comprised of current and past employees, recognition banquet for long-serving employees
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, 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 a number of dedicated employee networks including the longstanding SaskTel Pioneers (4,000 current and former employees)

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, non-matching RSP
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Additional financial benefits year-end bonuses for some employees, subsidized home internet, discounts on basic telephone service as well as up to 40% off basic internet and maxTV service, up to 10% off retail products from SaskTel stores, interest-free personal loans for the purchase of new technology (computer equipment, software or accessories, digital cameras, cell phones), assistance for in- and out-of province relocation

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 13 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 180 days
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Paid sick days employees receive 12 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, podiatrist, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $525 each year
Additional health plan information flexible spending account allows employees to allocate an amount equal to 2% of their salary to a benefit program that meets their needs (a group RRSP, a health spending account, pension contributions, or a flexible purchase credit for personal technology, wellness, or SaskTel products and services), manages a Helping Our Own People (HOOP) program to support unique employee circumstances not addressed by the organization's benefits programs (over $800,000 has been distributed since the program's founding in 1992, with over $59,000 distributed in the past year to 28 employees)
Wellness initiatives regular lunch 'n learn sessions and monthly initiatives focused on emotional, mental, physical and organizational well-being, formal SaskTel Employee Personal Problem Program (STEPPP) referral service that provides free, voluntary and confidential counselling services to employees/retirees and their families, and features initiative such as the All About Balance program, a voluntary 6-week program for employees who want to make a change in work-life balance and self-care
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 95% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, academic scholarships of up to $3,000 per child
Flexible work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, earned days off program
Additional family-friendly information through the earned days off program, employees can work additional hours and receive up to 2 days off per month

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B+

Vacation note SaskTel 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
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 5 personal days off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 21 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information unpaid leaves of absence are determined on an individual basis with no set maximum

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (e.g. travel), Connections Awards (new online peer-to-peer recognition platform), annual SaskTel Recognition Banquet to recognize longstanding employees who have achieved 25 years of service
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 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, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,500 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs job shadow program

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
Some of the community organizations supported Tony Cote First Nations Winter Games, Saskatchewan Hockey Association, KidSport Saskatchewan, University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Amateur Football, Wicihitowin Foundation, Regina Ski Club Alpine Adaptive Ski Program, Special Olympics Saskatchewan, Creative Kids Saskatchewan, and many more
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight SaskTel manages several longstanding and successful community programs and initiatives, including the PATH Partnership (cellphones to those in need); Phones for a Fresh Start program (used phone recycling program with proceeds to community programs); Saskatchewan Dreams Come True Connecting with Community Challenge (employees assist in granting wishes for disadvantaged people throughout Saskatchewan); and the longstanding SaskTel Pioneers (over 100 years and counting) that supports over 100 community initiatives every year through volunteerism, in-kind and direct financial donations. SaskTel is also a leader in the conversation around all types of bullying through its impressive "Be Kind Online" anti-bullying social media campaign. Through this program, the company supports a dedicated website, as well as strong representation on social media platforms to counter and spread positive messages and imagery across the province and beyond.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2020):

Here are some of the reasons why SaskTel was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2020):

  • SaskTel created the YOUTHnetwork program, a comprehensive strategy to improve human resource issues and encourage young people, specifically underprivileged youth or Aboriginal groups, to pursue technology-based post-secondary education
  • Additionally, SaskTel partnered with local high schools to launch the YOUTHnetwork mentorship program, connecting students with employees through regular email communication as well as monthly in-person meetings -- students also have the opportunity to job shadow their mentor
  • Working with Prairie South School Division and the Information Communication Technology Council, SaskTel offers the "Focus on Information (FIT) Program" to teach secondary students essential skills in four main areas of focus: business and information analysis, software design and development, network and operations support, and interactive media
SaskTel employees volunteer at Camp Easter Seal  

Highlights

Industry Telecommunications
Major Canadian hiring locations Regina SK, Weyburn SK, Estevan SK, Saskatoon SK, Swift Current SK, North Battleford SK, Prince Albert SK, Yorkton SK, Moose Jaw SK
Full-time employees in Canada 2,839
Part-time employees in Canada 580
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Social and dedicated employee resource group NextGEN employee network provides career development and social connection
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Additional highlights works with a number of post-secondary institutions to offer pre-employment workshops, mock interview sessions, scholarships, mentoring and networking events

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2020):

Here are some of the reasons why SaskTel was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2020):

  • SaskTel's Indigenous recruitment strategy aims to increase the number of Indigenous employees in the workforce through partnerships with community organizations and post-secondary institutions, career fair attendance, and participation in networking events
  • SaskTel also maintains a hiring strategy for persons with disabilities and conducts information sessions and pre-employment workshops with community partners
  • Additionally, the organization created the Supported Employment program for candidates with cognitive disabilities in partnership with community-based organizations and is a participant in the "4to40" program, which connects individuals with intellectual disabilities to employers who embrace a flexible four- to 40-hour work week
Members of SaskTel's Aboriginal Employee Network celebrates its 25th anniversary  

Highlights

Industry Telecommunications
Major Canadian hiring locations Regina SK, Weyburn SK, Estevan SK, Saskatoon SK, Swift Current SK, North Battleford SK, Prince Albert SK, Yorkton SK, Moose Jaw SK
Full-time employees in Canada 2,839
Part-time employees in Canada 580
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives VP, Human Resources and Corporate Services
Formal commitment diversity and inclusion framework, dedicated recruitment strategies for Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and new Canadians
Recruitment initiatives formal diversity memo required for external hires outlining the staffing process that occurred, equity hiring program offers potential candidates positions by creating opportunities proactively, Supported Employment program for candidates with cognitive disabilities (offered in partnership with Saskatchewan Abilities Council), recruitment with community partners such as Interprovincial Aboriginal Network of Employees, First Nations Employment Centre, Regina Aboriginal Professionals Association, Regina and Saskatoon Open Door Society, Autism Resource Centre, Inclusion Saskatchewan
Employee resource groups NextGEN (young people), SAEN (Aboriginal peoples, celebrated 25th anniversary last year), SEND (persons with disabilities)
Training and awareness online diversity toolkit, resources on working with individuals who are blind or visually impaired, resources for special needs caregivers, Aboriginal cultural awareness training
Diversity highlights SAEN holds an annual greeting card art contest for Indigenous students with partner high schools, which are sold throughout the year and 100% of the profits going back to the school's art program, approximately 90% of SaskTel's scholarships are awarded to equity students annually, offers a number of accessible products and services, including voice-to-text applications and alternate billing formats
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (employer partner), SHRC Employment Equity program (participant), Ignite Adult Learning Centre, partnerships with a number of post-secondary institutions to offer scholarships and mentoring opportunities to youth, including Aboriginal students and students with disabilities, participates in the "4to40" Campus for All program designed for students with intellectual disabilities (organized at University of Regina and in partnership with Creative Options Regina)

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2020):

Here are some of the reasons why SaskTel was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2020):

  • SaskTel's flexible health and wellness spending account includes a dedicated environmental category, which gives employees the option to allocate flex dollars to numerous green alternatives from transit passes to solar panels and high-efficiency appliances for the home
  • In 2014, a group of environmentally conscious SaskTel employees formed the SaskTel EnviroCare committee with the mission to "create a greener community and promote environmental awareness and initiatives through the collaboration and engagement of employees" -- additionally, the EcoGirl superhero campaign was recently introduced as a fun way to address a serious topic, encouraging employees to participate in "fighting environmental degradation and waste"
  • SaskTel's recent head office renovation (encompassing approximately 1,500 square metres of office space) was the first project for the company and the first in the province to meet LEED Silver Commercial Interior accreditation
Members of SaskTel's employee-led EnviroCare committee donate a solar panel  

Highlights

Industry Telecommunications
Major Canadian hiring locations Regina SK, Weyburn SK, Estevan SK, Saskatoon SK, Swift Current SK, North Battleford SK, Prince Albert SK, Yorkton SK, Moose Jaw SK
Full-time employees in Canada 2,839
Part-time employees in Canada 580
Employee green team SaskTel EnviroCare (est. 2014), Energy Management Working Committee (est. 2017)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives VP of Human Resources and Corporate Services
Formal strategy/policy name ISO14001 Environmental Management System (EMS), SaskTel Environmental Strategy 2014-2017 (first strategy was developed in 2005)
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights paperless contracts for wireless customers and e-billing options for all accounts, EcoGirl environmental superhero (a fun employee outreach and awareness initiative to encourage employees to adopt sustainable habits)
Building footprint includes approximately 1,500 square metres of the head office were renovated to meet LEED Silver Commercial Interior accreditation (the first such project in the province)
Extended recycling paper, batteries, e-waste, fluorescent light bulbs, wire and cabling, office furniture and equipment
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, online carpool sign-up
Community partnerships Phones for a Fresh Start (over 114,000 recycled for donation since 2009), Ducks Unlimited (employees volunteered to clean up wetlands trails around the office in Yorkton), Safe Drinking Water Foundation (Operation Water Pollution program in local schools), Nature Conservancy of Canada

The Career Directory

SaskTel has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
A customer service technician at SaskTel

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Telecommunications
Full-time employees in Canada 2,501 to 5,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Regina SK, Weyburn SK, Estevan SK, Saskatoon SK, Swift Current SK, North Battleford SK, Prince Albert SK, Yorkton SK, Moose Jaw SK
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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,500 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Programmer Analyst, Engineer, Engineering Assistant, Marketing Analyst, Accountant, Human Resources Manager, Administrative Assistant, Trunking and Switching Technician, Customer Service Technician
Starting salary $45K to $50K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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