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Shell Canada Limited
Shell Canada employee samples water in Groundbirch Fort St. John, BC   (Photo credit: Fritz Tolentino / Fritzology Inc.)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024) and Alberta's Top Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why Shell Canada Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024) and Alberta's Top Employers (2024):

  • Shell Canada's Joint Workplaces Health & Safety Committee worked to ensure a smooth and safe return to office and industrial workplaces, continuing to support hybrid options and flexibility along with actively encouraging employees to stay home if feeling unwell -- and the company encourages employees to stay healthy and fit with subsidized access to a fully-equipped fitness facility (head office), a wellness subsidy and a formal mental health program
  • Shell Canada encourages employees to support initiatives in their communities with up to three paid volunteer days and matching charitable donations for volunteer work at their chosen charities
  • Shell Canada supports ongoing employee development throughout an employee's career, from paid internships, apprenticeships and formal mentoring to leadership development programs along with subsidies for tuition and professional accreditations
Shell Canada employees at the company's Scotford manufacturing facility   (Photo credit: Kristopher Grunert)

Employer Background

Industry Oil and gas production and distribution
Established in Canada 1911
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Shell
Parent company head office London, United Kingdom
Major Canadian locations Vancouver BC, Fort Saskatchewan AB, Sarnia ON, Calgary AB, Fort St. John BC
Full-time employees in Canada 3,577
Part-time employees in Canada 32
Full-time employees worldwide 93,000
Average age of employees in Canada 45 years
Longest serving employee 51 years

Work Environment Rating: A+

Flexible work options hybrid work option, flexible work hours, telecommuting, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay)
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, free parking, subsidized parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Onsite workplace features telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, (Editor's note: the head office is moving to the nearby Bow Building in downtown Calgary at the time of writing)
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, each floor in the head office has its own bistro with tables, chairs, free coffee, tea and hot chocolate, filtered water, fridge, microwaves and a television for casual viewing
Other food options at main location food vendors in the common/public areas within the building, onsite café
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, kickboxing), elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, shower facilities

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name numerous social clubs at locations across Canada
Past social events a variety of team building events hosted every year (including spa days, sports day and charitable fundraisers), holiday parties, retiree luncheons
Cultural aspects dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

Financial benefits note Shell Canada 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
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.), new employee referral bonuses (varying by position)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan note Shell Canada has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 75% of the premiums
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Eyecare $100 every 2 years
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)
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $750 each year
Health spending account up to $1,900 each year
Wellness spending account up to $1,900 each year
Additional health plan information mental health practitioner benefit ranges from $750 to $900
Additional health and wellness initiatives new global mental wellness program, formal wellness team operating at one site (hosts physical challenges, yoga classes, mental health sessions, and more), monthly health-related newsletter
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 10 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 10 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 10 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, phased-in return to work for new parents
Additional family-friendly information formal "GEN" parents affinity network

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B+

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 10 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 12 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 24 months

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 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, individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 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, leadership development programs, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 75% of tuition per year

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 3 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 11,190 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 750 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported The Kehteyak Education Society, Fort Saskatchewan (support for building a children's playground), Indspire (support for education and Indigenous youth), Kids Help Phone
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Shell Canada's charitable program is focused on supporting initiatives in communities where the company operates and through the unique Fuelling Kindness program, employees can help direct where charitable donations are made (the company has made a particular focus on support for Indigenous equity and STEM education initiatives).

The Career Directory

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

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Oil and gas production and distribution
Full-time employees in Canada 2,501 to 5,000
Parent company Shell
Parent company head office London, United Kingdom
Major Canadian locations Vancouver BC, Fort Saskatchewan AB, Sarnia ON, Calgary AB, Fort St. John BC
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
Other info for new grads Offers a 3-year graduate program that features mentorship, internal and external coursework, and on-the-job learning.
Typical new grad positions Process Engineering EIT, Mechanical Engineering EIT, Electrical Engineering EIT, Process Automation & Controls EIT, Machinery EIT, Static EIT, Commercial Analyst, Pricing Coordinator, Terminals Support Advisor, Channel Optimization, Trading & Supply Specialist, Sulphur Operations Analyst, Territory Manager, Sales Analyst, and Marketing Analyst
Starting salary $80K to $90K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 3 paid days)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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