Suncor Energy Inc.
Jill Janes, an employee at Suncor   (Photo credit: Jason Stang)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023) and Alberta's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Suncor Energy Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023) and Alberta's Top Employers (2022):

  • Suncor starts its new employees with three weeks of paid vacation, moving to six weeks for long-serving employees, along with additional paid personal days off (with the number of days varying by employee group) and company-scheduled paid days off
  • Suncor offers maternity and parental leave top-ups for its new mothers (up to 26 weeks) as well as parental leave top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents (up to 20 weeks) -- and helps new families through daycare subsidies as well as an onsite daycare centre at the head office
  • Suncor helps employees save for the future, enrolling new employees in a defined contribution pension plan to start and offering a one-time option to switch to a hybrid plan when their age and years of service equal to 50
Suncor employees Arla Gonzalez, Naadia Mohamed and Dominique Dow collaborate in the office   (Photo credit: Jason Stang)

Employer Background

Industry Crude petroleum and natural gas extraction
Established in Canada 1919
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Fort McMurray AB, Sarnia ON, Montréal QC, St. John's NL
Full-time employees in Canada 18,379
Part-time employees in Canada 49
Full-time employees worldwide 19,033
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 5%
Average age of employees in Canada 43.3 years
Longest serving employee 48.5 years

Work Environment Rating: A

Hybrid work depending on their position, employees may be able to work 1 to 2 days each week offsite
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, earned days off program
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Onsite workplace features sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, religious observance room
Other food options at main location food court with indoor and outdoor seating and a variety of food options (including Mexican, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Indian, and Italian)
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, kickboxing, pilates, Zumba, high-intensity training circuit, cycling, weight training), elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, personal trainer, seminars and fitness competitions, dedicated yoga studio, fitness centre membership costs only $10/pay for employees and $20/pay for contractors

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Employee social committee name Suncor Social Club (est. 2011)
Cultural aspects dress-for-your-day policy, concierge services available, employee sports teams
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media

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-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension, non-matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $5,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.), new employees are enrolled in a defined contribution pension plan to start and have a one-time option to switch to a combined defined benefit and defined contribution pension program when their age and years of service equal to 50

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

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, orthodontics
Eyecare $75 every 2 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
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $500 each year
Additional health plan information mental health practitioner benefit ranges from $300 to $500
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 70% of salary for 6 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 65% of salary for 20 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 65% of salary for 20 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 65% of salary for 20 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits child care onsite, academic scholarships of up to $1,800 per child

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B+

Vacation note Suncor 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 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 7 personal days off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 5 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information paid personal days off vary depending on employee group

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 3 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, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, President’s Operational Excellence Awards, the Suncor Excellence Awards (recognition award for employees and contractors)
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 18 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $7,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $7,000 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 2 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 79,578 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 2,100 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way (campaigns in Fort McMurray, Edmonton and Calgary), Indigenous community and advocacy organizations
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Suncor supports numerous community organizations (over 1,800 last year) through its two charitable foundations, the Suncor Energy Foundation and the Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation.

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Suncor Energy Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2022):

  • Suncor hosted 10 inclusion listening labs in 2020, providing a psychologically safe space for small groups of employees to share their views with senior leaders on progress, gaps, opportunities, and suggested actions to continue building a more inclusive, respectful and diverse workplace
  • Additionally, Suncor's CEO, along with the inclusion and diversity council, hosted a call on anti-racism with nearly 1,600 employees in attendance -- the call featured personal stories from three Black and Indigenous employees and provided others with the opportunity to share personal feelings and comments about social injustices
  • Suncor manages an Indigenous student program to provide work experience for students -- hiring 17 students into permanent roles since the program's inception in 2015 -- the company also supports an Indigenous employee mentorship program, with participants meeting virtually for one-on-one conversations
Suncor employee, Janice Major, in the Calgary office   (Photo credit: Jason Stang)

Highlights

Industry Crude petroleum and natural gas extraction
Major Canadian hiring locations Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Fort McMurray AB, Sarnia ON, Montréal QC, St. John's NL
Full-time employees in Canada 12,061
Management of diversity and inclusion initiatives inclusion and diversity council is comprised of senior leaders from each business unit and corporate function, and champions the company's inclusion and diversity strategy
Performance management and accountability inclusion and diversity action plans and metrics are reviewed semi-annually, enhanced its diversity self-identification form to improve the collection of quantitative and qualitative diversity data in a confidential, respectful and transparent way
Employee resource groups ERGs include Journeys (for Indigenous employees), Women Engage, and LGBT, two new informal communities were established in 2020 for Black employees and persons with disabilities
Noteworthy diversity strategies and policies maintains a diversity supplier committee to foster diversity within its partner suppliers, contractors and vendors
Recruitment initiatives unconscious bias training for talent acquisition team members, Indigenous student program (hosted 17 students virtually in 2020)
Retention and development programs Indigenous employee mentorship program
Training and awareness initiatives inclusion and diversity toolkit with internal resources (articles, videos, activities, best practices), Inclusion and Diversity moments library (employees use this resource to share a psychological safety moment at the beginning of a meeting), ERGs organize a variety of initiatives throughout the year including activities in celebration of Pride, culture awareness building workshops, LGBT 101 and transgender workshops, weekly virtual smudge ceremonies, and anti-racism information and resources
Diversity highlights inclusion and diversity council hosts "listening labs" to gather feedback from small groups of employees from across the country as well as quarterly all employee Action for Inclusion conversations

The Career Directory

Suncor Energy Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Suncor students at work

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Crude petroleum and natural gas extraction
Full-time employees in Canada 10,001 to 25,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Edmonton AB, Calgary AB, Fort McMurray AB, Sarnia ON, Montréal QC, St. John's NL
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 $7,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Other info for new grads Suncor Energy offers a New Graduate Rotation program in engineering, finance, supply chain management, sales and marketing.
Typical new grad positions Engineering-in-Training (Mechanical, Electrical, Reliability, Mining, Facility Engineering), Finance Analyst, Supply Chain Management, Sales & Marketing, Geologist
Starting salary $65K to $70K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 2 paid days)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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