The Top-Rated Workplaces in British Columbia

Most job seekers will conduct research on a prospective employer prior to applying to a role or accepting a job offer. One of the most pertinent pieces of information they seek out is company reviews.

According to a recent survey from Indeed1, 92% of workers in Canada stated that when considering a new job opportunity, insight into a company’s employer reputation is important.

Suffice it to say, how people rate and review your company matters – a lot.

Company reviews can reveal the inner workings of an employer, such as how they treat their employees in terms of benefits and salary, how the management team operates, whether or not there is room for growth and if there is a positive corporate culture.

And there is no shortage of information out there. In fact, on Indeed.com in Canada, job seekers have access to over 600,000 company reviews. Our data scientists examined our database of company reviews to identify the 10 top-rated places to work in British Columbia. Which employers came out on top? Read on to find out!

Retail reigns among the Top-Rated Places to Work

Various sectors made an appearance, including healthcare, education and construction, but retail reigned on our list of Top-Rated Places to Work. Four of the top ten places belonged to this sector including Lush Cosmetics, which came in at number one.

While stories about the “retail apocalypse” might plague media reports, the industry is crucial to the economy, employing over 1.97 million people in 2017. There’s no question that retail is in the midst of change and that in order to stay competitive, many retailers will need to adapt to consumers’ evolving shopping habits. But, despite these changes, retail offers some of the best experiences to employees.

Although Lush Cosmetics boasts a wide range of products (such as its beloved bath bombs), it is also recognized for its charitable work. For example, 100% of the purchase price of the brand’s Charity Pot body lotion goes toward supporting humanitarian, environmental and animal rights causes. To date, Charity Pot has donated more than $18 million to over 1,400 grassroots charities in 42 countries. Additionally, every employee gets paid hours to participate in charity events.

Charitable efforts and community involvement often spur a sense of purpose and pride among employees. Similar to Lush Cosmetics, Lululemon Athletica (#6) also instills this sentiment by getting involved in communities. The company has a number of different programs, such as Here To Be,  Sweat With Us and various festivals and retreats, that encourage people to do more than just sport their yoga gear, but get active as well. Telus (#7), a global telecommunications leader, also places emphasis on supporting local communities. In Vancouver alone, the company has donated $9.4 million since 2005 to 798 grassroots projects, charities and organizations.

University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University (SFU) came in at number two and three respectively. Their high ranking is no surprise, as both boast a reputation for an intelligent student body and workforce and a beautiful campus with grandeur architecture. UBC consistently ranks among the best globally and was named one of the top 20 best public universities in the world. However, UBC isn’t the only academic institution that shines in the province – SFU has earned acclaim as well, and is the first university to win the Prix du XXe siècle from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Ledcor (#4) is the only construction company on the list. While headquartered in B.C, Ledcor has deep roots in Alberta as well, as its first project was preparing the access road and well site for Imperial Oil’s famous discovery in Leduc in 1947.

Rapid expansion and being a leader in the space also helps set these companies apart. Best Buy, which came to Canada in 2002, now operates nearly 200 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores across Canada. Aritzia (#10), a boutique women’s clothing shop, opened its first shop in Vancouver in 1984 and has continued to amass locations across Canada, each with its own unique boutique flair.

Healthcare was also present on the list. Fraser Health Authority (#8) is one of Canada’s largest health authorities, operating 12 hospitals, the province’s first state-of-the-art outpatient centre and other facilities. Fraser Health Authority was followed by London Drugs (#9), which features a wide range of products beyond pharmaceuticals (according to the company’s website, more people buy their small appliances at London Drugs than any other place in Western Canada).

Regardless of their various specialities, sizes and accomplishments, one commonality is their high ratings and positive reputation among employees.

The best of the best: What makes them great?

Lush

  • Founded: 1995
  • HQ: Vancouver

Vancouver has been home to Lush’s Canadian headquarters since 1996, where the first North American store opened its doors. Lush Cosmetics is known for their bath and beauty products, skin and hair care, great customer service, environmental activism and funky store atmosphere. So, it’s no surprise that employees rave about the culture, often noting that the people are one of the best aspects of the job. In addition to culture, work-life balance and great salary and benefits are also key attributes celebrated by employees.

One reviewer states that Lush is a “Great company that is very flexible and accommodating. [Lush offers] thorough training and positive, constructive feedback. [The] upbeat, enthusiastic and passionate co-workers will always lift your spirit. A sales job you can believe in.”

University of British Columbia

  • Founded: 1908
  • HQ: Vancouver

UBC is a public research university in British Columbia, attracting top-notch students, faculty and employees. The university is highly rated for its culture and work-life balance and reviewers often praise the beautiful campus, making it an ideal place of employment.

One reviewer noted all the facets that make UBC an incredible place to work. “UBC is a great place: beautiful campus, delightful staff and students, and a great work-life balance. There are numerous funding opportunities for both local and international students. The work atmosphere is definitely more collaborative than competitive.”

Simon Fraser University

  • Founded: 1965
  • HQ: Burnaby

The original Burnaby Mountain campus has since set roots in Vancouver and Surrey. With three campuses across the province, the university boasts 30,000 students, 6,500 faculty and staff and 130,000 alumni.

Work-life balance, culture and management were attributes often cited by reviewers. Employees in a variety of roles ranging from faculty leaders, researchers, administrative staff and teaching assistants, all professed their admiration for the University. It’s not only a great place to acquire an education, but gain solid work experience as well.

“As a workplace, SFU always advocates cultural diversity and a respectful working environment. It always provides different opportunities for its employees to grow.”

Ledcor Group

  • Founded: 1947
  • HQ: Vancouver

Ledcor currently employs over 7,000 staff across 20 offices throughout North America. The company has witnessed tremendous growth and expansion since its inception in 1947.

While salary and benefits is the top rated category, reviewers often praise the company’s emphasis on workplace safety. “Overall, Ledcor is a great company to work for. They take care of their [employees] and make sure safety is always number one, [and] they have weekly safety meetings to review and correct incidents.”

Best Buy

  • Founded: 1966
  • HQ: Burnaby

With 150 big-box stores across the country, 50 Best Buy Mobile stores and their “Geek Squad” that provides technical support services, Best Buy has become the leader in consumer electronics. While 1966 marks the inception of Best Buy, it opened its doors in Canada in 2002.

Best Buy’s is well-recognized for its culture and work-life balance, followed by great benefits, culture and management. One reviewer states that the most enjoyable aspect of the job is “waking up to a good team of well rounded individuals who not only work hard but like to have fun. I’ve learned a lot about interacting with different types of customers.”

1Censuswide The Survey of Consultants on behalf of Indeed

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