The Top-Rated Workplaces in Canada

When people begin their job hunt, one of the first things they do before applying to a role is research the company. Most often, their research consists of consulting third-party review sites such as Indeed Company Pages to see what former and current employees are saying about the organization.

These reviews and ratings are highly influential in a job seeker’s decision making process. 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.

Over the course of this year, we’ve showcased the top-rated workplaces in various regions – from British Columbia to Ontario to Quebec. Now, it’s time to reveal our nation-wide list.

Indeed pored over 600,000 company reviews and ratings to gauge the top-rated workplaces in Canada. The list takes into account five key facets that combine to create the optimal employee experience – work-life balance, salary and benefits, job security and advancement, management and culture.

So, who came out on top? Read on to discover which companies are among the top-rated workplaces in Canada.

Hotel giant Fairmont takes the number-one spot

The list contains a diverse group of employers from various industries – from energy to finance to construction. But one commonality among all the companies on our list is that they each boast a strong corporate culture. Of course, factors such as job security and compensation and benefits are always going to matter to employees. But, in a candidate-driven market where job seekers have a lot of options, a positive corporate culture, sense of community and a strong mission can really help set companies apart.

Fairmont Hotels and Resorts has established a reputation for providing best-in-class experiences for its guests – and this experience extends to its employees, too. One of the many perks offered is the “Employee Travel Program,” which allows employees to  receive discounts on such things as hotel rooms, spas and golf at Fairmont and sister brands.  

Ledcor, coming in at number two, is one of the leading construction companies in Canada. Its workforce is collectively dubbed, “True Blue,” which showcases the team spirit among employees while also symbolizing the company’s values of safety, sustainability and community engagement.

American Express, a financial services corporation that provides credit cards and travel and insurance products, rounds out the top three. The company is joined by a few others in this industry – in fact, half of the top-ten list consists of companies from the financial sector.

Two of the five largest banks in Canada, TD and RBC, came in at number five and six respectively. Coming in at number 10 is Desjardins, which boasts the longest regional presence in Quebec. All three banks are consistently recognized as top-rated employers – each ranking on Indeed’s list of Top-Rated Workplaces in Canada 2017 and Top-Rated Workplaces in Ontario 2018, with Desjardins also making the list of Top-Rated Workplaces in Quebec.

Additionally, H&R Block, which provides income tax preparation and tax return services, ranks eighth on the list. Similar to its financial-sector counterparts, H&R block also emphasizes employee experiences and is highly ranked for work-life balance and culture.

The energy sector also made an appearance on the list, with Suncor and Husky Energy at number four and seven respectively. Both companies are committed to safety and sustainability, protecting its workers, communities and the environment.

Ericsson, the only telecommunications company within the top 10, came in at number nine. The company highlights its collaborative culture, stating that the work employees do drives change and shapes the contributions the company makes to society and sustainability.

The best of the best: What makes them great?

  1. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Founded: 1907
Headquarters: Toronto

Fairmont opened its first hotel in San Francisco in 1907 and has since expanded its portfolio to include 70 hotels. Fairmont Hotels and Resorts was formed after the merger between Fairmont Hotels and Canadian Pacific Hotels in 1999, and is known for some of the most iconic hotels in Canada, including the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City, Fairmont Royal York in Toronto and Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

It’s no surprise that the Fairmont ranks high for culture, with many reviewers stating this as one of the best aspects of working for the company, in addition to good salary and benefits and job security and advancement.

One reviewer states: “Every employee is treated with respect. This company has an incomparable way of doing things, not just for the guests but for its workers. Benefits, growth opportunities, job stability, lunch, training… everything you could ever expect from a serious and respectable company, Fairmont has it all.”

  1. Ledcor
  • Founded: 1947
  • HQ: Vancouver

Ledcor has a significant footprint in Canada – it’s headquartered in B.C, but its first project was preparing the access road and well site for Imperial Oil’s famous discovery in Leduc in 1947. Fast forward to today and the company has 20 offices scattered throughout North America, including in Ontario and Saskatchewan.

Salary and benefits, along with culture, are hailed as one of the best aspects of working at the company. Reviewers also note the company’s commitment to development and growth. One reviewer notes that Ledcor “hires good people and focuses on the growth of individuals. Management is understanding and transparent and supports employees in their career.”

As a top-rated construction company, it’s no surprise that reviewers also appreciate its emphasis on workplace safety. “Ledcor is a great company to work for, with a good safety culture… [It’s a] very productive company with an open door policy to workers [and] sensible safety meetings.

  1. American Express

Founded: 1850
Headquartered: Toronto

Since opening its operations in Canada in 1853, American Express now employs approximately 3,000 Canadians in 13 cities across the country. While the company boasts high ratings in all categories, the company shines in terms of salary and benefits, work-life balance and culture.

One reviewer notes this positive atmosphere, stating: “American Express is a very unique place to work – you feel at home, [have] respectful and loving colleagues, encouraging superiors, a friendly and clean environment with games like table ping-pong… It was fun working there and I made lots of new friends that are like family to me.”

  1. Suncor

Founded: 1917
Headquartered: Calgary

Suncor has achieved a lot of success over the century – it’s the fifth largest North American energy company and one of the largest independent energy companies in the world.  

Salary and benefits is the most highly ranked aspect of working here, along with work-life balance and culture. Reviewers also recognize that there is room for advancement and respect the company’s efforts toward safety.

One review encapsulated all these facets, stating that Suncor is a “safe place to earn and learn… Suncor’s commitment to safety is what makes it an attractive place to work….Suncor offers and encourages employees to take advantage of the opportunity to learn and grow while gainfully employed, not only as a professional but an individual also.”

  1. TD Bank

Founded: 1855
Headquartered: Toronto

TD Bank is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches, with over 85,000 employees.  Employees often point to the culture, salary and benefits, and work-life balance as being the top advantages of working for the company.

One reviewer outlined all the things that make TD great, “Atmosphere, support, training and benefits – it’s a wonderful company to work for! Incentives are terrific too – they have a lot of integrity [and] always follow through with what they offer their staff.”

In addition to the culture, reviewers also pointed to the learning opportunities:  “[Employees learn] all about dealing with the public and financial products – it’s a great school. The bank will teach you how to multitask efficiently, how to deal with people and how to manage your own money.”

1Censuswide on behalf of Indeed

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