As Alberta’s labour market continues to improve, it’s becoming increasingly important to establish an effective employer brand. In fact, 92% of Canadian workers say that insight into an employer’s reputation is important.1
Third-party review sites such as Indeed Company Pages play a vital role in how an organization is perceived, and give job seekers and prospective candidates valuable insight into such things as compensation, benefits, culture, management and more. As such, they are highly influential in a job seeker’s decision-making process – 46% say that a company’s reputation significantly impacts their final decision to accept a job offer.2
So, what companies are regarded as the very best by Albertans? Our data team analyzed over 600,000 employer reviews and ratings on Indeed’s Company Pages to identify the Top-Rated Workplaces in Alberta. Let’s take a look at the results.
Natural resources and the energy sector dominate the list
The province is home to Canada’s largest deposits of oil and natural gas, and thus the natural resources and energy sector reigns on our list of Alberta’s top-rated workplaces. In fact, half of the list comprises companies that specialize in energy, gas and oil.
Taking the top spot is Suncor, which also earned a spot on our national list of The Top-Rated Workplaces in Canada. The company, known to place a large emphasis on sustainability and protecting its workers, communities and the environment, also encourages employees to follow suit. Through its SunCares reward program, the company will reward employees and retirees who volunteer in their communities up to $1,000 a year, which they can then deposit to their charity of choice.
Following Suncor is a series of other natural resources and energy companies. At number two is Husky Energy. While the company was founded in Wyoming, it is headquartered in Calgary and has been in business for eight decades now. TransCanada, at number four, operates pipelines, storage facilities and power-generation plants in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Additionally, the over 100-year old Imperial Oil came in at number five, and Natural Canada, a Canadian oil and gas company headquartered in Calgary, earned the eighth spot on our list.
WestJet Airlines ranks third and is the only aviation company in our rankings. No stranger to top lists, the company was also named the best low-cost airline in North America by Airlineratings.com. Also to its credit, WestJet continues to reinvent itself: recently it introduced its new Dreamliner look, which includes an updated logo and new livery, and the company has also expanded its roster of destinations.
The retail sector also makes an appearance on the list. Sport Chek, the largest national retailer of sporting goods, footwear and apparel in Canada, comes in at number six. Alberta is also home to the company’s first women’s-only Sport Chek, which launched in Calgary in 2017. Additionally, Mark’s, the industrial apparel and footwear retailer, rounded out the list at number 10. Founded in Calgary in 1977, the company has since expanded to include 385 across the country.
The Best of the best: What Makes Them Great?
Suncor, Canada’s largest energy company, is well recognized for having cultivated a positive and rewarding culture, where people are well paid while enjoying a good work-life balance.
One reviewer summarizes the benefits of being part of the Suncor workforce: “[Suncor is a] great place to work with plenty of [room for] advancement. [It’s a] family-oriented work atmosphere. I would recommend Suncor to anyone looking for a rewarding career. Co-workers are great.”
Also one of Canada’s largest energy companies, Husky Energy employs over 4,000 people. While work-life balance and salary and benefits were among the top-rated aspects of working at Husky, reviews often point to the growth opportunities.
One reviewer states, that Husky Energy is “Friendly and fast-paced, with room to grow… Husky offers lot of avenues for professional growth and is filled with workers who genuinely want to be there – the enthusiasm is palpable. [The] huge emphasis on safety and diversity is another big win.”
Since its first flight in 1996, the company has grown to become one of the leading airlines in the country. The company earned recognition from employees for its culture above all else, as well as the work-life balance it offers.
One reviewer states that WestJet is “The best airline you could ever work for. The company culture is unlike any other. The people are super happy and the benefits are fantastic. Anyone would be lucky to work here.”
TransCanada is hailed for a number of benefits, including great salary and benefits, work-life balance, culture and safety.
According to one reviewer, TransCanada offers a “Great work atmosphere and team environment. [There is] incentive for advancement and learning, and yearly training to ensure safe working environment and code of business ethics are adhered to… Most managers were great and definitely interested in ensuring that you have the tools and resources to do your job to the best of your ability. Workplace culture is team focused and most people are eager to help when asked.”
As Canada’s largest petroleum company, Imperial Oil knows that innovation is key to attracting talent. The company opened a new research centre in 2016, which focuses on oil sands technology and innovation.
While culture and work-life balance were highly ranked, many reviewers pointed to the company’s safety precautions as well as advancement opportunities. According to one review: Imperial Oil has a “safety-oriented culture with complete employee and management buy in. It’s a very environmentally responsible company, with a family-like atmosphere.”
Another reviewer notes that it’s “the most inspiring workplace one could be in. Imperial Oil promotes advancement and job security. The pension arrangement offered is phenomenal…”
1Cencuswide on behalf of Indeed
2Redshift Research on behalf of Indeed