Agrium Inc.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Agrium Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) :

Here are some of the reasons why Agrium Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016):

  • Agrium helps its employees integrate and balance their work and personal lives with flexible work hours, shortened work week options and a formal earned days-off program, and most employees start with 3 weeks paid vacation and many move to 4 weeks after only two years on the job
  • Agrium invests in employee education with generous tuition subsidies up to $5K each year, as well as managing an academic scholarship program for children of employees who are interested in pursuing post-secondary education, up to $1,600 per child

Employer Background

Industry Agriculture Products and Fertilizer Manufacturing
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Calgary AB, Carseland AB, Edmonton AB, Saskatoon SK, Regina SK, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 3,560
Part-time employees in Canada 74
Full-time employees worldwide 15,338
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 4%
Average age of employees in Canada 44
Longest serving employee 49 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features onsite bistro serves as a hybrid cafeteria (with hot meals as wells as salads), modern 160,000 square foot building was built in the Prairie School architectural style and features walls built from 445-million year old, fossil-embedded Manitoba Tyndall stone, telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, television, video games, board games, Wii system, two lounges per floor
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus
Snacks available fresh fruit on each floor delivered twice a week
Onsite fitness facility subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, also features subsidized $10 monthly family memberships, open seven days a week
Other nearby amenities YMCA, Fish Creek Fitness Club, fitness club, Fish Creek Provincial Park only a five minute walk, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, C-Train station is only a 75 metre walk from the office, suburban location also provides easy access to a number of nearby golf courses

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name Agrium Place Social Club (est. 2001)
Recent social events monthly "High Five Day" on the first Friday of every month includes a social gathering with snacks hosted by senior leaders who introduce new employees and celebrate long-serving employees (and concludes with the a traditional wrap-up joke), Calgary Stampede breakfast, annual Calgary Corporate Challenge (featuring basketball, volleyball and even truck-pulling), annual hockey tournament, Christmas parties (events for adults and children), variety of fun activities in support of the annual United Way Campaign
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications employee Town Halls during the year, Corporate Connects Day

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

Financial benefits note Agrium 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, matching RSP
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $3,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits Agrium's retirement savings programs vary with their employee groups, including Corporate and Wholesale employees (46%) and Crop Production Services (40%) enrolled in defined contribution and RSP matching plans, and Potash Union employees (14%) enrolled in a defined benefit pension program

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B

Health plan note Agrium has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
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
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy), flex credits can be put toward a health expense plan for out-of-pocket medical or dental expenses
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $15,000 per lifetime
Healthclub subsidy $360 each year
Family-friendly benefits note Agrium has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits academic scholarships of up to $1,600 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, earned days off program
Additional family-friendly information summer student hiring program from children of employees

Vacation & Personal Time-Off A-

Vacation note Agrium 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 2 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 8 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information depending on their group, employees move to 4 weeks either after 2, 5 or 10 years of employment with the majority of employees at 4 weeks of vacation after five years on the job, paid personal days range from 1 to 8 days each year, depending on position

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 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 individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, long-service awards, annual CEO awards, and generous financial bonuses determined by annual incentive programs
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months

Training & Skills Development A+

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 training, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Subsidies for professional accreditations yes
Unique training & development programs apprenticeship programs (for instrumentation technicians, millwrights, steamfitters/pipefitters, heavy duty mechanics, industrial mechanics, electricians, and welders), engineer-in-training program for engineering graduates, succession management program for employees showing leadership potential early in their careers, international work opportunities

Community Involvement A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 8,000 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 1,500 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, Caring for our Watersheds, Millennium Promise (Africa), Seed Survivor, Ducks Unlimited
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Agrium's charitable program focuses primarily on four key areas, including youth, health & wellness, environment, and arts and culture. At each of Agrium's Canadian offices, employees from management and non-management ranks form an in-house donations committee that reviews donation requests and decides where each office will direct its support. Depending on their location, some employee are provided with one full paid day to volunteer with the charity of their choosing.

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