Cementation Canada Inc.
Cementation Canada employees
Chosen as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013:
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors
(Oct 9, 2012)
Some of the reasons why Cementation Canada
was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013
- invests in ongoing employee development through subsidies for tuition and professional accreditation as well as financial bonuses for some course completions
- a unique engineering firm with projects worldwide offering challenging work and creating jobs at home and around the world -- adding over 50 new positions last year in Canada
- encourages employees to stay fit with organized sports teams and access to an onsite fitness facility (with free membership), and even individual nutrition and fitness consultations at the office through the company's health plan
- supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments (to 95% of salary for 17 weeks) as well as extended health benefit coverage during their leave
- provides great financial rewards including signing bonuses for some employees, year-end bonuses and a profit sharing plan available to all -- letting everyone share in the company's success
Cementation Canada Inc. is a underground mine contracting and engineering company that provides mine development and production services.
The company's engineering and construction services include mine engineering, shaft sinking, mine development, raise boring, underground construction, and other related mining services. Cementation Canada is a division of Johannesburg-based Murray & Roberts Holding Limited, one of the world's largest underground mining contractors with over 20,000 employees internationally. Cementation Canada serves clients across North and South America, and recently opened an office in Santiago, Chile. In the past year, Cementation completed projects in the Diavik diamond mine in the Northwest Territories as well as projects in Mexico.
Industry: Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction.
Revenues: $319 million.
Parent company: Murray & Roberts Limited.
Full-time at this location: 161.
Full-time employees in Canada: 1,034.
Full-time worldwide: 1,412.
New jobs created in Canada last year: 54.
Workforce engaged on a contract basis: .4%.
Number of applications received at this location last year: 4,025.
Average age of all employees: 44.5.
Longest serving employee: 14 years.
Cementation Canada's physical workplace is rated as above-average. The company's suburban head office is a two storey "U" shaped brick building with large windows that wrap around the entire building, filling the office with natural light. The building is located within minutes of hiking and biking trails and local parks including Lee Park, Thompson Park, Lake Nipissing, and Trout Lake. Inside, the office features an onsite fitness facility (with free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, weights, shower facilities and instructor-led classes); employee lounge (with comfortable seating, music, television, pool table, foosball and board games); secure bicycle parking; free parking; and free onsite car parking. The office is also close to several amenities such as the YMCA, GoodLife Fitness Club, airport, Nipissing University, and Canadore College.
Work Atmosphere & Communications
Cementation Canada's work atmosphere is rated as average. Employees enjoy business casual dress; can listen to music while working; employee sports teams; organized social events. While the company does not operate a formal social committee, employees often volunteer to organize subsidized social events which include an annual curling bonspiel, bowling night, summer barbecue, golf tournament, Halloween celebrations, annual Christmas party, children's Christmas party, and celebratory dinners for project completion. Employees are kept informed and can provide direct feedback through a company newsletter; corporate intranet site; email suggestion box.
Financial Benefits & Compensation
Cementation Canada's financial benefits are rated as very good. To keep salaries competitive the company participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months. Individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months. In addition to competitive compensation, the company provides profit-sharing plan for all employees; signing bonuses for some employees; year-end bonuses for all employees; generous year-end bonuses (to $65,000), depending on the position; matching RSP contributions (up to 5% of salary); life & disability insurance; and discounted company products.
Health & Family-Friendly Benefits
Cementation Canada's health and family benefits are rated as very good. Cementation's health benefits plan is managed by Great-West Life. The company offers employees traditional provision of health benefit coverage or a Wellness Program that assists employees in the maintenance of health work and life balance. As part of the health plan, the employer pays 100% of the premiums. There is no waiting period before coverage begins. The basic plan includes routine dental; restorative dental; orthodontics; eyecare ($300 every 2 years); traditional medicine coverage; alternative medicine coverage; fertility treatment medications; employee assistance (EAP) plan; medical equipment and supplies; physiotherapy; massage therapy; homecare; travel insurance. As part of the company's health plan, employees receive discounted fitness club memberships and can take advantage of individual nutrition and fitness consultations at the office. The company's family-friendly benefits include; maternity top-up payments (to 95% of salary for 17 weeks); health benefits during maternity and parental leave. Additional family-friendly benefits include; flexible working hours; shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay); telecommuting.
Vacation & Personal Time-Off
Cementation Canada's vacation and personal time-off are rated as average. New employees receive 3 weeks of vacation allowance after their first year. Long-serving employees receive a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation each year. Employees can also apply for an unpaid leave of absence.
Cementation Canada's employee engagement program is rated as average. Employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months. Managers receive training in how to conduct effective performance reviews. Exit interviews are provided for departing employees. The company recognizes exceptional performance through individual and group safety awards (for both office and field employees) and a company Courageous Leadership award for individuals who demonstrate leadership in the area of safety. Upon successful project completion, employees are also rewarded with gifts and employee-wide dinners. Cementation Canada sponsors its own in-house employee satisfaction survey. (Surveys are conducted every 12 months).
Training & Skills Development
Cementation Canada's training and skills development program is rated as exceptional. Employees receive tuition subsidies for courses related to their position. (Employer covers up to 100% of tuition). Employees may also receive tuition subsidies for courses unrelated to their current position. (Employer covers up to 100% of non-related tuition). The company also assists employees' career development with subsidies for professional accreditations; in-house apprenticeship and skilled trades programs; formal mentoring program; financial bonuses for course completions; in-house training programs; new employee orientation program; and financial bonuses (to $1,000) for course completions. Cementation operates many programs in support of employees' ongoing development including an EIT (engineer-in-training) program, apprenticeship opportunities, and new miner training programs.
Cementation Canada's community involvement program is rated as above-average. Cementation actively supports a variety of local, national, and international charitable initiatives. Employees take part in the selection of charitable groups assisted each year. Employees receive paid time off to volunteer with their favourite charitable organizations. Approximately 113 charitable and community organizations were supported last year. The company and its employees support a number of community organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Bay, Books on the Bay (in support of local authors), North Bay Food Bank, Kiwanis Festival in support of young community singers, musicians and dancers, and the North Bay Santa Fund. Cementation is also an advocate of safe working environments and is a member of Mines Accident Prevention Association of Manitoba, Mine Association Canada, and Mines Accident Safety Health Association.
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