Ledcor Group of Companies employee
Chosen as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, Ten Best Companies to Work For and British Columbia's Top Employers for 2013:
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors
(Oct 9, 2012)
Some of the reasons why Ledcor
was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013
- is one of Western Canada's largest and most diversified construction firms, employing over 6,980 full-time employees -- and incredibly, the employee-owned firm added over 1,880 positions last year
- offers great financial benefits such as matching RSP contributions, signing bonuses for some positions and a profit-sharing plan that is available to all employees
- with a long-term focus, the privately-held company is a supporter of the Canada Green Building Council, and was involved in the construction of the first LEED certified buildings in Canada -- and also maintains a Corporate Sustainability group as well as multiple employee-led green teams at offices across Canada
- encourages ongoing employee development through subsidies for tuition and professional accreditation, in-house and online training programs, leadership training and a formal mentoring program for young workers new to construction industry
- helps employees balance their work and personal life with a variety of alternative work arrangements including flexible hours, telecommuting and shortened and compressed work week options
- supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments as well as extended health benefit coverage during their leave -- new mothers can also take advantage of the independently operated daycare centre within the building when they are ready to return to work
Ledcor Group of Companies is a privately-held diversified construction firm with ongoing and completed projects across North America.
Founded in 1947 in Leduc, Alberta (building the site and road to service the region's first oil strike), the employee-owned company has expanded steadily and today has capabilities in a variety of areas, including: commercial construction; industrial construction; mine construction, reclamation and operations; road building and highway maintenance; pipeline construction; property development; and technical services for telecommunications and energy sectors. Ledcor continues to expand its areas of expertise, recently adding aviation services, business jet charter services, tug boat services for the marine industry, and carbon asset management services.
Industry: Industrial Building Construction.
Major Canadian hiring locations: Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Fort McMurray AB, Saskatoon SK, Toronto ON.
Full-time at this location: 953.
Full-time employees in Canada: 6,988.
Full-time worldwide: 7,641.
New jobs created in Canada last year: 1,888.
Part-time employees in Canada: 30.
Workforce engaged on a contract basis: .05%.
Number of applications received at this location last year: 56,113.
Average age of all employees: 40.
Longest serving employee: 44 years.
Ledcor's physical workplace is rated as very good. The company's downtown head office is situated on the waterfront in the Coal Harbour neighbourhood, providing employees with scenic mountain views and access to waterfront walkways and bicycle routes. The building is within minutes of local parks and recreation including Stanley Park, the Coal Harbour Community Centre, and the seawall. employee lounge (with comfortable seating and television); secure bicycle parking; free parking; car pool sign-up system; an on-site Starbucks; and an outdoor deck, patio furniture, and barbeque. Ledcor also offers its employees free snacks (granola bars, crackers, soup, iced tea, filtered water, and Starbucks coffee and tea).
Work Atmosphere & Communications
Ledcor's work atmosphere is rated as above-average. On the job, employees enjoy business casual dress; casual dress Fridays; can listen to music while working; employee sports teams; organized social events. Employees participate in various social events throughout the year, including a Christmas party for employees, dragon boat racing and barbecue, Earth Day barbecue, various sports tournaments (softball, hockey, and golf), and birthday celebrations. Ledcor captures feedback and keeps employees up-to-date through a company newsletter; corporate intranet site; traditional suggestion box; email suggestion box.
Financial Benefits & Compensation
Ledcor'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 ensuring competitive compensation rates, Ledcor provides profit-sharing plan for all employees; signing bonuses for some employees; year-end bonuses for some employees; matching RSP contributions (up to 5% of salary); life & disability insurance; discounted company products; and employee discounts for a variety of non-company products.
Health & Family-Friendly Benefits
Ledcor's health and family benefits are rated as average. Ledcor's health benefits plans are managed by Great West Life. As part of the health plan, the employer pays 100% of the premiums. The health plan is a flexible plan with adjustable premiums and coverage levels. Employees who work 20 hours per week receive coverage. The maximum waiting period for new employees is 90 days. Family coverage is available on the health benefits plan. The basic plan includes routine dental; restorative dental; orthodontics; eyecare ($200 every 2 years); traditional medicine coverage; alternative medicine coverage; employee assistance (EAP) plan; medical equipment and supplies; massage therapy; homecare; travel insurance. Ledcor's family-friendly benefits include; maternity top-up payments (to 100% of salary for 6 weeks); health benefits during maternity and parental leave; extended unpaid parental leave option (beyond the first year); onsite daycare centre; with 37 spaces; 9 childcare workers; and a 12 month waiting list for available spaces. Additional family-friendly benefits include; flexible working hours; shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay); compressed work week; telecommuting.
Vacation & Personal Time-Off
Ledcor's vacation and personal time-off are rated as average. New employees receive 2 weeks of vacation allowance after their first year. Vacation increases after 3 years on the job. Long-serving employees receive a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation each year. During the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 4 days off. Employees receive 3 paid sick days every year. Employees can schedule 3 personal days off each year, as needed. Employees can also apply for an unpaid leave of absence. (Note: Some employees, including management employees, start with 3 weeks of paid vacation).
Ledcor's employee engagement program is rated as very good. Employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months. Managers receive training in how to conduct effective performance reviews. Performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work. As part of the review process employees can provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance. Exit interviews are provided for departing employees. Ledcor recognizes exceptional performance through numerous employee awards for safety, service, and sustainability. The company provides safety bonuses for employees who complete one calendar quarter without sustaining a lost time injury or major equipment damage. Project completion and innovation awards are also given, rewarding employees with a selection of gifts. Ledcor sponsors its own in-house employee satisfaction survey. (Surveys are conducted every 12 months).
Training & Skills Development
Ledcor'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). In addition to tuition subsidies, Ledcor also provides subsidies for professional accreditations; in-house apprenticeship and skilled trades programs; formal mentoring program; in-house training programs; online training programs; online employee skills inventory; new employee orientation program; formal management training program. The company operates a safety mentoring program for employees who are new to the industry. The program pairs employees with a mentor for a minimum of one month, and provides one on one instruction and supervision for the safe performance of duties.
Ledcor's community involvement program is rated as above-average. Ledcor and its employees support a variety of local, national, and international charities. Employees take part in the selection of charitable groups assisted each year. Every year employees and the company volunteer and raise funds for a range of charitable initiatives, including the Kids Help Phone, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Alberta Children's Hospital, Kids with Cancer Society, Movember, and the annual United Way campaign, to name a few. In a unique and longstanding initiative created in honour of a former employee, the late Trevor Korol, Ledcor hosts the annual "Ledcor Korol Cup" tournament in his honour. Now in it's eight year, teams from across the company gather for a three day fall classic every year. Last year, the fun (and competitive) tournament raised over $34,000 for the Trevor Koral Memorial fund, which awards five scholarships per year to students at NAIT.
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