Trican Well Service employee
Chosen as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers and Alberta's Top Employers for 2013:
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors
(Oct 9, 2012)
Some of the reasons why Trican
was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2013
- supports employees who are new parents with industry leading maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new mothers and adoptive parents (to 100% of salary for 52 weeks) and new fathers (to 100% of salary for 37 weeks)
- invests in ongoing employee development with subsidies for tuition and professional accreditation, in-house apprenticeship opportunities, career planning services and in-house and online training programs
- lets everyone share in the company's success with profit-sharing and a share purchase plan available to all employees
- helps employees prepare for life after work with retirement planning assistance, phased-in work options and contributions to a matching RSP plan (to 5% of salary)
Trican Well Service Ltd. is a pressure pumping company and supplier of specialized products, equipment and technology for oil and gas producers.
The publicly-traded company operates on four continents and provides fracturing, cementing, coiled tubing, acidizing, CO2, nitrogren, reservoir characterization, microseismic fracture mapping, geological services, industrial cleaning and pipeline services. The company has grown in the past year, expanding their operations internationally as well as domestically with a new base in Brandon, Manitoba, maintenance facility in Nisku, Alberta, and operating facility in Hinton, Alberta.
Industry: Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operations.
Major Canadian hiring locations: Grande Prairie AB, Whitecourt AB, Red Deer AB, Provost AB, Medicine Hat AB, Lloydminster AB, Nisku AB, Hinton AB, Drumheller AB, Drayton Valley AB, Brooks AB, Calgary AB, Fort St. John BC, Fort Nelson BC, Brandon MB, Estevan SK.
Stock symbol: TCW-T.
Revenues: $2,309 million.
Full-time at this location: 410.
Full-time employees in Canada: 2,395.
Full-time worldwide: 5,592.
New jobs created in Canada last year: 556.
Part-time employees in Canada: 24.
Workforce engaged on a contract basis: 0.5%.
Number of applications received at this location last year: 14,000.
Average age of all employees: 36.
Longest serving employee: 31 years.
Trican's physical workplace is rated as above-average. Trican's head office is located in the heart of downtown Calgary. The company occupies seven floors of the office tower, which offers spectacular views of the mountain and cityscape. The building is conveniently situated near the city's bike pathway system (including river-front routes), within minutes of a variety of restaurants, shopping, the Glenbow Museum and outdoor parks, such as Prince's Island Park, Peace Park and Sien Lok Park. The building is also connected to the city's pedestrian skywalk system, Plus15. Inside, the office features an onsite fitness facility (with free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, rowing machines, weights and shower facilities); employee lounge (with comfortable seating, music, television, table hockey and foosball table); secure bicycle parking; C-Train transit stop at the front door; self-serve lunchroom; walking and cycling trails.
Work Atmosphere & Communications
Trican's work atmosphere is rated as above-average. Throughout the year, employees enjoy business casual dress; casual dress Fridays; can listen to music while working; concierge services available; employee sports teams; organized social events. Operating since 1998, the company-subsidized social committee is responsible for organizing a number of events each year, including a Christmas party, wine and cheese events, holiday party for children of employees, golf and hockey tournaments, frisbee games, paintball, bowling, Halloween party, and a Stampede party in celebration of the city's traditional rodeo. Trican keep employees informed through a company newsletter; corporate intranet site; email suggestion box.
Financial Benefits & Compensation
Trican'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, Trican provides share-purchase plan for all employees; profit-sharing plan for all employees; signing bonuses for some employees; generous year-end bonuses (to $395,000), depending on the position; year-end bonuses for some employees; matching RSP contributions (up to 5% of salary); new employee referral bonuses (to $1,000 for some positions); life & disability insurance; retirement planning assistance; phased-in retirement work options; preferred rates for home and auto insurance; discounted rates at various retailers; and a computer purchase program.
Health & Family-Friendly Benefits
Trican's health and family benefits are rated as above-average. The company's health benefits plan is managed by Industrial Alliance. As part of the health plan, the employer pays 100% of the premiums. Employees who work 30 hours per week receive coverage. The maximum waiting period for new employees is 90 days. Family coverage is available on the health benefits plan. Retiree coverage is also available on the health plan, up to 65 years of age. The basic plan includes routine dental; restorative dental; orthodontics; eyecare ($300 every 2 years); traditional medicine coverage; alternative medicine coverage; employee assistance (EAP) plan; healthclub subsidy (to $500 each year); medical equipment and supplies; physiotherapy; massage therapy; homecare; travel insurance. Trican's family-friendly benefits include; maternity top-up payments (to 100% of salary for 52 weeks); parental leave top-up for new fathers (to 100% of salary for 37 weeks); parental leave top-up for adoptive parents (to 100% of salary for 52 weeks); health benefits during maternity and parental leave. Additional family friendly benefits include; flexible working hours; telecommuting.
Vacation & Personal Time-Off
Trican'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 2 years on the job. Long-serving employees receive a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation each year. Employees receive 6 paid sick days every year. Employees can also apply for an unpaid leave of absence. Calgary-based employees also receive 5 paid flex days between the months of May and September.
Trican'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. 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. Trican manages a service awards program for full-time employees who have worked a minimum of five years. Eligible employees may select a service gift and attend an annual award banquet. In the past year, the company also launched a program to recognize annual service milestones beginning at one year of employment. Trican sponsors its own in-house employee satisfaction survey. (Surveys are conducted every 12 months).
Training & Skills Development
Trican'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). Trican also supports ongoing employee career development with subsidies for professional accreditations; in-house apprenticeship and skilled trades programs; formal mentoring program; career planning services; in-house training programs; online training programs; online employee skills inventory; new employee orientation program; formal management training program; and leadership training.
Trican's community involvement program is rated as above-average. Trican supports a variety of local, national and international charitable initiatives each year. Employees take part in the selection of charitable groups assisted each year. Employees receive paid time off to volunteer with their favourite charitable organizations. Last year, employees donated over 3,000 hours volunteering with charitable projects. Approximately 30 charitable and community organizations were supported last year. In 2011, the company created the "Trican Cares Committee", which consists of employee representatives who are responsible for selecting, planning and organizing "Days of Caring" volunteer activities throughout the year. Trican and its employees have also contributed funds and time to various organizations, including the Ronald McDonald House, United Way, Alberta Children's Hospital and Muscular Dystrophy Canada, to name a few.
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