The top five best companies to work for in Canada, according to R.O.B. magazine, are:
1) Nortel Networks of Brampton, Ont.
2) Zellers, Toronto
3) Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Ltd., Mississauga, Ont.
4) Eli Lilly Canada Inc., Toronto
5) Surrey Metro Savings Credit Union, Surrey, B.C.
Why are they the best?
The 35 best employers realize that perks work. And some of the perks are pretty unusual. At Hewlett-Packard, employees can get a daily continental breakfast; at Gulf Canada Resources, they can get money for non job-related courses such as learning to sail or ride a horse; at Nortel, they get cash for referring friends to work at the company.
The final rankings were determined by a combination of employee surveys, a human resources practices assessment (
The People Practices Inventory
) and CEO questionnaires.
More than 1,000 Canadian companies with at least 300 employees received an invitation to participate.
Here are the other 30 companies, in order, that made it onto the list:
6) Gulf Canada Resources Ltd., Calgary
7) Pacific Coast Savings Credit Union, Victoria
8) DBG (The DeBiasi Group), Mississauga, Ont.
9) Maritime Life Assurance Co., Halifax
10) Mullen Transportation Inc., Aldersyde, Alta.
11) Procter & Gamble Inc., Toronto
12) Delta Hotels Ltd., Toronto
13) Chubb Insurance Co. of Canada, Toronto
14) The Cumis Group Ltd., Burlington, Ont.
15) Merck Frosst Canada & Co., Kirkland, Que.
16) Clearnet Communications Inc., Toronto
17) Wescast Industries Inc., Brantford, Ont.
18) JTI-Macdonald Corp., Toronto
19) S. C. Johnson & Son, Ltd., Brantford
20) Amex Canada Inc., Markham, Ont.
21) NCR Canada Ltd., Toronto
22) Fidelity Investments Canada Ltd., Toronto
23) PanCanadian Petroleum Ltd., Calgary
24) Vancouver City Savings Credit Union, Vancouver
25) Federal Express Canada Ltd., Mississauga, Ont.
26) Husky Injection Molding systems Ltd., Bolton, Ont.
27) Dofasco Inc., Hamilton, Ont.
28) General Motors of Canada Ltd., Oshawa, Ont.
29) Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Mississauga, Ont.
30) Royal Canadian Mint, Ottawa
31) Deloitte & Touche LLP, Toronto
32) Rockwell Automation Canada, Inc., Toronto
33) Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Toronto
34) ACNielsen Canada, Markham, Ont.
35) Cargill Ltd., Winnipeg