Thirty-five best companies to work for in Canada: R.O.B. magazine

Employees like these companies largely because of the perks they offer.

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

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