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November 01, 2021

Is your company among the "Best Employers" in Canada?

While employees certainly care about salaries and benefits, it's the total package that matters more, according to a recent study from Aon Hewitt entitled Best Employers In Canada.

Organizations are selected as top employers based primarily on survey responses from more than 134,000 Canadian employees at 251 Canadian companies. 

According to Aon Hewitt's definition, employees are engaged when they "say, stay and strive": they speak positively about the organization to others, are committed to a long-term career, and are motivated by their organizations' culture and values to go "above and beyond" to get the job done. 

While the list contains many of the same names that have led the way in previous years past, a few companies have climbed the ladder, and almost 20 new employers have climbed on board.

The top performer among big companies: Cisco Canada. Among smaller companies: Protegra, a Winnipeg-based consulting and information technology firm.

Here's the top 10 among larger firms:

*Cisco Canada

*EllisDon Corporation

*PCL Constructors

*CIMA+ Partner in Excellence

*McDonald's Restaurants of Canada

*OpenRoad Auto Group

*Marriott Hotels of Canada

*Bennett Jones LLP

*Wellington West Holdings

*Farm Credit Canada

Lots of talk about empowerment and life-long learning here … but what about those perks?

To answer that question, Maclean’s recently asked all 50 organizations just what it is specifically that earned them such high marks from their staff.

At Amex Canada, for instance, standard benefits include retirement savings, travel discounts and a stock-option plan for employees – as well as an on-site gym, chiropractor, massage therapist, and emergency child-care facility.

Do you work for any of the companies on this list? Are things really that great? Or are employees responding with a gun to their head? 

By Gordon Powers, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

Jason BucklandJason Buckland

The modern-day MC Hammer of money, Jason can often be seen spending cash that isn’t his with the efficiency of a Wilt Chamberlain first date. After cutting his teeth as a reporter for the Toronto Sun, he joined the MSN Money team with...