[By Brian Last]

When looking for a job, we all have different needs. Some just want to work nine to five and cash a paycheck. Others want to belong to something that is bigger than themselves: to be part of a community, to find work-life balance, and to find a job that doesn’t feel like work.

Here’s part one of the top ten places to work:

  1. Bayer Canada

Bayer works to improve the quality of life for Canadians by developing pharmaceuticals. They also work to improve the health of our citizens, animals, and crops through product development.

Bayer is family-oriented; they want their employees to find work-life balance. They offer flexible work schedules and options for personal leave. They also offer 15 weeks of leave for new parents and a $15,000 subsidy for in vitro fertilization.

  1. CN Rail

This is not the first time CN Rail has found themselves on this list. Having been a staple in this country for almost 100 years, the company has expanded into many different avenues.

CN Rail offers quality salaries and benefits, and they are big on employee engagement. They conduct four performance reviews per year for employees’ personal development. They also offer many events for boosting company morale such as golf tournaments and sporting events. CN Rail is highly committed to the well-being of their employees.

  1. CIBC

CIBC offers employees assistance for long-term financial planning. They help their staff invest for retirement, and consider their employees to be long-term commitments rather than numbers. CIBC is also engaged in charitable causes such as the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and various children’s charities.

  1. Ellis Don Corporation

EDC has been one of the leaders in commercial construction. The company was founded 60 years ago and continues to expand.

EDC provides their employees with first class amenities while at work, including a state of the art gym, lounge, and cafeteria. They also offer a starting allowance. With posh treatment like this, it’s no wonder they’re constantly growing.

  1. Enbridge Inc.

For nearly 70 years, Enbridge has been a huge part of Calgary’s economic backbone; the company has added 240 employees since last year. Enbridge is involved with the global community, helping 19,000 people in Ghana, Peru, and Nicaragua by installing solar power in their homes. Enbridge also works locally and nationally with various charities.

Stay tuned for part two of the top 10 employers in Canada.

(Photo by Brian Last)