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The quest for the ideal job often seems like a pipe dream when we’re faced with poor insurance plans, lower-than-expected salaries or a work-life balance that’s, well, let’s just say unbalanced.

Luckily, Indeed just released a list of the best 25 places to work in Canada, which were rated by actual Canadian employees. According to the job search company, it took thousands of reviews from employees in order to get these results, and Indeed collected data on everything from growth opportunities and benefits to a place’s overall atmosphere and its commitment to the community. You know, all of the things that make a company the “best” place to work.

So what else do Canadians care about? For starters, they value their bosses cultivating an environment based on community, a team mentality and open communication. A great corporate culture, good management and an overall positive attitude were also equally important.

That could be why such a variety of industries are represented in the top 25. Want to know which ones they are? Then read on.

25. Husky Energy

This energy company doesn’t just offer performance-based salaries and comprehensive coverage that includes physical and emotional benefits, but it’s also committed to making a difference in the community through charitable action and taking social responsibility.

From the company’s website: “Husky supports a diverse and respectful workplace environment. Difference of thought and perspective are encouraged and individual expertise and talents are leveraged for an innovative and productive work environment.”

24. Enterprise Holdings

There’s more to just renting cars at this place of employment. Here, employees are encouraged to support and encourage one another while fostering a real team attitude.

From the company’s website: “What’s a career at Enterprise Holdings all about? Taking care of people. Since we opened our doors 60 years ago, our singular focus has been supporting each other, so we can best serve our customers and grow our brands. It’s a simple idea that leads to amazing careers for those who choose to join our global team.”

23. Shaw Communications

More than a communications provider, this company prides itself on career growth opportunities, its commitment to obtaining the top employees and of course, keeping them happy.

From the company’s website: “Our culture at Shaw is founded on creating workplaces where our employees want to build their careers.”

22. CIBC

This bank doesn’t just pat itself on the back for being a great place to work, it also prides itself as being a top place for new Canadians to work, too.

From the company’s website: “Our people are the key to achieving our vision of being the leader in client relationships, which is why we work hard to create an environment where all employees can excel.”

21. IBM

The tech giant is all about creating change in a variety of sectors, from healthcare and shopping malls to congested highways and sports stadiums.

From the company’s website: “Join us and be part of a diverse and global team of thinkers and doers. Work with extraordinary, insightful, imaginative people in an environment that cultivates creativity and individuality.”

20. Amec Foster Wheeler

Career building is pretty important to this company, which works on complex projects all over the world.

From the company’s website: “We employ some of the world’s best people and task our managers with inspiring and developing the next generation of employees. Delivering excellence in everything we do is hard work – it means continually asking ourselves whether we can do even better.”

19. SNC-Lavalin

According to the engineering company, one of their top goals is to make their employees feel valued and important. And that, they say, is the key to a better future for everyone.

From the company’s website: “We are committed to making a positive impact in communities around the world. Our projects inspire our people and help to build better lives wherever we do business.”

18. Scotiabank

This bank is all about inclusive hiring practices and making everyone feel as though they’re contributing to a larger goal. Now that’s a practice we can get behind.

From the company’s website:Be true to your colleagues. Be exceptional to your customers. Be vital to your community. Belong.”

17. PwC

Creative thinking, collaboration, volunteering and flexible working hours are just some of the words this company uses to lure potential employees. Bonus points for allowing workers to dress up or down depending on their personal style.

From the company’s website: “We thrive on innovation and all the great ideas our people bring to the table. We’re a team that takes pride in who we are together as well as who we are as individuals. We have fun together, celebrate our success together and give back to our community together.”

16. Ledcor

This company is so focused on creating a cohesive, appealing work environment that they even have a name for it: True Blue.

From the company’s website: “True Blue is who we are. It is the bond that Ledcor employees share through our common beliefs, work ethics, and drive to get things done. True Blue is not about a colour – it is about our values, how we work together, care for each other, and work hard for our families.”

15. Bank of Montreal

With big goals, bigger dreams and an atmosphere that puts people first, this bank encourages core values like diversity and inclusion.

From the company’s website: “Our work is about making a positive impact by embracing change and exploring new ways of thinking. It’s more than 46,000 people pulling together and living what we believe.”

14. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Innovation, passion, leadership, responsibility and cooperation are the cornerstone values at this place of employment. Not only does the auto shop invest in communities and embrace change, but it encourages its workforce to do the same.

From the company’s website: “We’ll make sure you have the chance to prove yourself right from the start, and ongoing opportunities to make an impact. We are a meritocracy. How far and how fast you grow in your career is yours to own. You’ll get the freedom to think for yourself, the encouragement to share your ideas and the rewards to make it worth your while.”

13. National Defence

Canadian pride may be an obvious value here, but it isn’t the only one. Teamwork, leadership and a strong sense of community are equally important.

From the company’s website: “With so many locations to choose from and nearly 70 types of different career opportunities available for civilians, a career at DND means flexibility and mobility that few employers can offer as well as the chance to contribute to international peace and security.”

12. Enbridge

No one likes paying the bills, but knowing what a great place this company is to work for helps ease some of that pain, we suppose. Here, employees are challenged to go above and beyond, while fostering a positive work environment and a team attitude.

From the company’s website: “As a team, we work hard to make our company the strongest player in our industry. At Enbridge, every policy and employee program is designed to ensure employees get the most out of their employment, are rewarded for their hard work and are able to develop their skills and advance their careers within the company.”

11. Air Canada

Strong benefits, the promise of travel and a variety of other discounts are just a part of what you get when you join this team.

From the company’s website: “With one of the most generous employee travel programs in the airline industry, Air Canada offers them and their immediate family members special rates on airfare. Plus, through Air Canada’s partners, they also enjoy discounts on car rentals, hotel accommodations, vacation packages and tour operators.”

10. Desjardins

If you’re looking for a competitive salary and benefits, a chance to grow your skills, and employment with a company that promotes sustainable development, all while recognizing the importance of your health and well-being, this may be the company for you.

From the company’s website: “A health and wellness program with concrete initiatives includes: the reimbursement of physical activity fees, annual initiatives that support healthy lifestyle habits, flu vaccinations, and various measures that promote a good personal life-work balance.”

9. Sun Life Financial

Competitive benefits, structured bonuses and a great savings plan are just some of the bonuses that are offered to employees of this financial group.

From the company’s website: “We have ambitious corporate objectives and a clearly defined strategy to achieve them. We believe that everyone in the company needs to know what their role is – what’s expected, when and why. We’ll make sure you have a clear picture of what success in your job looks like. You’ll receive regular performance reviews, so you know how you’re progressing. And we’ll reward you for achieving results.”

8. TD Canada Trust

This bank doesn’t just want to deal with money, it wants to deal with people. At least that’s what it promises potential employees — that and a chance to collaborate with like-minded people while growing your career.

From the company’s website: “This is a place where you can realize your aspirations and achieve your goals, within a supportive and inclusive environment.”

7. H&R Block

This company doesn’t just help fellow Canadians come tax time, it also lends talent and resources to local charities and encourages its employees to give back through volunteer work in the community.

From the company’s website: “We are looking for people who want to help us look at peoples’ lives through tax and find ways to help. We know that the ability to deliver outstanding client service starts with having the best talent on our team.”

6. WestJet Airlines

Thanks to a comprehensive advertising campaign, we all know that WestJet workers aren’t just employees, they’re owners. Turns out the company is also a fan of diversity, inclusion and making sure its people are happy in general. (Plus they have a lunchtime street hockey league, softball and golf tournaments.)

From the company’s website: “Our goal is to enrich the lives of everyone in WestJet’s world by providing safe, friendly and affordable air travel (and have some fun while we are at it). Our passionate, caring attitude is the foundation of our corporate culture.”

5. The Hospital For Sick Children

Helping kids get better, working with families and being able to see the rewards of that all sound like pretty great reasons to work here. Furthermore, the hospital cares about what its employees think, which is why they even have testimonials posted on their site of why people love working there.

From the company’s website: “It is a wonderful experience working at SickKids – this is a warm, caring environment. It’s very rewarding to work with children and their parents.”

4. General Motors

Want family discounts, a competitive benefits package and a great work-life balance? Those are all things that this car company promises its employees.

From the company’s website: “We’re creating a culture where everyone feels valued and our talent has the freedom, and opportunity to grow, learn, and evolve as professionals.”

3. TELUS Communications

This company is all about embracing change while creating a passionate atmosphere for teamwork and innovation. It’s said you can have a great work-life balance here — plus there are tons of extra perks.

From the company’s website: “We pride ourselves in putting the customer at the heart of everything we do – listening and learning from their feedback to deliver the best experience possible.”

2. Toronto Transit Commission

It turns out that the TTC is another place with great benefits. Also, it fosters the promotion of teamwork, development and all-around employee recognition through a special program designed to empower those it employs. Who knew?

From the company’s website: “We are committed to fostering a positive workplace culture with a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve.”

1. RBC

Last but not least is this Canadian bank, which promises its employees strong leadership, lots of growth opportunities and a strong benefits package. The environment is fast-paced and friendly, and built all around people.

From the company’s website: “We are proud to have been recently recognized as the Strongest Bank in Canada, Strongest Bank in North America, and third strongest in the world. We have also been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, a Best Employer for New Canadians, one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures and one of the 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations in Canada.”


Looks like we’d better get working on our LinkedIn profiles, huh?