TORONTO - Two construction firms took the top two spots in the annual list of the Fifty Best Employers in Canada.
Edmonton's PCL Constructors Inc., took the top spot after finishing second on last year's list. The Alberta construction and engineering firm has more than 2,000 employees.
EllisDon Corp. of London, Ont., finished second. It's also an engineering and construction firm and has 1,900 employees.
Cisco Canada, a Toronto-based subsidiary of global networking vendor Cisco Systems (Nasdaq:CSCO), finished third on the list. It has more than 300 employees in Canada.
"Right from the honeymoon phase, individuals assess whether promises made during contract negotiations are being kept," said Neil Crawford, leader of the Fifty Best Employers study at Hewitt Associates.
"It's easy to admire and respect your new boss, but the best employers continue to evaluate the relationship with their employees throughout their careers and long after the honeymoon is over," Crawford said in a statement on Wednesday.
Rounding out the top 10 were: Law firm Bennett Jones of Calgary, engineering firm CIMA+ of Montreal, WestJet Airlines Ltd. (TSX:WJA) of Calgary, tobacco company JTI-Macdonald Corp. of Mississauga, Ont., BC Biomedical Laboratories Ltd. of Surrey, B.C., Regina's financial services company Farm Credit Canada, and financial services brokerage firm Edward Jones of Mississauga, Ont.
The study was conducted by the Globe and Mail's Report on Business magazine and Hewitt Associates, a global human resources consulting and outsourcing company.
"The 50 organizations that appear on the 2010 list of the Best Employers in Canada faced the same challenges confronting virtually all employers, yet managed to maintain high employee productivity and commitment to organizational success," Crawford said.
"Now that the economy is starting to recover and the demand for talent is heating up again, these employers will be able to retain key people, thanks to their focus on sustaining and improving high employee engagement."
The ranking will appear in the January issue of Report on Business magazine and in the Jan. 5 edition of Montreal La Presse. It also appeared in the Dec. 30 edition of the Globe and Mail.