Employee Relations

Syncrude offers diverse opportunities to be part of Canada’s dynamic oil sands industry and to contribute to the pursuit of innovation and meaningful solutions regarding our nation’s energy needs. Towards this, Syncrude provides a respectful workplace and rewarding careers, hiring locally from the Wood Buffalo region wherever possible, increasing Indigenous representation and diversity in our workforce, and building an organization of proud and motivated employees.

Below are a few highlights of our employment philosophy, and how we engage and recognize the ongoing contributions of our people. If you are interested in a career with us, check out our current opportunities.

How we engage

Engaging employees through ongoing dialogue is a top priority for Syncrude. We accomplish this through efforts such as regular employee forums, surveys and other communication channels. Furthermore, our Pipeline tool enables employees to confidentially ask questions of senior leaders, make suggestions or offer opinions on company policies, actions and plans. It is intended to enhance transparency, build an informed workforce and identify opportunities for continuous improvement.

Employees also have access to a variety of communication interfaces, including company-wide channels such as videos, newsletters, bulletins and a dedicated employee website.

Career development for new graduates

Syncrude’s Initial Professional Development Program (IPDP) aims to provide employees who are recent graduates with the tools necessary to achieve growth and success in the workplace and community. Participants spend three to four years in the program, which includes a variety of development activities and mentorship from experienced professionals. Participants’ workplace responsibilities in their given areas progress throughout their time in the program, until completion where they are then promoted to the fully qualified level.

In addition to IPDP, recent graduates and co-op students attend quarterly networking events hosted by the Syncrude Network Advisory Program (SNAP). The sessions bring participants together with Syncrude leaders, managers and executives to promote better understanding of culture at Syncrude and in the region. Participants also can engage in one-on-one sessions with senior Syncrude employees, which foster valuable cross-functional communication.

Women’s interest network

Syncrude’s Women’s Interest Network, launched in late 2015, continues to gain traction and members each year. More than 50 per cent of our workforce who identify as a woman have joined the group which is working to provide mentorship, personal development, networking, community involvement activities and more. The intent is to share information, provide experiences and develop skills that enhance life at work and at home. Syncrude’s Senior Vice President is the executive sponsor and a Vice President chairs the WIN Steering Committee.

Community-minded workforce

Community support is in our DNA. Since 1979, Syncrude has contributed more than $35 million to the United Way, including a 2019 workplace campaign that raised more than $2.3 million. Syncrude raised about half of the $4.65 million generated by the United Way’s local community campaign. It also enabled employee donors to witness first-hand the impact of their contributions through visits to United Way beneficiary agencies.

Financial and retirement planning assistance

Syncrude strives to help employees attain maximum value from their company-provided benefits and manage their personal finances through regular information sharing and opportunities to engage with financial planning experts. For example, to assist employees in preparing for retirement, a retirement navigator tool is available to help employees map their way to financial security. The tool allows them to view their personal pension information; estimate retirement income from all sources; model pension scenarios; and run estimates based on different retirement ages and assumptions about the future. The tool is hosted on a secure external server that safeguards employees’ personal information.

Corporate awards

Syncrude is proud to have received two corporate awards in 2019. These reinforce our efforts to be a preferred employer and a responsible oil sands producer, and include:

Forbes Best Employers 2019
Syncrude was recognized as among Canada’s Best Employers of 2019 by Forbes Media. Syncrude was ranked 36th among 300 named companies across 25 industries. Forbes surveyed 8,000 Canadians working at large companies and institutions with 500+ employees. Participation in the survey was voluntary and involved more than 30 questions about working conditions. Respondents were also asked to determine, on a scale of zero to 10, how likely they were to recommend their employer to someone else, as well as how they feel about other employers in their respective industries.

Keyano College Partner of the Year 2019
Keyano College named Syncrude as its Partner of the Year, recognizing our regular and meaningful financial support to the College, as well as being a great steward of the College in the community at-large.

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