Three Reasons PCL Has One of the Most Admirable Corporate Cultures

PCL made the list as one of Canada’s most admired corporate cultures. We’re honored to have been given this title (three times now) by Waterstone Human Capital. What makes PCL worthy of this title? The employee experience that PCL offers.


Corporate culture drives performance, and PCL employees are known as top performers. Here’s what keeps top talent at PCL: 

  1. Challenging and exciting work
    We build projects of every shape and size. From our early brick schools and town halls to the hospitals, office towers, sports arenas, universities, bridges, and industrial projects we build today, PCL continues to have a major impact on communities and city skylines across North America. We operate in civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets with companies and branches in Canada, the United States, Australia, and the Caribbean. Through this we offer our employees a vast amount of opportunity and variety in the construction industry. 

  2. Strong teams
    PCL is the largest general contracting organization in Canada, with a proven reputation as a construction leader. We share our clients’ visions and help them build the structures that make those visions a reality. We believe that leadership is fundamental to PCL’s success and ensure that passionate, innovative leaders from all levels of the company “model the way” as examples of how individuals can grow and challenge themselves in their careers at PCL. Every employee at PCL plays a key part in the success of our construction projects. 

  3. Employee Ownership
    Our employee-ownership structure has been central to our identity since 1977. Today, PCL remains 100 percent employee owned. Completing projects on time and on budget, adding value for clients and partners, demonstrating operational and safety excellence, and seeking opportunities to enhance profitability—these all impact PCL’s success, and require us to think and act like owners.
​If you want to know more about the culture at PCL, check out the Employee Spotlights​ to hear from employees themselves about what it’s like to work here. 

About the Award 

Canada’s Most Admired Culture award recognizes best-in-class organizations for having cultures that have helped them enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage. 

PCL is recognized in the Enterprise category along with other organizations that have annual revenues of more than $500 million. Organizations that win this award hold the title for three years and can reapply for the award in the third year.