02/10/2013 12:36 EST | Updated 03/15/2013 07:25 EDT

Alberta's Top Oil Patch Companies To Work For In 2013, According To Canada's Top 100 Employers

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When employees look for opportunities in Alberta's oil patch, wages are a big motivator.

But despite the appeal that comes from reaping the benefits of Alberta's black gold, arguably not all oil and gas employers are created equal.

Now, however, thanks to a list released this week and compiled by Canada's Top 100 Employers, at, prospective job seekers can see which are the best energy companies in Alberta to work for and why.

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The editors at Canada's Top Employers have sifted through the details and named Alberta's 60 Top Employers of 2013, with 14 oil and gas companies making the cut.

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In making their decision of who should be recognized as a top employer in Alberta, editors and researchers looked at the physical workplace offered by the companies, work atmosphere, health, financial and family benefits, vacation and time off, employee communications, performance management, training and skills development, and community involvement.

"Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs," states Canada's Top Employers list backgrounder.

"The special designation recognizes the Alberta employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work."

Click through the slideshow above to see the Alberta oil patch's top employers of 2013.