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BASF Canada Inc.
BASF Canada employee participates in a brainstorming session in Toronto, Ontario   (Photo credit: Mark Kostel)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why BASF Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • BASF Canada offers maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers and fathers (including adoptive parents), to 100% of salary for up to 17 weeks -- head office employees can also take advantage of a privately operated daycare located onsite
  • BASF Canada helps employees prepare for the future with year-end bonuses, retirement planning assistance, employer contributions to a defined contribution pension plan and health benefits that extend to retirees, with no age limit
  • Employees at BASF Canada are encouraged to connect and share their stories with colleagues from across North America through the in-house "eTV" employee television network -- the initiative features employee video blogs and offers company news and information
BASF Canada Operations Engineer inspects a product line at BASF's paint plant in Windsor, Ontario   (Photo credit: STEVE POMERLEAU)

Employer Background

Industry Chemical Manufacturing
Publicly traded yes
Parent company BASF SE
Parent company head office Ludwigshafen, Germany
Major Canadian hiring locations Blackie AB, Brampton ON, Cornwall ON, Mississauga ON, Nisku AB, Saskatoon SK, Toronto ON, Windsor ON, Winnipeg MB, Saint-Laurent QC, Saint-Léonard QC
Full-time employees in Canada 693
Full-time employees worldwide 112,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 6%
Average age of employees in Canada 44.6
Longest serving employee 43 years

Physical Workplace B+

Commuter amenities free parking
Workplace features 9-storey head office features a 4-storey glass enclosed atrium, boardroom, kitchen, meeting rooms (employees provided feedback about location selection for the new head office as well as final design, furniture and space usage), separate heating and cooling zones throughout the building, fitness facility at the Toronto location (available to all employees), telecommuter workstations, nap room, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, vending machines for snacks and soft drinks
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus
Other nearby amenities Powerade Centre, Frank McKechnie Community Centre, fitness club, Meadowvale Conservation Area, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, BreaBren Golf Course

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name BASF Canada Social Club (est. 1980)
Recent social events Maple Sugar Festival at the Kortright Centre, Christmas dinner celebration, global musical Jamming event in Toronto (one of eight hosted worldwide to address food waste initiatives), summer family picnic, a special diversity and inclusion kick-off event to launch a company-wide initiative
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications eTV/Employee Television (in-house employee television network displayed on screens located in main areas), town hall events hosted at sites across the country with senior executives

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

Financial benefits note BASF Canada has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,020) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan note BASF Canada has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 80% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage with no age limit yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Fitness club subsidy up to $400 each year
Other health plan information health benefits plan extends to a surviving spouse for one additional year, fitness club subsidy can also be used for purchase of home gym equipment
Family-friendly benefits note BASF Canada has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, academic scholarships of up to $2,000 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information onsite daycare service that is privately-run and offers approximately 50 spaces (cost is approximately $1,000 per month)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B-

Vacation note BASF Canada has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 10 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information duration of leaves of absence are determined on a case-by-case basis, unionized employees (approximately 23% of the workforce) start with 2 weeks of paid vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), you@BASF tool offers employees an online overview of rewards available across the company (the company presented over 3,000 recognition awards valued at over $320,000 last year), longstanding annual Simply Dare program recognizes and rewards employee suggestions and improvement with generous cash awards (a group of employees recently shared over 50,000 euros for their collective suggestion that resulted in new business opportunities for the company)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 36 months

Training & Skills Development B+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unique training & development programs paid internships are available in a variety of disciplines including marketing, human resources, finance, technical support and crop protection, to name a few

Community Involvement A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 130 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 35 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, tree planting on Earth Day (with the Credit Valley Conservation Authority), St. Lawrence College (support for the renovation of the schools chemistry laboratory), Saskatoon MS Walk, Junior Achievement of South Western Ontario, Bereaved Families of Ontario, Camp Oochigeas (provides children living with cancer the chance to go to summer camp), and the annual CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish toy collection program in Toronto
Community highlight BASF Canada's charitable focus is aligned with the following corporate objectives: science education, environment, health and safety programs, diversity and inclusion, and support for initiatives in the communities where BASF operates. In a unique community partnership with Earth Rangers, BASF Canada created Kids' Lab, a series of hands-on chemistry workshops for students in grades 4 to 6. The program is free to schools and has been expanded to 60 schools across Canada (with plans for additional expansion to Aboriginal schools).

The Career Directory

BASF Canada Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
New Grad Jobs at BASF Canada
BASF Canada employees participating in a 20 Minute Makeover activity for Earth Day

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Chemical Manufacturing
Parent company BASF SE
Parent company head office Ludwigshafen, Germany
Major Canadian hiring locations Blackie AB, Brampton ON, Cornwall ON, Mississauga ON, Nisku AB, Saskatoon SK, Toronto ON, Windsor ON, Winnipeg MB, Saint-Laurent QC, Saint-Léonard QC
Full-time employees in Canada 693
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Financial Analyst, Innovation Specialist, Business Representative
Starting salary $60K to $65K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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