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BASF Canada Inc.
BASF Canada employees at a customer event in Montreal

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

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

  • BASF Canada helps employees raise their families along the way, offering maternity and parental leave top-up for new moms and dads (including adoptive parents), family coverage on their health plan, an academic scholarship program (to $2,000 per child) for kids pursuing post-secondary studies, and the unique "BASF Global Family" international exchange program that allows children of employees to stay with the family of a BASF employee in another country
  • BASF Canada helps employees prepare for the future with year-end bonuses (most employees recently received a $1,150 bonus in celebration of the parent company's 150th birthday), retirement planning assistance, employer contributions to a defined contribution pension plan, and health benefits that extend to retirees, with no age limit
BASF Canada employees participating in a Town Hall
BASF Canada employees attending a Town Hall event
BASF Canada employees celebrating BASF Canada's 60th anniversary

Employer Background

Industry Chemical Manufacturing
Publicly traded yes
Parent company BASF SE
Parent company head office Ludwigshafen, Germany
Full-time employees in Canada 683
Part-time employees in Canada 2
Full-time employees worldwide 113,292
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 6.14%
Average age of employees in Canada 44.7
Longest serving employee 42 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities free parking
Workplace features nine-storey head office features a four storey glass enclosed atrium, boardroom, kitchen, and meeting rooms (teams of employees provided ongoing feedback about location selection for the new head office as well as final design, furniture and space usage), currently maintains a team of eight employees who are exploring potential sites for a new office in Mississauga, telecommuter workstations, nap room, outdoor barbecue
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

Employee social committee name BASF Canada Social Club (est. 1980)
Recent social events Maple Sugar Festival at the Kortright Centre, Christmas dinner celebration, Earth Day tree planting at the head office (150 tree to celebrate 150 years worldwide), global musical Jamming event in Toronto (one of eight hosted worldwide), a special Diversity and Inclusion kick-off event to launch a company-wide initiative
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications eTV/Employee Television (an 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

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
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

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 for coverage 31 days
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), retiree coverage lasts for an additional year for a surviving spouse
Fitness club subsidy $400 each year
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, daycare centre onsite, academic scholarships of up to $2,000 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information onsite daycare service is privately-run and offers approximately 50 spaces, unique BASF Global Family Program, an international exchange program that allows children of employees to stay with the family of a BASF employee in another country

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

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 19% of the workforce) start with 2 weeks of paid vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance

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), new web-based "Recognizing You" awards program allows recognition for employees from all levels of the company, new "you@BASF" tool offers employees an online overview of rewards available across the company, annual "Simply Dare" Pioneer excellence awards, special 150 BASF SE anniversary bonus for all full-time non-unionized employees this year ($1,150 each)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 36 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 36 months

Training & Skills Development

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships
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

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
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 Habitat for Humanity (employees volunteered in Toronto and the company donated $6K to the charity), 20 Minute Makeover, Earth Day & the Credit Valley Conservation Authority (planted 150 trees in a community in need of trees in Mississauga, also in honour of the parent company's 150th anniversary), YMCA ($25K in support of the KeepFit program), and CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish toy collection program
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 four to six. Program participation is freely available for all schools and the company recently signed an agreement with SickKids' Hospital in Toronto to run a test pilot program.

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.

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Chemical Manufacturing
Parent company BASF SE
Parent company head office Ludwigshafen, Germany
Full-time employees in Canada 683
Part-time employees in Canada 2
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training 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, Chemist, Engineer, Research Associate
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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