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

Here are some of the reasons why Bayer was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016), Ten Best Companies to Work For (2016) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • Bayer has continued it's impressive year-over-year employment growth -- through acquisition and growth, the company added over 300 employees last year and now employs over 1,630 people in Canada
  • Bayer helps employees find a better balance between their work and personal lives through flexible work arrangements, including shortened and compressed work week options, reduced summer hours and a formal earned days-off program -- and offers new employees three weeks of starting vacation, moving to four weeks after only four years on the job
  • Bayer helps employees with their family planning, offering a generous $15K subsidy for in vitro fertilization as well as 12 weeks of full maternity and parental leave top-up for new moms, dads and adoptive parents -- and also follows-up with discounted healthcare products through the company store
Bayer employees dancing to a live band at the company's holiday party

Employer Background

Industry Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Bayer AG
Parent company head office Leverkusen, Germany
Major Canadian hiring locations Saskatoon SK, Regina SK, Calgary AB, Mississauga ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,639
Part-time employees in Canada 10
Full-time employees worldwide 152,831
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 17%
Average age of employees in Canada 43
Longest serving employee 42 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features as part of Bayer's recent move to a fully renovated head office, employee feedback was sought on everything from the location of the office to furniture to the new open concept work environment, company store (called The Work shop) with discounted company products, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, pool table, foosball table, the head office features multiple lounge areas on each floor where employees can escape for quiet time or collaborate with colleagues
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals
Snacks available fresh fruit, ice cream, cookies, cupcakes, chips, cracker and cheese platters (often provided for meetings)
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, instructor-led classes (yoga, cross-fit, bootcamp, body sculpt (includes lunch hour classes)), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, televisions, personal training services available, dedicated massage room with registered massage therapist
Other nearby amenities Etobicoke Olympium, Centennial Park Golf Centre, fitness club, Centennial Park, Humber Arboretum, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Pearson Airport

Work Atmosphere & Communications A+

Employee social committee name The Bayer Club (est. 1995)
Recent social events family day at an amusement park, summer family picnic (to kick-off summer), Calgary Stampede barbecue (Bayer CropScience), celebrations to recognize important causes, such as Vision Health Month and World Hemophilia Day
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 Bayer News Network (in-house television network with TVs located throughout the head office)

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

Financial benefits note Bayer 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, matching RSP
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $3,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance, discounted healthcare products through the company store, including items such as diabetes meter strips and vitamins

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 95% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
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, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy), flex dollars for purchase of additional coverages or transferred to savings (from $1,100 to $1,200, depending on employee group)
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $15,000 per lifetime
Fitness club subsidy $400 each year
Family-friendly benefits note Bayer has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 12 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 12 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 12 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours, earned days off program

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B+

Vacation note Bayer 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 4 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
Paid summer shutdown employees receive 8 days off during the summer months
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes

Employee Engagement & Performance A+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 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), truly exceptional performance rewarded through a formal awards dinner with senior management at a four-star location as well as through the special "President's Conference Club" event, where winning employees (and a guest) are treated to a getaway vacation at a resort location
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development A

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Unique training & development programs offers tuition subsidies to $7,000 for post-graduate courses that are related to an employee's current position, flexible career path options to encourage employees to gain a variety of job experiences within the company

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 2 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 547 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 328 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Coast to Coast Cancer Foundation, Toys for Tots, Ducks Unlimited, Habitat for Humanity, 4H Youth Ag Summit
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Along with matching charitable donations and paid volunteer time, each Bayer location supports a Charity Donations Committee that manages a budget and helps direct support at each location. The company's overall focus is on those whose needs are greatest in areas such as health, wellness, agriculture, science and innovation, and education.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Bayer was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2016):

  • In partnership with the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business, Bayer offers a 12-month "mini MBA" program that teaches participants to plan, develop and implement real-time projects in the context of the company's business, and includes work experience outside of participants' regular day-to-day
  • Bayer manages the "BIMS Global Program" to help develop the company's younger talent to take on senior leadership roles -- the program is an online business management simulator that allows participants to take on management roles within the organization, simulating seven fiscal years over a 5-month period
  • Summer students working at Bayer receive extensive one week training that includes themed evening activities, such as Luau, billiard party and Bermuda shorts night -- the company also oversees a student blog, allowing students to share their experience with others
Bayer employees capturing a celebratory moment in the company holiday party's photobooth


Industry Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Saskatoon SK, Regina SK, Calgary AB, Mississauga ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,639
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $3,500 in tuition subsidies per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives "Career Flexx" program provides employees with opportunities to explore different career options within the company

The Career Directory

Bayer has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.

Highlights for New Grads

Parent company Bayer AG
Parent company head office Leverkusen, Germany
Major Canadian hiring locations Saskatoon SK, Regina SK, Calgary AB, Mississauga ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,348
Part-time employees in Canada 17
Student opportunities 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 Scientific Affairs Liaison, Sales Representative, Marketing Coordinator, Clinical Research Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, Human Resources Coordinator, Drug Safety Assistant, Sales Coordinator, Customer Service Representative, Supply Chain Specialist, Law Clerk, Quality Assurance Associate, Sales Force Development Coordinator, Submission Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, Associate Brand Manager
Starting salary $50K to $55K
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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