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Bayer employees from the Pharma team   (Photo credit: Christine Buijs)

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

Here are some of the reasons why Bayer was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017), Ten Best Companies to Work For (2016) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017):

  • Bayer cultivates an ownership culture through a share purchase plan, available to all employees -- additionally, the organization offers a range of additional financial benefits, including signing bonuses for some employees, year-end bonuses for all and referral bonuses of up to $3,000
  • Bayer helps employees prepare for the future with contributions to a matching RSP plan and defined contribution pension (depending on their position), retirement planning assistance and health benefits that extend to retirees (with no age limit)
  • As part of the company's charitable program, Bayer supports a number of local, national and international organizations each year and encourages employees to get active in their local communities by providing paid time off to volunteer
Bayer employees hold up their commitments to the company's behaviours   (Photo credit: Michael Tenaglia)

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 1,522
Part-time employees in Canada 49
Full-time employees worldwide 117,400
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 14.3%
Average age of employees in Canada 42.7
Longest serving employee 43 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features prior to moving to its 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, workplace features a 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, 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, cheese and veggie platters often provided for meetings
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (includes lunch hour classes, yoga, cross-fit, bootcamp, body sculpt, body pump), 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 Bayer Club (est. 1995)
Recent social events annual summer family barbecue, Calgary Stampede barbecue (Bayer CropScience), annual children's Christmas party, head office employees host a Tuesday morning shinny game (the Bayer team has also won the Canadian Pharmaceutical Hockey Tournament multiple times), fun celebrations to recognize important causes such as Vision Health Month and World Hemophilia Day, Toys for Tots, Wear Plaid for Father's Day and Movember in November (in support of Prostate Cancer Canada)
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 Bayer News Network (in-house television network with TVs located throughout the head office), informal monthly breakfasts with the CEO as well as CEO lunchtime sessions

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, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) 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 auto lease rates, subsidized home internet, 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, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Wellness spending account up to $400 each year
Family-friendly benefits note Bayer has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $15,000 per lifetime
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, academic scholarships of up to $3,500 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, reduced summer hours

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 5 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 maximum 12 months

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 recipients (and a guest) are treated to a getaway vacation at a resort location (employees also receive a generous budget plus an extra 5 vacation days)
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 apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unique training & development programs tuition subsides of up to $3,500 for undergraduate studies and up to $7,000 for graduate courses related to their current position, as part of a formal Development Dialogues program, employees identify their strengths and areas of development and are encouraged to maintain flexibility as their careers evolve, including following flexible career path options 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 613 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 130 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Health Partners International of Canada, United Way, Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, Kids Help Phone, Prostrate Cancer Canada, Daily Bread Food Bank, Toys for Tots, Alzheimer Society of Toronto
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 (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Bayer was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017):

  • Bayer manages the Bayer International Management Simulation Global Program to develop the company's younger employees for leadership roles -- the program allows participants to take on management roles through an online simulator, replicating 7 fiscal years over a 4-month period
  • In partnership with the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus, Bayer offers 12-month internships to students enrolled in the Masters of Management of Innovation program -- the internship is geared towards students with a background in science and technology and provides opportunities to gain pharmaceutical industry experience
  • Summer students working at Bayer receive extensive week-long training that includes themed evening activities such as a Luau, a billiard party and a Bermuda Shorts party -- the company also oversees a student blog, allowing students to share their experience with others
Bayer employees


Industry Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Saskatoon SK, Regina SK, Calgary AB, Mississauga ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,522
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives 4-month Experiential Summer Internship to attract and develop young talent before they enter the job market, offering opportunities in marketing, finance, sales administration, quality assurance and communications (to name a few), short-term work exchange assignments with the company's China office, opportunities to meet the CEO over informal breakfast and lunch sessions

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