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Labatt Breweries of Canada
Labatt Breweries employees kicking off the new year at the 2016 National Commercial Conference

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

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

  • Labatt Breweries head office employees work out of the renovated historic Terminal Building in the centre of Queen's Quay on Toronto's waterfront -- designed by renowned architect Eberhand Zeidler, the office features hotel spaces for visiting employees, a beer training facility and a 20,000 square foot John Labatt Hall that offers table hockey, dart boards, multiple big screen televisions, various board games and gaming consoles and Muskoka chairs overlooking Lake Ontario
  • One of North America's oldest and most recognized brewers, Labatt Breweries continues to grow and compete in an evolving industry, adding over 140 positions last year and recently expanding its popular product line through the acquisition of one of Ontario's most popular craft brewers
  • Along with a range of attractive financial benefits such as new employee referral bonuses, discounts on a variety of products and services (from travel to fitness club memberships) and a defined contribution pension plan, Labatt Breweries also offers interested employees the popular Labatt Beer Mastercard that comes pre-loaded with two cases each month
Labatt Breweries employees grow their product knowledge at the Labatt Beer School

Employer Background

Industry Breweries
Parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev
Parent company head office Leuven, Belgium
Major Canadian hiring locations St. John's NL, Edmonton AB, Halifax NS, Calgary AB, Winnipeg MB, Saskatoon SK, Creston BC, Vancouver BC, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, London ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Québec QC, Moncton NB
Full-time employees in Canada 3,143
Full-time employees worldwide 152,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 16%
Average age of employees in Canada 39
Longest serving employee 47 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office is located in the renovated historic Terminal Building (which was originally a warehouse) in the centre of Queen's Quay on Toronto's waterfront and offers stunning views of Lake Ontario, inside, the office features state-of-the-art telepresence rooms, a beer training facility, The Pub, a 20,000 square foot John Labatt Hall that features table hockey, dart boards, multiple big screen televisions, various board games and gaming consoles, Muskoka chairs overlooking the lake, hotel rooms for visiting employees, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, video games, pool table, foosball table, table hockey, board games, additional casual meeting room (called the idea room) complete with couches, computer and entertainment system
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga, pilates, boot camp, running clinics), weights, shower facilities, massage therapist, acupuncture, nutritionist, free bike tune-up clinic
Other nearby amenities Harbourfront Centre, fitness club, Martin Goodman Trail, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, 91-acre harbourfront park development with outdoor cafes, boardwalk, newly redesigned jogging and cycling paths, quick ferry ride to the Toronto Islands, Toronto's Island Airport, The Power Plant art gallery

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name Hops Committee and the Employee Engagement Committee (est. 1990)
Recent social events annual holiday party for employees and their families, monthly Stein Sessions in The Pub, golf, product brand events, foosball tournaments, hockey games, Halloween party and pumpkin carving contests
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working, concierge services available
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications Ideas Database, Speak-up

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

Financial benefits note Labatt 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 life & disability insurance
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance, low-interest home loans, cold beverages (including a pre-loaded Labatt Beer Mastercard, valued at two cases each month), depending on the position, some employees are eligible to receive referral bonuses (to $2,500) when they successfully recruit a new candidate, discounts on a variety of products and services, from VIA rail passes to lift tickets at Whistler to GoodLife fitness club memberships

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan note Labatt has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Waiting period for coverage 90 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, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Other health plan information health care spending account, health risk assessments, national flu clinic
Family-friendly benefits note Labatt has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 17 weeks
Adoption assistance subsidy up to $2,000 per child
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, compressed work week
Additional family-friendly information some employees receive maternity leave top-up payments to 85% of salary for 17 weeks, depending on their position

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B-

Vacation note Labatt has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 3 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 7 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave maximum 3 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 3 months
Additional time-off information salaried and management employees start with 3 weeks of paid vacation, new program lets employees buy (or sell) up to 1 week of vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance A+

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), "Cheers" national recognition program, "Ideas Process Awards" (60 employees with implemented suggestions are flown annually to a 3-day Ideas Showcase celebration), the "Owners Program Awards", a peer recognition award includes $2,500 training voucher, sporting and event ticket giveaways
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development B+

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 subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unique training & development programs tuition subsidy is $500 per course enrolled

Community Involvement A

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 7,000 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 100 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Walk for Breast Cancer, Walk or Wheel for Cancer, Wildfire Relief in Western Canada (the company's London brewery produces canned water for emergencies 1 day each year), Habitat for Humanity, Thames River Clean-up (London), numerous campaigns to encourage the use of designated drivers
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight To encourage employee involvement, Labatt matches up to 2 donations per year to a registered charity or non-profit organization of an employee or retiree's choice, to $2,000 per calendar year.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2017)

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

  • Labatt Breweries manages a comprehensive 16-week internship for university students which includes participation in "beer school", to learn how the company's products are made, day-to-day tasks of each department, access to a dedicated intern speaker series and an end-of-term project presentation to senior managers
  • Interns at Labatt Breweries are also assigned a mentor who is responsible for providing professional guidance, performance appraisals and support as they prepare for their final project presentation
  • Labatt Breweries created an expansive 10-month Global Management Trainee Program for undergraduate students -- the program includes rotations through various business segments and access to senior leaders, such as company zone presidents, vice presidents and other senior-level employees
  • Labatt Breweries maintains an active on-campus presence year-round through "Campus Champs" who facilitate participation and presence in hackathons, leadership panels, conferences, case competition sponsorships and career fair attendance
Labatt Breweries employees volunteering to clean up local riverbanks in Montréal, Québec

Highlights

Industry Breweries
Major Canadian hiring locations St. John's NL, Edmonton AB, Halifax NS, Calgary AB, Winnipeg MB, Saskatoon SK, Creston BC, Vancouver BC, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, London ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Québec QC, Moncton NB
Full-time employees in Canada 3,143
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 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives 12-week Brewery Development Program that includes exposure to brewing processes, operations, logistics and utilities departments, internships and co-op placements that range from 4, 12 or 16 months in length in a variety of departments such as sales, marketing, finance, people, IT, corporate affairs, trade marketing, logistics and supply

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Labatt Breweries of Canada was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2017):

  • Labatt Breweries' environmental program focuses on two key components, measurement and employee engagement -- the company measures water, heat, electricity and CO2 output at each brewery, and as a result, continually achieves significant reductions in water consumption, electricity use and total operating waste over the past decade
  • As a major brewer and part-owner of the The Beer Store and Brewers Distributors Limited, Labatt Breweries helped develop one of the earliest and most successful recycling and reuse programs in Canada, with models replicated by both public and private sector entities -- The Beer Store is also one of the very few retail chains to take back all the packaging it sells, 100 percent, including bottles, cans, cardboard, bottle caps, plastic rings and bags
  • At brewery locations across Canada, Labatt Breweries' employees volunteer with a number of public land clean-up initiatives, from Montréal employees helping clean-up Parc des Rapides to Edmonton employees helping to beautify parks along the North Saskatchewan River
Labatt Breweries employees prepare mulch for a Toronto corn maze on World Environment Day   (Photo credit: Andre Van Vugt)

Highlights

Industry Breweries
Major Canadian hiring locations St. John's NL, Edmonton AB, Halifax NS, Calgary AB, Winnipeg MB, Saskatoon SK, Creston BC, Vancouver BC, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, London ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Québec QC, Moncton NB
Full-time employees in Canada 3,143
Employee green team Environmental Committee
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Vice President, Supply, North America
Green highlights 3-day "Water Kaizen" event at its London and St. John's breweries to brainstorm water saving strategies, the "Six Sigma Black Belt" project to reduce water consumption by up to 17 percent during the packaging process, new $13 million treatment system and water filtration plant at Halifax brewery (produces cleaner wastewater and reduced energy costs)
Extended recycling as part-owner of the "The Beer Store" retail outlets, the company takes back bottles, cans, cardboard, bottle caps, plastic rings and plastic bags, established recycling and reuse targets for each of its breweries and works closely with suppliers
Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, walk to public transit, telecommuter workstations
In-house environmental audit yes
External environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Some of the green community initiatives United Nations World Environment Day and World Water Day (initiatives hosted worldwide through the Anheuser-Busch parent company), The Walrus Foundation, Western University (internship program for an environmental specialist), a number of public land clean-up initiatives with employees from brewery locations across Canada including Montréal employees clean-up of Parque des Rapides, St. John's employees volunteering to clean the Outer Cove Beach, and Edmonton employees helping to beautify parks along the North Saskatchewan River (to name a few)
Building footprint includes green roof, other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

Image © Concordia University

The Career Directory

Labatt Breweries of Canada has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Labatt Breweries employees at the onsite pub, the John Labatt Hall

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Breweries
Parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev
Parent company head office Leuven, Belgium
Major Canadian hiring locations St. John's NL, Edmonton AB, Halifax NS, Calgary AB, Winnipeg MB, Saskatoon SK, Creston BC, Vancouver BC, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, London ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Québec QC, Moncton NB
Full-time employees in Canada 3,143
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 Program Trainee, Specialist, Analyst, Sales Representative, Group Manager
Starting salary $55K to $60K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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