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Labatt Breweries of Canada
Labatt Breweries employees grow their knowledge of beer at a company workshop

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

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

  • 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
  • Labatt Breweries celebrates employee innovation from all levels of the company through a unique "Ideas Process Awards" program -- approximately 60 employees with implemented suggestions are flown annually to a three-day "Ideas Showcase" celebration
  • 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 preparing flats of emergency drinking water for donation to flood victims
Labatt Breweries employees on Be(er) Responsible Day
Labatt Breweries employees gearing up for the Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 200km cycling event supporting Canadian cancer research

Employer Background

Industry Breweries
Parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev
Full-time employees in Canada 3,000
Full-time employees worldwide 150,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 14%
Average age of employees in Canada 39
Longest serving employee 46 years

Physical Workplace

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, 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 (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, and jogging and cycling paths, quick ferry ride to the Toronto Islands, Toronto's Island Airport, The Power Plant art gallery

Work Atmosphere & Communications

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, World Cup Soccer celebrations
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications Ideas Database, Speak-up

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 life & disability insurance
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance, 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

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
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), health care spending account, health risk assessments, national flu clinic
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, academic scholarships of up to $2,000 per child
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

Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
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 three weeks of paid vacation, new program lets employees buy (or sell) up to one week of vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance

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

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

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 4,375 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 200 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported The Walrus Foundation, campaigns to encourage the use of designated drivers
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight To encourage employee involvement, Labatt matches up to two donations per year to a registered charity or non-profit organization of an employee or retirees choice, to $2,000 per calendar year.

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

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

  • Labatt Breweries manages a comprehensive 16-week internship program for university students, which includes participation in "beer school", to learn how the company's products are made, a tour of the London-based brewery, day-to-day tasks of each department and access to Labatt's speaker series
  • 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 employees assist in the construction of a new maze on Centre Island in Toronto, Ontario
Labatt Breweries employees developing leadership at a national conference

Highlights

Industry Breweries
Full-time employees in Canada 3,000
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-month Global MBA Program for high potential employees, 12-week Brewery Development Program that includes full exposure to the brewing processes, operations, logistics and utilities departments

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Labatt Breweries of Canada was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2016):

  • Labatt Breweries' environmental program focuses on two key components, measurement and employee engagement -- the company measures water, heat, electricity and CO2 output at each location, and as a result, reduced its water consumption by 40 percent since 2006, electricity use by 3 percent since 2006 and total operating waste by 66 percent since 2005
  • 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 re-use programs in Canada, with models replicated by both public and private sector entities -- The Beer Store is also one of the very few retailers to take back all the packaging it sells, including bottles, cans, cardboard, bottle caps, plastic rings and bags
  • Labatt Breweries encourages employees to participate in an annual World Environment Day facility competition, which is designed to inspire ever more water conservation practices, including the "Find-Fix-Save" employee challenge to save water usage at work and the "Best of the Beards" competition to encourage water conservation at home
Labatt Breweries employees joined Héritage Laurentien to clean up the Parc des Rapides in Montreal, Quebec
Labatt Breweries employees helped to clean up the beaches in Toronto

Highlights

Full-time employees in Canada 3,000
Formal employee "green team" yes
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Vice President, Supply, North America
Unique green initiatives "Find-Fix-Save" employee challenge (to save water usage at work) and the "Best of the Beards" competition (to encourage water conservation at home)
In-house waste reduction and recycling as part-owner of the The Beer Store and Brewers Distributors Limited, the company takes back all the packaging it sells, including bottles, cans, cardboard, bottle caps, plastic rings and plastic bags
Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
In-house environmental audit yes
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green community initiatives United Nations World Environment Day and World Water Day (initiatives hosted worldwide through the Anheuser-Busch parent company) the Dash 4 Trash clean-up in Creston, British Columbia, the Thames River Clean-up and a four-year tree planting and park beautification program in London, a number of other public land clean-up initiatives in Halifax, Montréal and Edmonton
Building footprint includes other building accreditation (BOMA etc.)

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.

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Breweries
Parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev
Full-time employees in Canada 3,000
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
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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