Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 8, 2015)
Here are some of the reasons why Lundbeck Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) and Montreal's Top Employers (2016):
- Lundbeck Canada manages a focused charitable program that is built around its employees' skills and expertise with a primary focus on mental health -- along with its recent support for Canadian Olympian, Clara Hughes and Bell Canada's "Clara's Big Ride" campaign to encourage open dialogue about mental health issues in the community, the company recently set-up its own in-house Mental Health Committee to ensure that dialogue can happen internally
- Lundbeck Canada is a research-based company that encourages employees to continue their professional and personal development with with in-house training programs and tuition subsidies for courses directly related to their job (to 100% of tuition) and programs of broader interest to the individual employee (to $1,000 annually)
- Along with a fun social calendar with activities for employees and their families, Lundbeck Canada's sales employees gather for their annual sales meeting at different locations around the world (the company has operations in over 55 countries worldwide)
Improving patient lives is mission number one at Lundbeck
When interviewing for Lundbeck Canada back in 2012, I was instantly drawn by the bright people, their team spirit and the company's vision," says Stéphanie Sauvageau.
With good reason. Based in Montreal, Lundbeck has been active in the Canadian pharmaceutical industry for almost two decades, marketing products for the treatment of brain diseases and oncology. Through research, development, education, and partnerships with other companies and patient organizations, Lundbeck employees are improving the quality of life for people living with brain diseases and cancer.
"Lundbeck employees are very passionate about their work and the customers they serve. Everyone is very competent and cross-functional collaboration is high," explains Sauvageau, Scientific Advisor and MSL Manager, Oncology.
The company is committed to the personal development of its employees, fostering their careers and promoting internally as much as possible. Sauvageau knows this first hand, as she has been promoted twice since joining Lundbeck, holding both regional customer-facing and national strategic internal roles. The company has a range of global talent and leadership development programs in place to support the career path of employees.
Lundbeck is extremely customer-centric, focusing intensely on its relationships with both healthcare professionals and patients, according to Domenic Maccarone, Senior Director, Sales. The company, he says, is constantly thinking about how to better support these customers.
"We have made changes to our sales network to focus more on our relationships with doctors, psychiatrists, nurses and pharmacists," says Maccarone. "To support their needs, new sales teams have been created which include account managers as key points of contact to centralize and simplify communication."
The sales force also uses Lundbeck's internal social network to collaborate, share success stories and provide insights and tips.
And the company encourages staff to get involved with the local community and supports their charitable fundraising and volunteering. Employees have participated in Ride to Conquer Cancer and Ride for Mental Health from Montreal to Quebec City, as well as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada's annual Light the Night Walk in Montreal and other provinces.
"A Lundbeck initiative which has a deep impact on me is when former patients are invited to the head office to tell their personal stories about battling cancer or mental illnesses and how our medication helps," says Sauvageau "It is incredibly moving as we get to see who we are really working for and the significant difference our company makes in their lives."
There was also a recent sales team building exercise packing food and toiletries for "Dans la Rue", a local charity for homeless youth. And a group of sales employees volunteered to do gardening for the Psychiatry Department of the Royal Victoria Hospital, affiliated with McGill University, as green spaces help with the therapy of patients.
Even though there are times when the workload is high, Lundbeck promotes a healthy work-life balance. It supports and encourages employees to work remotely from home and to adjust their work schedule to be more flexible.
The company's work-life balance philosophy is also influenced by the mental health program "Harmoniske?" that was launched last year. Championed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and based on psychological health and safety standards, the program provides Lundbeck with a framework to reduce the risk associated with mental health issues and promote positive well-being practices in the workplace.
The company also offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package including health and dental coverage and retirement and savings options.
"Lundbeck has a special culture due to our dedicated staff," Maccarone says. "We do meaningful work which is enriching and makes us feel good about the company."
This article appeared in the magazine announcing this year's Canada's Top 100 Employers winners, published November 9, 2015 in The Globe and Mail. This article was prepared with the financial support of the employer, which did not write or edit its contents.