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Lundbeck Canada Inc.
Lundbeck Canada employees supporting mental health at Clara's Big Ride in Toronto, Ontario

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

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)
Lundbeck Canada employees walk during the Light the Night Walk in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada
Lundbeck Canada employees cycled on the Lundbeck Stars cycling team at the Endbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer
Lundbeck Canada employees volunteering together at a holiday drive for the Women's Centre of Montreal

Employer Background

Industry Pharmaceuticals
Publicly traded yes
Parent company H. Lundbeck A/S
Parent company head office Montreal, QC
Full-time employees in Canada 223
Part-time employees in Canada 3
Full-time employees worldwide 6,151
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 3%
Average age of employees in Canada 44
Longest serving employee 20 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features library with scientific periodicals and magazines, cafés, all-weather access to restaurants and shops through Montréal's underground city, BIXI shared bike station within walking distance, located in the city's tallest building (known as "Le 1000") the building features a full-size indoor ice rink, fitness facility and convenient access to the city's Métro system, all employees have the choice between a parking or transit reimbursement, telecommuter workstations, self-serve lunchroom
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, computer in lounge area available for personal use
Snacks available free snacks during special events
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) shared facility with other building tenants which offers discounted membership rates for building tenants
Other nearby amenities Bell Centre, Atrium Le 1000, fitness club, Dorchester Square, Place du Canada, St. Patrick Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Place Bonaventure, Galerie Place Ville Marie

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Employee social committee name company lunches, Christmas celebrations, annual Halloween costume competition, Christmas dinner celebration, summer family day (past events including trips to the zoo and go-karting)
Cultural aspects business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working, concierge services available
Employee communications intranet site, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications departmental team-building events, annual national sales meeting for all employees

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 retirement planning assistance, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home internet

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 21 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy), $500 physical activity benefit, recently created an in-house Mental Health Committee
Fitness club subsidy $500 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 15 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 15 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

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 holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 4 days off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 1 personal day off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information duration of unpaid leaves of absence are determined on a case-by-case basis

Employee Engagement & Performance

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, gifts for all at Christmas ( from gift cards to designer purses and wallets to Nespresso coffee machines) as well as at the National Sales Meeting (from Fitbit monitors to JBL speaker systems to Apple TV)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 24 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, in-house training, online 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
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Financial bonuses for course completions yes

Community Involvement

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 1 paid day)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 450 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 45 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Mental Health Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, Les Impatients, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, University of British Columbia, Laval University Foundation, Jewish General Hospital, Canadian Mental Health Association, to name only a few
Community highlight Lundbeck Canada's charitable focus is designed to build on its employees skills and expertise with a primary focus on healthcare organizations with a primary focus on central nervous system (CNS) disorders and oncology. The company was a proud sponsor with Bell Canada and Olympian Clara Hughes of the "Clara's Big Ride" campaign to raise awareness and encourage open dialogue about mental health issues in the community.

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