Mars Incorporated
Mars Canada employees are welcome to bring their pets into the workplace each day

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

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

  • Mars Canada helps employees raise their families through maternity and parental leave top-ups for new moms and dads, a generous post-secondary scholarship program for children of employees (to $7,000 per scholarship) and a summer jobs program for employees' children, with over 25 kids hired last summer
  • In addition to making a complete line of pet food, Mars Canada "walks the walk" by supporting employees with four-legged loved ones through a pets at work (or PAWS) policy that includes a dedicated doggie courtyard for when employees bring their best friend to work
  • Mars Canada starts new employees with three weeks of paid vacation along with the option to purchase up to 5 additional days -- long-serving employees move up to a maximum of six weeks of paid vacation
Mars Canada employees hosted a bake sale to raise funds for the Pedigree Adoption Drive, supporting dog shelters and adoption services across the country

Employer Background

Industry Food Manufacturing
Parent company Mars Inc.
Major Canadian hiring locations Bolton ON, Newmarket ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 480
Part-time employees in Canada 199
Full-time employees worldwide 74,200
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 7%
Average age of employees in Canada 43
Longest serving employee 31 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, free parking
Workplace features interior designed with employee feedback includes open concept offices with no walls and doors and workstations of the same size (regardless of position), workplace features a doggie courtyard in support of its pet friendly policies, newly developed organic garden beds for employees to use freely for growing their own vegetables (company provides all planting and gardening equipment), phone-free quiet room, internet kiosks for manufacturing employees, outdoor courtyard with wireless access, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, foosball table
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, subsidized meals
Snacks available fresh fruit weekly and chocolate treats (of course)
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, instructor-led classes (yoga, tabaca), weights, shower facilities, outdoor basketball and beach volleyball courts, outdoor walking track
Other nearby amenities fitness club, Bruce Trail (midway on the Niagara Escarpment trail that reaches from Niagara Falls to Tobermory on Georgian Bay) and numerous parks nearby along the trail, daycare, restaurants

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name Intramural Committee and the PAWS Committee (est. 1986)
Recent social events PAW's Day (fundraising activities for employees and their pets), holiday party during the Christmas season for employees' children, free family movie passes for the Family Day holiday, a year-end celebration for all employees, annual open house event for family members that includes a tour of the chocolate factory, intramural soccer, basketball and volleyball games, fun "Burger Wars" summer event where employee teams compete to make the best burger
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working, can bring pets to work when needed
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

Financial Benefits & Compensation B

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
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 discounted products (including chocolate bars), free membership for personal credit monitoring service (Equifax)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 40 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage option up to 65 years of age
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)
Fitness club subsidy $200 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 13 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits academic scholarships of up to $7,000 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information summer job program for employees' children (over 25 hired last summer)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information option to purchase additional vacation days through payroll deductions (up to five additional days each year)

Employee Engagement & Performance A+

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, "Make the Difference Award" program to recognize outstanding employee innovation and initiative (individual and group winners also have the chance to travel to New York for the company's "North American Regional Awards" and then to Washington DC for the chance to compete for the company's coveted "Global Award")
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 A

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives 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 two dedicated training weeks each year that include a variety of courses on business strategy, project management, financial analysis and management

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 3,000 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 50 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Caledon Community Services (food bank expansion), COPE Service Dogs, SPCA and the Humane Society (pet adoption), and cocoa sustainability initiatives (from school construction to donating books for a library)
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight As part of its charitable giving program, Mars Canada and its employees have targeted three primary areas of giving, including hunger and nutrition, responsible pet ownership and sustainable cocoa farming practices.

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