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Medtronic of Canada Ltd.
Medtronic employees at the company's Diversity and Inclusion Fair

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

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

  • Medtronic supports new mothers, fathers and adoptive parents with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 100% for the first 2 weeks followed by a 90% top-up for an additional 15 weeks) and recently introduced a flexible health plan that lets employees tailor coverage to suit their evolving needs as they progress through their careers
  • Medtronic encourages employees and their immediate family members to keep fit with free access to a fully-equipped fitness facility that features 20 hours of instructor-led fitness classes each week, from pilates to spinning to weights
  • Medtronic also encourages ongoing learning through a variety of in-house training initiatives as well as generous tuition subsidies (to $6,000) for courses taken at outside institutions
Medtronic employees collaborating on a Lean Six Sigma project to enhance patient experience

Employer Background

Industry Electromedical Apparatus Manufacturing
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Medtronic, plc
Parent company head office Dublin, Ireland
Major Canadian hiring locations Brampton ON, Mississauga ON, Montréal QC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 700
Part-time employees in Canada 18
Full-time employees worldwide 86,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 5%
Average age of employees in Canada 45
Longest serving employee 38 years

Physical Workplace A+

Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, free parking
Workplace features designed with employee feedback in mind, the suburban LEED Silver certified head office boasts many environmentally-friendly features, including a non-toxic VOC-free interior, a photo-cell daylight harvesting system, and a reflective 'white' roof to help reduce air-conditioning needs, workplace also features bike racks for cyclists, telecommuter workstations, religious observance room, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, books and magazine selection, first aid room, "flex-room" for breaks, personal phone calls and casual meetings, espresso and cappuccino machines on each floor, in-house original art collection
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals, outdoor eating area with barbecue
Snacks available free snacks are made available at the end of every quarter, including fresh pastries and other treats
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, instructor-led classes (pilates, spinning, zumba, cardio wave, step stress release (over 20 hours of classes each week)), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, guest passes for family members, free towel service, blow dryer, curling iron and other toiletries available
Other nearby amenities Meadowvale Community Centre and Meadowvale Sports Park, fitness club, Leslie Trail Park, Meadowvale Conservation Area, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, two golf courses within a 5 minute drive

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name Medtronic Social Committee (est. 1974)
Recent social events Easter Egg Hunt, Christmas parties for employees (hosted at a pub that's rented for the occassion), a separate Christmas party for employees' children and grandchildren, annual "Diversity and Inclusion Multicultural Fair", Mississauga Marathon running team, summer baseball family day
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter

Financial Benefits & Compensation A

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, matching RSP
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,500) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home internet, interest-free computer purchase loan, corporate rates for hotels and car rentals

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B+

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 19 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, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy), in response to employee feedback and internal analysis on how health benefits were being used, the company recently switched over to a fully-flexible health benefits plan that allows employee to adjust coverage to align with their changing needs
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 2 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 90% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 90% of salary for 15 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 90% of salary for 15 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, academic scholarships of up to $1,000 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information new fathers and adoptive parents receive a 100 percent top-up for the 2 week waiting period at the start of their parental leave, employees also receive a 100 percent top-up for the first 2 weeks of an 8-week compassionate leave

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 7 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information flexible policy regarding sick days (time off is determined on a case-by-case basis by need), depending on their level, some employees start with 4 weeks of paid vacation

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, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), "Recognize!" program to acknowledge exceptional performance and award points for gifts (from sporting goods to travel vouchers), "President's Club" for sales employees (includes a trip with the President, valued at $10K), "REACH" program that gives non-sales employees an opportunity to win a trip with the President, stock options for exceptional performance
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 apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $6,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $6,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Unique training & development programs job shadowing, inter-departmental training sessions

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 5 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 1,300 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 United Way, Soap for Hope (in-house initiative providing toiletries to homeless shelters), Adopt a Family, Alzheimer Society of Canada, Canadian Cancer Society, Maritime Heart Centre, Walrus Foundation
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight The company regularly surveys employees regarding their preferences for charitable giving. In addition, employees recently formed their own "Philanthropy Club" in support of employee-led community initiatives -- the group has 16 members who help organize and expand the options for employee giving.

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Medtronic of Canada Ltd. was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016):

  • Medtronic maintains a diversity and inclusion coalition, which monitors the hiring and advancement of female and visible minority employees -- the organization also reviews its diversity and inclusion strategy on an annual basis
  • In 2013, Medtronic launched a newcomer mentorship program to help employees who are new Canadians better understand the work culture at the company and in Canada -- Medtronic also partners with ACCES Employment and COSTI to recruit internationally educated professionals and recognizes foreign credentials
Medtronic employees participating in the company's Diversity and Inclusion Fair


Industry Electromedical Apparatus Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Brampton ON, Mississauga ON, Montréal QC, Vancouver BC
Full-time employees in Canada 700
Workforce representation female employees (57 %), female managers (52 %), disabilities, women, visible minorities, LGBT, new diversity site on intranet, intercultural competency development action plans, employee celebrations of cultural events, such as Chinese New Year and Black History Month, newcomer mentorship program
Employee resource groups Women's Network, Global Medtronic Triangle Alliance (LGBT employees), Muslims for Carrying out the Medtronic Mission, Awareness Benefitting Leadership and Employees about Disabilities, Medtronic Latin Cultures Network
Formal commitment diversity and inclusion coalition, global office of workplace inclusion
Diversity community partnerships ACCES Employment (new Canadians), COSTI Immigrant Services

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