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

Here are some of the reasons why Monsanto Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2016) and Manitoba's Top Employers (2016):

  • Monsanto Canada is a private sector leader in providing generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new mothers (including adoptive mothers), to 90% of salary for 26 weeks, and offers a generous subsidy for in vitro fertilization (IVF) when needed, to $15,000
  • Monsanto Canada helps employees balance their working and personal lives through a variety of flexible work arrangements, including shortened and compressed work week options, telecommuting and reduced summer hours -- new employees also enjoy three weeks of paid vacation, moving to four weeks after only three years on-the-job
  • Monsanto Canada maintains the longstanding "Monsanto Fund" (established in 1964) to help fund basic education programs in farming communities around the world -- the company also encourages employees to be active in their communities with paid time off to volunteer, matching financial contributions (to $500 annually) and financial donations to the charities where they donate their time ($250 for every 20 volunteer hours)

Employer Background

Industry Research and Development in the Life Sciences
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Monsanto Company
Parent company head office St. Louis, MO, USA
Full-time employees in Canada 388
Part-time employees in Canada 29
Full-time employees worldwide 22,078
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 25%
Average age of employees in Canada 39
Longest serving employee 35 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features the head office is located in the University of Manitoba's "Smartpark", which is home to other research and development companies, workplace includes walking paths, onsite yoga classes ($60 for 12 classes with proceeds to the United Way), convenient access to the University of Manitoba (with discounted fitness club memberships on campus, including full facilities as well as an indoor soccer field and tennis court just steps away), telecommuter workstations, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, video games
Snacks available ice cream on Fridays in the summer months, regular summer barbecues, Keurig coffee and hot chocolate
Other nearby amenities Waverly Heights Community Centre, Investors Group Field, fitness club, Maple Grove Park, King's Park, Red River walking and biking trails (withing walking distance), daycare, restaurants, shopping mall

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Employee social committee name employee committees formed for various events throughout the year
Recent social events evening Christmas party for employees and their partners (includes a dinner and a dance), children's Christmas party (complete with gifts, games, entertainment, food and a visit from Santa), United Way fundraising barbecues every second Friday during the summer months, co-ed winter hockey team participates in the annual Grain Challenge Hockey Tournament, annual Golden Ball golf tournament in the summer, open to all employees
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box

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, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
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 20 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
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, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $15,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 90% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 90% of salary for 9 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 90% of salary for 26 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 90% of salary for 26 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Additional family-friendly information compassionate leave top-up duration is determined on an as needed basis

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

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 4 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Unpaid leave of absence option yes

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), recognition awards range from gift cards to spa passes to majorsporting event tickets, including NHL and CFL games
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 3 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development

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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $10,000 in tuition subsidies per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $10,000 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 2 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 467 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 60 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Agriculture in the Classroom (Manitoba), Brush Up Winnipeg, Hammer for Hope, MS Bike-a-Thon, Siloam Mission, Community Harvest (food banks in Ontario), ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge, Canadian Food Grains Bank, Manitoba Curling Association
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight The company's charitable focus includes five primary areas: hunger and nutrition; sustainability; agriculture awareness; rural and youth leadership; and farm safety. The company also manages the "Monsanto Fund" (established in 1964) to help fund basic education programs in farming communities around the world, including supporting schools, libraries, science centers, farmer training programs and non-profit organizations that help with food security, sanitation, access to clean water, public safety and other local needs.

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

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

  • Monsanto Canada established a diversity sub-committee of its Canadian leadership team in 2013 and recently created an Employee Diversity and Inclusion Council, responsible for providing advice and recommendations on related initiatives, finding new ways to address issues that may be impacting diversity, and initiating actions to contribute to greater diversity and inclusion
  • One of Monsanto Canada's primary goals is to recruit, develop and retain female employees -- the company provides developmental assignments and projects to high potential female employees, measures the effectiveness of related initiatives and reviews progress on a quarterly basis
  • Monsanto Canada maintains a Women in Breeding Network, which focuses on women in science careers, and offers employees opportunities to participate in American chapters of employee resource groups, such as the Young Professionals Network, Access Network, for employees with disabilities, and Encompass, for LGBT employees


Industry Research and Development in the Life Sciences
Full-time employees in Canada 388
Workforce representation female employees (45 %), female managers (22 %), women
Employee resource groups Women in Breeding Network (women in science careers), American ERGs include the Young Professionals Network, Access Network (disabilities), Encompass (LGBT)
Formal commitment global diversity council, employee diversity and inclusion council
Unique diversity initiatives supplier diversity program, diversity website, signatory to the "Equality is Our Business" pledge in support of diversity and inclusion for all

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