Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 6, 2016)
Here are some of the reasons why Mosaic Company, The was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2017):
- Mosaic helps employees build their skills through a variety of in-house training options and generous tuition subsidies for courses directly related to their positions (up to $10,000)
- Varying by employee group Mosaic employees share in a range of excellent financial benefits including a defined contribution pension program, matching RSP contributions, year-end bonuses, new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,000) and profit sharing for salaried positions -- the company also offers retirement planning assistance services for all employees
- Mosaic ensured that architects consulted directly with employees in the design of their new head offices in downtown Regina -- the modern head office is located on the top 4 floors of one of the tallest and newest buildings in Regina, complete with a rooftop patio and a theatre-style conference centre and convenient access to a shared-use fitness facility
Mosaic digs out opportunity for talented employees
Senior Engineer Grant Shaver started at The Mosaic Company as a co-op student while studying Industrial Systems Engineering at the University of Regina. His first permanent position was in Mosaic's Research and Development group. Since then he's worked on projects across all the company's potash sites, including leading development of the Process Engineering team at Mosaic's Belle Plaine mine.
"Our team looked after everything from underground mining right through to shipment in rail cars and all of the complexities between those two points," says Shaver, adding that his many and varied work assignments have "always been interesting and challenging."
He's worked on projects at two different types of mines -- solution and conventional. And he's been a part of several different cross-functional teams, not to mention completing his MBA with company support.
Shaver's career path is not just happy coincidence. According to Bruce Bodine, Senior Vice President - Potash, ensuring that high-performing employees are given opportunities to take on new assignments is a priority for Mosaic, whose global headquarters are located in Plymouth, Minnesota.
Before coming to Canada from Plymouth last year, Bodine led Mosaic's supply chain team. Prior to that, he spent more than a decade working in the phosphate business in Florida.
"The company's been very good to me," Bodine says. His professional moves have given him a sense of "cultural differences, opportunities and best practices from one location to another."
Now, as one of the executive sponsors of a company-wide engagement survey slated for June, Bodine is visiting Mosaic's Saskatchewan facilities, holding coffee and conversation sessions with employees to answer questions and hear about opportunities and challenges facing the business.
In a province where potash is a key part of the economy, Mosaic also makes it a priority to invest back in the communities where employees live and work, including a major partnership with the Roughriders football team. Last spring, the company held an open house for 700 employees and guests at historic Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field.
"Many of our employees are tremendous fans and care very deeply about the team," says Bodine. There were events for families, a behind-the-scenes tour including the locker room, and a chance to spend time on the field and meet some players.
The event was such a success that it will be repeated this spring at the brand new Mosaic Stadium.