Novo Nordisk Canada Inc.
Novo Nordisk Canada employees warming up for the 2015 JDRF Ride for Diabetes

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

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

  • Novo Nordisk Canada maintains a long-term focus on employee development, offering a unique "Graduate Program" that provides MBA students with opportunities to study and work at various global locations for 8-month assignments, secondment opportunities that let employees "test" new jobs within the firm, and a dedicated "Women in Novo Nordisk" program to advance the career development of female employees
  • Novo Nordisk Canada and its employees manage a highly focused charitable program that is structured around the company's and employees' knowledge and skills, including the dedicated "Take Action!" program that encourages employees to volunteer on company time to support one of the company's primary business areas -- diabetes, hemophilia, women's health, and the environment
Barbara Pasternak, founder and chair of Diabetes Hope Foundation (centre), with Hazel McCallion, former mayor of Mississauga, and Lars Rebien Sørensen, Novo Nordisk global CEO celebrated the company's

Employer Background

Industry Pharmaceutical Preparation Manufacturing
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Novo Nordisk A/S
Major Canadian hiring locations Mississauga ON
Full-time employees in Canada 285
Part-time employees in Canada 2
Full-time employees worldwide 41,500
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 6%
Average age of employees in Canada 43
Longest serving employee 34 years

Physical Workplace B+

Commuter amenities free parking
Workplace features interior office space was designed with feedback from the company's "Move Team", which was comprised of representatives from all departments and business areas, workplace features an onsite deli and restaurant (serving Starbucks coffee), complimentary healthy lunches, 24/7 concierge and security service, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, reading materials and magazines
Snacks available daily fruit baskets with apples, oranges, plums, peaches, bananas and pears
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) free membership, onsite fitness facility is a shared-use facility (includes a variety of fitness equipment and shower facilities)
Other nearby amenities Centennial Park Recreation Centre, golf course, fitness club, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Sherway Gardens mall, nearby walking and jogging trails

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name My Novo Nordisk Social Committee (est. 1991)
Recent social events My Novo Nordisk Gala Crystal Ball for employees and their spouses, "Sundae" ice cream days, product launch events, employee Wii video game competitions, annual employee summer barbecue, overnight departmental meetings and celebrations hosted at destinations such as Québec City and Niagara Falls
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, music while working, concierge services available
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications annual national sales meeting (head office staff also attend)

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

Financial benefits note Novo Nordisk has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings matching RSP
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $4,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home internet

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
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage option up to 70 years of age
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) $2,500 per lifetime
Fitness club subsidy $200 each year
Family-friendly benefits note Novo Nordisk has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 4 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 4 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 21 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, academic scholarships of up to $2,500 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B+

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 5 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 6 days off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months

Employee Engagement & Performance B

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 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, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), "Applause Program Points" to enable peer-to-peer recognition, sales awards, including Circle of Excellence (winner receives a 5-day getaway with their significant other), President's Cup, District Representative of the Year, retention bonuses (up to $20K)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months

Training & Skills Development B+

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
Financial bonuses for course completions yes
Unique training & development programs Global Graduate Program to provide MBA students with an opportunity to study and work at various global locations for 8-month rotations, secondment opportunities that let employees "test" new jobs within the firm, dedicated "Women in Novo Nordisk" program to advance the career development of female employees

Community Involvement A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 600 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 9 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Canadian Diabetes Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Canadian Hemophilia Society Research Program, University of Alberta and University of Western Ontario (diabetes grants), and funding for local sports teams (employees can apply for up to $800 in support)
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Novo Nordisk's primary areas of charitable focus include health and therapeutic related issues (such as diabetes and haematology) as well as social (women's health) and environmental initiatives. As part of its charitable program, the company partners with the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association to deliver the educational program "Everyone Jump... Kids Changing Diabetes" in order to build awareness and knowledge of physical activity and healthy eating as a means of diabetes prevention.

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