Sandoz Canada Inc.
Sandoz Canada employees on the Ride For Life team

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Sandoz Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and Montreal's Top Employers (2017):

  • Sandoz Canada helps employees prepare for the future with matching RSP contributions, a defined contribution pension plan, retirement planning workshops and phased-in work options
  • In addition to three weeks of starting vacation allowance, Sandoz Canada employees receive up to five days of paid shutdown during the winter holidays
  • Sandoz Canada employees can take advantage of a variety of alternative work arrangements, including flexible hours, shortened and compressed work weeks and telecommuting
Sandoz Canada employees taking part in a soccer tournament

Employer Background

Industry Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Novartis
Parent company head office Holzkirchen, Germany
Major Canadian hiring locations Boucherville QC
Full-time employees in Canada 883
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 6%
Average age of employees in Canada 42
Longest serving employee 39.5 years

Physical Workplace B+

Commuter amenities transit subsidies, free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features Sandoz Canada's Boucherville facilities include a dedicated production centre and office buildings which feature onsite nurseries (with a full-time nurse), subsidized yoga classes, a charging station for electric cars,, telecommuter workstations, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, subsidized meals
Other nearby amenities fitness club, Parc National des Iles de Boucherville, daycare, restaurants, theatre, amusement park/summer camp for children

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name Club Social (est. 2005)
Recent social events alpine skiing, trip to an amusement park, children's Christmas party, Christmas dinner, NHL tickets, the company's 10th anniversary celebrations
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications Sandoz TV network played throughout each of the company's buildings

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

Financial benefits note Sandoz Canada 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 defined-contribution (DC) pension, 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 (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $1,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounted company products, Dell equipment purchasing program

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits B

Health plan note Sandoz Canada has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 50% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 21 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)
Family-friendly benefits note Sandoz Canada has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $16,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 15 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 75% of salary for 15 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, daycare centre onsite
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), compressed work week, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information in addition to the Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP), Sandoz offers 5 paid days at 100% of salary at the end of maternity/parental leave and offers new fathers 5 paid days at birth or adoption of child

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B+

Vacation note Sandoz Canada has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 8 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 5 days off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 1 personal day off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 4 personal days off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information some employees start with 4 weeks of paid vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 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, long-service awards, President Award program
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 4 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 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, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of non-related tuition per year
Unique training & development programs international assignments

Community Involvement B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
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 4,200 hours last year
Some of the community organizations supported Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (28 employees rode 600km as part to fhe Ride For Life fundraiser), Cetraide of Greater Montréal
Community highlight Sandoz encourages employees to get involved in the community and donate time from their work day through an annual two-week "Community Partnership" initiative to support local organizations.

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