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Sanofi Canada
Sanofi Canada employees at the National Sales Conference

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

Here are some of the reasons why Sanofi Canada was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016) and Montreal's Top Employers (2016):

  • Sanofi Canada recently moved into a new LEED certified head office, which was built with significant employee feedback -- the new office features an employee lounge, a number of collaborative workspaces, "innovation" rooms to inspire employees and stimulate creativity and a quiet library space
  • Sanofi Canada cultivates an ownership culture through a share purchase plan, available to all employees, and offers a variety of financial benefits including signing bonuses for some, year-end bonuses for all and referral bonuses of up to $2,000)
  • Sanofi Canada supports employees who are new mothers or fathers with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 100% of salary for 18 weeks) and offers alternative work arrangements to help them transition to their new roles as parents
Sanofi Canada employees enjoying the company's annual summer barbecue

Employer Background

Industry Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Sanofi
Parent company head office Paris, France
Major Canadian hiring locations Laval QC
Full-time employees in Canada 460
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 1.7%
Average age of employees in Canada 47
Longest serving employee 36.5 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities car-pool sign-up program, free parking, subsidized parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features new LEED certified head office, custom built based on significant employee feedback, features dedicated parking for electric cars, a waterfall wall in the entrance, an open concept layout to encourage collaboration, transparency and innovation, "innovation rooms" on each floor, designed to inspire employees with different and unique environments to stimulate creativity, onsite bistro cafeteria with healthy daily menus, library with newspapers, management and scientific books and articles, showers on each floor, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, video games, (each floor has a "community centre" which is equipped with comfortable lounge chairs, fridge, dishwasher and free Starbucks coffee, tea and hot chocolate)
Snacks available fresh fruit baskets every morning
Other nearby amenities Carrefour Multisport Laval, fitness club, Bois Chomedy Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, nearby access to highways and pubic transportation, running trails in the green campus of Laval Biotech City

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Company organized social events yes
Recent social events annual summer barbecue, festive holiday party, national meeting and Sanofi Champions Gala (formal dinner and dance and announcement of recipient's of the company's most prestigious employee award), "OMG" Lunch (Orange Meet and Greet ice-breaking event organized by employee volunteers)
Cultural aspects 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
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home insurance, subsidized auto insurance, discounted auto lease rates

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

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 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
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor
Fitness club subsidy $400 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 18 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 18 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Alternative work options flexible work hours, compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours

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 10 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 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 6 months

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
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, BRAVO! recognition program which includes e-cards and "on-the-spot" cash awards (point system which can be redeemed for various items at the employee shop), recognition program for top performing sales employees (trips for Sales Champions, dinners and cash bonuses), President's Award (trip with spouse)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 18 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 18 months

Training & Skills Development B+

In-house training initiatives 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

Community Involvement B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities
Some of the community organizations supported Centraide, Laval Blood Drive, ACT Foundation, Bench to Bedside
Community highlight Sanofi Canada's charitable program focuses on therapeutic areas in which the company is active. The company supports initiatives that lead to a better understanding of patient needs, provides education to patients who need support and helps people prevent disease and lead healthier lives. Under Sanofi Canada's corporate social responsibility program, the company matches employee fundraising and charitable activities with donations of up to $5,000 over team per activity.

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