Stryker Canada Inc.
Stryker Canada employees and their families during the 2017 MacKids Walk and Wheels for Miracles event   (Photo credit: Carole & Roy Timm Photography)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018)

Here are some of the reasons why Stryker Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2017) and Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers (2018):

  • Stryker Canada encourages employees to become owners through a share purchase plan, available to all, and helps employees save for the future with contributions to a matching RSP plan
  • Stryker Canada invests in the development of the next generation, offering paid internships, co-op placements and summer employment -- additionally, the company nurtures young professionals through formal mentoring and leadership training, and recently established a Council of Young Professionals to help create an inclusive community across all generations
  • As part of the company's regular health benefits plan, employees receive a healthcare spending account of up to $300 and can carry forward unused credits to a maximum of $600 -- employees also receive a separate healthy living subsidy of $100 for fitness-related expenses such as gym membership, sports or fitness classes and gear
Stryker Canada employees celebrating at the company's Canada Awards Gala

Employer Background

Industry Medical Equipment and Supplies Wholesalers
Established in Canada 1941
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Stryker Corporation
Parent company head office Kalamazoo, MI, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Hamilton ON
Full-time employees in Canada 304
Part-time employees in Canada 2
Full-time employees worldwide 29,930
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2%
Average age of employees in Canada 38.6
Longest serving employee 40 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office is located atop the scenic Niagara Escarpment and is close to walking trails, a number of conservation areas as well as the incredible Bruce Trail that winds alongside the escarpment, from Queenston on the Niagara River to Tobermory on Lake Huron, head office features an onsite conference and training facility, telecommuter workstations, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, white board wall for informal brainstorming, iPads mounted on walls for social media and personal use, covered outdoor patio, weekly deliveries of fresh flowers
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, treadmills, stationary bikes, instructor-led classes (yoga and Fit-to-Lead classes that are tailored to individual fitness levels), weights, shower facilities, elliptical machine, 3 flat screen televisions
Other nearby amenities Flamborough YMCA, Beverly Arena, fitness club, Christie Conservation Area, Bruce Trail, Niagara Escarpment, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Royal Botanical Gardens, a number of golf courses and driving ranges

Work Atmosphere & Communications B+

Employee social committee name Social Committee (est. 2000)
Recent social events annual winter holiday dinner and dance, children's Christmas party, summer barbecue, employee appreciation week, annual golf tournament, beach volleyball tournament
Cultural aspects casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications Global Monthly Broadcast (features a message from the CEO and senior executives), monthly town halls

Financial Benefits & Compensation B+

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 life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees yes
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,000) for some positions

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 15 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)
Health spending account up to $300 each year
Wellness spending account up to $100 each year
Fitness club subsidy up to $100 each year
Other health plan information unused credits from health spending account can be carried forward 1 year to a maximum of $600, separate healthy living subsidy of $100 for fitness-related expenses such as gym membership, sports or fitness classes and gear
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $15,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits yes
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), 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 8 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 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
Additional time-off information unpaid leaves of absence are determined on an individual basis

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, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), Stryker Achievement Award presented to 2 employees each quarter (includes $500, lunch with the President, a preferred parking spot and an extra vacation day), sales awards program with monetary prizes (up to $10,000 and incentive trip opportunities)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development A

Career planning online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unique training & development programs global mentor program, job shadowing, internship and placement opportunities in a variety of fields including Marketing, Operations, Healthcare Solutions and Medical Education

Community Involvement A+

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 1 paid day)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 450 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 25 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canada-Ukraine Foundation, London Abused Women's Centre, Food For Life, Victoria Hospital Foundation, Kateri Memorial Foundation, Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
Charitable giving matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight In the past year, Stryker focused its charitable giving programs towards children's charities, eldercare and assisted living, healthcare, poverty relief and public health. The company maintains a Charitable Giving Committee which considers charitable opportunities and requests on a monthly basis.

The Career Directory

Stryker Canada Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
'Spirit Award Champions' at Stryker Canada preparing to participate in a charity Big Bike Ride

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Medical Equipment and Supplies Wholesalers
Parent company Stryker Corporation
Parent company head office Kalamazoo, MI, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Hamilton ON
Full-time employees in Canada 250 to 500
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Customer Service Agent, Distribution Associate, Loaner Coordinator, Sales Coordinator, Buyer, Regulatory Affairs/Quality Assurance Representative, Associate Sales Representative, Staff Accountant
Starting salary $45K to $50K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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