Stryker Canada Inc.
Stryker Canada employees riding the Heart & Stroke Big Bike to raise funds for heart disease and stroke research

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

Here are some of the reasons why Stryker Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2016) and Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers (2016):

  • Stryker Canada encourages employees to keep fit with free membership to an onsite fitness facility, a $100 annual subsidy for health-related purchases, and outdoor volleyball and soccer pitch -- also offers convenient access to Ontario's renowned Bruce Trail, which winds alongside the Niagara Escarpment from the Niagara River to Tobermory on Lake Huron (which may require more than a lunch hour to complete)
  • Stryker Canada offers a generous subsidy for IVF if needed (to $15,000) and recently increased its support for new parents (moms and dads) with generous parental leave top-up payments, up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks -- and also helps employees balance their work and personal lives with flexible work hours, telecommuting and a shortened work week option
Stryker Canada employees at awards gala

Employer Background

Industry Medical Equipment and Supplies Wholesalers
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Stryker Corporation
Parent company head office Kalamazoo, MI, USA
Full-time employees in Canada 229
Part-time employees in Canada 3
Full-time employees worldwide 26,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis .43%
Average age of employees in Canada 39
Longest serving employee 38.5 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features the two-storey 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, employee feedback was sought about everything from location to the design of the onsite fitness facility, 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, huge white board for informal brainstorming, iPads mounted on walls for social media and personal use, covered outdoor patio, weekly deliveries of fresh flowers
Onsite fitness facility (employees only) free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, instructor-led classes (yoga and "Fit-to-Lead" classes), weights, shower facilities, elliptical machine, three 32-inch flatscreen televisions (facility was recently renovated more than doubling its size as well as being outfitted with new equipment)
Other nearby amenities Flamborough YMCA, Beverly Arena, Christie Conservation Area, Bruce Trail, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Royal Botanical Gardens, a number of golf courses

Work Atmosphere & Communications

Employee social committee name Social Committee (est. 2000) and a number of special-focus affinity groups
Recent social events annual winter holiday dinner and dance, children's Christmas party, summer barbecue, employee appreciation week, golf tournament, softball tournament, monthly bingo and holiday celebrations such as a pumpkin carving contest for Halloween
Cultural aspects business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications quarterly town hall meetings, the Global Monthly Broadcast (features a message from the CEO and senior executives), CEO Blog, Real-Time Company Updates (available on computer monitors around the office)

Financial Benefits & Compensation

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
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,000) for some positions

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

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), healthcare spending account for additional coverage(to $300 every year, unused credits are carried forward one year), health club subsidy can also be used for health-related purchases
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $15,000 per lifetime
Fitness club subsidy $100 each year
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

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 duration of unpaid leaves of absence are determined on a individual basis

Employee Engagement & Performance

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), informal and formal recognition programs, including personalized notes of appreciation, "Stryker Achievement Award" presented to two employees each quarter and includes $500, lunch with the General Manager, a preferred parking spot and an extra vacation day, sales awards program with prizes of up to $10K
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

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, tuition subsidies related to job
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 job-shadowing program, tuition subsidies are determined on an individual basis with no annual limit set

Community Involvement

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 140 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 10 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Team Broken Earth, St. Michael's Hospital Foundation, Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation, Food4Kids (Hamilton, Halton, Niagara), Operation Rainbow, Humber River Hospital
Charitable giving matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Stryker Canada's charitable program is primarily focused on providing support for local charities in the Hamilton area. And even closer to home, the company manages a unique in-house and informal "Better Beds for Speedy Recoveries" where the company loans a Stryker hospital bed, at no charge, to employees who are caring for a family member -- the company delivers the beds to their home, assembles and maintains it for as long as is required.

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.

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Medical Equipment and Supplies Wholesalers
Parent company Stryker Corporation
Parent company head office Kalamazoo, MI, USA
Full-time employees in Canada 229
Part-time employees in Canada 3
Student opportunities paid internships, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services
Typical new grad positions Customer Service Agent, Material Handler, Loaner Coordinator, Sales Coordinator, Buyer, RA/QA Representative, Sales Associate, Staff Accountant
Starting salary $45K to $50K
Work perks tuition subsidies related to job, health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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