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BASF Canada Inc.
BASF employees attending a town hall meeting in a movie theatre   (Photo credit: Mark Kostel)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why BASF Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2018) , Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2019) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019) :

  • BASF Canada helps employees prepare for the future with retirement planning assistance, employer contributions to a defined contribution pension plan and health benefits that extend to retirees (with no age limit)
  • Additionally, BASF Canada invests in ongoing employee development with a generous tuition reimbursement program, offering $25,000 annually for graduate programs and $15,000 annually for undergraduate programs
  • BASF Canada directs its charitable efforts towards initiatives that focus on ecology, health and safety, and science education -- the company also maintains a formal policy to encourage employees to volunteer in their respective communities, providing 1 paid day off to volunteer each year
BASF employees at a sustainability-themed BASF event in the Greater Toronto area   (Photo credit: Mark Kostel)

Employer Background

Industry Chemical Manufacturing
Established in Canada 1954
Publicly traded yes
Parent company BASF SE
Parent company head office Ludwigshafen, Germany
Major Canadian hiring locations Blackie AB, Brampton ON, Cornwall ON, Mississauga ON, Nisku AB, Saskatoon SK, Toronto ON, Windsor ON, Winnipeg MB, Saint-Léonard QC
Full-time employees in Canada 799
Part-time employees in Canada 2
Full-time employees worldwide 115,490
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 4.9%
Average age of employees in Canada 44.4 years
Longest serving employee 45 years

Physical Workplace Rating: B+

Commuter amenities free parking
Workplace features renovated 9-storey head office features a 4-storey enclosed glass atrium, boardroom, kitchen, meeting rooms, separate heating and cooling zones throughout the building, noise cancellation technology, fitness facility at the Toronto location (available to all employees), telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, nap room, religious observance room, outdoor patio, and outdoor barbecue (employees provided feedback about location selection for the new head office as well as final design, furniture and space usage)
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, foosball table
Snacks available fresh fruit is provided once a week at the head office
Other nearby amenities Powerade Centre, Frank McKechnie Community Centre, fitness club, Meadowvale Conservation Area, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Employee social committee name BASF Canada Social Club (est. 1980)
Recent social events annual family day event (hosted at a nearby apple farm last year), year-end celebration (hosted at the Gambrel Barn at Country Heritage Park in Milton), holiday luncheon
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications town hall events with senior leaders at various locations including movie theatres, a golf course and the Hockey Hall of Fame

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B+

Financial benefits note BASF 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
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 $2,025) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits corporate discounts on a range of products and services, from automobiles to passes to Canada's Wonderland

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan note BASF 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 80% of the premiums
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, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Other health plan information employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Wellness spending account up to $400 each year
Additional health and wellness information health benefits plan extends to a surviving spouse for an additional year, wellness subsidy can be used for purchase of home gym equipment
Family-friendly benefits note BASF Canada 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 (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, daycare centre onsite, academic scholarships of up to $2,000 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information onsite daycare is privately run (cost is approximately $1,000 per month)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B+

Vacation note BASF 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 7 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
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information duration of leave of absence is determined on a case-by-case basis, unionized employees (approximately 22% of the workforce) start with 2 weeks of paid vacation

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: 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), "you@BASF" tool offers employees an online overview of rewards available across the company (BASF presented over 3,475 recognition awards to union and non-union employees, valued at over $347,000 last year), annual longstanding "Simply Dare" program to recognize and reward employee suggestions and improvements with generous cash awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 36 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 36 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

Career planning in-house career planning services
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 tuition subsides are up to $15,000 annually for undergraduate studies and up to $25,000 annually for graduate programs, paid internships are available in a variety of disciplines including marketing, human resources, finance, technical support and crop protection (to name a few)

Community Involvement Rating: 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 200 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 Earth Rangers, Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Credit Valley Conservation, Advanced Coronary Treatment Foundation, Essex Region Conservation
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight BASF Canada's charitable focus is directed towards initiatives that focus on ecology, health and safety, and science education. The company maintains a formal policy to encourage employees to get involved and volunteer for initiatives in their respective communities with 1 paid volunteer day.

The Career Directory

BASF Canada Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
BASF Canada employees participating in a 20 Minute Makeover activity for Earth Day

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Chemical Manufacturing
Parent company BASF SE
Parent company head office Ludwigshafen, Germany
Major Canadian hiring locations Blackie AB, Brampton ON, Cornwall ON, Mississauga ON, Nisku AB, Saskatoon SK, Toronto ON, Windsor ON, Winnipeg MB, Saint-Léonard QC
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Financial Analyst, Innovation Specialist, Business Representative
Starting salary $60K to $65K
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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