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BASF Canada Inc.
BASF Canada employees

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 (2018), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2018) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2018) :

  • BASF Canada provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers and fathers (including adoptive parents), to 100% of salary for up to 17 weeks -- employees may also extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence and head office employees can take advantage of privately operated onsite daycare
  • BASF Canada invests in ongoing employee development and recently revised its tuition reimbursement program to offer $25,000 annually for graduate programs and $15,000 annually for undergraduate programs
  • 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)
BASF Canada employees in the head office's new Creator Space, designed as a space for collaboration and networking

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 735
Part-time employees in Canada 2
Full-time employees worldwide 113,380
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 3.8%
Average age of employees in Canada 44.5 years
Longest serving employee 44 years

Physical Workplace Rating: B+

Commuter amenities free parking
Workplace features recently renovated 9-storey head office features a 4-storey glass enclosed atrium, boardroom, kitchen, meeting rooms (employees provided feedback about location selection for the new head office as well as final design, furniture and space usage), separate heating and cooling zones throughout the building, noise cancellation technology, fitness facility at the Toronto location (available to all employees), telecommuter workstations, nap room, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
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, BraeBen Golf Course

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name BASF Canada Social Club (est. 1980)
Recent social events variety of events throughout the year including a family day at a nearby apple farm, holiday luncheon in the downtown Distillery District, global musical Jamming event in Toronto (one of eight hosted worldwide to address food waste initiatives)
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 eTV/Employee Television (in-house television network displayed on screens in main areas), town hall events hosted at movie theatre locations across the country with senior executives

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

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)
Fitness club subsidy up to $400 each year
Additional health and wellness information health benefits plan extends to a surviving spouse for an additional year, fitness club subsidy can also 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, academic scholarships of up to $2,000 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information privately-run onsite daycare

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 6 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 leaves of absence are determined on a case-by-case basis, unionized employees (approximately 23% 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 3,200 recognition awards to union and non-union employees, valued at over $420,000 last year), longstanding annual "Simply Dare" program recognizes and rewards employee suggestions and improvement 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
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $25,000 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unique training & development programs tuition subsides range 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 135 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 40 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Red Cross, CP24 Christmas Wish, ACT Foundation, Credit Valley Conservation, Big Brother-Big Sisters, Saskatoon Food Bank, Children's Discovery Museum, Blackie Community Association, Essex Region Conservation, William Osler Health Foundation
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight BASF Canada's charitable focus is aligned with the following corporate objectives: science education, environment, health and safety programs, diversity and inclusion, and support for initiatives in communities where BASF operates. Employees are encouraged get involved with paid time off to volunteer and opportunities to offer recommendation for charities to receive company support.

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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