Bayer
A Bayer employee celebrates after receiving the President's Award   (Photo credit: Scott Brammer)

Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Bayer was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2018):

  • Bayer strongly encourages ongoing employee development with generous tuition subsidies for courses both related and indirectly related to their current position (from $3,500 for undergraduate programs to $7,000 for graduate programs) and recently redesigned its intranet learning portal to provide expanded content and easier online access
  • Bayer cultivates an ownership culture through a share purchase plan, available to all employees -- the organization offers a range of additional financial benefits, including signing bonuses for some employees, year-end bonuses for all and referral bonuses of up to $3,000
  • Bayer helps employees prepare for the future with contributions to a matching RSP plan, non-matching RSP plan and defined contribution pension (depending on their position), retirement planning assistance and health benefits that extend to retirees (with no age limit)
Bayer employees hold up their commitments to the company's behaviours   (Photo credit: Michael Tenaglia)

Highlights

Industry Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Established in Canada 1863
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Bayer AG
Parent company head office Leverkusen, Germany
Major Canadian hiring locations Saskatoon SK, Regina SK, Calgary AB, Mississauga ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,396
Part-time employees in Canada 5
Average age of employees in Canada 41.2 years
Longest serving employee 39 years
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension, matching RSP, non-matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Health spending account up to $1,500 each year
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, leadership training, mentoring, paid internships
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 2 paid days)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People

Here are some of the reasons why Bayer was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2018):

  • The company manages the Bayer International Management Simulation Global Program to develop younger employees for leadership roles -- the program allows participants to take on management roles through an online simulator, replicating seven fiscal years over a 5-month period
  • In partnership with the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus, Bayer offers 12-month internships to students enrolled in the Masters of Management of Innovation program -- the internship is geared towards students with a background in science and technology and provides opportunities to gain pharmaceutical industry experience
  • Bayer facilitates informal monthly breakfast conversations with the company's CFO, allowing employees, including new hires and recent grads, to ask questions in a casual setting -- a similar initiative called "Lunch with Alok" invites employees to participate in casual conversation with Bayer's president and CEO
Bayer employees from Legal Policy and Compliance participate in a volunteer activity  

Highlights

Industry Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Saskatoon SK, Regina SK, Calgary AB, Mississauga ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,396
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $7,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Career development in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives 4-month Experiential Summer Internship Program for numerous positions within Pharmaceutical, Consumer Health, and Platform (Professional Services/Administration) business units, offers short-term work exchange assignments with the company's China office, Bayer's Crop Science Division employs over 180 summer associates, recruited from local colleges and universities

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