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Labatt Brewing Company Limited
Employees get to know colleagues at one of the company's weekly Labatt Stein Sessions  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Labatt Brewing Company Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019):

  • Labatt Breweries keeps employees connected and up to date on company developments through monthly town hall-style "Stein Sessions" in the pub, quarterly pub gatherings for business updates, and an annual National Commercial Conference (a four-day event with close to 1,000 employees in attendance)
  • Along with a number of responsible drinking and international environmental awareness initiatives, Labatt Breweries manages the unique "Better Together" initiative to provide generous grants for individuals and families across Canada -- grants range from $200 to $4,000 and helps provide essentials for those living in need, from food and clothing to access to paramedical services
  • Labatt Breweries head office employees work in the renovated historic Terminal Building in the centre of Queens Quay on Toronto's waterfront -- designed by renowned architect Eberhard Zeidler, the office features hotel spaces for visiting employees, a beer training facility and a 20,000 square foot John Labatt Hall, with table hockey, dart boards, multiple big screen televisions, various board games, gaming consoles and Muskoka chairs overlooking Lake Ontario
Labatt employees celebrate their achievements at the Labatt Commercial Conference  

Employer Background

Industry Breweries
Established in Canada 1847
Parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev
Parent company head office Leuven, Belgium
Major Canadian hiring locations St. John's NL, Edmonton AB, Halifax NS, Calgary AB, Winnipeg MB, Saskatoon SK, Creston BC, Vancouver BC, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, London ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Québec QC, Moncton NB
Full-time employees in Canada 3,461
Full-time employees worldwide 200,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 16%
Average age of employees in Canada 38 years
Longest serving employee 49 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities subsidized parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station
Workplace features head office is located in the historic renovated Terminal Building (originally a warehouse) in the centre of Queens Quay on Toronto's waterfront, inside, the office has undergone significant renovations and features a new business shared services area, state-of-the-art telepresence rooms, a beer education centre, 20,000 square foot John Labatt Hall that features table hockey, dart boards, multiple big screen televisions, various board games and gaming consoles, new Corona Lounge overlooking the lake, dining solarium for casual meals, pub, sports and tasting bar with flatscreen HD televisions, hotel rooms for visiting employees, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, video games, pool table, foosball table, table hockey, board games, table tennis
Snacks available variety of salty and sweet treats, fruit and baked goods available on a regular basis
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (employee-run fitness classes, including yoga, boot camp and step), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities Harbourfront Centre, fitness club, Martin Goodman Trail (56-km trail that follows the downtown shoreline), daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, 91-acre harbourfront park development with outdoor cafés, restaurants, boardwalk, new jogging and cycling paths, easy access to TTC streetcar (with connections to subway), quick ferry ride to the Toronto Islands and quick access to the Billy Bishop Airport

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name Hops Committee and the Employee Engagement Committee (est. 1990)
Recent social events annual holiday party for employees and their families, Halloween party with pumpkin decorating contest, Mother's Day and Father's Day celebrations, barbecue and poker nights, golf tournament fundraisers, ticket giveaways to Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto FC and other games, employee-led foosball tournaments, hockey and basketball games
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working, concierge services available
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications The Pub, Cheers, annual National Commercial Conference (a four-day conference with close to 1,000 employees in attendance), numerous customer-focused online communications initiatives, monthly town hall-style "Stein Sessions" in the pub and quarterly pub gatherings for business update meetings

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B+

Financial benefits note Labatt 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, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounted home insurance, discounted auto insurance, discounted auto lease rates, cold beverages (including a generously pre-loaded Labatt Beer Mastercard), referral bonuses vary by position, discounts on a variety of products and services through the Perkopolis program (from VIA Rail passes to hotel and resort getaways to movie tickets), incentive trips (from trips to the Superbowl to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan note Labatt has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 90% of the premiums
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
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, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, podiatrist, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Additional health and wellness information salaried and management employees (approximately 40% of workforce) receive a health spending account of up to $550 and a wellness account of up to $200 annually, health risk assessments, national flu clinic
Family-friendly benefits note Labatt has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $15,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 75% of salary for 17 weeks
Adoption assistance subsidy up to $2,000 per child
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, compressed work week
Additional family-friendly information varying by position, salaried and management employees (approximately 40% of the workforce) may receive maternity leave top-up payments for new mothers (to 100% of salary for 6 weeks, followed by 85% of salary for 11 weeks), parental leave top-up for new dads (to 100% for 6 weeks) and adoptive parents (to 85% of salary for 17 weeks)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B-

Vacation note Labatt has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 3 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 7 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave maximum 3 months
Self-funded/deferred salary leave maximum 3 months
Additional time-off information salaried and management employees (approximately 40% of workforce) start with 3 weeks of paid vacation and receive up to 3 paid personal days off each year, some employees are eligible to buy up to 2 weeks of additional vacation or sell up to 1 week of vacation (with the amount transferred back to their health spending account)

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A+

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), Ideas Process Awards (60 employees with implemented suggestions are flown annually to a two-day Ideas Showcase, held at the Montréal brewery last year), a peer recognition award (includes $2,500 training voucher), sporting and event ticket giveaways, top performers awards (including last year's five-night trip to Cancun)
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 Rating: B+

Career planning online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unique training & development programs tuition subsidy is $500 per course enrolled, training programs in a variety of fields for recent graduates

Community Involvement Rating: A+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
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 8,000 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 200 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported formal Disaster Relief Program in support of communities affected by flooding, forest and wildfires, droughts and winter storms (the company's London brewery shipped over 300,000 cans of water last year), Water.org (partnership to create the "Buy a Lady a Drink" initiative to provide safe drinking water to 3.5 million people worldwide by 2020), Labatt's Annual Charity Golf Classic (has raised over $1.9-million over two decades in support of Friends of We Care who ensure children with physical challenges have the chance to go to Easter Seals' summer camp program)
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Labatt's primary charitable emphasis includes a focus on water, environmental sustainability and conservation, responsible drinking, moderation and the prevention of drinking and driving. The company's unique "Better Together" initiative reaches out to individuals and families across Canada. Through this program, Labatt provides generous grants ranging from $200 to $4,000 that help provide essentials for those living in need, from food and clothing to access to paramedical services.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Labatt Brewing Company Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2019):

  • Labatt Breweries manages a 3-month Brewery Development Program which features exposure to brewing processes, operations, logistics and utilities departments -- the program also includes onsite training at the company's hometown brewery in London Ontario as well as travel to Labatt's operations in the United States
  • Labatt Breweries created an expansive 10-month Global Management Trainee Program for undergraduate students -- the program includes rotations through various business segments throughout North America, collaboration with innovation teams to "build a brand" beginning from design, production to launching a new beer prototype, access to senior leaders at Q&As and updates with the country president and global CEO
  • Labatt Breweries maintains an active on-campus presence year-round through "Campus Ambassadors" who facilitate invitations to specific events such as rotational recruitment sessions, "Beer School", and information on beer and food pairings as well as tastings
Labatt employees participating in beer training  

Highlights

Industry Breweries
Major Canadian hiring locations St. John's NL, Edmonton AB, Halifax NS, Calgary AB, Winnipeg MB, Saskatoon SK, Creston BC, Vancouver BC, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, London ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Québec QC, Moncton NB
Full-time employees in Canada 3,461
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Career development in-house training, online training, mentoring, leadership training, online employee skills inventory, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Unique initiatives 6-month rotational Logistics Development Program for graduates interested in supply chain operations, on-the-job training for students during their Professional Experience Year

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Labatt Brewing Company Limited was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2019):

  • With a stated goal "to be the best and most sustainable eco-efficient beer company in the world", Labatt and its AB InBev parent company recently announced their 2025 Sustainability Goals, which include a focus on agriculture, water stewardship, circular packaging (ensuring 100 per cent of packaging is returnable or recyclable) and climate action (which includes using 100 per cent renewable electricity and a full 25 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2025)
  • A major water user, Labatt Breweries conducted water use audits and drain surveys, leading to the development of long-term water use reduction strategies across all it locations -- impressively, the company reduced water consumption by 17 per cent since 2011
  • As a major brewer and part-owner of the The Beer Store and Brewers Distributors Limited, Labatt Breweries helped develop one of the earliest and most successful recycling and reuse programs in Canada, with models replicated by both public and private sector entities -- The Beer Store is also one of the few retail chains to take back all the packaging it sells and boasts a 96 per cent recycling rate for industry standard bottles, which are reused an average of 15 times before being recycled into new beer bottles -- The Beer Store also captures over 80 per cent of coolers, spirts and wine bottles and other non-Beer store containers
Volunteers from Labatt assist with post-flooding clean up on the Toronto Islands  

Highlights

Industry Breweries
Major Canadian hiring locations St. John's NL, Edmonton AB, Halifax NS, Calgary AB, Winnipeg MB, Saskatoon SK, Creston BC, Vancouver BC, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, London ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Québec QC, Moncton NB
Full-time employees in Canada 3,461
Employee green team Environmental Committee
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Vice President, Supply, North America
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights Labatt and its AB InBev parent company recently announced their 2025 sustainability goals (includes a focus on agriculture, water stewardship, packaging and climate action, including the move to 100 per cent renewable electricity and a 25 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions), hosted Water Kaizen and CO2 Kaizen events at its London and Halifax breweries to brainstorm water, energy, electricity and fuel saving strategies, manages an employee Ideas Process database where employee ideas and suggestions are stored and shared, regular waste audits to develop strategies in-house and with suppliers and partner organizations, environmental training includes mandatory online "green refresher" course for employees (over 2,000 employees receive environmental training every year)
Noteworthy initiatives supports Stella Artois' "Buy a Lady a Drink" initiative to provide 3.5 million people with long-term sustainable access to clean water by 2020
Building footprint includes kettle heat recovery system, motion sensor lighting
Extended recycling as part owner of the The Beer Store retail outlets, the company takes back bottles, cans, cardboard, bottle caps, plastic rings and plastic bags (boasts an impressive 96 per cent recycling rate for industry standard bottles as well as a 80 per cent return rate for wine, spirit, cooler and non-Beer store containers), established recycling and reuse targets for each of its breweries and works closely with suppliers, works with Re-Box in Montréal to collect and redistribute beer boxes for other organizations to reuse
Commuter amenities ongoing programs to target fleet emissions (from increased use of rail transportation to compressed natural gas and bio-diesel truck engines to adopting new monitoring technologies to help reduce overall fuel consumption), walk to public transit, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, electric vehicle charging stations
Community partnerships with the Anheuser-Busch InBev parent company, Labatt participated in the North America Water Savings Competition, a two month initiative launched on United Nations' World Water Day, co-hosted the 7th annual World Environment Day Forum with the City of London to bring together public and private sector organizations to share environmental approaches, experiences and achievements, a number of annual public land clean-up initiatives with employee participation from brewery locations across Canada, United Nations' World Environment Day (employee-led clean-up initiatives at locations across Canada)

The Career Directory

Labatt Brewing Company Limited has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Emma Barrett, a Global Management Trainee from Labatt's 2014 cohort

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Breweries
Full-time employees in Canada 2,500 to 5,000
Parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev
Parent company head office Leuven, Belgium
Major Canadian hiring locations St. John's NL, Edmonton AB, Halifax NS, Calgary AB, Winnipeg MB, Saskatoon SK, Creston BC, Vancouver BC, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, London ON, Ottawa ON, Montréal QC, Québec QC, Moncton NB
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Program Trainee, Specialist, Analyst, Sales Representative, Group Manager
Starting salary $55K to $60K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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