L'Oréal Canada Inc.
L'Oréal Canada employees during a launch event for House 99, David Beckham's grooming line  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why L'Oréal Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Montreal's Top Employers (2018) :

  • L'Oréal Canada offers its new moms (including adoptive moms) maternity top-up payments for the first 17 weeks of their leave, along with the benefit of onsite daycare when they return to work
  • In addition to the company's flexible health plan, L'Oréal Canada offers a wellness spending account of $450, allowing employees to top up coverage or subsidize wellness-related expenses
  • L'Oréal Canada is committed to ongoing employee development and provides a variety of in-house and online training programs, tuition subsidies, and opportunities for international training in Paris and New York
L'Oréal Canada employees participating in the company's annual Citizen Day  

Employer Background

Industry Cosmetics Manufacturing
Established in Canada 1958
Parent company L'Oréal SA
Parent company head office Paris, France
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 1,462
Full-time employees worldwide 82,600
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 4%
Average age of employees in Canada 36 years
Longest serving employee 42.52 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities nearby bike sharing station
Workplace features head office occupies 5th and 6th floors of the repurposed historic Eaton's store, and is currently undergoing a complete renovation to create a modern, collaborative and open work environment where all closed offices, including the CEO's, have been eliminated (the first two phases are complete with the third phase underway, will also include a new library and quiet room), the downtown location offers all-weather access to the city's underground walking network, which leads to numerous shops, restaurants and other services as well as the city's Métro system, onsite training salon and boutique of L'Oréal products (for employees only), monthly onsite massage sessions, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, outdoor patio, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, foosball table, coffee bar with access to atrium area
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, subsidized meals, take-home meals, ice cream refrigerator during the summer months, special meals prepared by in-house chef for special events
Snacks available specialty coffee bar serves Starbucks coffee as well as teas, smoothies, pastries, fruit salads, yogurt, granola bars and snacks
Other nearby amenities YMCA, YWCA, fitness club, Phillips Square, Quartier des spectacles, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, McGill University, Montreal Fine Arts Museum, Place des Arts

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name Le Club Social L'Oréal Canada (est. 1999)
Recent social events annual Christmas Market, as well as Christmas celebrations for employees and a separate event for children of employees, sugar shack luncheon, mini-putt tournament in office, holiday celebrations throughout the year (from Easter to Oktoberfest), corporate and brand product launch events with giveaways
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box
Other in-house communications digital wall displaying corporate information and news, weather and traffic reports as well as special events such as the Olympics, online communications initiatives include MyNews, MyRadio, MyTV, and the BeautyForce app, confidential ethics hotline (called OpenTalk) and a full-time Ethics Correspondent

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: A

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-benefit (DB) pension, defined-contribution (DC) pension
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits subsidized home internet, company's pension program is a combined defined contribution and defined benefit pension plan

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B

Health plan note L'Oréal 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 100% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Other health plan information employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, medical travel insurance, nutrition planning
Wellness spending account up to $450 each year
Additional health and wellness information annual flu vaccine clinics, skin cancer screening clinics, anti-smoking assistance, eye exam coverage (every 2 years)
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 3 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
Alternative work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Additional family-friendly information early Friday closings in winter (3:00 pm) and summer (12:30 pm), Québec-based employees benefit from onsite daycare as well as the provincial daycare subsidy program

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation note L'Oréal 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 10 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 4 days off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 1 personal day off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 6 months
Additional time-off information unionized employees start with 2 weeks of paid vacation (approximately 17% of employees), moving to 3 weeks after 4 years on the job

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
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, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, the Beauty Shaker Awards (with its own awards ceremony), the New Business Excellence Cup (competition that focuses on forecasting into the future), VIP trips to company-sponsored events such as Luminato, the annual arts and creativity festival held in Toronto
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 6 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

Career planning in-house career planning services, 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
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses 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 $2,000 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unique training & development programs international training programs (New York and Paris), intergenerational training program to raise awareness of individual's differing workplace needs as they move through their careers

Community Involvement Rating: A

Scope of charitable involvement national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 3,200 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 52 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Moisson Montréal, Welcome Hall Mission, One Tree Planted, Club des Gazelles, CHSLD Providence Notre-Dame de Lourdes (home for the elderly, employees help maintain their gardens), Yoga Benefiting Girls Inc., Les Filles et les Sciences, and the longstanding "Look Good, Feel Better" initiative (which provides funds and cosmetics to help lift the spirits of women living with cancer)
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight As part of its longstanding community program, L'Oréal Canada focuses on charitable initiatives that support women, science and girls, and have developed a number of unique support programs directed towards women. Through its annual "Citizen Day", employees are encouraged to get involved in the wider community. Over 400 employees donated nearly 2,000 hours last year to help 10 non-profit organizations. The company also supports the unique "Beauty for a Better Life" initiative as part of its broader Sharing Beauty with All program to offer women in difficult economic circumstances support for hairdresser training.

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

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

  • L'Oréal Canada manages "Brandstorm", a marketing competition that allows groups of students to present a new product line and marketing campaign to L'Oréal judges -- winners from 45 countries were invited to compete internationally at the organization's head office in Paris
  • Through the "Beauty Shaker Awards" competition, L'Oréal Canada employees from all levels can submit ideas and make presentations in three categories: an Innovation Award, an Excellence Award, and a new "Work Smart" Award for new ways of improving work -- the Canadian awards ceremony was hosted by the President and CEO of L'Oréal Canada with winning teams receiving $10,000 and the finalists of the "Work Smart" category also received a budget of up to $20,000 to implement their idea
  • Employees who are new to L'Oréal Canada participate in "Discovery Week", a week-long introductory seminar on the company and its various departments and brands -- the company also offers customized guidance and training for employees in their first six months of employment through "L'Oréal FIT" (Follow-up and Integration Track program)
L'Oréal Canada interns during the organization's Beauty Shaker Awards  

Highlights

Industry Cosmetics Manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Montréal QC, Toronto ON, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 1,378
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $2,000 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 fast-track management trainee program with international career opportunities, informal Breakfast with the President meetings to discuss topics of interest, various "academies" which have specific training focuses such as marketing, finance and supply chain, international training opportunities in Paris and New York, created the L'Oréal Canada For Women in Science program, a joint initiative with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and Youth Science Canada to make careers in science more attractive while breaking down stereotypes regarding women in science disciplines

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