Mars Inc.
A lab unit manager at Mars Incorporated for Royal Canin products

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Mars Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2018) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2018) :

  • Mars Incorporated supports employees who are new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents, with maternity and parental leave top-up payments -- and offers a unique "Pet-ernity" leave program, allowing employees to take up to 8 hours off for a new cat or dog
  • Along with a variety of discounted company products and sweet treats, Mars Incorporated offers a number of financial benefits including signing bonuses for some employees, year-end bonuses for all and referral bonuses of up to $2,000
  • Mars Incorporated encourages employees to continue developing their skills through the in-house Mars University and Chocolate Academy and maintains the Mars Ambassador Program to provide employees with opportunities to work on short-term assignments around the world at partner organizations
Mars Incorporated employees participating in a tree planting event

Employer Background

Industry Food Manufacturing
Established in Canada 1911
Parent company Mars Inc.
Major Canadian hiring locations Bolton ON, Guelph ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,300
Part-time employees in Canada 270
Full-time employees worldwide 80,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 19%
Average age of employees in Canada 44 years
Longest serving employee 42 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities online car-pool sign-up, free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features offices are open concept and were designed with employee feedback (no walls and doors and workstations of the same size, regardless of position), workplace features a doggie courtyard in support of its pet-friendly policies (the company's Royal Canin facility in Guelph also features a large off-leash area for visiting dogs), organic garden beds for employees to use freely for growing their own vegetables (company provides planting and gardening equipment), phone-free quiet room, internet kiosks for manufacturing employees, outdoor courtyard with wireless access, telecommuter workstations, nap room, religious observance room, outdoor barbecue, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, foosball table, private booths for phone calls and one-on-one interactions, outdoor kitchen for meetings and summer cooking events
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, subsidized meals
Snacks available fresh fruit weekly and chocolate treats (and even treats for visiting dogs), the company's Wrigley office features an onsite Tim Hortons and Freshii restaurant
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, instructor-led classes (yoga, Tabata, boot camp), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, outdoor basketball and beach volleyball courts, outdoor walking track, personal fitness and nutrition coach, fitness club, Bruce Trail (midway on the Niagara Escarpment trail that reaches from Niagara Falls to Tobermory on Georgian Bay) and numerous parks nearby along the trail, soccer field, restaurants, shopping mall

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name various social committees (est. 1986)
Recent social events across the company, employees gather for a variety of fun events, including an annual Christmas party (as well as a Christmas party for employees' children), summer picnics, a year-end celebration, annual open house event for family members that includes a tour of the chocolate factory, attendance at live sporting events, soccer, basketball and volleyball games, and popular Chili Cook-Offs and Burger Wars events, where employee teams compete to make the best
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, can bring pets to work when needed
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B

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 life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounted products (including chocolate bars), free pet nutritional consultation with vet nutritionists for Royal Canin employees, free membership for personal credit monitoring service (Equifax)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 40 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage option up to 65 years of age
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Fitness club subsidy up to $200 each year
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 13 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits academic scholarships of up to $7,000 per child
Alternative work options flexible work hours, telecommuting
Additional family-friendly information summer job program for employees' children (over 25 hired last summer), unique "Pet-ernity" leave program, allowing employees to take up to 8 hours for a new dog or cat

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 8 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 1 personal day off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 1 personal day off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information option to purchase additional vacation days through payroll deductions (up to 5 additional days each year), duration of unpaid leaves of absence varies by request

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 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), Make the Difference Award program to recognize outstanding employee innovation and initiative (individual and group winners also have the chance to travel to New York for the company's North American Regional Awards and then to Washington DC for the chance to compete for the company's coveted Global Award)
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 in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unique training & development programs Mars University and the Chocolate Academy (in-house programs), the Mars Ambassador Program (skills development program that places employees with partner organizations on short-term assignments around the world for a duration of 1 to 6 weeks)

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 2 paid days)
Some of the community organizations supported Ronald McDonald House, Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), COPE Service Dogs, partnered with a local sustainable farming-eduction centre to build a outdoor shelter (so programs can be hosted on rainy days)
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight As part of its charitable giving program, Mars Canada and its employees target primary areas of giving including hunger and nutrition, responsible pet ownership, sustainable cocoa farming practices, and oral care in underserved communities.

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