Mars Inc.
A lab unit manager at Mars Inc. 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 (2019) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019) :

  • Employees working across Mars Inc.'s offices enjoy a number of unique workplace amenities, from an outdoor beach volleyball court to organic garden beds at its Bolton office (which employees can use to grow their own vegetables), to an off-leash area for visiting dogs and a maple syrup bush that is tapped every spring at the company's Royal Canin facility in Guelph
  • Mars Inc. 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
  • Mars Inc. 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
Employees' dogs visiting Mars Inc.'s headquarters in Bolton, ON  

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 1,454
Part-time employees in Canada 256
Full-time employees worldwide 100,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 10%
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, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features offices are open-concept and were designed with employee feedback (no walls or doors, 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 and a maple syrup bush that is tapped every spring), 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, outdoor kitchen for meetings and summer cooking events, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, nap room, religious observance room, outdoor patio, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, foosball table, board games
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, subsidized meals, take-home meals
Snacks available fresh fruit weekly, chocolate treats and treats for visiting dogs
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, instructor-led classes (yoga, body blast, learn to run classes), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, (grounds also feature outdoor beach volleyball court, basketball and ball hockey courts, outdoor walking track and soccer field)
Other nearby amenities fitness club, Bruce Trail (midway on the Niagara Escarpment trail that reaches from Niagara Falls to Tobermory on Georgian Bay) and numerous parks along the trail, restaurants, shopping mall, nearby golf courses

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name various social committees (est. 1986)
Recent social events annual Christmas party (as well as a Christmas party for employees' children), summer barbecues, celebratory Monday events such as product launches, monthly board game days, popular chili cook-offs and Burger Wars events with friendly employee competition, international food day
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
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 free pet nutrition consultation with vet nutritionists for Royal Canin employees

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
Other health plan information employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, nutrition planning, osteopathy, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Fitness club subsidy up to $200 each year
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $5,000 per lifetime
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 unique "Pet-ernity" leave program that allows 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 duration of unpaid leaves of absence vary 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 Global Awards program (individual and group winners have the chance to travel to New York for the company's North American Regional Awards as well as 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: B+

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 for short-term assignments around the world for 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)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 3,500 hours last year
Some of the community organizations supported Ronald McDonald House, Caledon Community Services, Daily Bread Food Bank, Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), COPE Service Dogs, funded pet adoption programs at over 30 animal shelters
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight As part of Mars Canada's charitable giving program, an employee-led committee researches and selects charities to support each year. The company's primary areas of giving include responsible pet ownership and pet well-being and adoption, human health and welfare, and providing dental and oral care in underserved communities.

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