Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 31, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why McKesson Canada was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2018):
- McKesson Canada cultivates an ownership culture through a share purchase plan, available to all employees, and offers referral bonuses as an incentive for employees to help recruit candidates from their personal networks (to $2,000)
- McKesson Canada supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments (to 100% of salary for up to 12 weeks) and provides an annual subsidy of $1,000 per child to help cover the costs of daycare
- Along with offering tuition subsidies for employees interested in continuing to develop their skills, McKesson Canada encourages the next generation to pursue post-secondary education with academic scholarships for children of employees (to $1,800 per child) -- and offers opportunities for students and new grads to gain meaningful career experience with paid internships, co-op placements and summer employment
McKesson's prescription: a lot of opportunity
Everybody loves a winner -- including, of course, people in the working world. And that's one reason why George Limantzakis is delighted to work for McKesson Canada in Montréal, where more than 1,000 of its 3,900-plus staff are located.
The company, which is head-quartered in Saint-Laurent, is part of a U.S.-based multinational ranked No. 5 on the 2017 Fortune 500 list. Like its parent, it provides health care solutions to stakeholders across the industry, including pharmacies, manufacturers, hospitals and other institutions, with the goal of improving the quality and safety of care they provide to patients.
"One of the big factors that enticed me to come here is the company's growth," says Limantzakis, who is Senior Director of Finance, in charge of McKesson's Retail Banner Group (the company owns six retail pharmacy banners in Canada and provides a suite of brand services to close to 2,500 pharmacies across the country). "It's always more fun to work for a winning company."
"The other big piece is about opportunity," he continues. "In six years, I've had three different roles. This is a company that likes promoting from within, that likes to develop talent. People in Montréal who are willing to relocate can go pretty much anywhere in the world -- in Canada, the U.S. and Europe."
Paula Keays, President of McKesson Canada, believes another plus is the very nature of McKesson Canada's business. "Whether you're distributing pharmaceutical products or infusing cancer drugs into someone's arm, every one of our employees touches the lives of patients."
She notes that the company offers a number of benefits and perks to attract top talent. They include flexible work arrangements, a condensed work week with Friday afternoons off from May through October, access to a gym, maternity leave top-ups and tuition reimbursements.
Keays says McKesson Canada recently surveyed employees to find out what they like and don't like about the workplace culture. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the company will soon be launching Outstanding Women Networking, Inspiring and Transforming (OWNIT), run by staff volunteers and devoted to "supporting women properly, developing them and really putting tools at their disposal to help empower them to feel confident to move forward."
McKesson Canada provides social events and community fundraising opportunities to engender staff camaraderie. It gives more than $500,000 annually in donations and sponsorships. In addition, the company has raised more than $800,000 since 2010 for Leucan, which helps Québec kids with cancer and their families.