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Pfizer Canada Inc.
Pfizer Canada staff at the ParaTough Cup with Paralympic athlete Aurélie Rivard (centre)   (Photo credit: B.WILKAT)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Pfizer Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019):

  • Along with helping employees save for the future, Pfizer Canada offers retirement planning assistance and health benefits that extend to retirees (with 100% premiums paid and no age limit)
  • Pfizer Canada supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments (to 100% of salary for up to 18 weeks) and offers the convenience of onsite daycare at its head office
  • Pfizer Canada encourages employees to keep physically fit with free access to an onsite fitness facility with more than 20 instructor-led classes each week, from TRX training to yoga and spin -- additionally, employees can take advantage of free dietician services onsite, as well as an onsite medical clinic and kinesiology services
Staff at the launch event for Pfizer Canada's Annual Giving Campaign   (Photo credit: Sylvia de Wit)

Employer Background

Industry Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Established in Canada 1953
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Pfizer Inc.
Parent company head office New York, NY, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Kirkland QC, Saint-Laurent QC, Montréal QC, Mississauga ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,818
Part-time employees in Canada 19
Full-time employees worldwide 90,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 10.3%
Average age of employees in Canada 45 years
Longest serving employee 47 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Commuter amenities free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features Pfizer Canada's head office features paintings and works of art by renowned Canadian artists, a variety of onsite amenities including a medical clinic, dietician services, kinesiology services and chair massage, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, nap room, religious observance room, outdoor patio, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor barbecue, discounts at local restaurants, outside, the workplace includes a basketball court and an exterior terrace with tables, chairs and parasols, employees also have access to bikes and helmets onsite for leisure or convenience
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, table tennis, colourful innovation rooms with bean bag chairs, toys and whiteboards to encourage innovation and discussion
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (more than 20 classes per week including TRX, spinning, Tabata, CrossFit and yoga), rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, yoga equipment (mats, straps and blocks)
Other nearby amenities YMCA, fitness club, Morgan Arboretum, Kirkland Park, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Aqua Spa Lyne Giroux

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name Social Club (est. 1978)
Recent social events children's holiday party, OWNIT! Day, "Pfizer Rendez-Vous" held twice a year (full-day event consisting of a 90-minute business update and presentation, followed by social activities among employees such as a barbecue in the summer and an end-of-year holiday celebration)
Cultural aspects employee sports teams, business casual dress, casual dress Fridays, music while working, concierge services available, organized social activities for retirees
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 retirement planning assistance, 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 auto lease rates

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 90% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
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, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $3,000 each year
Fitness club subsidy up to $700 each year
Additional health and wellness information annual vaccination clinic for flu and meningitis
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 18 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 15 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits daycare centre onsite
Alternative work options flexible work hours, compressed work week, telecommuting, reduced summer hours

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 10 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 4 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months

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), STARS recognition program for employees that exemplify company values, OWNIT! recognition program
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
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidies (unrelated to job) yes
Unique training & development programs leadership training, training on unconscious bias, secondment opportunities to allow employees to try new roles

Community Involvement Rating: A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
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 1,600 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 138 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported United Way, Centraide, Health Partners, Hope Air, Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Pfizer Canada's community investment strategy focuses on empowering health at every stage of life. Key focuses include maternal and child health, providing access to community resources and encouraging health habits, providing access to healthcare for vulnerable communities, and supporting resources for end-of-life care. Each year, the company organizes the Give a Hand Day, with more than 400 colleagues participating in 2017, donating a total of 1,600 volunteer hours.

The Career Directory

Pfizer Canada Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Pfizer employees participating in the Light the Night fundraising event, bringing awareness in the fight against cancer

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Full-time employees in Canada 1,001 to 2,500
Parent company Pfizer Inc.
Parent company head office New York, NY, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Kirkland QC, Saint-Laurent QC, Montréal QC, Mississauga ON, Toronto ON
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Other info for new grads Marketing Rotation Program (4-year program with rotations in Sales and Market Research), Finance Co-op Program
Typical new grad positions Set-up Mechanic, Finance Analyst, Marketing Rotation Associate, Pharma Business Representative
Starting salary $40K to $45K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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