Recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 19, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why priMED Medical Products, Inc. was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2019):
- priMED Medical Products offers a number of financial benefits including profit-sharing for some, year-end bonuses for all, referral bonuses and matching RSP contributions
- priMED Medical Products invests in ongoing employee development with unlimited tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions, subsidies for professional accreditation, and financial bonuses for some course completion (up to $5,000)
- Employees working at priMED Medical Products's LEED Platinum-certified head office can take advantage of a number of onsite amenities, including a fitness centre, a cafeteria, a spa, and a fully stocked employee lounge with video games, foosball and table hockey
priMED Medical Products has youth on its side
When you're an Albertan David taking on the global Goliaths of the medical device world, you have to be fearless, agile and young. That describes both priMED Medical Products Inc. and its employees to a T.
"Our competitors are the largest names on the globe and it's David versus Goliath," says CEO David Welsh. "To compete and win, we have to be much more agile and fearless and have the guts to take on what seems to be an impossible task."
Headquartered in Edmonton, priMED is a major manufacturer of high-performance surgical face masks and other protective medical equipment. Founded in 1995, the company has experienced substantial growth in the last 10 years and now sells its products in the U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other marketplaces. It also has manufacturing facilities in China.
A huge part of the company's success is its youth, with the average age of employees just over 36 years. And women are a major driving force behind priMED, with 53 per cent of Canadian employees and 50 per cent of senior management being female.
"As a young female professional it's extremely empowering to be in a space where you have so many incredible female mentors who really know how to be a force in their field," says Andee Atienza, customer service representative. "Women at priMED excel in their careers and this is something that really motivates me to stay with the company."
Another motivator is the extensive health and benefits package employees enjoy. In addition to RRSP matching and other basics, priMED employees have a "health spending account" to top up dental and extended health care benefits. They also get an hour time slot twice a week to go work out.
"We truly believe in the fact that the healthy body creates a healthy mind and a more productive person," Welsh says. "You don't lose anything by giving your employees work time to refreshen their brain by working out and physically keeping themselves in shape."
The company also has a "We Give Where We Live" philosophy. Employees receive paid leave to give time to local charities and non-profits through the "90 Days of Giving" program. Last year, 800 hours were donated, an average of 14 hours per employee, benefiting causes like the Edmonton Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Earth Group, the Stollery Children's Hospital and Canadian Blood Services.