Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 30, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why Sandoz Canada Inc. was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2019):
- Sandoz Canada supports employees who want to start a family with a generous subsidy for IVF if needed (to a lifetime maximum of $16,000) and maternity and parental leave top-up payments -- employees also have the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
- Sandoz Canada invests in ongoing employee development with tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions, subsidies for professional accreditation, a variety of in-house and online training programs, and opportunities to participate in international assignments
- Along with helping employees save for the future, Sandoz Canada offers a number of financial incentives including signing bonuses for some employees, year-end bonuses for all, and generous referral bonuses for employees who recruit candidates from their personal networks (to $4,000)
At Sandoz, well-being starts with its employees
When Morgane Defrecheux was training to run a marathon, she had to weigh the demands of her sport against those of her job as operations manager of institutional sales at Sandoz Canada. Fortunately for her, the pharmaceutical company has an on-site, state-of-the art fitness facility where she logged up to 100 kilometres a week.
Not only is the facility convenient, it's staffed by two kinesiologists who can develop personalized fitness plans at no extra charge for gym users. Noting that private personal trainers can be expensive, Defrecheux said she appreciates how Sandoz Canada also saved her money while contributing to her work/life integration. "Here they really put a lot of emphasis on the health and overall well-being of all employees," she said.
That focus is a reflection of the company's mission to help people everywhere live longer, healthier lives, said Michel Robidoux, president and general manager of Sandoz Canada. The company has a performance-oriented culture, he said, and the gym and other helpful perks are among a range of initiatives to help employees remain engaged and productive.
"There's a very strong sense of shared purpose," Robidoux added. "Everybody takes great pride in knowing they play a part in delivering affordable, high-quality medicines that improve and extend people's lives."
A division of Novartis Group, Sandoz International is a global leader in generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilars, approved biologics with comparable safety, quality and efficacy. Sandoz Canada's portfolio also includes a variety of consumer products available without a prescription.
Sandoz offers competitive compensation and a wide range of professional development opportunities. Its innovative approach to work/life integration pays particular attention to helping employees manage their energy levels. It recently introduced Dialogue, a telemedicine cellphone app that enables employees to take care of minor health issues without the hassle of going - or taking a child - to visit the doctor. Marc St-Pierre, vice-president of human resources, said that "people are just amazed at how well it works."
Other time-saving, stress-busting initiatives include a micro-market with healthy foods for eating at work or taking home; an auto maintenance service where work is done on employees' vehicles while they're at work; and providing employees with the secure technology and flexibility to work from home as needed.
For Defrecheux, who has now run two marathons, the result is an outstanding workplace culture. Add in meaningful work and dedicated colleagues and Sandoz Canada, she said, has an unbeatable combination: "I can't give you just one reason why I love working here!"