Stryker Canada Inc.
Stryker Canada employees participating in a group toast at the company's Canada Business Operations Awards evening  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Stryker Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2018) and Hamilton-Niagara's Top Employers (2019) :

  • Stryker Canada supports parents-to-be with a subsidy for IVF if needed (to $15,000) and provides generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments to new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents (to 100% of salary for 26 weeks)
  • As part of Stryker Canada's regular health benefits plan, employees receive a healthcare spending account of up to $300 and can carry forward unused credits to a maximum of $600 -- employees also receive a separate healthy living subsidy of $100 for fitness-related expenses, such as gym membership or signing up for recreational sports
  • Along with a number of performance recognition initiatives, the company's Stryker Achievement Award is presented to two employees each quarter and features a $500 prize, lunch with the President, a preferred parking spot, as well as an extra paid vacation day
Stryker Canada employees volunteering at Ronald McDonald House's Bistro Night  

Employer Background

Industry Medical Equipment and Supplies Wholesalers
Established in Canada 1941
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Stryker Corporation
Parent company head office Kalamazoo, MI, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Hamilton ON
Full-time employees in Canada 368
Part-time employees in Canada 2
Full-time employees worldwide 30,800
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2%
Average age of employees in Canada 38.3 years
Longest serving employee 42 years

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities free parking, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office offers great views from atop the scenic Niagara Escarpment and is close to walking trails, a number of conservation areas, as well as the incredible Bruce Trail that winds alongside the escarpment from Queenston on the Niagara River to Tobermory on Lake Huron, telecommuter workstations, outdoor patio, and discounts at local restaurants, Stryker recently established a Building Advisory Committee comprised of employees from across the company to provide feedback in the design of a new head office and warehouse facility
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, whiteboard wall for informal brainstorming, iPads for personal use, head office features an onsite conference and training facility
Snacks available specialty coffees (including lattes, cappuccino and espresso), vending machines
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, treadmills, stationary bikes, weights, shower facilities, elliptical machine, 3 flatscreen televisions, outdoor grass field for soccer and other activities
Other nearby amenities Flamborough YMCA, Beverly Arena, fitness club, Christie Conservation Area, Bruce Trail, Niagara Escarpment, daycare, restaurants, shopping mall, Royal Botanical Gardens, a number of golf courses and driving ranges

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B+

Employee social committee name Social Committee (est. 2000)
Recent social events annual Halloween dress-up contest, annual holiday dinner and dance, employee appreciation week, children's Christmas party, company summer barbecue and softball tournament, annual company golf tournament
Cultural aspects casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications Stryker Connect (international intranet lets employees connect around the world), monthly town hall-style meetings

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 matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Share purchase plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,000) for some positions
Additional financial benefits annual matching RSP contribution is up to a $6,500 maximum

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 15 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option 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 $300 each year
Wellness spending account up to $100 each year
Fitness club subsidy up to $100 each year
Additional health and wellness information unused credits from health spending account can be carried forward 1 year to a maximum of $600, separate healthy living subsidy of $100 for fitness-related expenses, such as gym membership or enrolling on sports teams
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $15,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits yes
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting

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
Previous experience considers previous work experience when setting annual vacation for new employees
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 6 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information offers an addtional 4 unpaid personal days for employees to use as needed, unpaid leaves of absence are determined on an individual basis

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, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (i.e. travel), Stryker Achievement Award presented to 2 employees each quarter (includes $500, lunch with the President, a preferred parking spot and an extra vacation day), sales awards program with monetary prizes, Stryker Business Operations Awards (annual awards gala with monetary prizes as high as $5,000 for internal employees)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A

Career planning online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unique training & development programs dedicated "Talent Manager Development Portal" provides a single site for access to resources and programs, numerous in-house training initiatives, including a global mentor program, management training, leadership development programs, accelerated development programs, job shadowing opportunities, and many more

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 675 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 36 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Bruce House, Canadian Blood Services, Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation, Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice Foundation, Food for Life, St. John Ambulance, The Willow Foundation, Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation
Charitable giving matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight The company maintains a Charitable Giving Committee, comprised of managers and employees who meet on a monthly basis to consider charitable requests and possible initiatives -- the company's focus is to direct support where its products and funds will have the greatest impact, along with maximizing employee involvement. In the past year, Stryker has directed support towards children's charities, eldercare and assisted living, healthcare, poverty relief and public health initiatives.

The Career Directory

Stryker Canada Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Stryker Canada employees participating in a charity Big Bike ride

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Medical Equipment and Supplies Wholesalers
Full-time employees in Canada 250 to 500
Parent company Stryker Corporation
Parent company head office Kalamazoo, MI, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Hamilton ON
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Customer Service Agent, Distribution Associate, Loaner Coordinator, Sales Coordinator, Buyer, Regulatory Affairs/Quality Assurance Representative, Associate Sales Representative, Staff Accountant
Starting salary $45K to $50K
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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