Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Xenon Pharmaceuticals biologists

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2017):

  • Publicly-traded Xenon Pharmaceuticals cultivates an ownership culture through a share option plan, available to all employees -- and offers a range of additional financial benefits including signing bonuses for some, year-end bonuses for all, and referral bonuses for employees who help recruit candidates (to $500 per successful hire)
  • The company-sponsored Xenon Social Committee organizes a number of events and celebrations throughout the year including summer barbecues, a company holiday party and separate celebration for children, bowling, snowshoeing and ice cream days (to name a few)
  • In addition to 3 weeks of paid vacation allowance, Xenon Pharmaceuticals provides paid time off during the winter holidays and up to 5 paid personal days, which can be scheduled throughout the year
Xenon Pharmaceuticals employees practising lunch-hour yoga


Industry Biopharmaceutical Research and Development
Established in Canada 1996
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Burnaby BC
Full-time employees in Canada 80
Part-time employees in Canada 8
Full-time employee growth in the past year 14.3 %
Average age of employees in Canada 42 years
Longest serving employee 16 years
Long-term savings matching RSP
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
In-house training initiatives paid internships
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards

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