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BASF Canada Inc.
Members of BASF's leadership team celebrate the opening of their new head office  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2023):

Here are some of the reasons why BASF Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2023):

  • BASF recently moved their head office, with the new location designed to better adapt to increased levels of hybrid work with open concept designs, and collaboration and innovation spaces for connecting -- the location also incorporates a number of green features, including a living wall, electric vehicle charging stations, enhanced recycling systems and external green spaces
  • BASF Canada invests in ongoing employee development with a generous tuition reimbursement program, offering $25,000 annually for graduate programs and $15,000 annually for undergraduate programs
  • BASF Canada supports new moms, dads and adoptive parents with maternity and parental leave top-ups (to 100 per cent of salary for 17 weeks) and offers the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence
A collaborative space at BASF's new head office  

Employer Background

Industry Chemical manufacturing
Established in Canada 1964
Parent company BASF SE
Parent company head office Ludwigshafen, Germany
Major Canadian hiring locations Blackie AB, Calgary AB, Regina SK, Lethbridge AB, Cornwall ON, Mississauga ON, Nisku AB, Saskatoon SK, Toronto ON, Windsor ON, Winnipeg MB
Full-time employees in Canada 1,089
Part-time employees in Canada 2
Full-time employees worldwide 111,047
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 7.7%
Average age of employees in Canada 42.26 years
Longest serving employee 46.42 years

Work Environment Rating: B+

Hybrid work home office allowance, internet subsidies, introduced a hybrid work policy for non-manufacturing employees, letting those who can work from home have the option to work a certain number of days offsite and onsite for collaborative work, employees are asked to complete ergonomic assessments of their home offices to ensure comfort and safety
Flexible work options flexible work hours, telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Onsite workplace features religious observance room, outdoor patio, outdoor barbecue
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, television, foosball table, Creator Space (open concept room with comfortable couches), wellness and quiet room
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, market-style cafeteria
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, treadmills, stationary bikes, instructor-led classes (yoga and Zumba), rowing machines, basketball court, shower facilities

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Employee social committee name BASF Canada Social Club (est. 1980)
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, casual dress Fridays
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications revamped biweekly online newsletter, monthly Accelerator calls (to brief managers of significant developments over the past year)

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B+

Financial benefits note BASF Canada has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
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, phased-in retirement work options, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,025) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.), discounted auto insurance, new employee referral bonuses

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan note BASF Canada has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 80% 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
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Eyecare $400 every 2 years
Paid sick days employees receive 5 days off each year
Health plan includes traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs), 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. acupuncture, naturopathy), virtual healthcare services
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $500 each year
Wellness spending account up to $400 each year
Additional health plan information $400 wellness and fitness subsidy can be used for the purchase of a complete range of home equipment, including treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, ellipticals, weights, yoga mats, boxing bags and more
Additional health and wellness initiatives hosts an annual mental health awareness week
Family-friendly benefits note BASF Canada has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, compassionate top-up to 100% of salary for 1 week, academic scholarships of up to $2,000 per child

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B+

Vacation note BASF Canada has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 7 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 2 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information duration of leave of absence is determined on a case-by-case basis, education leave is also case-by-case, unionized employees (approximately 14% of the workforce) receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year, moving to 3 weeks after 5 years of employment)

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: B+

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 online recognition platform, individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, tailored and unique rewards (e.g. travel), formal "Recognizing You" program for exceptional work, formal sales incentive programs
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 3 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

Career planning in-house career planning services
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $25,000 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
Education leave educational leaves of absence are available
Unique training & development programs tuition subsides range up to $15,000 annually for undergraduate studies and up to $25,000 annually for graduate programs, YOU Learn portal (online and instructor-led learning), in-house coaching program, new language training, unique Collaboration Weeks (hosts webinars on how to better collaborate using digital tools)

Community Involvement Rating: B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Some of the community organizations supported CIBC Run for the Cure, Food Banks Canada, Windsor Youth Centre, Noah’s House Mental Health Foundation, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, William Osler Health Foundation, Tree Canada, Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS), Earth Rangers Foundation, United Way Windsor
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight BASF Canada's charitable donations strategy focuses on making a positive impact in the communities "we work and live in," keeping with the company's strategy and key pillars, which include STEM education, sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2023):

Here are some of the reasons why BASF Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2023):

  • BASF Canada manages a 24-month professional development program for students and new graduates, where participants complete two 12-month work assignments in different roles within the organization -- the program has a technical and commercial stream (with different work assignments for each), and aims to create a pipeline of talented individuals for future roles, often resulting in students receiving offers for full-time positions at the end of their term
  • BASF Canada also recruits nearly 150 summer students each year in a variety of departments and functions, and many students are assigned a season-end project where they present to their departmental leaders on a key takeaway from the term -- the top 10 presentations are then selected to present to senior leadership
BASF Canada employees attend a company event  

Highlights

Industry Chemical manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Blackie AB, Calgary AB, Regina SK, Lethbridge AB, Cornwall ON, Mississauga ON, Nisku AB, Saskatoon SK, Toronto ON, Windsor ON, Winnipeg MB
Full-time employees in Canada 1,089
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, mentoring, leadership training
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Unique training and development opportunities summer student program (hires up to 150 students annually), buddy program, intensive 1-week summer student orientation (includes presentations from various departments, e-learning sessions and social activities), access to LinkedIn Learning, Discovery Insights
Additional highlights participates in Ready to Work program (in collaboration with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, offers paid summer internship to a student with a disability), students invited to participate in "Twitter Takeover" social media campaign (students "take over" the company's Twitter account and showcase content related to their work)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

The Career Directory

BASF Canada Inc. has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
A seating area inside BASF Canada's new office in Calgary, AB

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Chemical manufacturing
Full-time employees in Canada 1,001 to 2,500
Parent company BASF SE
Parent company head office Ludwigshafen, Germany
Major Canadian hiring locations Blackie AB, Calgary AB, Regina SK, Lethbridge AB, Cornwall ON, Mississauga ON, Nisku AB, Saskatoon SK, Toronto ON, Windsor ON, Winnipeg MB
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 BASF offers a Toastmasters intern program, as well as access to YOULearn platform which includes learning resources such as LinkedIn Learning and webinars related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Typical new grad positions Financial Analyst, Innovation Specialist, Business Representative, Innovation Specialist, Chemist, Engineer
Starting salary $65K to $70K
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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