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BASF Canada Inc.
BASF Canada employees take part in a 'Big Topic Wednesday' session during collaboration week  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why BASF Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2022):

  • BASF Canada launched an Employee Assistance Fund to help employees in need of financial support as a result of the pandemic
  • 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 mothers and fathers (including adoptive parents) with maternity and parental leave top-up, to 100 per cent of salary for 17 weeks, and offers an option to phase in the return to work -- additionally, head office employees can take advantage of onsite child care
BASF Canada employees prepare a donation of cleaning supplies for the surrounding community  

Employer Background

Industry Chemical manufacturing
Established in Canada 1954
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 1,109
Part-time employees in Canada 2
Full-time employees worldwide 110,302
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 7.3%
Average age of employees in Canada 42.8 years
Longest serving employee 45.7 years

COVID-19

Pandemic response conducts home ergonomic assessments and offers reimbursements for the purchase of ergonomic equipment, provides access to telehealth and introduced a new wellness program, dedicated employee assistance fund (to help employees in need), pay continuance for employees who need to self-isolate (and cannot work from home)

Physical Workplace Rating: B+

Editorial note due to the pandemic, some workplace amenities may be temporarily unavailable
Commuter amenities free parking, electric vehicle charging stations
Workplace features 9-storey head office features a 4-storey enclosed glass atrium, boardroom, kitchen, meeting rooms with video conferencing capabilities, collaboration spaces, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, nap room, religious observance room, outdoor patio, and a fitness facility at the Toronto location (which is open to all Toronto area employees)
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, video games, foosball table, Creator Space (open concept room with comfortable couches), wellness and quiet room
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, (head office has 2 market-style cafeterias on the main floor)

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Employee social committee name BASF Canada Social Club (est. 1980)
Past social events virtual social meets and happy hours, virtual coffee breaks to help employees connect from across the country
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, casual dress Fridays, music while working, employee sports teams
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications virtual town halls, B.connected video series, pandemic-specific newsletters and website, 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, non-matching RSP
Long-term planning retirement planning assistance, phased-in retirement work options
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.), new employee referral bonuses, discounts on auto purchases

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
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 wellness subsidy can be used for purchase of home gym equipment, fitness club subsidy for unionized employees (to $200)
Additional health and wellness initiatives home ergonomic assessments for offsite employees and ergonomic aids as required, Motivational Mondays or Terrific Tuesdays (to discuss health and wellness topics), 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, phased-in return to work for new parents, child care onsite, academic scholarships of up to $2,000 per child
Flexible work options flexible work hours, telecommuting, reduced summer hours

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, 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: A

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), over 3,000 awards given to employees in 2020, formal "Recognizing You" program for exceptional work, employee engagement surveys include outside consultant surveys as well as ongoing in-house pulse surveys (the company set "employee engagement" as a new non-financial target as part of building a successful business)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 3 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held 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, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation, mentoring to transfer retirees' skills
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position
Unrelated tuition maximum employer pays up to $25,000 in tuition subsidies per year for courses unrelated to current position
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, Collaboration Weeks hosted by the company's global digital services (webinars on how to better collaborate using digital tools), access to Harvard Mentor Manager and LinkedIn Learning

Community Involvement Rating: B+

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)
Some of the community organizations supported Canadian Women's Foundation, Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, Holiday Helpers, The Shoebox Project, Good Shepherd Ministries, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight BASF Canada's maintains a charitable focus on youth, education and diversity and inclusion.
Pandemic-related community initiatives The company shifted production at its Windsor plant to manufacture hand sanitizer and donated over 600 cases to organizations in need over the past year. Additionally, BASF Canada organized a virtual food drive in support of Food Banks Canada, raising over $64,000.

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 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
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
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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