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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 (2021), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2021) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why BASF Canada Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021), Top Employers for Canadians Over 40 (2021) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2021):

  • BASF Canada helps employees prepare for the future with retirement planning assistance and employer contributions to a defined contribution pension plan
  • BASF Canada offers three weeks of starting vacation allowance, moving to six weeks for longstanding employees -- and also consider previous experience when setting individual vacation entitlements
  • BASF Canada worked quickly at the beginning of the pandemic to implement a "Giving Back" strategy that focused on supporting its employees and the wider community through a number of initiatives, from continuance pay for quarantined employees, to telemedicine services, to support for food banks and donations of personal protective equipment for health care providers
  • As part of an extensive engagement focus to capture feedback from employees, BASF Canada conducts regular in-house and outside consultant surveys and recently set "employee engagement" as a new non-financial target as part of building a successful business
An employee at a BASF Canada manufacturing plant in Windsor, ON  

Employer Background

Industry Chemical manufacturing
Established in Canada 1954
Parent company BASF SE
Parent company head office Ludwigshafen, Germany
Major Canadian hiring locations Calgary AB, Regina SK, Lethbridge AB, Blackie AB, Brampton ON, Cornwall ON, Mississauga ON, Nisku AB, Saskatoon SK, Toronto ON, Windsor ON, Winnipeg MB, Saint-Léonard QC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,129
Part-time employees in Canada 2
Full-time employees worldwide 117,628
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 7.3%
Average age of employees in Canada 43 years
Longest serving employee 45 years

COVID-19

Pandemic response offered pay continuance for employees who need to quarantine with no work-from-home option, dedicated employee assistance fund (to help employees in need), telehealth/medicine services, unique "BASF Virtual Lab" to help employees keep kids occupied at home, online support for mental health, weekly pandemic newsletter to provide updates to employees, and dedicated community support initiatives, including donations to health care providers and food banks across the country

Physical Workplace Rating: B+

Commuter amenities free parking, electric vehicle charging stations
Workplace features renovated nine-storey head office features a four-storey enclosed glass atrium, boardroom, kitchen, meeting rooms, separate heating and cooling zones throughout the building, noise cancellation technology, fitness facility at the Toronto location (which is open to all Toronto area employees), telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, nap room, religious observance room, outdoor patio
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, video games, foosball table, employees are welcome to book meeting rooms for quiet time (a dedicated quiet room is in the plans),
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, the market-style cafeteria is located on the main floor and is also home to a smaller café that also serves additional food items
Other nearby amenities CAA Centre, Frank McKechnie Community Centre, Meadowvale Conservation Area, BraeBen Golf Course

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name BASF Canada Social Club (est. 1980)
Past social events annual family day event for GTA-based employees (hosted at a nearby apple farm last year), Christmas holiday luncheon, children's Christmas holiday party, annual Take Our Kids to Work day
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, Collaboration Week, B.connected Video Series, past initiatives included town hall events with senior leaders across the country (Toronto, Mississauga, Montréal, Calgary), 2-day offsite "Country Platform" meeting for employee to connect, plan and inspire innovation and teamwork across the company)

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
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits 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
Paid sick days employees receive 6 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)
Wellness spending account up to $400 each year
Additional health plan information annual wellness subsidy (up to $400) can be used for purchase of home gym equipment, fitness club subsidy for unionized employees (to $200)
Wellness initiatives annual global health campaigns
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, child care onsite, academic scholarships of up to $2,000 per child
Flexible work options flexible work hours, telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Additional family-friendly information onsite daycare is a privately run facility

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), manages the formal "Recognizing You" program for exceptional work, peer-to-peer recognition program includes union and non-union employees, employee engagement surveys include outside consultant surveys as well as ongoing in-house "pulse" surveys (the company recently 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, 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

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 135 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 15 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Holiday Helpers, Habitat for Humanity, St. Lawrence College, United Way, Essex Region Conservation, Blackie Community Association, 4-H Canada, Holland Bloorview- Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Carstar Cystic Fibrosis, Food Bank of Canada (food donations in response to impacts of the pandemic)
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight BASF Canada's charitable focus is directed towards initiatives that focus on the environment, health and safety, science education, diversity and inclusion, and community-based initiatives. Employees are encouraged to suggest charities they'd like to see receive support and the company maintains a formal policy to encourage employees to get involved and volunteer for initiatives in their respective communities with paid time off. BASF Canada launched a dedicated giving strategy during the pandemic to support communities through healthcare donations (including hand sanitizers, hand soap and personal protection equipment) to healthcare providers across Canada, donations to food banks across the country, and support for Canadian Blood Services.

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 Calgary AB, Regina SK, Lethbridge AB, Blackie AB, Brampton ON, Cornwall ON, Mississauga ON, Nisku AB, Saskatoon SK, Toronto ON, Windsor ON, Winnipeg MB, Saint-Léonard QC
Student opportunities paid internships in engineering, legal, environment, health and safety, finance, and human resources, paid internships, summer jobs, co-op placements in engineering, legal, environment, health and safety, finance, human resources, and agricultural sciences, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Financial Analyst, Innovation Specialist, Business Representative
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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