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Danone Canada
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Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021) and Montreal's Top Employers (2021):

Here are some of the reasons why Danone Canada was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2021) and Montreal's Top Employers (2021):

  • Danone Canada supports a dedicated role of a "Feel Good" manager, to support employee wellness initiatives that include in-house and online support initiatives to encourage physical and mental health -- the company recently launched a new "Canadian Coffee Talk" website to help employees connect across the country
  • For its non-union employees, Danone Canada offers maternity and parental leave top-up payments for new moms and adoptive parents (to 100 per cent of salary for 26 weeks) and for new dads (to 100 per cent of salary for five weeks)
  • In addition to implementing safety measures prior to government responses to the pandemic, Danone Canada provides regular and transparent communications for all employees -- and also checks in regularly through annual in-house surveys and bi-annual engagement surveys conducted by an outside consultant
Danone Canada employees visit a sugar shack  

Employer Background

Industry Food manufacturing
Established in Canada 1997
Parent company Danone
Parent company head office Paris, France
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Montréal QC, Boucherville QC
Full-time employees in Canada 516
Part-time employees in Canada 3
Full-time employees worldwide 103,253
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 2%
Average age of employees in Canada 43 years
Longest serving employee 43 years

COVID-19

Pandemic response implemented safety measures prior to government pandemic responses, along with regular and transparent communication to all employees

Physical Workplace Rating: A

Commuter amenities free parking, electric vehicle charging stations
Workplace features telecommuter workstations, nap room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, onsite car cleaning and tire change service
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television, massage chair
Snacks available fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, plant-based beverages
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, subsidized meals, take-home meals, vending machines that feature food options created by local chefs, food truck visits in the summer, onsite barista visits during the year
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, instructor-led classes (daily yoga, gym classes with kinesiologists, free virtual instructor-led classes for employees working at home), rowing machines, weights, shower facilities
Other nearby amenities Complexe sportif Duval Auto, Parc national des Îles-de-Boucherville, Complexe aquatique Laurie-Eve-Cormier, Centre multifonctionnel Francine-Gadbois, Boucherville Golf Club, public market, bike path

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name Social Committee (est. 1997)
Past social events Danone Day (global event for all employees), various social events held at offices across Canada (including trivia quizzes, food truck visits, barista days, video screenings), volunteering month, Christmas parties, annual events for retirees
Cultural aspects dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working, concierge services available, employee sports teams, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B

Financial benefits note Danone 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 matching RSP, non-matching RSP
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 $5,000) for some positions
Additional financial benefits discounted auto lease rates, subsidized home internet, discounted auto lease rates

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B

Health plan note Danone 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 100% of the premiums
Flexible coverage health plan is flexible with adjustable premiums and coverage levels
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, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy)
Health spending account up to $500 each year
Wellness spending account up to $500 each year
Wellness initiatives massage chair, onsite vaccination clinics, dedicated role of "Feel Good" manager, to support employee wellness initiatives (includes in-house and online support to encourage physical and mental health), new "Canadian Coffee Talk" website to help employees connect across the country
Family-friendly benefits note Danone Canada has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 18 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 8 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 5 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave
Flexible work options flexible work hours, 35-hour work week (with full pay), shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting, reduced summer hours
Additional family-friendly information maternity and parental leave top-up applies only to non-union employees

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation note Danone Canada has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Unlimited vacation allowance offers a no-limit vacation policy
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information Danone Canada's unionized employees (47% of the workforce) start with 2 weeks of paid vacation, moving to 3 weeks after 3 years of employment (to a maximum of 6 weeks over the course of their careers), receive 3 paid personal days off annually and can apply for self-funded leaves of absence (up to 12 months in duration)

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, annual awards presentation during the National Topline Meeting, departmental recognition events during monthly meetings, formal "What's Up" recognition program (this year includes a monthly live-streaming town hall accessible to all employees, where the Canadian leadership team presents and answers questions from all employees), personalized thank you card from Danone Canada president for hard work during the crisis
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 24 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B+

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes

Community Involvement Rating: B+

Scope of charitable involvement national
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 2,106 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 18 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Breakfast Club of Canada, Moisson Montréal, Dans la rue (in response to the past year's challenges, the company has donated over a million products to organizations across the country, including over 400,000 products to Moisson Montréal)
Charitable giving matches employee donations
Community highlight Danone Canada's charitable program focuses on health, food, the environment and children's health, with the company encouraging employees to select charities of their own choosing.

The Career Directory

Danone Canada has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Danone Canada employees volunteering

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Food manufacturing
Full-time employees in Canada 501 to 750
Parent company Danone
Parent company head office Paris, France
Major Canadian hiring locations Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Toronto ON, Mississauga ON, Montréal QC, Boucherville QC
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op placements available in manufacturing, supply chain, marketing, sales, legal, human resources, finance, and communications, 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 Assistant Brand Manager, Assistant Digital Manager, Retail Development Specialist, Sales Analyst, HR Business Partner Associate, Communication Associate, Finance Junior Manager, Customer Solution Analyst
Starting salary $50K to $55K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Unlimited vacation allowance offers a no-limit vacation policy

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