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Mars Canada
Mars Canada employees  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2024):

Here are some of the reasons why Mars Canada was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2024):

  • Mars Canada's head office facility is located north of Toronto and situated on a rural acreage surrounded by outdoor spaces and wilderness -- unique aspects of the workplace include indoor and outdoor doggie play areas (in support of the company's pet-friendly policies), a community garden, a maple syrup bush that is tapped every spring, and volleyball, basketball, and hockey recreational courts for sports
  • Mars Canada maintains progressive maternity and parental leave top-up policies, providing new mothers 100 per cent of salary for up to 23 weeks and 100 per cent of salary for up to 18 weeks for fathers and adoptive parents
  • Mars encourages employees to spend time away from work with paid time off during the winter holidays (up to five days) and three weeks of vacation allowance
Members of Mars Canada's pet nutrition team  

Employer Background

Industry Food manufacturing
Established in Canada 1911
Parent company Mars Inc.
Parent company head office McLean, VA, United States
Major Canadian locations Newmarket ON, Bolton ON, Guelph ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,538
Part-time employees in Canada 272
Full-time employees worldwide 130,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 5%
Average age of employees in Canada 41 years
Longest serving employee 37 years

Work Environment Rating: A+

Flexible work options hybrid work option, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees working offsite more than 50% of the time are eligible to request additional equipment and furniture for their home offices, (flexible work options vary by position)
Commuter amenities online carpool sign-up, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Onsite workplace features office is situated on 96 acres of rural land and is surrounded by outdoor space and wilderness, the workplace features a multi-faith space, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, outdoor barbecue, discounts at local restaurants, an outdoor courtyard, indoor and outdoor doggie play areas (in support of the company's pet-friendly policies), a community garden, a maple syrup bush that is tapped every spring, and volleyball, basketball, and hockey recreational courts for sports
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, music, television, table tennis
Snacks available fruit bowls restocked on a weekly basis
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals, (cafeteria is open 20 hours per day to accommodate night shifts)
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (yoga), elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: A

Employee social committee name various social committees (est. 1986)
Past social events Bolton office re-opening celebration, annual strategy conference and Summit Awards ceremony
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working, can bring pets to work when needed, employee sports teams
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, internal social media
Other in-house communications quarterly and monthly town halls

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B

Financial benefits note Mars 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, life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $2,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits signing and retention bonus for factory roles (up to $3,000)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

Health plan note Mars 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
Minimum hours worked for coverage 24 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage option up to 65 years of age
Dental coverage routine, restorative
Eyecare $200 every 2 years
Paid sick days employees receive 4 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 $1,000 each year
Health spending account up to $1,300 each year
Wellness spending account up to $1,300 each year
Additional health and wellness initiatives "Be Well" team hosts various events (from mental health first-aid training to men's physical health seminars to sleep seminars)
Family-friendly benefits note Mars Canada has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $5,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 17 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 6 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 18 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 18 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits academic scholarships of up to $7,000 per child

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: A+

Vacation note Mars Canada has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 10 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 5 days off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 1 personal day off each year, as needed
Company paid days off employees receive 1 personal day off, as determined by their employer
Unpaid leave maximum 6 months

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 on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: B

In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, leadership development programs, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 80% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $5,250 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Education leave educational leaves of absence are available

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 2 paid days)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 152 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 25 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Indspire, Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), Canadian Red Cross, Food Banks Canada, Pedigree Foundation, Caledon Community Services, Dress for Success, Ontario SPCA, Humane Societies and animal shelters across the country
Community highlight Mars Canada's charitable focus is pet well-being and general community support.

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