Mars Canada
A farmer at Mars Canada  

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

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

  • Mars Canada's hybrid work initiative includes a "hub day" once a week (all employees work onsite) and another day of each team's choosing -- employees who spend 50 per cent of their time working from home are eligible to request additional home office equipment, such as monitors, headsets, printers, and ergonomic desks and chairs
  • Mars Canada recently increased the duration of its maternity and parental leave top-up policy, 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 -- additionally, the company offers coaching for parents returning to work as well as coaching for managers, to help them better support employees upon their return
  • 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
An employee at Mars Canada tends to crops  

Employer Background

Industry Food manufacturing
Established in Canada 1911
Parent company Mars Inc.
Parent company head office McLean, VA, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Newmarket ON, Bolton ON, Guelph ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 1,530
Part-time employees in Canada 268
Full-time employees worldwide 128,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 8%
Average age of employees in Canada 41 years
Longest serving employee 37 years

Work Environment Rating: A+

Hybrid work employees who spend at least 50% of their time working from home on an annual basis are eligible to request equipment for home use
Flexible work options flexible work hours, telecommuting
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, 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, an outdoor courtyard with wireless access, 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, video games, foosball table, board games
Snacks available fresh fruit daily, Mars Wrigley brands (Snickers, Mars, Maltesers, Skittles, Starburst, Bounty, Excel Gum, Juicy Fruit, 5 Gum, Hubba Bubba, and KIND bars / Bark)
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals, take-home 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)
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

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 retention bonus for factory roles (up to $3,000)

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: B+

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
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, 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 $500 each year
Wellness spending account up to $500 each year
Additional health and wellness initiatives well-being strategy launched in 2021, Be Well team focused on fostering a healthy and energized workforce, monthly well-being newsletter and speaker series (covering topics such as mental illness and menopause)
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
Additional family-friendly information Friday afternoons are designated as "meeting free," coaching for new caregivers and parents going on and off of maternity and parental leave (the program also provides coaching for managers on how to support employees through the transition)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B

Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 8 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, Mars Stars service and peer recognition
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, in-house training, online training, 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
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 100 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 Caledon Community Services, Food Banks Canada, Alliston & District Humane Society, Lincoln County Humane Society, Paws of the North Rescue, Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce
Community highlight Mars Canada's charitable focus is pet well-being and general community support. In 2021, the company implemented a corporate matching program of $15,000 to help victims of the BC floods through the Canadian Red Cross.

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