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A Pfizer Canada employee volunteers at a vaccination clinic for colleagues  

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2022) and Montreal's Top Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Pfizer Canada ULC was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2022), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2022) and Montreal's Top Employers (2022):

  • In support of employees working from home for extended periods of time, Pfizer Canada introduced a virtual fitness and well-being program to encourage employees (and their families) to stay healthy -- and the company is one of 25 organizations that have joined forces in support of "WellCan," which is a free collection of digital resources in support of the well-being of all Canadians
  • Pfizer Canada recently revised its family-friendly polices, increasing maternity and parental leave top-up for new mothers to 100 per cent of salary for up to 24 weeks and offering parental top-up for fathers and adoptive parents (to 100 per cent of salary for up to 12 weeks) -- additionally, the company offers the convenience of onsite child care at its head office
  • Along with helping employees save for the future through a defined contribution pension plan, Pfizer Canada offers retirement planning assistance and health benefits that extend to retirees (with 100 per cent premium coverage and no age limit)
Pfizer Canada staff members support their local community by donating grocery store gift certificates to West Island Community Shares   (Photo credit: Sylvia de Wit)

Employer Background

Industry Pharmaceutical manufacturing
Established in Canada 1953
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Pfizer Inc.
Parent company head office New York, NY, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Brandon MB, Kirkland QC, Montréal QC, Mississauga ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 894
Part-time employees in Canada 1
Full-time employees worldwide 80,698
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 5.9%
Average age of employees in Canada 47 years
Longest serving employee 41 years

COVID-19

Pandemic response partnered with 25 other organizations in support of "WellCan" (a free collection of digital resources to support the mental health of all Canadians during the pandemic), enhanced crisis management leadership training to help support employees, delivered necessary office equipment to employees' homes to ensure they had proper home offices, regular employee surveys, and formally encouraged employees to take 2-hour breaks from their day to focus on their health and wellness

Physical Workplace Rating: A+

Editorial note due to the pandemic, some workplace amenities may be temporarily unavailable
Commuter amenities free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station
Workplace features telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, outdoor patio, outdoor barbecue, discounts at local restaurants, new Zen room available for employees needing space for rest and meditation
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, television
Onsite cafeteria healthy menus, special diet menus, subsidized meals
Onsite fitness facility for employees only, free membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, instructor-led classes (outdoor fitness classes and running groups), elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, basketball court, shower facilities, open 24/7, online tool to register for fitness classes, kinesiology sessions, nutritional coaching sessions and other wellness activities, loaner bicycles and outdoor basketball nets available, Fairview Shopping Center

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Cultural aspects dress-for-your-day policy, organized social activities for retirees
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications town halls, increased communications over the course of the pandemic

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 corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.), discounted home insurance, discounted auto insurance, discounted auto lease rates

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 90% 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
Retiree coverage with no age limit 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 $2,000 each year
Health spending account up to $2,000 each year
Wellness spending account up to $700 each year
Additional health plan information coverage for gender affirmation, fertility and hormone therapy drug coverage, and psychological support for those undergoing fertility treatments or gender affirmation
Additional health and wellness initiatives formal VIVA wellness program (adapted for online access during the pandemic) offers a range of health and well-being services that are grouped under nutrition, physical fitness, medical clinic, and work-life balance, virtual fitness and well-being program to allow colleagues and their families to stay healthy and to adapt to their new work-from-home arrangements, virtual health care includes 24/7 access to doctors for families and employees, additional caregiver benefits were rolled out (children and elder care), hosted 2 online conferences to inspire employees to be proactive about their own health and wellness, including "The Art of Being Active with Motivation" and "Wellness at Home, Ergonomics and Active Living" sessions
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 12 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 12 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 12 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 12 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits child care onsite
Flexible work options flexible work hours, compressed work week, telecommuting

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 10 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 4 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave maximum 12 months
Additional time-off information some employees receive 4 weeks of vacation to start

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 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)
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 1 month
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A+

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unrelated tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year for courses unrelated to current position

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
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 210 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Charitable giving matches employee donations, matches employee volunteer hours with company donations
Community highlight Pfizer Canada's charitable focus is "empowering health at every stage of life" with employees invited to take part in the annual Give a Hand Day, which is a Pfizer Canada-wide day of volunteering to support the local communities where we live and work.
Pandemic-related community initiatives Pfizer Canada has made significant donations to front-line community organizations over the pandemic, including Centraide ̸United Way, the Canadian Red Cross, West-Island Community Shares, Breakfast Club of Canada, Fondation CHU Sainte-Justine, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), HelpAge Canada and Fondation Petits Frères des Pauvres, and the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Pfizer Canada ULC was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2022):

  • Pfizer manages a four-year marketing rotation development program, providing participants with work experience in sales and market analytics -- program participants work alongside mentors on real-world projects in different functional and therapeutic areas, while receiving comprehensive training and exposure to complementary areas of marketing
  • Pfizer provides students with various opportunities to network with and learn from senior leadership, including an annual student event, town hall meetings and development events -- the organization also offers secondment opportunities for employees to try new roles, develop skills and broaden their knowledge of the business
Employees at Pfizer Canada attend an event for Rare Disease Day.   (Photo credit: Sylvia de Wit)

Highlights

Industry Pharmaceutical manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Brandon MB, Kirkland QC, Montréal QC, Mississauga ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 894
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships, orientation program, in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory, mentoring, leadership training
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Unique training and development opportunities 4-year marketing rotation development program, summer student program with hiring target of 50% of students from underrepresented groups, mentoring program, secondment opportunities, co-op program with Concordia University (students are exposed to roles in commercial operations and finance, offers 2 scholarships each year to recognize co-op students in accounting and finance programs)
Additional highlights annual student networking event with senior leadership
Dedicated employee resource group dedicated student Yammer group where students interact, share stories, experiences, and questions
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Pfizer Canada ULC was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2022):

  • Pfizer Canada committed to increasing diverse representation amongst senior leadership by 2023 (women from 30 per cent to 50 per cent and other underrepresented populations from 15 per cent to 30 per cent, including racialized persons, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people living with visible and invisible disabilities, as well as First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples)
  • Additionally, the company launched an enhanced summer student program in 2021, with the goal of hiring 50 per cent of students from underprivileged and/or underrepresented backgrounds
  • Pfizer Canada rolled out a "Courageous Conversations" program to encourage dialogue on challenging subjects, such as equity, race, and bias
Pfizer Canada employees at the Toronto Paratough Cup in February 2020   (Photo credit: Brian Summers for Summerspicture)
I am proud of Pfizer Canada’s continued commitment in building an inclusive workplace environment where every colleague has the freedom to bring their whole, authentic selves to work each day. This has elevated my own personal sense of belonging within Pfizer even while working virtually from a distance during the pandemic. Alex, Senior Brand Manager

Highlights

Industry Pharmaceutical manufacturing
Major Canadian hiring locations Brandon MB, Kirkland QC, Montréal QC, Mississauga ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 894
Management of diversity and inclusion initiatives created the diversity, equity and inclusion Community of Practice in 2019
Performance management and accountability committed to increasing representation of women from 30% to 50% as well as other underrepresented populations from 15% to 30% (including racialized persons, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people living with visible and invisible disabilities, as well as First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples) at the senior leadership level by 2023
Employee resource groups over 125 colleague resource groups globally with 14,000 members, maintains the PWR Network in Canada (to develop women in the workplace) and OPEN Canada (provides resources for LGBTQ+ employees)
Noteworthy diversity strategies and policies supplier diversity program to provide small, minority, women, and LGBT-owned companies with equal access to Pfizer opportunities
Recruitment initiatives established a goal to hire 50% of candidates for its summer student program from underprivileged and/or underrepresented backgrounds, hiring managers receive specific training on hiring Indigenous candidates and candidates with disabilities
Retention and development programs introduced a job swap initiative to accelerate exposure of women to roles that enhance development and readiness for senior leadership position (offered to 4 women in the past year)
Training and awareness initiatives unconscious bias training provided to all people mangers, inclusive leadership training for all senior leaders (and was offered to all levels of management in 2021), Courageous Conversations program to encourage conversations on challenging topics, Community of Practice creates awareness of important dates through a series of newsletters (such as Black History Month and Autism Month)
Diversity highlights conducted a company-wide diversity, equity and inclusion focused survey and assessment of the organization's current state in 2020, developed four strategic drivers to guide efforts as a result, including building a culture of belonging, developing a talented and diverse workforce, advancing diversity, equity and inclusion through partnerships, and promoting inclusive leadership

The Career Directory

Pfizer Canada ULC has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Pfizer employees at the company's 'Rendez-Vous Arcade' event

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Pharmaceutical manufacturing
Full-time employees in Canada 751 to 1,000
Parent company Pfizer Inc.
Parent company head office New York, NY, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Brandon MB, Kirkland QC, Montréal QC, Mississauga ON, Toronto ON
Student opportunities paid internships, 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
Other info for new grads Manages 4-year rotational programs in sales and market research.
Typical new grad positions Finance Analyst, Marketing Associate, Pharma Business Representative, Market Access Fellow, Medical Fellow
Starting salary $60K to $70K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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