Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2021):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 8, 2021)
Here are some of the reasons why Pharmascience Inc. was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2021):
- Pharmascience helps employees balance personal and professional commitments with a variety of flexible work options, including telecommuting, shortened and compressed work week options and paid personal days, which can be scheduled as needed
- Pharmascience honours exceptional performance through quality awards, a Bravo peer recognition program (with on-the-spot rewards) and a recognition program for years of service -- additionally, the company offered a $500 bonus for employees who were required to work onsite during the pandemic
- Pharmascience invests in the education of current and future generations with tuition subsidies for employees pursuing job-related courses and academic scholarships for children of employees (to $2,500 per child)
Helping others is part of the DNA at Pharmascience
On March 12, 2020, Emmanuelle Rensonnet was at a restaurant and had no idea that her life, like everyone else’s around the world, was about to change completely. By the time she got into work at Pharmascience the next morning, the whole country had gone into a state of emergency.
For Rensonnet, IT team lead for quality systems for the pharmaceutical company, that meant ensuring even better technological support for the 800 of the 1,500 employees now having to work remotely.
The priority for Pharmascience was to keep all its employees safe. “If we couldn’t manufacture our products, there would be a drug shortage on the market,” says chief financial officer Sonia Girolamo. “So we sent employees home, ensured they had all the IT equipment they needed and then focused on our on-site production workers and what we could do to protect them.”
With additional physical protection measures put in place, the focus remains on keeping employees healthy physically and mentally. In addition to its Employee Assistance Program, the company still offers webinars about stress and mental health. It also provided employees with a free, temporary virtual 24/7 walk-in clinic where they could speak with a doctor.
Within the organization, virtual events are offered: yoga, cocktail parties and cooking classes, to name a few. Every morning, Rensonnet hosts a 15-minute informal virtual meeting to connect with her teammates and catch up over a coffee. “We laugh, talk about what we did last night – we just want to make sure we stay close as a team,” she says.
Pharmascience has also stepped up more than once to help the community. It maintained its Community Partnership Day, and its Pendopharm division organized a volunteer program through which employees could sign up to help local organizations – delivering groceries and prescriptions, supporting literacy programs, even setting up a community garden.
“When the need comes, we address it,” says Girolamo. “Pharmascience's values of community involvement have always been very strong. With the pandemic, we had to rethink our ways of doing things and helping others in need, but it was important for us to maintain our activities at this level.”
Pharmascience also strives to be involved at several other levels. The organization is working in collaboration with the Montreal Heart Institute Research Centre in a study called ColCorona. The main objective of the study is to prevent the complications associated with COVID-19.
Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2022):
By Kristina Leung, Stephanie Leung, Chantel Watkins, and Jing Wang, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 17, 2022)
Here are some of the reasons why Pharmascience Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2022):
- Pharmascience helps students gain work experience through the Next Generation Leaders program -- during the 15-week internship, students work in their respective departments from Monday to Thursday and participate in team-building activities and divisional presentations from senior leadership on Friday
- Program participants also work on a corporate project, meeting virtually to research recommendations to a real business case -- at the end of their term, the students present their findings and suggestions to Pharmascience's senior management