Recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2021):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 25, 2021)
Here are some of the reasons why PRIMED Medical Products, Inc. was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2021):
- PRIMED Medical Products invests in ongoing employee development with unlimited tuition subsidies for job-related courses, subsidies for professional accreditation and financial bonuses for some course completion (up to $5,000)
- PRIMED Medical Products also supports the development of the next generation through academic scholarships for children of employees (to $1,000 per child) as well as co-op placements, paid internships and summer employment to help students and new grads gain career-level experience
- Along with helping employees save for the future, PRIMED Medical Products provides a full suite of financial benefits, including profit-sharing for all, signing bonuses for some, and referral bonuses of up to $1,000
PRIMED offers its people a sense of purpose
As Irene Tong prepared to graduate from university, her ambition was to become a public school teacher. Now, a decade later, she is manager of customer experience and contracts for PRIMED Medical Products. For her, it’s a career path she never imagined, with all the satisfaction she was hoping for from being in the classroom.
“I wanted to help others become the best person they could become, to help them grow,” Tong says. “Now, I am teaching every day.”
And being taught.
Tong has worn several hats since joining PRIMED, the Edmonton-based global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality medical products, including a range of personal protective equipment (one billion face masks) that it has shipped across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. As she advanced through the company, Tong was encouraged to explore new ventures and supported in various professional development opportunities, including acquiring professional certificates, all on company time and money.
“Every single role that I have had never existed before me,” says Tong. “They were created to match my strengths, interests and the company’s business needs.”
She adds: “Most places want you to fit into their structure. Not PRIMED. They want to help you grow professionally and personally while meeting their goals. They are truly invested in their people.”
Adds president and CEO David Welsh: “There are no structures here to hold you in place. We want everyone to realize their potential.”
One result is that the company’s executive ranks recently were 60-per-cent female. “I can assure that was not part of any diversity initiative,” Welsh says. “It was based totally on merit.”
PRIMED creates employee loyalty in various other ways. “Foremost, we provide a sense of purpose,” says Welsh. “We recently adopted a goal of protecting six million people per day. That meant tripling production, and everyone is pitching in to make it happen because they buy in to that objective.”
Employee family members can get up to $1,000 annually for post-secondary education, and everyone gets two paid days off to devote to a charitable or community cause. During the pandemic, the company ensured employees had everything they needed to work at home, emptying a local Costco’s inventory of computer monitors. All staff get equal annual bonuses, but this year they are getting several as a reward for their pandemic efforts.
For Tong, her PRIMED career has replaced any lingering thoughts about being a teacher. “I’ve learned so much,” she says. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better."