Succeeding in our mission to accelerate life-saving research is important to us. But equally important is how we achieve that success. We want to build a company we can all be proud of, with a culture that inspires, motivates, and empowers our team to reach their full potential. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved to date, and we’re excited to do more. To make sure we stay true to our unique culture, we codified it.
Our culture deck
We believe that our unique culture has been and will continue to be instrumental to our success, and we also know that as we scale, maintaining is ever more challenging. That's why we codified our culture into this deck for both current and prospective team members to see.
Why make a culture deck?
At BenchSci, we uphold transparency as one of our core values, and so we want to ensure that this document is reflective of our culture as we grow. We recognize that our culture is a constant work in progress, which is why we refresh this deck each year with three main goals:
01Guide existing team members to have a more successful and meaningful career at BenchSci
02Help potential team members understand how we work and decide whether they want to join BenchSci
03Help BenchSci stay loyal to its culture and to continue to evolve and improve it
We're driven by our values and actually live them
Our core values are: Focus, Advancement, Speed, Tenacity, and Transparency
FocusWe focus on what will drive the greatest impact for scientists and patients at all times.
AdvancementWe're dedicated to continuous growth and discovering new ways to do things better. This applies to our platform and business, but also ourselves.
SpeedThe time to change healthcare is now. Without a sense of urgency, our team, our platform, and our mission lose value.
TenacityWe solve hard problems at the intersection of biomedical science and information technology. Grit is needed. Success without it is unlikely.
TransparencyScience never shies away from the truth. Nor do we. We share diverse ideas and information and encourage vulnerability.
Our leadership principles
We consider everyone to be leaders in their own right. We're committed to living by and embodying our SHOWUP Leadership Principles everyday.
We're committed to our people's health and wellbeing
The most important thing in life is your health. That's why we investing in our team's health and wellbeing. Here are just some of the perks and benefits our team enjoys regardless of seniority.
Remote-first, but not onlyWork from where you are – wherever that is – your home, our offices, a coworking space, a coffee shop, or around the world
Work from almost anywhereTravel and work from any country outside your own (with a few exceptions) for up to 90 days per a calendar year
3 weeks vacation + breaksGet 15 vacation days plus every other Friday off in July and August, and two weeks at the end of December
Flex timeUncapped personal days for everything else
Health and dental coverageHealth and dental benefits start on day one and includes mental wellness coverage
Lifestyle spending account$2,500 CAD per year for wellness, lifestyle, and productivity expenses of your choice
STD & LTD insuranceShort-term and long-term disability coverage for when you need it
Home office allowanceOne-time $1,000 CAD allowance to set up your work-from-home spot
Learning and developmentUp to $2,000 CAD plus access to LinkedIn Learning
Leadership coachingA dedicated training program for leaders plus personalized coaching from an in-house coach at all career levels
Caregivers support groupA monthly confidential support group run by a trained wellness coach because we all need help sometimes
Parental leaveChoice of top-up to government employment insurance or 15 dedicated parental leave days
A place where everyone can belongWe're committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). We consider it our collective responsibility to combat social injustices that create disproportionate barriers to the success of underrepresented groups. By seeking out divergent perspectives and backgrounds, we are creating a stronger team that is more representative of our world.
A platform for changeWe are privileged to know that our work positively impacts human health around the world. But we know we can do more to drive meaningful social change. We created BenchSci Forward as a platform to leverage our business for the advancement of important social issues, including diversity in STEM, mental health, and climate change.
We have the tools, tech, and attitude to succeed from anywhere. Our remote-first approach to work empowers our team members to work where they feel most productive and live where they're happiest.
But we're not remote only!
We have offices in Toronto, ON and Cambridge, UK for our team to use as much or as little as they like. Plus we make an effort to have teams meet in-person several times a year in major hubs where BenchSciers live.
Reminder: Some team members may be required to be onsite or travel regularly for their job. Make sure you check the job description and we'll always be clear what the expectations are.