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The top 10 tech companies to work for in Canada in 2016
HUMAN RESOURCES

The top 10 tech companies to work for in Canada in 2016 

The cool thing about this list from jobs and recruiting marketplace Glassdoor is that employees who work in the firms included in the survey were the one who actually judged the desirability of the companies.

The Employees’ Choice Awards Winners for Best Places to Work in Canada in 2016 are based solely on the input of employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback by anonymously completing a company review that also includes comments on salary, benefits review and interview review. Winners are ranked based on their overall rating achieved during the past year. (Ratings are based on a five-point scale: 1.0= very dissatisfied, 3.0= OK, 5=very satisfied)

The award honours employers with 1,000 or more employees in various industries.

It’s also interesting to note that while Vancouver, B.C.-based restaurant chain Earls Kitchen + Bar topped the overall list with a rating of 4.5, the other top four companies were all technology firms. The majority of the top tech firms were also headquartered outside Canada.

Here is a brief rundown of the 10 best technology companies to work for in Canada:

1. Ceridian scored a rating of 4.3, the human capital management technology company with greater than $1B annual revenue provides payroll, benefits, workforce and talent management through its Dayforce HCM cloud-based application.

Workers interviewed said the company cares about its employees and clients. They noted the workplace “atmosphere is innovative and the executive leadership team is committed to excellence in every area.”

On the cons side, people found that “change is constant and the environment is very fast paced” and that the company’s strategic direction “changes regularly.”

As many as 82 per cent of the respondents said they would recommend Ceridian to their friend and 90 per cent said they approved of company CEO David Ossip.

2. Apple Canada got a rating of 4.3 as well. The company got more than 6,000 reviews with many commenting about the “great benefits” even for part-time employees. However, some employees felt that working with the company “long hours during crunch time” and that work-life balance “takes a toll.”

Still 82 per cent said they would recommend the company to a friend and 95 per cent approved of company CEO Tim Cook.

3. Salesforce Canada enjoyed a rating of 4.1. The customer relationship management giant was viewed favourably by 83 per cent of its employees and 96 per cent approved of Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.

While workers enjoyed the salary, benefits and workplace atmosphere, some said that management should “listen to you people, and don’t treat them like numbers.”

4. Swedish networking company Ericsson Canada received a rating of 4.1. Top favourites about the company were “excellent work life balance” and “flexible hours.” However, some noted that “regional influence is very highly dominant in decision making for global employees.

As many as 75 per cent said they would recommend Ericsson to their friend.

5. Mobile and Internet service provider Telus, ranked #10 over all but is 5th among technology companies. It received a rating of 3.8.

One worker mentioned “active feedback, great benefits, continuous pay increases, great work environment and support” as a positive. Another cited “politics…causes a high school-type environment” as a negative.

As many as 81 per cent of respondents said they would recommend Telus to a friend, 92 per cent approved of CEO Darren Entwistle.

6. “Great place to work,” “good people and you are respected.” Those are some of the things works at game developer Electronic Arts have to say about their company. The firm got a 3.8 rating.

Seventy-nine per cent of the workers said they would recommend Electronic Arts to a friend and 91 per cent approved of company CEO Andrew Wilson.

Some said there were “too many teams under one roof,” but the general advice to management was “keep up the good work.”

7. “Fantastic game studio culture, tons of opportunity, is how one worker described Montreal-based game developer Ubisoft. The company received a 3.8 rating also.

While people like the working environment, they believed work-life balance and the low salary could be improved.

Seventy-eight per cent said they would recommend Ubisoft to a friend and 92 per cent said the approved of CEO Yves Guillemot.

8. Toronto-based software company Softchoice garnered a 3.8 rating. The company was hailed for its “awesome culture” and “proactive and positive” management team.

The commute is difficult and there are no clear rules about working from home, but there’re lots of opportunities, a friendly team and “extra activities like beer cart, Softchoice care, leading woman and bring-your-dog-to-work day.

As many as 73 per cent of workers said they would recommend Softchoice to a friend, and 90 per cent approved CEO David MacDonald.

9. Management and technology outsourcing firm Accenture received a 3.7 rating. Employees said it is a place where “team playing is key.” It’s a “great place to work, especially out of university.”

However, some complained about the “bureaucracy” inherent to large organizations. Eighty per cent said they would recommend Accenture to a friend and 92 per cent approved of CEO Pierre Nanterme.

10. “Love it,” is what some workers can say about working at Microsoft Canada. The company received a 3.7 rating.

Employees love that Microsoft is a “very good company” and it provides “very good benefits.”

Downsides include poor communication among management and staff and the lack of resources for training on new products to be launched.

Still 89 per cent said they would recommend working at Microsoft to a friend and CEO Satya Nadella got the thumbs up from 91 per cent of his employees.

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