The 6 Best Canadian Tech Companies to Work For

Posted by Rob Lewis

The latest ranking of Canada's top 100 employers has been released. As usual a decent amount of technology companies have made the list, although there are a few notable exceptions.

For example, Research In Motion, which has of course made the list before, is absent. And while Telus and SaskTel made the list, Rogers and Bell did not.

Here's a quick breakdown of the best tech companies to work for in Canada. (Note that we didn't include US companies that simply have Canadian offices or subsidiaries, such as Xerox and 3M.)

1. Digital Extremes. Founded in 1993, this Ontario-based game development studio has 182 full time employees in Canada. It's a very young company with an average age of 32 but also a male dominated one with only 22% of the workforce being female. It's a great place to work because it has a brand new state-of-the-art office, is growing steadily, and offers an array of employee perks.

2. OpenText. This is one of the bigger companies on the list, employing more than 1,300 full-time workers in Canada. It's an older company, founded in 1991 in Waterloo, and its average employee age is also higher at 41. OpenText offers competitive salaries and solid benefits for workers.

3. Telus. The biggest on the list by far, Telus employes nearly 30,000 full- and part-time employees in Canada. It's 40% female, much higher than Digital Extremes or OpenText, but you also risk being just a cog in the machine. Telus is a good place to work because it has a highly accessible head office in downtown Vancouver and allows many employees to work from home.

4. Yellow Pages. Perhaps the most surprising entrant on the list, this antiquated penny-stock company employs 2,700 full-time workers in Canada. It's the only company on this list that employs a majority of women (60%). It's noted for creating new jobs in the digital space, but keep in mind that its traditional publishing business is shrinking rapidly. Definitely the least stable company on this list - but it does have some cool perks like bicycle parking and office shower facilities.

5. Shaw. This telecommunications company employs over 13,000 Canadians, who are on average 45 years old and mostly male. It makes the list because of profit sharing incentives, new parent support initiatives, and generous pension plans. Headquarters are in Calgary.

6. SaskTel. Yep, half the companies on this list are telcos. Evenly split between males and females, SaskTel's nearly 4,000-strong workforce enjoy the perk of three weeks' vacation time after just one year. Its benefits and compensation packages are also rated as "very good." The only downside is that the offices are in Regina.

Company:
Telus Corp.
Website:
http://www.telus.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Technology is a key enabler for TELUS and our customers, providing advantage and differentiation in the marketplace. By managing the life cycle of current technologies and the timely introduction of new technologies we deliver superior service value to our customers and long-term growth oriented investment performance to our shareholders. For investors, TELUS is succeeding in managing technology and capital... more

Company:
OpenText
Website:
http://www.opentext.com
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

OpenText, an enterprise software company and leader in enterprise content management, helps organizations manage and gain the true value of their business content. OpenText brings two decades of expertise supporting millions of users in 114 countries. Working with our customers and partners, we bring together leading Content Experts to help organizations capture and preserve corporate memory, increase brand... more

Company:
Shaw Communications
Website:
http://www.shaw.ca
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Shaw has experienced rapid and successful growth within the cable, satellite and telecommunications industries over the last several decades. With this growth, Shaw has created and acquired a number of companies focused on delivering high-quality products and services to approximately 3.0 million customers in Canada. more

Company:
SaskTel
Website:
http://www.sasktel.com
Location:
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel) is the leading full service communications provider in Saskatchewan, with $1.1 billion in annual revenue and over 1.4 million customer connections including over 568,000 wireless accesses, 528,000 wireline network accesses, 230,000 internet accesses and 85,000 Max™ (TV) subscribers. SaskTel offers a wide range of communications products and services... more


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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more




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