Tech firms make top employer list

Three Ottawa tech firms have made Mediacorp’s fourth annual list of Canada’s Top 100 Small & Medium Employers.

Halogen Software, Kinaxis and Pythian all made this year’s list released earlier this week.

Employers are evaluated on eight criteria: physical workplace; work atmosphere and social; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.  

"The old assumption that smaller organizations offer less attractive benefits is increasingly looking out-of-date," Mediacorp’s managing editor of the Canada's Top 100 Employers Richard Yerema said in a statement. "This year's SME winners provide striking examples of smaller organizations 'getting it right' on a range of important benefits, from maternity leave to flexible vacation policies."

Halogen’s chief people officer, Dominique Jones, said employee development is integral to the company's corporate culture.

“At Halogen, our mission is to help organizations win with talent. And the same is true at our own organization because we believe our employees are our greatest competitive differentiator," Ms. Jones said in a statement.

Kinaxis’s vice-president of human resources, Meghan Paterson, said the firm believes employee satisfaction is a priority regardless of a company’s size.

“We aim to provide our team ample opportunity to be adventurous and self-empowered in their roles,” she said in a statement.

Pythian’s vice-president of human resources, Heidi Hauver, said the company takes pride in creating a good work environment.

“We place a high value on creating a corporate culture that allows our employees to benefit from a great work-life balance,” she said in a statement.