Recognized as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Dec 11, 2016)
Here are some of the reasons why Fleet Complete was selected as one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2017):
- Fleet Complete provides maternity and parental leave top-up payments for employees who are new mothers, fathers or adoptive parents (up to 67% of salary for 52 weeks)
- Fleet Complete cultivates an ownership culture through a share purchase plan, available to all employees, and offers a number of additional financial incentives including signing bonuses for some employees, year-end bonuses for all, and referral bonuses for employees who help recruit candidates in their network (up to $3,000 per successful referral)
- In addition to maintaining a charitable focus on youth and environmental issues, Fleet Complete encourages employees to give back to local communities by providing donations to organizations where employees volunteer their time as well as matching employee donations
Opportunities abound at fast-growing Fleet Complete
When Anna Tokareva joined Fleet Complete as a receptionist 10 years ago, she never expected to be where she is today. But she rose rapidly through the ranks and currently serves as a Program Manager for the fast-growing provider of fleet and mobile workforce management platforms. She says the company's supportive culture has helped her along the way.
"We truly have an open-door policy," she notes. "From the management team to executives, you're always welcome and free to speak. They're always there to listen and help, if you have any challenges."
Now in the midst of a global expansion, Fleet Complete is brimming with opportunity. The firm is hiring at a pace of about 100 professionals a year in diverse fields such as software development, technical support, IT, infrastructure, sales and marketing.
And for enthusiastic, adaptable employees who are eager to embrace the challenge of scaling globally, advancement can be quick. "We have a fast-paced culture where people have a great influence on the work they're doing," says Larry Indovina, Executive VP - Human Resources. "Everyone has a real voice."
In an era when many new graduates face precarious employment, Fleet Complete offers young people the chance to build a long-term career, says Indovina.
The company is always looking for people who have the potential to grow as the organization grows, says Tony Lourakis, the CEO and co-founder of Fleet Complete, which serves companies that want better visibility around their business operations, mobile workforce, and high-value assets. "A frontline tech-support person may be a future manager, senior manager, director or VP," he adds. "It has happened before, and we would love for it to happen many times over."
Through a partnership with the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, managers at Fleet Complete receive training to help them more effectively guide the company's rapid growth and, currently, its global expansion.
To give everyone a stake in its success, Fleet Complete cultivates a culture of ownership through a stock option plan. It also offers several other financial incentives, including year-end performance bonuses and referral bonuses of up to $3,000 to team members who help recruit candidates in their network.
In 2015, the company also broadened its benefits for families, introducing maternity and parental leave top-up payments that bring salaries for new mothers, fathers or adoptive parents up to 67 per cent of full-time levels for 52 weeks. "Everything we do in this organization is focused around the customer experience and the employee experience,"
To appeal to the growing number of millennials who want downtown attractions and shorter commute times, Fleet Complete's new office is located steps away from Union Station. The open-concept design is environmentally friendly and offers lots of natural light along with other amenities, including a patio and an on-site gym, and a variety of coffee shops and restaurants in the immediate area.
While employees work hard, they also enjoy a friendly, fun-loving atmosphere, says Tokareva. Opportunities to socialize abound, including a variety of staff-initiated clubs and, in the warmer months, staff barbecues or boat cruises. Special events, like the annual holiday party, are always a hit. In December 2015, the company even rented a theatre for a private employee preview of the latest Star Wars movie.
Employees also come together to give back to the community through events like Ride for Heart or by volunteering one weekend a year at a YMCA camp, where they pitch in to clean up and do maintenance. The company's charitable efforts focus on youth and environmental issues.
To encourage employees to contribute to their communities, the company matches employee donations and gives money to organizations where they volunteer their time. Just recently, a $100,000 donation was made to the YMCA, bolstering the company's motto, "We give where we live."