Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Mar 8, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Fortinet Technologies (Canada) ULC was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2017):
- Fortinet Technologies helps employees balance work and their personal lives with alternative work options, including flexible work hours, telecommuting and a compressed work week option
- Fortinet Technologies employees can take advantage of discounts at local restaurants or enjoy free dinner options (including vegetarian cuisine) from Mondays to Thursdays -- employees also have free access to an onsite shared-use fitness facility
- Fortinet Technologies offers new employees 3 weeks of paid vacation, and a jump to 4 weeks after only 2 years on the job -- longer serving employees can also apply for an unpaid leave of absence for up to 1 year in duration
Fortinet fights cyber threats around the globe
Fortinet may not yet be a household name, but, says Joyce Chow, Senior Director of Human Resources at the company's Burnaby-based Canadian headquarters, "Chances are that you have unknowingly used one of our products in the past."
As the largest network security appliance vendor (units) according to the International Data Corporation, Fortinet counts among its users businesses, government agencies and universities.
As ever more organizations come to rely on big data and complex IT networks, Fortinet's business is booming. Around the world some 300,000 customers depend on Fortinet, including the majority of Fortune Top 100 companies.
Although the company's head office is in Silicon Valley, it was founded in Burnaby, B.C. in 2000. As a result, some 1,000 employees are based in Canada, with 650 of those in Burnaby.
British Columbia is home to Fortinet's research and development centre and its FortiGuard Labs, where analysts and threat researchers develop proprietary tools and technology to protect against breaking cyber-threats including malware, botnets, and mobile vulnerabilities.
Working together with academic institutions, Fortinet also runs a network security academy providing industry-recognized training and certification to students around the world. Its goal is to address the international shortage of qualified cyber-security experts.
For example, in early 2017 Fortinet had 85 job openings at its Burnaby office, with half being for new graduates. Such roles include software and hardware developers, quality assurance and technical support engineers, and threat intelligence and cyber security experts.
Wanda Boyer, a graduate of the University of Victoria with a master's in computer science, was hired late last year to join the anti-virus quality assurance team. In just two short months, she's worked on a variety of projects and received incredible support from teammates.
"They're all experts in the field and have mentored me above and beyond anything I ever hoped for," she says. "I've learned so much." Among the things that attracted Boyer to Fortinet are its innovation and patent program which encourages employees to submit ideas for consideration and offers specialist support to help guide applicants through the patent submission process.
"I have some ideas," says Boyer, adding that she is looking forward to honing them with input from Fortinet experts. And in the quest for work-life balance, she also plans on taking advantage of the various company gyms and joining some of its many social clubs.