Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 24, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Scalar Decisions Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2017):
- With 8 locations across Canada, Toronto-based Scalar Decisions increased its full-time workforce by an impressive 75% in the past year
- Scalar Decisions encourages employees to save for the future with matching RSP contributions and rewards employees who refer candidates from their personal networks with referral bonuses of up to $2,000
- As part of the company's flexible health benefits plan, Scalar Decisions offers a health spending account of up to $1,000 per year, allowing employees to top up coverage based on their personal needs
At Scalar Decisions, having fun is a core value
When you think of an IT company involved in building critical systems for hospitals, banks and other institutions, the first word that comes to mind may not be "fun". But sooner or later, everyone who works at Scalar Decisions Inc. uses that word to describe the experience.
"I've been here for about eight months," says Alex Bielecki, a Cloud Sales Specialist in Toronto, "and from my first week, I've had a lot of fun."
The fun at Scalar occurs by design, not by accident. Fun is one of Scalar's five core values, along with accountability, teamwork, doing the right thing, and pushing forward.
"We're involved with our clients' critical systems," says Scalar's Chief Operating Officer, Eric Ng, "so it's stressful. To keep stress levels in check, we make our workplace conducive to high productivity and fun. We're consciously building camaraderie."
With its core values in mind, Scalar's social committee continually organizes activities that keep employees in a positive frame of mind, "everything from ping pong to axe throwing," says Bielecki.
"We also do a lot of stuff geared toward people with kids," he says. "At our Christmas party, we had animals and bubble shows. And we got to meet other families."
As for the work, Scalar has attracted an impressive range of clients since its founding in 2004. Its assignments range from developing computational medicine facilities for the Hospital for Sick Children to providing security solutions for Mountain Equipment Coop's nationwide computer systems and building a robust technology platform to meet regulatory standards for a major bank.
"It's an opportunity to solve complex problems with IT expertise," says Bielecki, who works with Scalar's growing team of cloud architects and engineers to develop solutions for novice, intermediate, and experienced cloud users. "It's cutting edge and quickly growing. It's like a startup within a bigger company, and we have a lot of horsepower behind us."
With its focus on teamwork and quality, Scalar's revenues have grown by more than 25 per cent a year for more than five years. In 2016 alone, its workforce at the company's eight Canadian locations increased by 75 per cent, to 320 employees.
Along with fun, Scalar's continuing growth helps to attract good employees, says Eric Ng. "People like to work for a successful company."
Scalar provides more practical rewards as well. The company encourages employees to save for the future with matching RSP contributions or take a four-week sabbatical for every four years of service.
As part of its flexible health benefits plan, Scalar offers a health spending account of up to $1,000 a year, allowing employees to top up coverage based on their personal needs.
Even as the company grows, Scalar emphasizes more strongly than ever the values that have contributed to its success. The company builds project teams of engineers, architects, financial experts and sales specialists working together for a particular client.
"It brings tremendous benefits," Ng says. "It allows us to attack challenges from various perspectives and come up with the best solutions."
It also strengthens the bonds between employees as they become familiar with their teammates' skills and talents. "I support the account executive team," says Bielecki. "I'm constantly having the opportunity to work with new people."
For Bielecki, the decision to join Scalar last July not only enhanced his work-life balance by enabling him to take the subway to and from Scalar's downtown Toronto office, it also expanded his career choices.
"If you want the opportunity to work in cutting-edge IT in Canada," he says, "this is the place to do it."