Recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Mar 21, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why SysGen Solutions Group Ltd. was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2017):
- SysGen Solutions offers a number of financial incentives including year-end bonuses for all employees, profit-sharing for some and generous referral bonuses for employees who recruit candidates from their personal networks (ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 for successful hires)
- SysGen Solutions invests in ongoing employee development, providing tuition subsidies for job-related courses, subsidies for professional accreditation and generous financial bonuses for some course completion (up to $10,000)
- Employees working at SysGen Solutions' head office enjoy a number of onsite amenities including a quiet room for meditation and religious observance, an employee lounge (with video games and foosball) and free access to a shared use fitness facility
It's 'a full-circle deal' at SysGen
With two young sons, Tabia MacDonald needed a job that gave her flexibility and incentives to further her career. She got that and a lot more when she started at SysGen Solutions Group in Calgary three years ago.
"As a working mom, I have two boys, so work-life balance and flexibility are an absolute necessity for me. SysGen has provided that," says MacDonald. "I'm able to work from home and work alternative hours as required, which has been absolutely beneficial to me."
SysGen Solutions is a growing company providing IT support services for small to mid-sized businesses in Western Canada. Headquartered in Calgary, it has offices in Edmonton, Red Deer and Vancouver. Despite covering a vast region, the staff are like a closely-knit extended family, says MacDonald.
That's because SysGen is serious about investing in its employees, she says. Along with flexible hours, the company provided her with education to meet her career goals. She's recently completed the Business Analysis Certificate program at Mount Royal University.
"SysGen paid for my tuition and gave me paid time off to take the courses," says MacDonald. "They also paid for my social media training and certification. They've really been supportive in all the goals I've set for myself."
Tuition subsidies are part of a comprehensive benefits package SysGen offers employees, which also includes year-end bonuses. SysGen Solutions Group President and CEO Lyle Richardet says that comprehensive package is essential to retaining employees in a competitive industry. But it's more than that.
"We look to understand what's going on in the lives of our employees," says Richardet. "It's a full-circle deal: you can't just have one or two components and say, 'that's what we do.' You gotta live it and I think we do live it."
Part of living it is a workplace atmosphere that allows employees to blow off steam at the foosball table and includes team-building exercises that are sometimes outside the box, like an excursion to the luge run.
"You get to know everyone and interact with everyone," laughs MacDonald. "One of SysGen's greatest strengths is their staff."
Richardet couldn't agree more. "For me, I need to go to bed at night and feel like everybody's in a good safe spot. That's exactly how we look at this business and the people within. It's not just for me and my family, but the extended family and the community of SysGen."