Recognized as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 12, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Trend Micro Canada Technologies Inc. was selected as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2017):
- Trend Micro Canada offers referral bonuses as an incentive for employees to recruit candidates from their personal networks, up to $2,000 for successful hires
- Trend Micro Canada supports employees who are new mothers, fathers or adoptive parents with parental leave top-up payments of up to 100% of salary for up to 8 weeks -- and also offers a generous subsidy to help cover the costs of adoption (to $10,000)
- Employees working at Trend Micro Canada receive 3 weeks of vacation to start, moving to 4 weeks after only 3 years on the job -- additionally, the company offers flexible work hours and telecommuting to help employees balance work and their personal lives
Tech firm Trend Micro looks beyond the resume
There was something "a bit enlightened" about the ad for Trend Micro Canada Technologies Inc. It made Vanessa Scott-Sabic, who was happy as a consultant, think about whether she might like working full-time at the Kanata-based company, which creates cybersecurity solutions for consumers, businesses and government.
She sent in her resume and a meeting followed. "I could see they were really passionate and committed to improving user experience, and I wanted to be a part of that," she says. "It seemed like a good fit."
Trend Micro felt the same way and a year ago Scott-Sabic was hired on as an Information Developer, a position that helps explain to customers how to use the products and is often referred to as technical writer.
During the interviewing process, Scott-Sabic made it clear that she wanted to switch into a "user researcher role, really trying to understand users' needs, tasks and pain points." Trend Micro told her that while they weren't ready to create such a role right away, they could definitely see her transitioning into it.
Now, just a year later, she's moving into that new position even though her experience in the role was acquired largely informally. "They're putting their trust in me. I feel very valued and respected but most of all I feel empowered. I was able to carve my own path that fit my own skills and I was supported along the way."
Senior Human Resources Director Bob Kedrosky says that in its concerted effort to find the right people, Trend Micro has decided not to focus exclusively on candidates' professional experience in any given role. Another result of this is that the company is looking for new graduates "so we can encourage and help them grow, while we learn from their fresh perspectives as they graduate from school."
Trend Micro has an active co-op program where it can spot talent early and even a special internship for immediate family members leaving high school and headed to college. "We can give them their first real exposure to work," says Kedrosky. Not only are the interns gainfully employed for eight weeks, they receive a "scholarship" totaling 50 per cent of their summer earnings to help them pay for their studies.
And while working with Mom and Dad may be a little uncool, the students can still take advantage of all the cool tech company perks: movie days, poker tournaments, sports activities, charity events, and, yes, subsidized snacks.