Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 21, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why Absolute Software Corporation was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2019):
- Absolute Software recognizes exceptional performance with a number of unique rewards, including Recognition Days (paid days off) and the chance to receive a four-day vacation package which includes airfare, accommodations and a $500 spending allowance
- Absolute Software offers a number of great financial benefits, including generous new employee referral bonuses (up to $5,000), a share purchase plan available to all employees, signing bonuses for some, and matching RSP contributions
- Absolute Software employees can take advantage of an onsite shared-use fitness facility with weekly fitness classes as well as a company-paid annual pass to kayaking and paddleboarding at beautiful Granville Island and Jericho Beach
Absolute Software makes an absolute impact
Working at Absolute Software Corporation, Jennifer Irwin can stroll by English Bay conferring with colleagues, check out the pizza lunch while walking down to Hastings Street, then have a meeting at Galiano Island - all within a few minutes.
But when you work in a cutting-edge tech firm creating critical security software making life-or-death differences, it's only natural to have an office that blends time and space.
"One thing that truly sets us apart is our space, it's just so welcoming. Each floor has a unique feel with a different theme," says Irwin, human resources generalist.
"We have areas with a ping-pong table, video game, Xbox and lots of windows. There's so much energy, it's great coming to work every day."
Irwin and her fellow employees at Absolute Software's Vancouver headquarters occupy three floors of a building on Dunsmuir Street with spectacular views. The floors are themed on B.C.'s beautiful geography. One has a beach theme, another features street names and the 14th floor has an island vibe. Beautiful settings for serious work.
Absolute empowers over 12,000 customers worldwide to protect devices, data, applications and users against theft or attack - both on and off the corporate network. Patented product Absolute Persistence is embedded in the firmware of Dell, HP, Lenovo and 26 other manufacturers' devices, enabling schools, hospitals and others to withstand errors or malicious attacks.
It can also make the difference between dealing with a life-threatening crisis or a routine situation.
"Our software can make a tangible difference between a customer having an emergency event such as a data breach or not and that's something that's very unique," says Errol Olsen, chief financial officer.
"We're constantly inundated with stories and anecdotes from our customers about how we save them from what could have been a catastrophic event. Our employees know they're having a very real impact on people's lives and appreciate it,"
In return, Absolute Software has a very real impact on its employees' lives. The company has a generous health benefits plan, signing bonuses, profit sharing and matching RRSP contributions. Employees are offered leadership and other career educational training.
Socialization internally and being connected with the community externally also give employees a sense of common purpose. Internal events like the staff retreat at Whistler, annual pumpkin carving contests and other events encourage employees from different areas to get to know one another. The company also does charitable work that includes painting schools for kids in Vietnam.