Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 31, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Fresche Solutions Inc. was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2018):
- Fresche Solutions cultivates an ownership culture through a share purchase plan, available to all employees, and offers referral bonuses as an incentive for employees to recruit candidates from their personal networks (to $1,000)
- Fresche Solutions invests in ongoing employee development with tuition subsidies for job-related courses (to $1,000), subsidies for professional accreditation, and a variety of in-house and online training programs, including apprenticeship opportunities
- Fresche Solutions' head office is located in the city's revitalized Old Port district, offering convenient access to public transit, secure bike parking, an outdoor eating area with barbecue, and a rooftop terrace
Recognized as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Apr 12, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Fresche Solutions Inc. was selected as one of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers (2018):
- Fresche Solutions recognizes exceptional performance through a number of initiatives, including on-the-spot awards, peer-to-peer recognition and long-service awards
- Offering great career prospects for new and existing employees, Fresche Solutions added over 40 new positions last year and encourages employees to become recruiters for the company with new employee referral bonuses of up to $1,000
Fresche looks for tech people both young and older
When Leo Lymberopoulos decided to look for a new job three years ago, he soon zeroed in on one company where he'd like to work: Fresche Solutions Inc. The Montreal-based information technology provider specializes in modernization solutions for legacy platforms, notably IBM i. An IT specialist with a 24-year track record, Lymberopoulos thought Fresche sounded like a good fit.
"I was looking for a new employer where I could add value and Fresche fit my check list," he says. "Right from my first interview with them, I could tell they really care about their people and I became even more enthusiastic when I heard about all the opportunities for advancement."
Today, Lymberopoulos is Director of Expertise Resourcing, Department of Application Services, where he heads a team that helps customers leverage the value in their aging IT systems. Companies make substantial investments in the purchase and customization of their systems, Lymberopoulos explains, but there comes a day when the systems can be tweaked no further. Fresche helps clients assess their business needs and guides them through the process of adopting long-term strategic solutions.
Founded in 1976, Fresche had about 100 employees for much of its history. But thanks in part to mergers and acquisitions, it has grown rapidly in recent years. Also, demand for Fresche's services has soared as companies look for help as growing ranks of retirement-age IT employees leave, taking their skills with them.
Fresche now has more than 400 employees in seven offices worldwide, including ones in India, Australia, Scotland and two each in the U.S. and Canada. They serve a combined client base of 22,000 global companies, including well-known brands like Adidas, Avon and Staples. Fresche can equip them with a varied portfolio of products and services and even augment their staff.
The head count continues to grow. Maria Anzini, VP, Human Resources, says Fresche is looking for both seasoned professionals and recent grads.
While some companies are beset by inter-generational discord, that's not the case at Fresche, says Anzini, an employee since 1989. For one thing, the company's business model means the different generations need one another. "We're an 'M-to-M' company -- midrange to mobile," says Anzini, adding it's how Fresche combines legacy experience and present-day skills that is of such benefit to customers.
Whatever their stage of life, Fresche personnel enjoy competitive pay and benefits, including a share-purchase plan and new employee referral bonuses. The company invests in employee development with a variety of in-house and online training programs, and supports work-life balance with flexible hours and a work-from-home policy.
Anzini says Fresche conducts quarterly rather than yearly reviews so employees always know where they stand and what they can do to improve and advance. She adds the reviews, in turn, provide the feedback the company needs to ensure people have the tools and resources they need to excel.
According to President & CEO Andy Kulakowski, this approach arises from Fresche's core values. Among them: creating an environment that makes it enjoyable to work with and for the company, and doing what it takes to make the client successful and happy.
That's why, he says, Fresche looks beyond potential employees' technical skills to soft skills like customer acumen, and whether they thrive in a collaborative workplace culture.
"We delegate a great deal of responsibility and accountability to our teams," says Kulakowski, who's been with Fresche since 1986. "For team members, that can lead to a powerful sense of contribution."
For Lymberopoulos, Fresche has more than lived up to his expectations and the collegial atmosphere is a key reason why. "No one person has all the answers, but as a team we can deliver great results."