Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Nov 8, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Thomson Reuters Canada Limited was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2019) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2019) :
- Along with generous discounts to its impressive suite of educational and professional resources, Thomson Reuters supports ongoing employee development through a number of in-house and online training initiatives, as well as generous tuition subsidies for courses at outside institutions for courses related and not directly related to their current position (to $5,250)
- Thomson Reuters supports a number of charitable initiatives each year and offers employees paid time off to volunteer with their favourite organization -- the company also matches employee donations in addition to providing financial donations to organizations where employees volunteer their time through its "Dollars for Doers" initiative (to $1,000 for every 40 volunteer hours)
- Thomson Reuters encourages employees to become owners through a share purchase plan (available to all employees) and offers a full suite of financial benefits, including profit-sharing, year-end bonuses for all, and referral bonuses of up to $1,500
A pioneer spirit prevails at Thomson Reuters
When Lisa Bender went to work for Thomson Reuters Canada Limited at its Centre for Cognitive Computing in Toronto, she joined an elite group of engineers and researchers at the company whose innovations have already had a profound impact on the lives of millions of people.
Thomson Reuters ranks among the world's leading providers of news and information-based tools to legal, accounting and tax professionals. It focuses in particular on legal, regulatory and tax changes.
"We work on creating new generations of software, adding to existing products or developing new ones," says Bender, one of more than 200 people hired over the last two years to get the centre up and running.
Before she graduated in 2017 from the University of Waterloo with a bachelor's degree in mathematics, Bender spent an eight-month co-op term at Thomson Reuters. "But I don't think I realized how big the company is," she says.
She quickly found out in 2017, when she joined Thomson Reuters as a Software Engineer. From the outset, the company has relied on her to contribute to her teams' objectives, working not only with her associates in Toronto but with company engineers and researchers in New York and Minnesota, as well.
"It's critical to involve everyone," says Chief Technology Officer Shawn Malhotra. "The next big idea in technology could come from a co-op student or a veteran. Everyone has to feel encouraged to contribute ideas and to challenge each other."
To generate cutting-edge technology, Thomson Reuters has hired individuals like Bender who will stimulate "a high-energy culture of innovation to help our customers become better at what they do," says Malhotra. "We encourage experimentation in an environment defined by trust, transparency and dynamic thought, and we see failure as an opportunity for learning. When we're recruiting we look for people who share those qualities."
Thomson Reuters casts its recruitment net far beyond the conventional channels. In addition to co-op placements and internships, the company participates in grassroots initiatives like Girls Make Games and Ladies Learning Code, which promote collaborative, technological learning among women and young people.
In particular, cooperation with these and similar groups helps Thomson Reuters in its objective to place women in 40 per cent of senior management roles by 2020. It also enhances the company's value to its customers.
In particular, cooperation with these and similar groups helps Thomson Reuters in its objective to place women in 40 per cent of senior management roles globally by 2020. (The company has already surpassed this goal in Canada.) It also enhances the company's value to its customers.
"I truly believe that the only way to have the best team is to have a diverse team," says Malhotra. "You're not seeing the whole picture unless you do."
For Bender, Thomson Reuters has given her the opportunity to expand her professional horizons with the support and mentorship of senior developers and researchers. After less than two years with the company, she has already seen her contribution come to life.
"We've helped to improve the search capacity of Westlaw, which is a Thomson Reuters product for the legal profession," she says.
The new product, called Westlaw Edge, applies artificial intelligence to enable legal professionals to comb through precedent-setting case law and legislation more quickly, accurately and efficiently. It incorporates tools that warn legal professionals about law that's no longer valid along with litigation analytics and research tools that help lawyers understand the relationship between cases that constitute precedents.
"Research that used to take days now takes hours," says Bender.
"There's lots of opportunity here to learn," she continues. "I get to work with talented people on up-to-date technologies. And since we're still a relatively new office, I get to be a pioneer."