Recognized as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2018)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 30, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Trend Micro Canada Technologies Inc. was selected as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2018):
- Employees working at Trend Micro Canada enjoy a unique workplace culture, from regular social events such as summer picnics and holiday parties, to company-paid tickets for sporting events and concerts, to an employee lounge featuring video games, foosball, ping pong and table hockey
- Trend Micro Canada supports employees who are new mothers, fathers or adoptive parents with parental leave top-up payments, and also offers a generous subsidy to help cover the costs of adoption (up to $10,000)
- Trend Micro Canada offers 3 weeks of starting vacation allowance, moving employees to 4 weeks after only 3 years on the job -- the company also offers flexible work hours, reduced summer hours, and a telecommuting option to help employees balance work and their personal lives
Trend Micro helps graduates make a global impact
There are hot industries to work in, and then there's cybersecurity, which is positively sizzling. Every day brings another headline about a data breach, ransomware attack or state-sponsored snooping -- and employees at Trend Micro Canada Technologies Inc. are at the sharp end of the response.
Trend Micro keeps businesses, consumers and governments safe from online threats, and the company's Kanata office plays a key role in R&D. "We're working on the next iteration of the product right here," says Senior Human Resources Director Bob Kedrosky. "What we create is used globally."
That makes the company attractive to fresh graduates. Trend Micro has close relationships with Ontario's top universities and active co-op and internship programs to nurture talent. "This is somewhere you can work with the latest technology," says Kedrosky. "It's an exciting place to be."
Working side-by-side with R&D is a draw for employees in sales and marketing, too. Global Customer References Manager Debbie Ng's job includes showcasing client success stories, but also reacting to product feedback and encouraging clients to join beta programs. "Our clients are quite risk-averse," says Ng. "I'm one floor away from our product team and it gives me value to be able to offer that to my customers."
Ng started at Trend Micro four years ago, attracted in part by the human scale of a company that gives new meaning to the term family business. Last year the kids of 15 employees completed family internships, and when Kedrosky talks about "cradle to grave" employee care he means it literally. Company benefits stretch from parental leave and adoption payments to a pension plan -- and even a funeral grant.
Ng's children are too young to intern yet, but are familiar faces at the kids Christmas party, employee barbeque and dragon boat race. Just as important, she's a familiar face to them, thanks to flexible hours that help her balance family time against connecting with colleagues in Asian time zones.
Not that many "Trenders" want to work from home when the office combines IT company perks -- foosball table, subsidized snacks -- with strong community spirit. Employees volunteer at schools and charities, and raised $40,000 for the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization in 2017.
If they do get wanderlust, employees can apply for roles at any number of global locations. "That can be a very exciting opportunity for people at certain points in their career," says Kedrosky. "But they also know that they can come back if they want to."