Recognized as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 29, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why Trend Micro Canada Technologies Inc. was selected as one of National Capital Region's Top Employers (2019):
- Trend Micro Canada supports employees through all the stages of raising a family, starting with support for adoption (if needed), maternity and parental leave top-up payments, a one-time matching contribution to an RESP account (to $1,000), and an academic scholarship program for post-secondary studies (up to $5,000)
- Employees working at Trend Micro Canada enjoy a unique workplace culture, from regular social events such as dragon boat racing and holiday parties, to company-paid tickets for sporting events, to an employee lounge stocked with video games, foosball, ping pong and board games
- 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 offers security to clients - and employees
If you asked Zhaofen Ren, a system software developer at Trend Micro Technologies Inc., about first impressions, she'd confirm that they count for a lot.
Having graduated in 2015 from Carleton University with a master's degree in engineering, Ren considered working for several companies in Ottawa.
"Most of them were very slow to respond," she said. "They'd tell me they'd get back to me in two weeks, but I wouldn't hear from them for two months.
"Trend was completely different. I went through the initial contact and testing in two weeks, I had my final interview on a Wednesday, HR said I'd hear from them by the following Monday, and they responded even more quickly than that. They were very professional. They don't waste time."
Founded in 1988, Trend has wasted no time expanding its initial focus on developing antivirus software to encompass hybrid cloud security, network defence, small-business security and endpoint security. With facilities throughout the world, the company now provides security solutions to more than 500,000 businesses, including 45 of the top 50 global corporations.
"The tech sector has a reputation for burning people up," said Bob Kedrosky, senior human resources director for the Americas. "Trend is different. We work hard and play hard, but we also pay close attention to our culture and the work/life balance of our employees."
From flexible working hours for new mothers like Ren, who has a two-year-old daughter, to family internships for employees' children, nieces and nephews to gain work experience after high school and first-year scholarships when they enter university, Trend provides a workplace where employees can prosper.
As part of that culture, Trend challenges its employees to take calculated risks, to improve on existing products and processes, and to "be the best they can be," Kedrosky said.
Upon joining Trend's Ottawa facility, which incorporates research and development with the company's global marketing operations, Ren initially felt nervous, but was immediately put at ease by fellow members of Trend's high-level support team.
"We were super-busy solving problems on deadline for our customers," she said, "but everyone was friendly and ready to help."
Trend also assigned a senior team member as Ren's mentor, who worked closely with her as she became more familiar with the company.
"I work with fantastic people," Ren said. "They want you to take risks, but they give you lots of support."