Google is a great place to work in Canada, according to the 2014 List of Best Workplaces in Canada.
The large, California-headquarted multinational Internet company beat out the likes of AOL, Intuit Canada, Microsoft Canada and many others.
In the medium-sized business category, 360incentives, a Whitby-based company that helps companies roll out incentive and rebate programs, was hailed as number one.
The 2014 List of Best Workplaces in Canada is compiled by Great Place to Work, a global research and consulting firm whose mission is to build a better society by helping companies transform their workplaces. All of the organizations on this list were assessed using an employee survey, called the Trust Index, developed by Great place to Work.
It’s part of the world’s largest annual workplace study, which culminates in a series of national lists in almost 50 countries, including the study’s flagship list of 100 Best companies published annually in Fortune magazine. Canada’s version of the 2014 List of Best Workplaces will be featured in the Globe and Mail today in a 10-page special.
Globally, this survey represents the voices of 11 million employees, including approximately 300,000 from Canada alone. It’s what makes this study so credible: the primary determinant used in selecting winners is an employee survey. There’s only one way to get on this list – and that’s if your employees put you there.
Toronto-based ad firm Wishabi took the 43rd place in the medium-sized category. It’s an ad firm that was founded by two University of Waterloo grads, recently raising $15 million in September.
“While there is no single right way to create a great workplace, the very best companies have managed to create a culture where employees TRUST the people they work for, have PRIDE in what they do, and ENJOY the people they work with,” wrote Great Place to Work.
Independent research by the Russell Investment Group showed a strong correlation between high-trust workplace cultures and financial performance. This graph tracks the financial performance of publicly traded companies on the Fortune list of 100 Best Companies since 1997 and suggests that the “Best Workplaces” consistently outperform their peers.