HootSuite forced to look outside Canada for talent, says it’s ‘difficult to compete’ with Silicon Valley companies

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The search for great talent is ongoing. For Vancouver-based HootSuite, it’s been a trek. After successfully raising a massive $165 million Series B venture capital last October, the company declared they were seeking the assistance of another 100 people to help build their already powerful social relationship platform. At the time they stated they were looking to fill “over 100 new positions across every department, including Development, Marketing, Sales, and just about everything in between.”

Now a few months later, with some of those positions still open, HootSuite in desperate need for engineers and looking south of the border to quickly expand. HootSuite, like many tech startups competes with the big salaries in Silicon Valley and internationally — which reportedly pay a base between $140,000 to $160,000.

Ambrosia Humphrey, VP of Human Resources, said “It’s a bit of a brain drain. It’s really difficult to compete with really highly funded Silicon Valley companies. In order to keep people here, we have to do a better job of promoting ourselves.”

HootSuite previously held a #HootHire job fair event and attracted over 600 people. The company also created a video that showcased everything amazing they have to offer: great culture, like-minted people who like to laugh, mountains, bring your dog to work, gym and what looks to be a stellar eating area.

The company now employs well over 350 people and recently acquired Cambridge, Massachusetts-based uberVU, plus declared that they surpassed 1,000 enterprise customers, topped 1 million app installs, and have nearly 8 million total users. If you’re looking for a new gig, HootSuite is certainly a company to look at.


Ian Hardy

Ian is publisher at MobileSyrup. He's been quietly creating and building things for years and is completely addicted to Tim Hortons.

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