TechVibes, one of Canada’s major sources for news on technology and startups released the results of their 2013 Canadian Startup Awards where readers nominated and voted for their favourites in a variety of categories.
We were particularly interested to see who would win in the category of ‘Employer of the Year’ as the best of the best were present as nominees. The mighty ecommerce-enabling Shopify (whose awesomeness we’ve previously featured on this blog), Freshbooks – the powerhouse of small business accounting software and super social media enhancing HootSuite. These are all very worthy candidates for the award and after the count, HootSuite won over Shopify with 39% of the votes.
So what makes HootSuite so droolworthy to work for? Here are but a few reasons.
They truly “get” their employer brand.
This sweet little ‘Hootlandia’ video creatively expresses what it’s like to be a part of their corporate culture. Hootsuite know what makes them a unique and aren’t afraid of showing a little quirk.
Their offices are fab. The perks AH-MAZING!
Who wouldn’t want to go to work when you get to spend your time in swank offices with super coworkers? Nap rooms. 24/7 gym with lockers. And tents! Need a space? Go grab a tent.
For more details on all of their great perks, do check out this article as it really captures the HootSuite space and their character.
Their HR team is driven.
With increased product adoption by paid clients, HootSuite doubled their staff to 300 in 2012. The kicker is that in 2010, they had only 35 employees!
Given that their growth has been phenomenal to this point, in 2013 they landed the largest VC software deal in Canadian history, requiring their human resources team to fill 100 new jobs in record time. To help with their recruiting efforts, they wasted no time and hosted an open house event which attracted thousands. They engage with candidates via a dedicated Twitter account for their HR team which allows them to promote such job fairs using the hashtag #HootHire. Hey. Their product is all about social media so would you expect anything different from them?
This photo says it all.
So we tip our hats to HootSuite! Job well done.