The latest roundup of Canada’s superstar SMEs—produced by Mediacorp Canada Inc.—offers definitive proof that you don’t have to score a post with a big-guy employer to cash in on some nifty work perks. From on-site tiki bars to canine coworkers, lots of the companies included in this annual listing’s ranks have some pretty cool sweeteners in their pots.
Here are 10 of the sweetest:
Connected Lab Inc. The lounge space at this Toronto software developer’s downtown offices are chock-a-block with treats to distract and delight their 83 employees. Among them: a stash of snacks, chess boards, Lego, VR headsets, hammocks and a beer fridge.
Frozen Mountain Software Ltd. Should any of the 29 staffers at this Surrey, B.C. computer software organization suffer fatigue over the course of their work day, they might retire to the on-site nap room for a few corporate-sanctioned Zzzs.
TextNow Inc. The 73 employees at this, “the world’s first cloud-based phone carrier,” get to partake in a slew of perky amenities, including free daily meals at the corporate cafeteria and forays onto its Waterloo, Ont., ice rink and beach volleyball court for seasonal capers.
Harvard Developments Inc. Employees with children at this Regina commercial real estate management and development organization—also a pick in the Globe and Mail’s Best Employers for Young People list—get access to generous academic scholarships for their kids.
Peterson. This almost 60-year-old Vancouver real estate development and management firm offers its 181 employees the option to extend their maternity leaves indefinitely into unpaid leaves of absence.
iQmetrix. This Vancouver-based provider of cloud-based retail-management solutions ensures its 380 employees are well rested and hydrated by way of a cozy lounge with a stocked wine fridge and two taps of craft beer.
Great Little Box Company Ltd. Employees who have worked two decades or longer at this Richmond, BC packaging organization get reserved parking spots. So do carpoolers and hybrid auto drivers.
Rohit Group of Companies. Every year, this Edmonton real estate development and management company shuts its doors for three days to host its 145 employees at a five-star resort. Resulting workplace romances are optional extras.
Croesus Finansoft Inc. This Laval, Que.-based fintech firm is keen for its staffers to stay in the pink. They see to it with various indulgences, including weekly deliveries of fresh fruit and free access to an onsite fitness facility where masseurs’ powerful fingers await.
Wild Rose Brewery. It makes sense that the 57 employees at this Calgary brewery get access to a taste of their efforts courtesy of an onsite pub, part of the funky Currie Barracks military base.
The Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers competition is open to private-sector commercial organizations with fewer than 500 employees. Employers are chosen according to physical workplace; work and social atmosphere; health, financial and family benefits; vacation and time off; employee communications; performance management; training and skills development; and community involvement.