Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2022):
Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 14, 2022)
Here are some of the reasons why OneSpan Canada Inc. was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2022):
- To ensure employees took time away while working from home for extended periods, OneSpan Canada created unique company-wide "stand down days" where all employees were encouraged to "log off and decompress"
- OneSpan Canada manages a charitable program called "OneSpan ACTS," which focuses on initiatives related to technology, community wellness and the environment -- employees are also encouraged to get involved with a paid day off to volunteer
- OneSpan Canada helps employees save for the future with matching RSP contributions and offers generous referral bonuses as an incentive for employees to help recruit friends (ranging from $650 to $3,000 for successful hires)
Goldilocks and diversity make OneSpan just right
The “Goldilocks syndrome” is a boon for people who work at OneSpan Canada Inc. Just as the fairytale character of the “three bears” story preferred porridge that was neither too hot nor too cold, the cyber-security firm is neither too big nor too small.
“For me, a company of our size is the perfect spot, because it's not so small that you’re often cash-strapped and don’t have enough money to do the things you want,” says Rahim Kaba, vice-president of product marketing. “But you're also not in a large enterprise where you can get lost in the shuffle.”
That balance is the main reason workplace experience co-ordinator Veronica Buna loves working at the firm. “You feel like you’re part of a big company, but we’re also small enough that you feel you have some stake in decision-making,” says Buna, whose responsibilities include making sure everyone has everything they need to be able do their jobs and feel supported in their roles.
“If you get into one of the tech giants, you don't really have a say as a small individual contributor, whereas here a regular employee has a say in how their stuff gets done.”
With its global headquarters in Chicago, and operating in 17 countries, publicly traded OneSpan offers two streams of services. One is the automation and digitalization of legally binding agreements, for which the company’s Montréal office has developed an e-signature platform that’s been particularly useful during the pandemic, says Kaba. The other is digital identity and helping to stop fraud, a line of business that is of benefit mainly to banks and other financial institutions, he adds.
For Kaba, OneSpan’s global reach is a definite plus. “There’s this level of connectedness to the world, and learning about different cultures. In my team, I've got folks in the U.S., I've got folks in Canada, I've got folks in Europe. We have this daily activity on our Slack channel where we share what we cooked for dinner, what we did with our families. Those interactions are really cool.”
Buna concurs. “We get to work with staff in Brussels or Bordeaux or Chicago. So, we have to understand that everyone's coming at things from different cultures. That becomes really valuable.”
While diversity is part of the fabric of OneSpan internationally, it’s also integral to the DNA of the Montréal office. The company has various initiatives to advance women, says Kaba. And before the pandemic, there were staff events to which employees brought foods from their own cultures and shared their experiences and recipes.
“My background is Indian,” he adds. “I’m a person of colour. And I’ve had the opportunity to grow at OneSpan and get the trust of my boss and my peers and get the confidence to take on a senior role. I've had employees come into the organization and say, ‘Hey, it's great to see a person of colour in a leadership position in your organization.’”
The firm’s commitment to the community through OneSpan Acts is also important to both Kaba and Buna. All employees get a paid day every year to volunteer. Buna says one of OneSpan’s philanthropic activities in Montréal means a great deal to her. “There’s a woman who collects lists from shelters of children who need a little extra fun and love during the December holiday season. So, we collect toys or just cash for something like 120 kids every year. It’s one of those things where you’re just amazed every time.”