Recognized as one of Waterloo Area's Top Employers (2021):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Dec 2, 2020)
Here are some of the reasons why OpenText Corporation was selected as one of Waterloo Area's Top Employers (2021):
- Located on the University of Waterloo's campus (where the company's founders have their roots), OpenText is a strong supporter of ongoing employee education with tuition subsidies for courses related and not directly related to their current position (to $3,000 annually), along with a variety of in-house and online training options
- OpenText offers a variety of flexible work options, including flexible hours, shortened and compressed work options as well as work-from-home options
- OpenText offers a full suite of financial benefits, ranging from matching RSP contributions, a share purchase plan (available to all employees) and profit-sharing
Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2022):
By Kristina Leung, Stephanie Leung, Chantel Watkins, and Jing Wang, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Jan 17, 2022)
Here are some of the reasons why OpenText Corporation was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2022):
- OpenText manages a Finance Academy campus recruitment program for new graduates in finance and accounting programs -- as part of the program, students are hired into the company's corporate finance team and attend a kick-off event with other participants as well as learning and talent leaders
- OpenText manages a CPA rotational program designed to give new graduates exposure to various areas in finance -- the program also gives students the hours needed to obtain CPA designation, with costs of the exam and sources supported by the organization's professional development allowance
OpenText is open-door for employees seeking new skills
Although he’s been with OpenText Corporation for just two and a half years, marketing program manager Ryan Campbell has had substantial communication with executives at the Waterloo, Ont.- based company, including its CEO and CTO, Mark Barrenechea.
“The coolest thing about OpenText is that it’s a really flat organization,” says Campbell, who started his career there after completing his studies, which included a master’s degree in management in Grenoble, France. “I have no difficulty reaching out to my VP for sales or my VP for marketing. They actually read my questions and get back to me with insights that are helpful.”
Campbell points out that at the beginning of 2021, he and four other young employees from across the business were part of a virtual panel with the CEO during a live company town hall to discuss their experiences throughout the pandemic – what they’d learned about themselves and the company and what it was like working with their teams remotely. “You know, just being able to get face time with the CEO of a 14,000-person company, that's pretty unique.”
Founded in 1991, OpenText provides information management solutions, helping firms securely capture, govern and exchange information. It is Canada’s largest software company, with clients worldwide across financial services, insurance, the public sector, defence and intelligence, as well as in industries that rely on global supply chains.
And for Campbell, OpenText’s longevity and scope make it a great environment for people starting their careers. “My VP has more than 30 years of business-to-business marketing experience, and working with him, with his wealth of knowledge – well, you can’t learn much quicker than that,” he says. “To have that one-on-one training has been awesome.”
Sandra McLellan, the firm’s vice-president, organizational effectiveness & total rewards, says OpenText offers younger employees a great diversity of work, and the potential to move around – and up. “We have a lot of growth, we do a lot of acquisitions, so there are always opportunities to work on new projects, and to learn as you go.”
“Plus, we focus on career development with benefits such as our mentorships and our $3,000 annual education assistance program. We did a lot of hiring in the past year, and one in five of our positions was filled internally.”
The company’s global reach is also a perk. “In many jobs here, including ones that may be the first in your career, you can find yourself partnering with somebody in India or the Philippines or the U.S.,” notes McLellan. “Our people find that exciting.”
OpenText is also committed to the community. In May, for example, it is launching a partnership with Ontario’s Lakehead University that will see up to 25 Indigenous students at Lakehead’s
Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses participate remotely in a four-month internship program.
The company also provides employees with three paid days a year for volunteerism. “One of my team members used one of her days to sew beautiful masks for her community centre,” says McLellan.
And OpenText has taken care of its employees and communities during COVID-19. “Our CEO did a really great job of communicating regularly throughout the pandemic, and in town halls
we explored together what we were going through,” observes McLellan. “We had a professor from Stanford University who has studied Zoom fatigue do a session on how to manage that. We hired a virtual fitness trainer and a virtual nutritionist to talk to us about keeping healthy.”
OpenText also donated 4 million meals to global food banks this year and conducted a vaccine drive for staff and their families in India, the Philippines and Japan.