March 10, 2015
FreshBooks Recognized as One of Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers
Toronto, ON--FreshBooks, a cloud accounting software solution designed exclusively for service-based small business owners, was named today one of 'Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers' for the second year in a row.
'Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers' is an annual award that recognizes companies that lead the nation in creating exceptional workplace experiences with forward-thinking culture, workspace, and career development opportunities. Employers are evaluated based on eight criteria: 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.
"Here at FreshBooks, we are building something bigger than ourselves," says Mike McDerment, cofounder and CEO, FreshBooks. "We are on a mission to build a world-class technology company with a global footprint headquartered in Toronto. To get there, we hire the best talent and offer them high-impact roles where their work directly influences the lives of millions of small business owners. Additionally, since teamwork is at the heart of everything we do, the ability to live by our values is just as important as having role-specific technical skills."
FreshBooks is built on PORCHFEST, the company's nine core values: Passion, Ownership, Results, Change, Honesty, Fun, Empathy, Striving, and Trust. It is the fabric of FreshBooks' culture, and serves as the underlying principle for shaping team dynamics and guiding decisions. This has fostered an environment where everyone is committed to being the best they can be – for themselves, each other, and their customers.
"We are honored to be recognized as one of Canada's top employers," says McDerment. "As a founder, I'm proud that we have created a culture where people bounce in to work on Monday morning. Being a FreshBooker is about having both EQ and IQ, and we prioritize learning and development because our industry demands it, and so do our people. This has inspired the creativity and innovation that helps us grow and provide small business owners with award-winning customer service and new product features designed to make their lives easier."
FreshBooks' focus on maintaining both its core values and a collaborative learning environment has remained constant since McDerment built the company from his parents' basement in 2003. This foundation has guided FreshBooks through a decade of growth: from starting off with 10 customers to now serving more than 10 million users in 120 countries, and from bootstrapping to raising $30 million USD in the company's first institutional investment round in 2014. It has also paved the way for FreshBooks to win myriad product, design, customer service, and culture awards.
With a workforce that is virtually doubling every year, FreshBooks is always on the lookout for great talent to add to the team, including software developers, designers, product managers and customer support representatives.