Sophos named as one of Canada's top 100 employers and British Columbia's Top 55 employers for 2010

October 22, 2009 Sophos Press Release

Vancouver, BC - October 22, 2009 - IT security and data protection firm Sophos today announced that it has once again been named as one of *Canada's Top 100 Employers and British Columbia's (BC) Top 55 Employers.

This year's winners of Canada's Top 100 Employers and BC's Top 55 Employers were selected by the editors at Mediacorp, the nation's largest publisher of employment-related periodicals and online directories. Top employers were selected based on eight key areas: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement.

"We've seen a change this year in the programs and benefits offered by the winning employers," says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. "Stability and continuity in workplace programs have become the dominant values, with the flashy extras taking a back-seat to traditional benefits that make a real difference in the lives of working Canadians."

Sophos's key perks and benefits for fulltime and part-time staff, include: annual vacation allowance, two volunteer/charity days for employees to use towards a cause of their choice, employer-paid health benefits, tuition reimbursement, matching RSP contributions, maternity, paternity, and compassionate leave top-ups as well as a share purchase plan and life and disability insurance.

"We've always valued our employees as they are the pillars of our company. Providing a generous package of benefits and a workplace that encourages professional and personal growth truly shows our employees that Sophos has their best interest at heart," said Bruce McDonald, Vice President of Operations, General Manager at Sophos in Vancouver. "We are delighted and honored to once again be recognized as a top employer on a national and regional level."

"A profound 'reset' has taken place this year in the programs and benefits that leading employers are offering," says Tony Meehan, Publisher of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. "Things we have taken for granted for a generation - like private pensions and government's role in the employment relationship - are now up for discussion and forward-thinking employers are responding quickly to this sea-change."

To develop this year's Top 100 list, Mediacorp examined the recruitment histories of over 75,000 employers across Canada that it tracks for its popular job search site, Eluta.ca. From this initial group, Mediacorp invited 16,000 of the fastest-growing employers to apply, plus another 8,000 companies and organizations in industries that it wanted to examine more closely. Employers completed an extensive application process that included a detailed review of their operations and HR practices. Over 2,600 employers started this year's application process. The final applicant pool was up 3.7% over last year's total, which was also a record.

*Sophos was named one of Canada's Top 100 Places to Work in 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010. Sophos was also named as one of BC's Top 55 Places to Work from 2006-2010.

About Mediacorp

Now in its 10th year, the Canada's Top 100 Employers competition recognizes employers that are industry leaders at attracting and retaining employees. The annual competition is organized by Mediacorp Canada Inc., the nation's largest publisher of employment-related periodicals and online directories. Since 1992, over one million of Mediacorp's job-hunting guides have been sold. Mediacorp also operates the popular job search engine, Eluta.ca, which lets job-seekers find new job postings - and verified information on perks and benefits - directly from thousands of employers across Canada. Last year, more than 3.8 million people used Eluta.ca, making it one of the nation's most-visited career sites. Each year, Mediacorp also organizes a policy-oriented conference on the Canada's Top 100 Employers project called the "Top Employer Summit", which is Canada's largest annual gathering of senior-level human resources professionals.