VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Around 1,000 people lined up around the block to get an interview at Vancouver-based HootSuite.
The social media management company started with around 20 employees in 2008.
Now it’s adding 100 more jobs in 40 different departments.
Cheryl Mack hopes to land one of those spots. “It’s the Friday nights, it’s hanging out with everyone on the rooftop patio. They have a rooftop garden by the way. How cool is that?”
Mack hopes to land a marketing job and waited in line for around 40 minutes but says the long line was actually a draw. “If a company can get that many people out and interested in job positions, then that’s a company I want to work for.”
Ambrosia Humphrey has been with the company for two years and once shared a desk with the CEO in the early days.
Now she’s the vice president of talent and says the company walks the walk when it comes to employee satisfaction. “We speak to our employees a lot. So we do a lot of employee engagement surveys to find out what they actually think of us, if we’re being genuine about saying who we are. We’re in social media, if I say something that isn’t real, it’s going to wind up on the Internet. I think that they would say we’re an employee-centric environment.”
She says they receive around 700 resumes a week but insists they make every effort to keep the jobs local. “We really want to make sure that we’re giving everybody an opportunity to find that talent in Vancouver.”
She also believes despite the closing of the Vancouver Pixar studio, Vancouver can remain a hub for the tech industry. “We are trying to build this ecosystem of talent here.
“Vancouver and Canada as a whole really can lay down some huge anchors, make billion-dollar companies and not continue down this regional office path that it’s kind of living on,” she adds.