Best Places to Work

13_04_bestemployermugAn annual online study for the top companies to work for in Canada was released yesterday. The study ranks companies on various factor such as voluntary turnover, ethnic breakdowns, tenure, benefits and perks and number of holidays, to determine the best places to work.

13_04_bestworkplaceGoogle Canada is on the top of the list followed by Intuit, and then Microsoft Canada Inc which rounds out the top 3. Tech companies are generally over represented in these kinds of studies.

I don’t work for any of those companies πŸ™ but I AM a shareholder in 5 of them (or at least their US parent companies) including McDonald’s, Google, and Starbucks which I just bought earlier this year πŸ™‚ Without investors like myself companies would not have the money to expand and hire new employees so it feels good to contribute to something bigger than myselfΒ  πŸ™‚

So how can we use this survey to our advantage? One way is to invest in these businesses. Any company on this list should attract the attention of top talent in their respective industries. These companies can filter through the applicants and pick the best of the best. The result is they’ll have a highly skilled and motivated workforce which should in theory outperform their competitors over time by generating higher productivity and bigger profits πŸ™‚

But investing is risky. Is there a another way we can make money without risking our savings? Yes :0) We can work for these businesses directly. I certainly don’t have the educational background to land a position at Google, Microsoft, or any other tech giants, but I did find a company that only requires you to have a positive attitude πŸ˜‰ Can you guess which one? Well earlier today I applied for a job at McDonald’s and guess what? They gave me an interview! They asked typical questions and overall I think I did well despite not being properly dressed for the occasion. The interviewer said her manager will contact me in the upcoming days. Imagine the bragging rights I’d have if I worked for one of the top companies in all of Canada, muahahaΒ (οΌΎβ–½οΌΎ) Can’t wait to hear back from them ^_^

Random Useless Fact:Β Men get hiccups more often than women.

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04/11/2013 4:36 pm


Google just set up in NZ, but pretty sure I don’t have the chops for it either.

The Loonie Bin
The Loonie Bin
04/11/2013 5:49 pm

I thought about applying at McDonalds and seeing exactly how far I could make it up the ranks and blog about my experiences. Maybe I will if I ever lose my job in the future lol.

Yakezie (@Yakezie)
04/11/2013 5:52 pm

Cool! All American companies. Canadian companies don’t treat their people as well? What’s going on!

John S @ Frugal Rules
John S @ Frugal Rules
04/12/2013 6:31 am

Great point about using this list as a means to look for investment opportunities. I think you’re right on with your assessment and am invested in a couple of the U.S. based ones myself.

04/12/2013 6:40 am

I use to wonder why companies such as Google and Intuit were sought after so much, then I saw a documentary detailing how they treat their works and the atmosphere they provide. They are FAR from your typical office building where you come in from 9-5. I believe they make their employees feel special and give them everything they need to succeed.

04/12/2013 10:48 am

Well said, I guess if you can’t work for them then invest in them because they will attract the top talents from around the world. I don’t work at any of them either so I guess it’s investing from here on in. Thanks for sharing this.

04/12/2013 3:47 pm

Applying at McDonalds? That’s pretty cool; do they ask you what you currently do? πŸ™‚ I think it would be interesting to work there, as the system that is set up is franchised anywhere in the world and seems to be profitable. Keep us posted on what happens! πŸ™‚

Chris @ Stumble Forward
Chris @ Stumble Forward
04/12/2013 7:15 pm

That would be awesome to land a job at Google, or any of these companies on this list but as you said I’m not nearly qualified to land one these jobs.


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