Silicon Valley giants are setting up shop in Toronto
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The company: A cloud-based identification software that allows scatterbrained multitaskers to securely log into all of their platforms with just one password.
The place: A 7,500-squarefoot office in an old textiles building at Queen and John. The sTaff: 60 people. The perks: The office has Ping-Pong tables, beer on tap and video games. Employees can work from home every Thursday and feast on comped catered lunches three days a week.
The company: A web-based platform where colleagues can talk and brainstorm.
The place: A three-storey, 22,000-square-foot complex in a former knitting factory at Queen and John.
The sTaff: 20 people, with plans to hire 125 more employees this year.
The perks: Staff get weekly massage therapy, subsidized monthly gym memberships and up to $2,500 per year to spend on professional development. Every afternoon, a gong sounds to signal that it’s time for a coffee break.
The company: The global marketplace for everything from dog toys to dystopian YA novels.
The place: Five glittering storeys of waterfront office space at 120 Bremner. The decor is quintessentially Canadian, with a massive wooden moose sculpture and hallways lined with vintage Toronto maps. The sTaff: 600 people. The perks: All of the glass walls are writable.
The company: The mammoth information and media conglomerate chaired by Toronto billionaire David Thomson.
The place: A 50,000-squarefoot technology centre in the South Core devoted to cognitive computing and cloud development.
The sTaff: 400 people, with plans to hire 800 more in the next few years.
The perks: The airy, openconcept space has floor-toceiling lakefront views, a staff lounge, a fully stocked games room and a lifetime supply of Diet Coke.