The tech sector is home to some of the top Canadian employers according to Glassdoor’s annual ranking of the best places to work. Glassdoor, the career and management review website, establishes its rankings based on anonymous employee feedback, including opinions on their salary, work-life balance and benefits. Last year’s top ranked employer was Earls Kitchen + Bar. This year, following backlash over a controversial decision to stop serving Canadian beef, the restaurant did not make the top 10 and fell to No. 21 on Glassdoor's list.

Lululemon, RBC and Manulife were other employers that were ranked in the top ten last year, but didn’t cut it this year.

In this year’s ranking, six out of the ten top companies are in the technology industry. Here's a roundup of the top ten along with employee comments submitted in the Glassdoor survey:


The Ottawa-based e-commerce company develops software for online retailers. This is the first time Shopify has landed at the top of Glassdoor’s rankings. 

What employees like: The company culture and co-workers.
“[The] ability to learn more every day and work with a phenomenal group of talented people. Perks, great office environment, company's culture and strong product also helps."

Industry: Information Technology
Headquarters: Ottawa


The technology company provides outsourced human resources services. This is the second year in a row Ceridian took the second spot in Glassdoor's rankings. Ceridian recently partnered with SD Worx, a leading European provider of payroll and HR, to expand beyond the North American market.

What employees like: Vacation time and benefits.
“The work is interesting, the compensation and benefits are great, and the people are just amazing. The culture in this company is like nothing I've seen before."

Industry: Information technology
Canadian Headquarters: Markham, Ont.


Since last year’s ranking, ATB Financial climbed three spots, from its previous sixth rank. The company operates primarily in Alberta, providing personal, business and agricultural financial services.

What employees like: Management listens to suggestions.
“I have amazing work-life balance and I know that I can make suggestions and they'll be heard and, if they make sense, implemented."

Industry: Finance
Headquarters: Edmonton


What employees like: Compensation and benefits
"The salary is excellent, benefits unparalleled, and the culture is one of generosity and giving back."

Industry: Information Technology
Canadian Headquarters: Toronto


What employees like: Work-life balance
"Four weeks paid vacation. Everyone packs up and leaves at 5pm. Work from home one day per week. A great culture of doing meaningful work

Industry: Information Technology
Canadian Headquarters: Toronto


What employees like: Work culture and co-workers.
"Apple only hires the best. It's great to work with an amazing team of people who treat each other with mutual respect and a whole lot of love. Management is very flexible and accommodating. It's a healthy, happy place and I love it."

Industry: Information Technology
Canadian Headquarters: Toronto


What employees like: Growth opportunity.
“Great hiring process, in depth, great benefits for long term, great people to work with and for. Advancement opportunity as well as on-going learning and skill development."

Industry: Travel & Tourism
Headquarters: Toronto


What employees like: Job satisfaction.
“100 per cent employee ownership, challenging assignments, getting to build the best and biggest projects in North America, working with industry leaders, great benefits and compensation package, working within a company that is highly respected."

Industry: Construction
Headquarters: Edmonton


What employees like: Benefits.
“Gratis, camaraderie, discount. The cast is very close and works well together. The free product alone makes the job worthwhile, and the discount means we get to treat ourselves a little more often."

Industry: Retail
Canadian Headquarters: Mississauga, Ont.

10. SAP

What employees like: Work culture
“Teamwork, progressive culture, great management, world-class products, training and onboarding, customer focus. CEO is awesome."

Industry: Information Technology
Headquarters: Toronto

For its full "Best Places to Work" list for Canada, visit Glassdoor's website.