At Softchoice, 85 percent of employees say their workplace is great.

EMPLOYEE RATINGS

     

This review is based on 435 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.60. It was published on Jun 28, 2017. 6480 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
92%
 
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
90%
 
People care about each other here.
89%
 
I can be myself around here.
87%
 
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
86%
 

What They Do

We asked Softchoice to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Softchoice is one of the largest IT solution and managed service providers in North America. Every day thousands of organizations rely on Softchoice to provide insight and expertise that speeds the adoption of technology, while managing cost and risk.

About this Company

Website: www.softchoice.com Industry: Information Technology
US Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois, 60654 US Sites: 28
Major Locations: Seattle, Washington; Chicago, Illinois; Atlanta, Georgia; Washington DC, District of Columbia; Irvine, California US Employees: 520
Employees Worldwide: 1,692 Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 1989

Celebration in the Atlanta Office

Perks and Programs

We asked Softchoice to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Passport Program: Softchoice has partnered with one of the best providers of employee discount programs in the industry. Employees have access to a network of over 2500 restaurants, retailers and flight deals throughout the country through Passport Corporate. Locations across the United States all have unique, ongoing discount programs for members. Passport Corporate offer mobile apps and online access to their programs.
  • Gym Facilities: At Softchoice, health is extremely important and we know how hard getting to the gym can be! Therefore, at many of our locations we offer gym facilities right on site! Some of the locations include Seattle and Toronto. Other sites are provided with discount memberships to gyms in thier area in order to make it easier to get to the gym!
  • Parking and Transit Subsidy: At Softchoice,we offer our employees subsdies for either taking a greener commute (transit) or parking if they drive. For parking, employees who park at Softchoice lots will pay a maximum amount of $100, if the cost is greater than $100 Softchoice will pay the remaining balance! For our green commute, Softchoice offers a transit subsidy to provide resources and support to encourage the use of public/mass transit instead of driving. we pay each employee $75 dollars per month to help in the cost of buying a transit pass!
  • Softchoice Referral Program: We are always looking for great talent and the truth is, great employees know great people! We offer our employees a generous referral bonus depending on the role for recommending talent that we end hiring. This is a great incentive for employees to recommend their friends, family or past colleagues - this program has been quite successful as 32% of our hires comes from referrals!
  • Bring your Dog to Work: We are a dog friendly office, and encourage our folks to bring their pooches to work. We actively promote this on our website, and on marketing materials. The doggies are part of us here at Softchoice!
  • Employee Investment Plan: All employees have the opportunity to purchase stock in the company and become a shareholder. We have folks working here now that own a part of Softchoice, and we could not be more proud.
  • Free Lunch: Once a month (at minimum) we offer free lunch at our locations as our entire company gathers together for a monthly Orange Nation Live call hosted by our CEO, Vince de Palma. This is a lively show that not only spends time recognizing significant accomplishments, but also giving folks updates on the business and offering up suggestions on how to accomplish goals. This is a great time for networking, learning about opportunities in the company and getting some face to face time with our senior leaders, not to mention an awesome lunch. We also offer up breakfasts, lunches and other food based fun throughout each month, but on a less formal basis.
  • Employee Purchase: We offer employees the opportunity to purchase shares in the company, to own a piece of Softchoice! Many people have already taken advantage of this, and they are now not just employees of Softchoice, but also owners in the company. This was something that our employees have asked for time and time again, and we are so proud and excited that we have been able to roll this program out!
  • Monthly Beverage/Snack Cart: On the first Friday of each month, each office participates in a monthly beverage cart. It's a time for folks in each location to socialize with each other and enjoy a free drink and snack. Most months also have themes like the one in April of this year for Opening Season for Baseball, so all employees have been encouraged to wear a t-shirt or ball camp supporting their favorite team!
  • Extra Days Off: Annually, every full-time employee receives additional time off outside of their stat holidays and vacation. We each receive 1 moving day, 2 volunteer days to use to support any organization of your choosing, 2 floater days to supplement vacation and 1 recess day, which is simply an extra day off. It's very important that we give people time to refresh and relax because they all work hard!

COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS

$103,800 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Outside Sales Representative80% Company-paid health coverage for employees
75% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 80% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
23 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance

COMPENSATION PROGRAMS

  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Stock options
  • Employee stock purchase plan (ESPP)
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WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS

30 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 10 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
Unlimited Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 25 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment
10 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment

WORK-LIFE BALANCE PROGRAMS

  • Telecommute option
  • Compressed work weeks
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (3% have access)
  • Onsite Amenities (We provide a variety of onsite perks that varies by office dependent upon availability, timing, vendor support. These perks are not offered daily, but we do offer them from time to time. Below are some items that you will find a variety of our different locations throughout the US: food - breakfast & lunch & snacks (food trucks) massages flu clinics blood bank donations)

FAMILY CARE BY THE NUMBERS

60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 30 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
30 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
2 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*7 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*2 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.

HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS

  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

16 hours Paid time off to volunteer $608,000 Philanthropic donations in last year
Senior Manager, Facilities Leads environmental impact team Yes Sustainable commuting program
Yes Carbon offset program Yes Recycling program

Diversity

  • Director of Culture and Growth is responsible for the success of formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery
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DEMOGRAPHICS

 
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How to Get Hired

We asked Softchoice for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

At Softchoice we are all about diversity and finding new ways to get our work done!  A great way to tell if someone will flourish in our culture is by some of the key characteristics they have.  When we are interviewing prospective employees, regardless of the role they are applying for, we are looking for passion. People need to be passionate about what they do - whether it is a passion for sales, technology, operations or HR, this is something that all employees at Softchoice have in common and a large part of our culture.   Another way to tell if someone will be a great fit is if they embody our core values. People that are all about personal development and growth, who take care of one another, are passionate about their customers and clients and who own the end result will no doubt be a great fit for Softchoice.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

In order to get our attention and to stand out, prospective employees can do their research! When interviewing candidates, there is nothing that makes a candidate stand out more than someone who is well prepared for the interview and has done their research on Softchoice. When people understand what we do and how they can provide value to Softchoice it truly makes them stand out from the rest.  Having done this also enables prospective employees to truly understand if Softchoice is the employer for them.  What are some challenges and opportunities within the industry? What is our culture like? Knowing the answers to these types of questions will prove to us that you have done your homework, understand what a day in the life of a Softchoicer truly is and that we should hire them!

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

As a company that is focused on supporting the business outcomes with our customers through technology enablement, having strong technically skilled people is paramount.  Systems Engineers, Solution Architect and Developers are key and we are proud to provide these types of people exciting opportunities and the ability bring great solutions to customers.We are also always focused on hiring amazing talent, however in the next year we have a great focus on hiring dedicated sales professionals for a variety of different roles in the following divisions: our Territory Sales Division, Telesales Division and our Outside Sales Division. Some of the roles that we focused on hiring for include our Territory Sales Representatives, Inside Sales Account Managers and our Outside Sales Representatives. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about a career in sales, passionate about technology and have a high learning agility. We have found that having these key traits ensures success upon coming to Softchoice. We also have amazing onboarding and training that ensure our new sales employees get up to speed on our offerings, the technology industry and our amazing culture at Softchoice.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

If someone is interested in finding out more about Softchoice, they can visit us at www.softchoice.com/careers to find all of our available opportunities. There you will also find out what we do (and why we do it!), what makes Softchoice special, the benefits of working for Softchoice and why so many people love working here. They can also follow us on a variety of social media platforms in order to stay up to date with Softchoice and find out more information. Throughout our various platforms, we keep employees up to date on what is happening at Softchoice, around our offices and exciting industry news.  Interested candidates can also visit our GlassDoor page – there you will find reviews from employees past and present, interview tips, company updates, office photos as well as details about our Great Places to Work award! LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/166030/ Twitter: @softchoice Instagram: softchoice Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/softchoice GlassDoor: https://www.glassdoor.ca/Overview/Working-at-Softchoice-EI_IE23804.11,21.htm

hiring Outlook

101 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 13% Job Growth
95 Average applicants per opening 16,721 Total job applicants
16% New hires by employee referrals 16% Openings filled by current employees
21% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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