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The Future Works Here: Surrey, BC

Think it might be time to expand your sales or marketing job-search outside of Gastown, Railtown and Yaletown? We think so. And according to this article from BC Business, that ‘time’ was yesterday. Meet your new contender: Surrey, B.C.

With its “booming population, new university campus, new city hall, new performing-arts centre and starchitect-designed library”, Surrey is “no longer a punch line for smug Vancouverites,” but a city in the midst of a vast transformation.

With a population growing by 14,000 each year, a projected business growth of 10% and an eye on the pain-point laden tech industry, Surrey’s worked hard to attract employers – and the companies setting up shop are trying even harder to attract top-notch talent. That means, higher than average salaries and benefits, quick answers to any transportation-related jitters and a whole lot of opportunity (our favourite word).

Let go of the outdated stereotypes and visions of highway gridlocks, and you might just find a “city of the future” – and an ideal place to look for your next role. Here are some of the companies we’re already proud to work with in Surrey – a list we’re expecting to increase exponentially.

City of Surrey (www.surrey.ca)

Besides the opportunity to work alongside a team of “urban visionaries…reveling in the once-in-a-generation opportunity to steward the lives of millions,” you’ll be treated to an employee gym, on-site cafeteria and coffee bar, subsidized transit passes and reserved parking for carpools, and a plethora of employee events. And in Fall 2013, the whole she-bang will be relocated in the newly designed $50-million Surrey City Hall, conveniently located right next to the Surrey Central Sky train Station. Read more about working for the City of Surrey.

Coast Capital Savings (www.coastcapitalsavings.com)

Staff discounts on mortgages and quarterly bonuses aside, Coast Capital culture is best known for its quirky sense of humour and a mission to end all missions: “change the way Canadians feel about banking forever.” If that’s not enough, you’ve got tuition reimbursements and flexible workdays – including a 10-month option to align with school vacations. Hey, they even celebrated their 2011 Top Employer status by granting all employees an extra day off.

Safe Software (www.safe.com)

Can data transformation technology be fun? Quite possibly when you’re working for its global leader and your workplace is overseen by a “fun committee” promoting health and well-being and, you guessed it, lots of fun. In addition to all the usual benefits, the company also boasts a games room, a big screen TV for after-work movie viewing and an excellent grasp on what work/life really means: “work smart, do what needs to be done, love your job but we know you have a personal life.” Read more about life at Safe.

FINCAD (www.fincad.com)

There are as many Surrey jokes as there are finance jokes, but not at FINCAD – an industry leader in one of the most interesting areas of finance. With above average salaries and benefits for the industry, not to mention 4 weeks paid vacation to start, FINCAD is consistently rated one of the best employers in BC.

If you caught the BC Business Article – or if you have some insider knowledge about what its like to work in Surrey – we’d love to hear your feedback. Leave us a comment below.