Vancouver’s Top 10 Employers, according to job seekers

Dec 19 2017, 11:04 am

Stanley Park was just named the most beautiful urban park in the world. This may have many thinking that it is time to move to Vancouver, right? What might a new (or existing, for that matter) Vancouverite want to know about the city? Work, of course.

So who should one work for in Vancouver?, an international job aggregator based in Montreal, has analyzed its database to find out which ten companies job seekers are fondest of in Vancouver.

Note: this was strictly a quantitative study based on job seekers’ interest, not a qualitative one.

  1. Cara
  2. SAP
  3. Vancouver Coastal Health  
  4. Seaspan Marine Corporation
  5. Telus
  6. HBC
  7. SNC Lavalin
  8. BMO
  9. Microsoft
  10. HootSuite Media

If you haven’t heard of Cara, you’re not alone.


The top ten employers were chosen based on job seekers’ behaviour toward employers’ job postings on neuvoo’s database. By comparing the number of a company’s job postings (impressions) to the number of job seekers’ clicks on such postings, we could infer the effectiveness of an employer’s career ‘advertising campaign.’

A simple ratio was calculated for each Vancouver employer on neuvoo’s database, called the click-through ratio (CTR). The CTR, or click : impressions, captures job seekers’ response to, and interest in, employer postings, and thus, their brands. The higher the CTR, the more interest in the employer.

The CTRs were ranked, and the top ten employers were published in this study.


Cara is a Canadian company that operates several branded restaurant chains and airline catering services, such as Milestone’s, Swiss Chalet, Kelsey’s, Montana’s, or Harvey’s. Cara affiliates currently have numerous job openings in Vancouver, including:

  • Restaurant Manager
  • Host/Hostess
  • Server
  • Cook (Line, Prep)
  • Bartender
  • Chef
  • Manager, Guest Experience


SAP is one of the world’s largest software companies, specializing in enterprise software for operations and customer relationship management. The company is based in Germany but has offices in various parts of the world, including Vancouver. The Vancouver office, located in trendy Yaletown, is looking for new additions to the team:

  • Development Architect
  • Senior Product Manager
  • Interaction Designer
  • Inside Sales Associate
  • Manager, User Experience Design
  • Senior Developer
  • Quality Specialist

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)

The VCH is a GVRD health authority providing health services to residents through various facilities, programs, and services. “Promote care and ensure wellness” by joining the VCH as one of the following (and more):

  • Registered Nurse
  • Physiotherapist
  • Hiring Associate
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  • Social Worker
  • Clinical Secretary
  • Director, Home & Community Care

Seaspan Marine Corporation

Looking for employment in engineering in this port city? Seaspan Marine Corporation has a good presence in Vancouver. If you have the right background, consider the following opportunities with Seaspan:

  • Senior Engineer, Naval Architecture
  • Director, Business Development
  • Data Management Technician
  • Steel Manager
  • Supply Chain Clerk
  • Principal Test and Trials Specialist
  • Manager, Safety 


Telus, the large Canadian telecommunications provider will soon be opening up a shiny new office right in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Telus is hiring all sorts of new employees, including the following:

  • Consumer Sales Representative
  • Director- Purchasing & Inventory Management
  • Engineer
  • HR Advisor
  • Systems Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Account Manager


Not only is HBC an iconic Canadian company, but it is also the oldest commercial corporation in North America. If the retail industry interests you, HBC is certainly a great employer to check out, with opportunities such as:

  • General Manager
  • Chanel Fragrance Advisor
  • Personal Shopper- TOPSHOP
  • Jewelry Sales Specialist
  • MAC Beauty Advisor
  • Asset Protection Associate/ Internal Coordinator
  • Visual Merchandising Associate

SNC Lavalin

SNC Lavalin is a Montreal-based engineering procurement and construction services company that completed the Canada Line of the SkyTrain system in Vancouver. SNC Lavalin is a Vancouver engineer’s heaven, with the following careers and more:

  • Trackwork Engineer
  • Procurement Assistant
  • Principal Metallurgist
  • Bridge Rehabilitation Engineer
  • Chief Estimator
  • Intermediate Geotechnical Engineer/ Project Manager
  • Contract Administrator


Canada’s oldest bank, the Bank of Montreal, is also doing a fair bit of hiring in Vancouver. Great positions are waiting to be filled at this financial institution. Some examples are:

  • Mortgage Specialist
  • Investment Sales Manager
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Branch Administrator
  • Commercial Account Manager in Training
  • Senior Sales Assistant
  • Financial Services Coordinator


Job seekers have also expressed great interest in the almighty Microsoft Corporation. The company speaks for itself. Microsoft is looking for crafty, tech-savvy candidates, such as:

  • Software Development Engineer
  • Executive Producer
  • Senior Designer
  • Partner Technology Strategist
  • Audio Engineer
  • Senior Test Lead
  • Anti-Virus Researcher

With the pending new Microsoft office above Nordstrom, a couple hundred new positions will need to be filled.

HootSuite Media

Last but not least, keep your eye out for Vancouver’s most prized tech company, HootSuite. HootSuite is an integrated social media management system, reputed to have one of the coolest offices around town. The CEO has expressed great interest in recent university graduates. If you’ve just completed a degree or will be soon, be sure to apply to HootSuite’s various openings:

  • Enterprise Sales Manager
  • Automation and Tool Development Engineer
  • Front End Web Developer
  • Digital Campaigns Manager, SEM
  • Creative Director
  • Build & Release Engineer
  • Growth Hacker/Marketer

Written by Caroline Song,

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