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Shopify Overview

Ottawa, ON
1001 to 5000 employees
2006
Company - Public (SHOP)
Internet
$2 to $5 billion (CAD) per year
Shopify is a platform built for independent business owners of all shapes and sizes to start, sell, market and manage their businesses online, in-store, and everywhere between. With a comprehensive set of industry-leading tools, Shopify has helped over 1,000,000 people in ... Read more

Mission: Make Commerce Better For Everyone.


Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2019 (#6), 2018 (#3), 2017 (#1)

Top CEOs: 2017 (#14)

Company Updates

  • Business owners like you are the heart of Shopify, and we will do everything in our power to support you. We understand that the road ahead may be stressful for you, your loved ones, your employees, and your business. We’re here with you 💚 We’re rolling out a set of product updates and resources to help you respond to this crisis. These Shopify updates include: 💳 Customer gift cards available to merchants on all Shopify plans 🚙 New local pickup/delivery options through Shopify POS 🆓 Extended 90-day free trial for all new sign-ups

  • Gladly accepting the top spot in retail and 7th of the #FCMostInnovative on behalf of more than a million independent businesses. Thanks for the love Fast Company 🙌.

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Shopify – Why Work With Us?


The first Shopify store was our own.

More than a decade ago we started an online store to sell snowboard equipment directly to those who loved the sport as much as us.

We could have listed our products on a number of marketplaces, but we wanted to own our brand and build relationships with our customers, along with selling our goods. Such a tool didn’t exist, so we built it for ourselves. We soon realized a number of other stores were in need of a hassle-free platform to build their retail business, and Shopify was born. Since then, it's been our mission to make commerce better for everyone.


We focus on making commerce better for everyone, so businesses can focus on what they do best: building and selling their products. Today, our merchants use our platform to manage every aspect of their business — from products to orders to customers, selling online, in retail stores, and on the go.


The opportunity to shape the future of independent business ownership is in our hands.

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Here are just a few stories of why people choose Shopify:

Satish Kanwar, GM & VP of Product, Channels - Toronto

“Shopify is a company for entrepreneurs making commerce better for other entrepreneurs. I love being here because at the heart of everything we do is always a relentless focus on our mission and our customers. I feel like I've learned more in my 3 years at Shopify than I have in my entire career, and I couldn't be prouder to work on this team.”

Therese Kirrane, Social Impact Manager - Ottawa

“One thing that I love is the fact that everything is different every day. You know, you come in every morning and you might have plans but they change pretty quickly and it’s all a rush. In the longer term, the thing that I think I will look back on the most and love the most is the autonomy, the freedom to fail. I really don’t think you make anything original if you don’t have the confidence to fail or risk failure.”

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Liz Mcdonald, Expansion Pack - Ottawa

“People see the flashiness of Shopify and say things like ‘Oh you work at a fun office and you have a keg, you must never get any work done.’ I’ve never worked with so many people that dedicate so much to their work every day. I think that’s the best-kept secret.”

Moe Chaieb, Senior Production Engineer - Montreal

"Shopify's community allows you to grow, not only at what you do but also as an individual. Here we care about allowing people to be their true selves, and we're constantly working on being more inclusive."

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Lily Rogers, Program Manager - Waterloo

“I chose to join Shopify because I enjoy working on things that matter to a lot of people and being excited to go to work every day is important to me. You get the sense that everyone here wants to contribute to Shopify in a big way and help grow this already incredible company.”

Zeina Naboulsi, Expansion Pack - Ottawa

“Some of the smartest, most talented people I’ve ever met work at Shopify. And many of them have shared that their successes are mainly attributed to their ability to ‘fail forward.’ It’s an interesting concept to wrap your brain around, but once you do, it’s contagious.”

 

Culture is the sum of our beliefs and behaviors. It’s how people act when they think nobody’s watching. Every single one of us influences the environment here through our everyday actions and interactions. Therefore, we all own culture. To have the greatest impact at Shopify, you need to understand why we’re here, what we value, and how we engage with each other. These are the foundations of our culture.

We embrace being multicultural and celebrate the differences that occur naturally within teams, departments, locations, and projects. We see this diversity as a strength.

We might not agree with each other all the time, but the best solutions come out of the agreements we strike when we look at common problems through different perspectives. Regardless of our backgrounds, locations, or teams, our mission and values link us together. 

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We build products that help people around the world start and grow their businesses. As a workplace, we challenge and support you to hone your craft and make an impact. Visit our careers page for opportunities.

Engineering and Development 

Our engineers and developers are committed to their craft. They're focused on the merchant experience, which means building resilient and reliable systems to minimize interruptions. Figuring out the right approach to those problems? Well, that's the fun part.

Design and Frontend Development

Build what they touch. Learn what they know. Craft the message. Join a world-class team of designers, content strategists, researchers, and FEDs to help merchants get the most out of Shopify. 

Customer Support

Support keeps our merchants, products, and people going strong. With the freedom to explore, experiment, and solve real problems, you’ll never stop learning with this team. 

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Shopify Reviews

  • Featured Review

    "Fastest, biggest game in town. Once in a lifetime phase of growth."

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    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - Director of Engineering in Waterloo, ON
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    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at Shopify full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Shopify is at the top of the Canadian technology scene. Smart, performance oriented, crazy sustained growth means you will see things you can’t see anywhere else. This is how the big companies you know about happened and it’s happening to a Canadian company. You can help. Wins matter in this business and Shopify is winning.

    Cons

    Pace and growth rate mean even though the company has the best of intentions, often challenges happen because no one has solved issues yet. Sometimes it’s fun being in the rocket but sometimes the g-forces can get you.

    Advice to Management

    Company values are highly individualistic and while that feels great for a while eventually a collective, team oriented perspective provides more meaning to people. May need a pivot to that over time. Otherwise...thanks. 👍

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Shopify Photos

Shopify photo of: Lounge in the Ottawa (234) office
Shopify photo of: A meeting room in the Ottawa (234) office
Shopify photo of: A mix of working spaces in our Ottawa (234) office
Shopify photo of: A Pair Programming room in the Ottawa (234) office
Shopify photo of: The "Makers Space" room in the Ottawa (234) office
Shopify photo of: The Wellness Room in the Ottawa (234) office
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Shopify Interviews

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    Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Shopify (Montreal, QC) in July 2019.

    Interview

    My interview process lasted over 2 months (relaxed timeline on my part and not rushed), I had a quick phone chat at the beginning with a lead engineer and eventually went to the office to chat with the HR recruiter to discuss what the position is about and projects available. From then on, there is a coding test to test your capability to problem solve. Passing that, there is a half to full day's worth of interviews. They are skill related (coding), project discussions and also meeting some team members over lunch. I had a wonderful experience interviewing in the Montreal office and everyone has been extremely friendly and kind.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about the time you first experienced or had an opportunity to code?   Answer Question
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Shopify Awards & Accolades

  • Top 10 most attractive companies for tech workers, Hired, 2017
  • Linkedin Top Companies 2018, Linkedin, 2018
  • 2018 Employer Excellence Award - Hire Immigrants Ottawa (HIO) & The Employer Council of Champions, Hire Immigrants Ottawa (HIO), 2018
  • The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies, Fast Company, 2019
  • CEO of the Year, The Globe and Mail, 2015
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