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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: 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


Glassdoor Awards

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

Top CEOs: 2017 (#14)

Company Updates

  • COVID-19

    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:

Haris Mahmood, Senior Developer

“In my time at Shopify, I've built context and experience in multiple disciplines including front-end, back-end and most recently, mobile development, through the wide range of projects I've been able to take on. I've realized that having this wide context allows me to see the bigger picture, develop an understanding of a decision's implications on another aspect of a project, and communicate with team members far more efficiently.”

Flora McNeil, UX Manager

“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.”


Julie Bruk, Senior Operations Lead

“I love a good challenge, being able to use your craft and at the same time being uncomfortable all the time is an exhilarating feeling.  Shopify allows you to stretch in many directions while staying true to yourself.  There are so many diverse opinions and skill sets that there is rarely a moment when you don’t learn something new.”

Farhan Thawar, VP of Engineering

"I've always prioritized learning over any other factor in my career. At Shopify, you are a learning machine — you are working with the sharpest people, you're in a high-trust environment which allows you to learn by experimentation, and you're close to our merchants so you can learn from them directly in a high bandwidth way. I'm learning more here faster than I have in my career."

Sylvia Ng, General Manager

“I love working at Shopify because every day we’re enabling entrepreneurs to realize their dreams of making this world a better place. The world’s environment, health, and education challenges are heavily impacted by businesses. It’s so gratifying to help merchants offer sustainable, socially conscious, innovative products — the cool stuff that is our future. Also, the people at Shopify are simply the best.”

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. 

Life at Shopify

To get to know Shopify, you have to get to know our people. How they started here, what they do and what it’s like to work here. It's our people that make up our company culture. Listen to the Life at Shopify podcast to listen to who builds Shopify. 

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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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Digital by default. Digital by design

Digital by default represents a digital-first way of thinking, working, and making decisions. It means the freedom to work from anywhere and the opportunity to build solutions that help Shopify’s merchants and partners innovate through chaos and emerge, stronger and more adaptable than ever before. Like everything at Shopify, we build with intention and high care and we’re always looking for talented humans who crave big challenges, are curious, resourceful, and know how to have an impact.

What this means for you

  • We can hire you (almost) anywhere.
    If Shopify has an entity where you are legally entitled to work we can employ you directly. In all other countries, we may be able to hire you as a consultant.

  • Time zone proximity over physical proximity
    You can work from wherever you call home and connect when the sun’s up for everyone on your team.

  • Core hours not commuting hours
    Skip the energy draining commute and channel your energy into the core hours when you’re at your most creative.

  • A home office allowance to kit out your space
    Design and personalize your at-home experience, with support from Shopify’s technical teams.

  • People first
    A human-centered experience that recognizes your uniqueness and unique needs within the context of building a company that sees the next century.

  • A Shopify community to support you, laugh with you, teach you, and learn with you.
    While we’re growing fast, we’re connected and committed to one another, and to our mission to make commerce better for everyone, everywhere.

Learn more about our move to digital by default

Shopify Reviews

  • Featured Review

    Helpful (10)

    "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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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
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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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    HRBP Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Montreal, QC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Shopify (Montreal, QC) in June 2019.

    Interview

    Processus très bien organisé et ou on sentait un intérêt pour la personne et la candidature. Beaucoup d'entrevues avec différents intervenants ce qui nous permet d'avoir une bonne idée sur le fonctionnement de l'entreprise et sur le rôle.

    Interview Questions

    • Les questions n'étaient pas dirigées mais plutot une conversation.   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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