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Wave Overview

Toronto, ON
51 to 200 employees
2010
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
Unknown / Non-Applicable
In 2009 co-founders Kirk Simpson and James Lochrie had a vision which was rooted in the belief that accounting software should be free for small businesses. In 2010, this vision came to fruition, as Wave officially launched, and has since grown to serve millions of small ... Read more

Mission: To liberate small business owners from the administrative headaches of running their own business.

Company Updates

  • This is Michael. Michael is always smiling, even on Mondays! He’s great at flag football, dodgeball, and especially financial planning (just don’t ask him to book a wedding DJ).

    Michael is our Financial Planning and Analysis Manager and has open roles on his team. Apply here: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMCok

    Wave Spotlight: Michael Nicolaou

    Our Wave Spotlight series introduces some of the incredible, world-class talent helping to make Wave great for our customers-over 3.5 million small business owners all over the world. Want to join our team? See what positions we have open , or send in your resume along with a few thoughts on what you can add to the team.

  • Interested in working for Wave? Lucas Kim hated his programming courses in school because he didn’t think he was good at them. Now, Lucas is an Engineering Lead who’s looking to grow his team. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMCc6

    Wave Spotlight: Lucas Kim

    Our Wave Spotlight series introduces some of the incredible, world-class talent helping to make Wave great for our customers-over 3.5 million small business owners all over the world. Want to join our team? See what positions we have open , or send in your resume along with a few thoughts on what you can add to the team.

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Wave – Why Work For Us?


     

In 2010, as a scrappy bootstrapped startup, we made our entrance with an industry-changing application: free, easy online accounting software made for small businesses. From that foundation, we’ve grown to a full suite of award-winning software and services, for small businesses owners and freelancers: invoicing, accounting, credit card processing, payroll and more.

Wave has made an immense impact in the lives of small business owners, attracting over 3.5 million users (and growing!) from all around the world. As of 2019, Wave has tracked over $200 billion worth of income and expenses, while also accumulating $77.2 million in investments.

Simply put, we are making a difference in the way small business owners manage their financial lives, which in turn helps their business grow and thrive.

At Wave, we take pride not only in our own accomplishments, but also in the accomplishments of our brave entrepreneurs and watch in excitement as we see our small business owners succeed with help from our service.

Located in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood (just a 10 minute ride from the downtown core), Wave’s offices are based in the historical Wrigley Gum factory. However, contrary to the vintage feel of our building, our office space is anything but old-fashioned. Our beautiful, dog-friendly space has everything you need and more, from an all-inclusive games room to an onsite yoga studio.

Hungry during the day? Head to our fully stocked kitchen to feast on a wide variety of healthy (and some not so healthy) snacks.

Focus on your personal growth and career development, all at once! We offer world class training and development courses to set you on the path you want to be on. Read more about them here.

Take part in our incredible off-site events! Whether it's our Holiday party or unique summer events run by our executive team, there is tons of fun to be had outside of the office with your coworkers. 

While these extra-curriculars may seem like a distraction on the surface, fear not, as these perks translate seamlessly into your daily work routine, allowing autonomous reign over your day-to-day tasks. If you are someone who likes to take the bull by the horns and get the job done in a fast-paced environment surrounded by talented, helpful individuals, then Wave may just be the place for you!

We truly want every Waver to think of Wave as more than just a job, but also an experience. Don’t just take our word for it, check out our photo gallery to see what our culture is all about.

One of the core values here at Wave is the idea of acting with “Uncompromising Integrity.” We extend this value as a basis for our diversification and inclusion policy in not only the look of our office, but also in the diversification of thought which can be accomplished by bringing people together of all different backgrounds and upbringings.

We are proud to have been named to the 2018 list of Best Workplaces for Inclusion in an analysis conducted by Great Place to Work. This analysis is based on employee agreeance that they are treated fairly regardless of personal characteristics (such as gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.)

Joining Wave instantly gives you access to an incredible package towards your physical and mental well-being for you and your family. Take a look below at our benefits package which will be available to you from the day you start.

  • 100% employer-paid benefits package
  • $500 annual wellness allowance
  • $500 annual education allowance
  • Onsite fitness boot camps, yoga and meditation sessions
  • Adjustable standing desks
  • Paid volunteer days
  • Onsite visits from massage therapists, chiropractors and optometrists
  • Employee driven interest groups i.e. Fried Chicken Fridays, Cocktail Club, Sports Club, etc.
  • Beautiful rooftop patio access with a grand view of downtown Toronto

We have an ever growing team here at Wave, and want you to become a part of it. Take a look at our teams below and see how you can best help Wave and our small business owners all over the world.

Customer Success

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a superhero? Well now is your chance!At Wave, our Customer Success team is made up of highly skilled and empathetic individuals who ensure our customers undergo a fulfilling experience with our product. With every phone call and interaction with our user base, we wish to enrich their experience, and set them on a path towards success. Click here to view our Customer Success job openings

Data

Our Data team thrives on innovating the product that Wave delivers to our customers. Using data science, data engineering and business intelligence, our data team truly democratizes the way in which we deliver the best for our customers.

Engineering

The Engineering team at Wave is key in the building of our platform which is making a difference in the lives of small business owners. Built on curiosity and integrity, our engineering team is constantly improving the way in which we affect the lives of our users

Finance

As the team responsible for Wave’s financial assets, the finance team is driven to manage and interpret financial results in a way that helps us achieve a common end-goal

Marketing

Our marketing team is built on the value of spreading Wave’s product all around the world so that small business owners from all over can understand the benefits of our product, while also establishing a relationship with the brand.

People & Culture

Our people & culture squad is not only seeking to add and retain world-class talent to our team, but is also interested in fostering our award-winning culture into every Waver, ensuring that both our, and our small businesses succeed.

Product & Design

Our product and design team work tirelessly to eliminate points of friction for our customers. The goal of this team is to make the lives of Wave users as easy as possible and ensure a positive, burden-free experience

Risk & Operations

The risk and operations team here protects both Wave and its customers from fraud and financial risks through a revolutionary safety net which results in world-class risk management

Wave+ Professional Services

The Wave+ team here at Wave works directly with small business owners to assist them with how to best use Wave to help their business. Our Wave+ values empathy above all in ensuring the customer is confident in using our service


So what are you waiting for? Take a look at Wave’s career page and become a part of one of the fastest growing businesses in the country!

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    Pros

    People are great - welcoming, smart, fun, empathetic to others and to customers. It's a positive and healthy environment, as focused on the well being of its employees as it is on its customers. Solid product with a clear value and heavy impact to S&M business owners.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of right now, but as the organization is growing quickly, it will be key to keep your standards high and not compromise on the type of people you bring onboard in order to continue this positive and unique environment.

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Wave Photos

Wave photo of: An arcade wouldn't be complete without an arcade machine - custom made, of course!
Wave photo of: One of Wave's customers, Happy Pops, supplying our CEO, Kirk, with delicious mid-day snacks!
Wave photo of: Wave user, Good Things Cafe, bestowing the team with delicious eats!
Wave photo of: Customer Support Specialist, Jamie, making a difference in the life of a customer
Wave photo of: Teamwork!
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Wave Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Wave (Toronto, ON) in September-2016.

    Interview

    The interview process is a bit unlike others I've experienced in the past. It can be a bit lengthy if you're not expecting it, but I think Wave does a good job of helping set your expectations so you know that you will be interviewing for a while. I actually preferred to be there for a few hours, rather than coming back and forth for separate meetings. You get the opportunity to meet 5+ different people (I personally met 7) which I think is helpful to get a holistic perspective of the organization as a whole and also the type of people that work there. It was broken into several chunks, with breaks in between every few sections. There was a technical component, a team component, and then a culture fit interview. They were very respectful of my time and the turnaround time from the original interview was within 1 week.

    Interview Questions

    • -Why are you interested in working at Wave?
      -What is your working style?
      -How do you manage conflict?
      -What was your latest epiphany?   Answer Question
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Wave Awards & Accolades

  • #9 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50, 2016
  • Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures, Waterstone Human Capital, 2016
  • Great Place to Work Certified, Great Place to Work Institute, 2017
  • Canada's Top Small & Medium Employers, Mediacorp Canada, 2018
  • Great Place to Work - Technology, Great Place to Work, 2017
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