Like most entrepreneurs, Kirk Simpson (co-founder and CEO of Wave) hated everything to do with accounting, invoicing and payroll. Before launching Wave he owned two successful tech companies, in a time when there wasn’t a simple and free financial software in the market for small businesses. Understanding first-hand the pain of managing finances, he knew there had to be a better way to support small business owners. So in 2010, along with James Lochrie, they officially launched Wave. At the time, only eight employees working out of a small shared workspace in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood. Wave has since grown to become an award-winning financial services software company, with more than 250 employees helping to serve small business owners and freelancers. Fun fact: 55% of Wave employees have owned a business.
Feel the burden of the brave entrepreneur Customer empathy is at our core. It’s embedded in everything we do. We are obsessively devoted to championing the needs of brave entrepreneurs and we take risks so our customers can navigate their own risks a little easier. Purposefully focus We dig to find the root of a problem, then dig deeper to find a way to solve it. We seek to define the undefined and see crazy hard problems as an opportunity to innovate not as an obstacle to success. Move with urgency as one One team, one Wave, focused on one customer. We move with urgency as one unified team building one unified product to solve the needs of brave entrepreneurs. Take ownership We constantly improve our knowledge and the technical aspects of our system. We are masters of our domain. We support our colleagues and find competition outside of our walls, not within. Act with uncompromising integrity We are Wavers wherever we are. Authentic, genuine, all the time. We believe curiosity is learning through questions, not answers and we believe in answering questions with experiments. Provoke greatness We embrace change as an opportunity, constantly adapting ourselves to achieve new heights through the transformation of the status quo into something innovative. Deliver with excellence We are relentless in solving problems and overcoming obstacles. We are vigilant—never complacent. We continually learn and share our knowledge. We may fall down but we never settle for anything less than the very best. Achieve extraordinary results When we achieve extraordinary results, so will our customers. Whatever we are working on, we go all in. We work hard and celebrate hard because extraordinary feels amazing and is highly contagious.
Life at Wave
We can guarantee one thing—you won’t be bored here. At Wave, we embrace an atmosphere of creativity, belonging, and fun. We are on an incredible journey where innovative ideas are shaped on a daily basis and there’s always an opportunity to learn from the best.
Learn and Grow
Unlock your potential. Shape your future. Your path is as unique as you are. That’s why we’ve developed training programs that give you the freedom to focus on what’s important to you when it comes to personal growth and career development. Technical competency training We bring world-class experts and thought leaders to our door to deliver training in skills such as data visualization, storytelling, deep learning, and project management boot camps. Peer-to-peer mentorship program Leveraging the amazing talent within Wave, employees can opt-in to be a mentor or a mentee, and have the opportunity to learn and grow their skills in areas they are personally interested in. My Voice My Lens My Voice My Lens is a transformative program that will take you on a journey of self-discovery to unlock the great leader within you. Using the art of self-portrait photography, you’ll explore and discover sides of yourself that are new, provocative, and inspiring. Personal development coaching programs Various programs delivered by our full-time certified coach, focused on personal development to navigate through limiting beliefs, move towards achieving what you set out to achieve and the impact you want to have. Leadership development Stepping up to a leadership position comes with a new set of challenges. Through online learning and in-person discussion groups, you’ll learn what it takes to be a successful leader at Wave.
Mind, body, and soul At Wave, you’ll live your best, well-balanced life. Joining our team means getting the whole package: rewarding work, amazing people, and resources that help you thrive - inside and outside the office. This also means health and wellness benefits that take care of you and your entire family. -100% employer-paid benefits package starting day one -$500 annual wellness allowance -$500 annual education allowance -Onsite fitness boot camps, yoga and meditation sessions -Standing desks -Paid volunteer days -Game room -Onsite yoga studio -Dog-friendly office -Indoor bike storage -Fully-loaded kitchens: snacks/fruit/drinks/beer -Glorious rooftop patio with a view of downtown Toronto -Employee-driven interest groups i.e. Fried chicken Fridays, cocktail club, sports club, etc. -Periodic on-site visits from massage therapists, chiropractors, and optometrists