Why Latitude

First, here's a list of reasons (some major, some minor) that we believe make Latitude Geographics a good place to spend our days and build our careers:

1. Top-notch colleagues that like and respect one another

2. Challenging, interesting work

3. Cutting edge technology

4. Technology that makes the world a better place.

For example, we help:

  • citizens evacuate before hurricanes
  • people buy new homes
  • scientists track the movements of species like polar bears
  • agencies clean up after oil spills
  • planners make roads safer
  • businesses figure out where to locate
  • forest companies to better manage forests
  • firefighters fight fires
  • companies remediate contaminated sites
  • engineers create safer highways

5. We've grown steadily, year after year

6. We listen to peoples' ideas—and act on them

7. We're recognized experts in our field—people around the world seek us out

8. An excellent reputation and our clients like us

9. A supportive environment for training and professional development

10. Fair, equitable salaries and a good group benefits program

11. Plenty of opportunity for advancement

12. We're debt-free and profitable, with historic annual growth of 15%-100% (we were #34 on PROFIT magazine's 2006 list of Canada's Fastest Growing Companies and #35 in 2007).

13. We only take on ethical projects (our software license agreements even tie in the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Conventions of 1949, or the Geneva Protocols of 1977)

14. We give back to our community

15. Opportunities to travel internationally

16. A cool "non Office Spacey" downtown location overlooking Victoria's Inner Harbour

17. Company ocean kayaks stored at a nearby marina (a five minute walk away)

18. The CEO rides his bike to work

19. Good coffee

20. An amazing roof-top patio (complete with BBQ and ping pong table)

21. Automotive GPS units and other perks for use on vacation

22. Movie nights at the Latiplex (15' projection screen with surround sound), HD Channels

23. Company summer and winter parties (that are fun to attend)

24. Poker nights/Foosball tournaments

25. The Latitude Legends softball team

26. Profit sharing

27. Lunchtime yoga on Wednesdays and Fridays

28. Thursday lunchtime speakers (lunch supplied)

29. Bottomless book budget

30. Free healthy snacks

31. Secure bike storage & showers

32. Opportunities for public speaking and other career development

33. Our headquarters are in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia

Yeah, everyone likes a list. But let’s get real. A bunch of these things are little perks, occasional events, and semi-tangible desirables.

Bottom line, nobody wants to join a lousy company, surrounded by a bunch of jerks and office politics. Nobody wants to be seduced by some website, then discover a toxic culture or a sketchy business model once they’re a few weeks in.

We’re pretty comfortable going on record saying we’re a great place to build your career. We’re certainly not perfect, but we’re always working to improve. We strive to pay fairly and equitably, hire and retain the kind of people so that it’s actually nice to come into work (we’ve instituted a no "jerk" policy), thank people for a job well done, smile, and stay true to doing right by everyone. Over the last decade, we’ve built a business based on steady, sustainable growth. We operate conservatively. We’re debt free, profitable, and growing. We think our future is bright.

If you’re intelligent, focus on what’s important, work hard, deliver your best, are committed to ongoing learning, act in the best interests of customers, spend company money as you’d spend your own (assuming you’re good with money that is!), communicate openly and directly, smile, enjoy a laugh from time to time… odds are you’ll do great here.

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