Ever since The Internship with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson hit the cinemas in 2013, almost every fresh graduate dreamed of working in a space with a slide, a pool table, and very cool bosses. I mean, who wouldn’t? It’s basically the work-life balance that every other young professional is working hard to achieve.
This type of culture is common in startups in Silicon Valley — not very common in the Philippines, especially since the tech industry here is just in its infancy stage in comparison to that in California. If there’s one thing we’re sure of though, it’s that the talent in the country is impressive, and even multinational companies are taking their business here to employ Filipinos.
Take Canva, as an example. Founded in 2012, Canva is a website where you can access thousands upon thousands of graphic design templates that you can use for your school presentations, business flyers, and marketing plans among others. The templates are fully customizable with both free and premium fonts and images.
The current website is already beautifully designed both aesthetically and UX-wise, so when we heard the news that they’re opening an Engineering function in Manila, we know that things will only be getting better from here. They’re looking to grow their local team from 97 to 150+ and you can easily be one of them. “The country has a very strong design community and global aesthetic, and is well-known for producing topnotch engineering talent,” says Canva co-founder, CEO, and girl boss of our dreams Melanie Perkins. “For us, it makes perfect sense to bolster our engineering capability with a new team in Manila.”
Zach Kitschke, head of people at Canva, also said that “employees in both offices enjoy gym subsidies, in- house chefs who cook breakfast and lunch, extraordinary team celebrations, and many more benefits.”
Interested? We chatted with Melanie at the media brunch they hosted a few weeks ago to talk more about their culture and how to thrive in the tech industry as a woman.