Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Opensource, Software, Services
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    • 5th Floor, Bluefin Building, 110 Southwark Street, London, London, SE1 OSU

About Canonical

What is it like to work for Canonical

My Team
My Team
Being a dispersed workforce, it's critical that Canonical provide their employees with valuable opportunities to improve interactions and communications within their teams, as well as across the organisation. To achieve this, the company hold a number of Sprints. Sprints are opportunities for teams to fly to some exciting locations around the world to work in a co-located environment. Sprints are used as an opportunity to align company strategy, priorities and for teams to work on projects. The founder, CEO and EVP's are actively involved at these Sprints, providing employees with opportunities to interact at all levels. In addition, Canonical uses a number of online communication tools such as instant chat, group emails, video calls and virtual town halls to encourage the sharing of opinions and ideas and to ensure teams are getting the value of face to face communication. There is a culture of open communication and transparency at Canonical. Jane Silber the CEO and the Executive Team encourage this by providing regular company updates, town-halls and opportunities for every employee to actively engage in decisions and news. This is further demonstrated by skip level meetings to remain current and engaged with employees across the organisation.
My Company
My Company
Canonical's organisational purpose, principles and ambitions are communicated in various ways to employees to ensure they remain relevant and meaningful. During the acquisition process prospective employees are introduced to the purpose and philosophies of the company. Once employees have joined the company these principles are brought to life through the on-boarding process and ongoing internal events and communications.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
Reward and recognition programmes are important at Canonical to support the retention of top talent, improve team culture and to ensure they are continuing to foster a higher performance organisation. There are various ways the company recognise their employees, including a number of internal awards such as ‘Exceptional Contribution’, ‘Spot Light on Success’, ‘Valuable Contribution’ and the ‘Thank You’ awards. Anyone across the organisation can nominate colleagues for these awards, which draws visibility to great work and provides valuable recognition across peer groups. When driving a high performance culture, it's important that everyone can recognise what 'great' looks like and this programme empowers employees to advocate and recognise greatness. Those nominated are celebrated with company-wide recognition and a cash award. In addition to all this, every employee is eligible for the annual compensation review, which includes a performance based bonus. Canonical value and encourage innovation and the pursuit of personal and professional ambitions. They are even frequently producing achievements in the form of publications, keynote and software innovation and development, which is recognised and celebrated company-wide via various communication channels.

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    Charity Activities

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  • Health Insurance
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    Profit Related Payment

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Company Statistics

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  • Male : Female:

    73% / 27%

  • Earning £35,000+:



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