Software program large EPAM opens outpost in Downtown Kitchener

KITCHENER — One of many largest software program corporations on this planet formally opened a brand new workplace in downtown Kitchener Friday, because of new expertise graduating from the College of Waterloo, a diversified tech sector and Putin’s warfare towards Ukraine.

EPAM has greater than 59,000 staff around the globe working in additional than 50 nations, and it quietly opened an workplace in downtown Kitchener because it helped staff flee Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

The brand new workplace in 305 King St. W. has room for 100 staff, a small a part of the huge, unprecedented reorganization the warfare in Ukraine has brought about inside the worldwide company.

“We actively helped relocate 10,000 staff final yr,” stated Ethan Matyas, a senior-vice president at EPAM.

When EPAM out of the blue had 1000’s of terrified staff and their households fleeing for his or her lives, some got here to Kitchener-Waterloo. They favored it a lot, the corporate determined to open an workplace right here.

About 60 of EPAM’s 200 staff now within the area fled the Ukraine Warfare, and that quantity goes up nearly on daily basis, stated Matyas. EPAM’s Kitchener workplace will probably be used for conferences and occasions, however in any other case, most individuals work remotely now

“We’re excited concerning the launch,” stated Matyas.

EPAM is a worldwide software program engineering and companies large with a shopper record dominated by the likes of Google, Netflix, Amazon, Meta, Salesforce and lots of world manufacturers on the Fortune 500.

The previous yr has been one like no different for Matyas and different leaders at EPAM due to the Ukraine warfare.

“It’s been horrible,” stated Matyas. “Ukraine had been considered one of our largest areas earlier than the warfare.”

The corporate had 1000’s of staff in Ukraine. It arrange a 24-hour help line so staff fleeing the warfare might name for data, recommendation and help.

“As a result of they might name and say, ‘I’m caught right here, I’m attempting to cross a border right here, I need assistance,’ ” stated Matyas. “We truly had our workplaces in Poland and Hungary grow to be refugee centres for weeks.”

Some staff introduced their spouses, kids, dad and mom and grandparents with them.

“A few of these folks have relocated to Western Europe, to Latin America, however truly Canada has grow to be an enormous vacation spot for our workforce from Ukraine,” stated Matyas.

Ottawa has been nice to work with, he added, by rushing up the purposes to return to Canada from Ukraine — one other instance of Canada’s immigration benefit within the tech sector.

The EPAM staff right here had nothing however good issues to say about residing within the area.

“They felt just like the folks in Waterloo welcomed them with open arms, the faculties and in any other case,” stated Matyas. “It has actually been a very good expertise for us, and our clients stayed with us as a result of we have now been in a position to ship with out lacking a beat.”

The College of Waterloo’s extremely regarded laptop science program, mixed with the area’s diversified tech sector are necessary swimming pools of recent expertise for EPAM, stated Matyas.

“We’re excited by the expertise that we see,” stated Matyas. “We’re optimistic concerning the future for progress on this location.”


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