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LCBO Next
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Audio Software Engineer

Vancouver, BC, Canada

$5,800
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[Fall 2017] I worked at The Coalition, a game studio owned by Microsoft best known for the Gears of War series. They have an office in Downtown Vancouver (15 mins away from "Big Park," the other MSFT office) WORK: Game development is hectic and haphazard, and unfortunately, I came in during a particularly busy time for my team. I didn't really have a chance to sit down with someone and "learn the ropes," and I was instead thrust head-first into a task and told to "figure it out." Now, Unreal Engine 4 is a BEAST, and is not something that easily lends itself to "self learning." Pile-on all of the game-specific things you need to know, getting started in the codebase was incredibly difficult... Regardless, one of the (few) nice things… Show More
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Data Engineering Intern

Ottawa, ON, Canada

$5,600
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Great company with a fantastic environment to learn and grow as an engineer. I was given opportunities to work on high impact projects and the culture there was amazing.
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Kitchener

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Company culture is great. There are 4 co-ops (2 fullstack, 1 mobile, 1 designer) each term. You get to take complete ownership with other co-ops and build projects from the ground up and learn pretty much whatever tech you want. The pay is fixed at $1100 which is a really good opportunities for lower years to earn more.
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PROS: -Management is good, no personality issues -100% project ownership: you can do things the way you think is good and you don't face a lot of resistance -You are almost always left to work in peace, meetings are minimal -Kitchener is close to Waterloo, you can still enjoy student life. -Communitech is nice -Pay is quite good CONS: -You work for the government. This sometimes entails some extremely boring meetings where no one knows what they are talking about. I'll emphasize that this is rare but it'll probably happen once or twice during a coop term based on the way they decide to take on projects. -LONG PERIODS OF BOREDOM. This is the biggest con. Sometimes you complete a project, and you won't have another one to do. You will… Show More
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Kitchener, ON, Canada

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Pros: - Interesting work and projects that you can take complete control over - Projects are big in scope but move quickly so you work on multiple per term - The ability to experiment and try out new tech if there's a use case for it (e.g. Elastic Search, Redis, Rust, etc...) - Ping pong, Foosball and a Basketball Court as well as a culture that actually lets you use them during the day - Pretty sick looking workspace - Free shirt and sometimes free food in the cafeteria Cons: - Sometimes head office process' gets in the way and this can either affect the velocity of a project or forces you to get creative to solve otherwise very simple problems - Not very Agile (if you're in to that) - Most of the tasks and projects… Show More
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Full Stack Developer

Waterloo, ON, Canada

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Best coop I've had to date. Work environment is very chill, the manager at the time (Danny) is an amazing person who truly cares for the coops. It's also very informal so you have the ability to discuss things/projects however you want. You get to take on multiple tasks and you get to choose/use as many technologies as you like. By the end of the term you can be an expert in Javascript, Python or whatever you've wanted to become an expert on. The roles are also very flexible. Even though you may be hired in as a fullstack, if you want to do some data science/machine learning on a project, no one will stop you from putting heavy emphasis on machine learning while your team-mates work with the backend etc.. There is low stress on the job so… Show More
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Full Stack Web Developer

Kitchener, ON, Canada

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TL:DR: If you want to build projects from the ground up with complete control over tech-stack and implementation, and are comfortable with self learning and having little to no mentorship, then LCBO next might just be what you are looking for. Pros: - Small team: just 4 coops + a non-technical manager (they did just hire a full time dev though). - No BS meetings: Once the specs were decided on, people were left to work distraction free - Many small projects: we had 3 different projects over the span of 4 months. - Full tech-stack & creative control: we started 2/3 projects from nothing more than a blank Git repo and a rough set of specs from the higher-ups. True 0 Technical Debt™ - Modern Development: The Frontends were SPAs build with… Show More
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Mobile Developer

Kitchener, ON, Canada

$4,400
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Working at Communitech is great. It's probably been the most enjoyable co-op term in terms of the environment. Being the only mobile developer, you're kind of alone which could be both a good and bad thing. If you've done any sort mobile development before and you're comfortable holding your own then you get to take full control of the mobile projects. On the other hand, there isn't too much mentorship on the mobile side. We had more web apps to work on in my term so I learned a great deal about web development which was great. This openness is not just for the mobile developer but we had a full-stack developer work on an Android project so there is lots of freedom to work with technologies you're interested in learning about. The worst… Show More
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Software Developer Intern

Montreal

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While a solid tech company to work for overall, your experience at Shopify is largely dependent on which team you're placed on. Shopify is also a great launchpad is you're looking to coop in the states next.
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Software Developer Intern

Ottawa, ON, Canada

$5,300
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Definitely one of the best places in Canada to work. Great pay, culture, and development seems pretty well run. Great opportunities for mentorship, but you may need to actively seek it out. Learned a huge amount from the various engineering talks as well as chatting with teammates.
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Worked there in Fall 2017. Environment was super hyped and everyone is happy to help you with anything. Company covers your moving cost, and half of your housing. Catered breakfast and lunch are provided, and they are indeed fascinating and tasty. Good: - You'll be assigned with a mentor, and usually have a weekly checkup. - Intern retreats, and sometimes team offsite. - Good working environment where you can make a lot of friends in your field. - Pay is good. Ehhh: - Ottawa is just not for me, I felt kind of bored. But with all the interns it was not that bad. - I joined in a special time when everyone is pressured with releasing date. Do expect some overtime.
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Software Developer Intern

Toronto, ON, Canada

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Worked as a front-end developer intern for Fall 2017. The people and environment are really nice and I had a great term here. You get treated like a full time member of the team rather than an intern. Nice office, catered lunches mon-thurs
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Software Engineer Intern

Mountain View, CA, USA

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Worked at Microsoft in summer 2017. Despite not being at the HQ in Redmond, there were intern events every week or two (paintball, baseball games, cruise, etc), and we also got flown to Seattle for a week for the famous signature event. In terms of work, I was put on a great team where my project was actually critical for the team. I became good friends with my mentor and manager, but with a company as big as Microsoft, team culture can really vary. The team asked for my preferences on the type of work I want beforehand and gave me something that matched them exactly, despite me not having any experience in that domain beforehand. However, I did find that intern expectations here were noticeably higher than the other companies I worked… Show More
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Software Engineering Intern

Redmond, WA, USA

$7,425
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As mentioned in other reviews, Microsoft is the biggest software company in the world and your internship experience varies drastically depending on what team you are assigned. I would like to emphasize the compensation in this review. Microsoft literally makes it rain for interns. For first time Microsoft interns (not explorer), you will get paid $7200 per month (per tax). If you were to return to Microsoft as an intern, your salary will get bumped to $7650 and you will receive a one-time bonus of $5000. On top of the base salary and bonus, you can either choose to live in a corporate housing (hella fancy one, with bi-weekly cleaning service) or a one-time $9000 housing stipend for your 4-month internship. So if you are a returning… Show More
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Mentorship and work/life balance were great. Work was not that meaningful because I was assigned to a product that no one ever heard of and I was working on an intern project (meaning my work probably end up in the garbage right now). The intern events are probably the best out of all the big companies. Microsoft invited Daya and the Chainsmokers to perform in front of 2,000+ interns and gave out free xbox one to every intern. Overall, it's a very big company and your experience varies drastically depending on what team you are assigned. HR is also flexible on switching team/organization for your next co-op, though sometimes they are very unresponsive and unhelpful.
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Solutions Developer

Kitchener, ON, Canada

$4,400
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Only 4 coops and a full time who is not a dev. Tasks are given but there's not much organization
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UI/UX Designer

Kitchener, ON, Canada

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Overall it was a great experience as I got to work on some cool projects. Danny is a great mentor but the only full time that was there during my term. He lets the co-ops have full control of the project which we respected a lot. The company had a startup feel but the projects at the time were frustrating due to head office restrictions. I would recommend this co-op for a first or second year student.
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