Well co-op job rankings came out this morning. I had applied to 9 companies, interviewed with all 9, and received 8 job offers this morning. The co-op system is treating me well.
So here’s a quick summary:
|Bridgewater Systems||Software Designer||Ottawa|
|Net Integrations Technologies||Human Cannonball||Montreal|
|IBM||Software Developer – Eclipse||Winnipeg|
|University of Waterloo||2nd Year CS Tutor||Waterloo|
|UW – Environmental Science||Agent-Based Simulation Programmer||Waterloo|
|Zymeworks||Computer Simulation Programmer||Vancouver|
|Morgan Stanley||Programmer Analyst||London, England|
The only company I didn’t get an offer from was RIM (I don’t think they like me much after I told off an interviewer and left the interview early – but that’s another story). My strategy for co-op this time was to be picky and look for interesting jobs in interesting places. I tried to avoid jobs in Waterloo, Toronto, and Winnipeg, but I still applied to a few.
My bid dilemma right now is whether to work at Zymeworks or Morgan Stanley. I’ve been agonizing over the decision all day and getting feedback from friends and family.
|Location||Canary Wharf in downtown London, England||Granville neighborhood in Vancouver, Canada||MS – As nice as downtown Vancouver is, London is tough to beat|
|Job||Programming financial software in Java and C#||Programming molecular simulations in C to run in Linux clusters||ZW – although I’m more comfortable with the MS work, the ZW job is more interesting and challenging|
|Work Environment||Hundreds of developers within huge organization, probable working in cubicles||Small startup company (~10 people) in open working environment||ZW – I like working in close proximity to my peers and getting to know everyone at the company|
|Pay & Benefits||Free flight, free corporate housing (like a hotel), relocation covered, and they pay very well. $$$||Free flight and decent pay. $$||MS – I’d have lots of money to spend touring around England|
|Career Development||Would look good on a resume||I’d learn a ton. Might be somewhere I’d consider working full time.||Toss Up – They would both be good for my career|
|Social Activities||Only co-op from Waterloo. May be others from Europe. My work badge would get me into museums and art galleries free.||5 other co-ops from Waterloo and Simon Frasier. I’m sure everyone goes out for dinner and what not. I know the whole company entered a fun run a few weeks ago.||ZW – The guys at ZW should really cool. MS is a bit of an unknown.|
|Friends||Could swing by Scotland to visit Findlay||Erin and Chad are going to Vancouver. A ton of people are down in Seattle (Lorrissa, Greg, Graeme, Ben, Sarah, and so on).||ZW – I know I’d have a blast with the people in Vancouver 😉|
|Touristy Stuff||London is huge! National Gallery, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace. Castles. Ability to jump a train and end up in Paris, Rome, or Glasgow for the weekend||Stanley Park, Grouse Mountain, Science Centre. Whistler||MS – I’ve been to Vancouver twice before, and I’m sure I’ll be back again. I doubt I’d see everything in London in 4 months|
|Intangibles||British Accents. Being the “guy with the funny accent”. Being in Europe.||Staying in Canada. Not turning a great company down again.||MS – I want to be the guy with the accent|
So right now I’m pulling out my hair trying to figure out what job I’m going to take. I was leaning toward Vancouver, but after talking to some friends and family I’m starting to lean toward London. Actually my Dad tried to convince me to come to Winnipeg, which I thought was amusing.