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  1. 5.0
    Former Intern

    cool place

    Jun 2, 2021 - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
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    Pros

    cool place to work at

    Cons

    No cons to say about

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Like a family

    Feb 16, 2021 - Employee 
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    Pros

    Great work culture, they operate like a family!

    Cons

    Slow moving at times, can get frustrating.

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Absolutely love it!

    Apr 12, 2015 - B C in Vancouver, BC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The pros are so many that I am having a hard time coming up with a limited number of bullet points. - Exciting challenges and a cool problem to solve. - Brilliant colleagues being guided by a very capable leadership team. - Amazing company culture reinforced by a hiring process that gives the employees the opportunity to interact with potential newcomers. You are joining a team, not just sharing a space. - Total freedom to do whatever you want as long as you get your job done well. - Lots of laughs (and artisan beer). - Good career opportunities. We are doubling size this year. - The feeling that the whole team strives towards the same objective: building a great company.

    Cons

    Two things: - While the hands-off management is certainly an advantage, the downside of it is that, for the most part, you will have to come up with your own training resources. Fortunately, everyone is very supportive, but it will be up to you to use your imagination to figure out what should be covered and how to cover it. It's a bit like drawing a map of a city that you are just getting to know. - The BYOD policy [50/50 assisted purchasing scheme] is not built for everyone. If, God forbid, you are not an Apple groupie, or don't feel like spending $1000 on extra equipment, you are on your own.

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  4. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    A great place to work!

    Aug 21, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
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    Pros

    Not only are the people at Awesense smart and competent, they are also friendly. There were board game nights, poker nights, karaoke nights, after work beers (and other beverages for those who don't drink!), and in-office challenges. It really created a warm team environment, and I looked forward to work each day. The CEO chats with all employees and hosts weekly townhalls. No micromanagement. The workplace is very casual. HR is committed to maintaining a positive, relaxed culture. They handled workplace issues that came up with immediacy and importance. The product is something you can get behind - clean tech, supported by both software and hardware.

    Cons

    There was a bit of financial turmoil resulting in layoffs. With turnover, there are a few gaps in management and key roles. However, I'm sure these will be filled as soon as they can.

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  5. 5.0
    Former Intern

    Software Developer Intern

    Jan 17, 2017 - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    There's always work to do, but it never feels overly pressured or high stress All the executives know you by name Full time employees get a heavily discounted laptop of your own choice every few years Everyone is super knowledgable and helpful Free cake and champage on special occasions Quite normal to work from home Free candy, yogurt and babybel daily Free (non grocery store) hand ground coffee Building had a shared workout gym with showers Next to burrard station Ideas for product enhancement were contributed by every employee not just technical employees Neutral: nearly everyone uses an apple product

    Cons

    Executives had aggressive software growth plans/road maps but this isn't an isolated case in the software industry

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee

    They make me eager to get to the office

    Apr 30, 2015 - Software Engineer (Temporary) in Vancouver, BC
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    Pros

    This startup is a rare find in the Vancouver tech scene. The solution they offer saves big bucks for rich companies, so they have a great value proposition. It also heads off pollution and climate impacts, so it's a very green product. Yet they are making a solid, technologically interesting SaaS bid-data product. They are putting tools like Python, Angular JS, and PostgreSQL to work in substantive ways. I'm having a ball writing code. Their customer base is global, and they are already active on at least 4 continents. The staff (small but growing rapidly) is heavily weighted with experienced people, who have been through other startups, and want to succeed by working smart, because they have had enough death marches in past jobs, thank you. They have a bias towards hiring smart, capable people and then find a role for them, instead of blinkering their search with the current narrow job description. In their vacation policy, their openness to telecommuting, and their low-key management, they show respect for the employee's good judgement and buy-in to the company's success. Their commitment to a woman-friendly engineering team is shown by the excellent female developers they have landed. Despite the home-brew beer and fiery Czech liquor which they crack open to celebrate, they are not a "brogrammer" culture. In fact, they are some darn fine people to hang out with. Company HQ is in Vancouver, B.C., but a number of employees commute from Vancouver Island or the B.C. Gulf Islands, and a few work overseas. The company accomodates the telepresence well.

    Cons

    This is a startup, and it's still very risky. The whole thing might implode next month. Probably not, but perhaps. Their customers are large companies, with the attendant slow, cash-draining sales cycles. If they do land the sort of business they have the potential to, 2015-6 will be a series of success disasters: more and more customers, more and more to do, more and more growth, more and more change. Some of the time, the work-life balance will have to tip in favour of work. The flip side of respecting initiative and of low-key management is that you will be left largely alone to come up to speed. People are happy to answer questions, but there is little structure to feed you training. Similarly, it's up to you to figure out where you want to take your career, If the staff size does double in a year, then whatever the culture and the pros and cons are now, they will be different in a little while. Whatever your job is now, it will be different next year. Salary is not lavish. But no worries, if they are successful, the stock compensation is where you'll make the real money. The open-format office is cheap to furnish, and is in fashion. But I'll bet you'll be happy after you bring a good noise-cancelling headset to work.

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  7. 5.0
    Former Intern

    Electrical Engineer - Co-op

    May 30, 2017 - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -Supervisors and senior engineers take time to help you, answer questions, and get you involved in meaningful work -Co-ops treated as fellow engineers -Flat company structure, CEO knows everyone and listens to people -Startup atmosphere: talented people that care about what they do

    Cons

    -because it's a small company, Co-ops also do some shipping and repair work.

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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Responsibility for sales and alliances globally

    Apr 8, 2015 - EVP Sales and Alliances in Vancouver, BC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Challenging but very open, many chances for growth personally and professionally.

    Cons

    Some of the structure one might expect from a bigger company are still being put in place.

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great atmosphere

    Apr 13, 2015 -  in Vancouver, BC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    -Really fun to work here -There is always lots to do and management is pretty lenient on letting you do what you want -Unlimited snacks and beer at the end of the day -Hours are very flexible

    Cons

    -Can be very demanding at times

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  10. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Great perks

    Oct 29, 2020 - Software Engineering 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great snacks provided. Decent work environment

    Cons

    Look at all applications for the product.

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