Summer Placement at BAE Systems

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Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Rochester South East
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Aeronautical Engineering Computer Science

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7.4/10

The Role
8.2
Organisation
7.8

Socialising

5.8

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I have had a very positive experience in my internship for this organization. I was given a very interesting project and forced into learning a great deal of new software and new information related to the company’s products. I also really enjoyed the company of all the people I met and the colleagues I was introduced too.

9/10

2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

Whenever I had a gap in my project or any spare time I made sure I was proactive in offering my services for any odd jobs or tasks as a fill-in for other members of the office. Through this I was able to build positive relationships with people in different areas of the business and made feel like a valuable asset of the team.

8/10

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

My line manager gave me a thorough initial explanation of my project and gave me a lot of materials from which I could work. Although his familiarity with some of the software wasn't very strong, he introduced me to all the right people so that I had a steady support system for when I got stuck.

7/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I always had work to keep me busy on a daily basis and was rarely stuck for something to do. I enjoyed keeping busy and feeling useful in the workplace, the more work I had to do meant the more new information and experience I gained. Having a steady workload therefore benefited me in learning a great deal.

8/10

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

My project in itself was quite independent so I wasn't a member of a team as far as my main workload was involved. Therefore there was a larger level of responsibility on me to get my product finished and produced to the standard that was expected of me. I enjoyed having more responsibility as it increased the importance.

8/10

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I was given a very interesting project and forced into learning a great deal of new software and new information related to the company’s products. I feel it has benefited me academically as I have picked up technical skills I can apply as I continue my studies. It also gave me insight into the professional working world and the etiquette of an office environment.

9/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The general atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly. The office was very harmonious and I think that created a very effective workspace. The working relations were all very welcoming and I found I met a great deal of the office in a short space of time. It was definitely a positive atmosphere.

8/10

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The work placement felt very well organised. Each intern had a product manager and a line manager and received a buddy prior to their arrival to the company. Our product manager's set us up a list of objectives to give us a good structure to follow. We also had regular reviews and check-ins to ensure everything was going okay.

7/10

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
8/10

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

I would definitely remain interested in future employment within BAE Systems. I've had a positive experience in my internship for this organisation and would enjoy returning to work here again.

8/10

Social

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

5/10

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

5/10

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

5/10

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

There were a number of different sporting activities during the week, Including Football, Basketball, Exercise Classes and Badminton. There was also a good social set up among colleagues and they were very welcoming of interns to join in with any organised social activities. It was a nice way to meet more people within the company in a more relaxed environment.

8/10