Finance Analyst Intern at GE (General Electric)

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Leicester East Midlands
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Accountancy

8.3/10

The Role
8.5
Organisation
8.4

Socialising

7.8

The Role

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

Thoroughly enjoyed the placement. Able to network with a wide range of interns from various departments.
Also given exposure to various aspects of the business which allowed me to develop within my chosen area.

9/10

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

I was able to be work very closely with my colleagues. The most important thing for me was that I was not treated as "just an intern". I was treated as a valued employee, and my colleagues were always available to help in anytime of need.

9/10

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

The staff within the department, as well as manager, were always willing to help. However, I was always told to think outside the box when carrying out a particular task before asking for any support and/or guidance. Although this was a difficult approach to start off with, I was able to grow as person as this allowed me to use my initiative.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Within my time at GE, there never came a point where there was nothing to do. Some days were extremely busy, especially during the month end and quarter end period. This meant I had to carefully plan and prioritise my tasks, as well as managing my time effectively.
On the other hand, some days were not so busy. Therefore, during this period I would take the opportunity to reflect upon certain tasks I have completed and ensure I am completing to the best I can. If there was any way I could improve certain reports or dashboard that I created, I would take this opportunity to implement these changes, whilst consulting my manager.

8/10

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

Due to working within a fairly small Finance department at GE, I was able to take on a lot of responsibility. However, this was a gradual increase in responsibility as and when I became more confident with certain tasks and the programs which I was using.
I would not be pushed into certain tasks by my manager, I would always be asked whether a certain task was within my capability and whether I needed extra support to complete this task.

9/10

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

I have not yet had the opportunity to use the working skills and knowledge within my degree course specifically, simply because I have not yet started my final year. However, I have had a presentation as part of my university portfolio. by carrying out a couple of presentation during my placement year to the leadership team, this allowed me to build upon my confidence as well as my communication skills. I was to use this effectively within my university presentation.

7/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Very good atmosphere in the office. We as a Finance department were sharing within another department which made it a lot of enjoyable.

8/10

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

The placement was generally well organised. However, one suggestion I would probably make would be to give the new placement students additional training at the start of the placement.

8/10

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

Overall, the company invested a lot of time and effort in to our future. As a site we have approximately 15 interns. Therefore, we were able to carry out various training programs and events to help develop our skills.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
10/10

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

General Electric has a Financial Management Program (FMP) which is extremely beneficial for a placement student who wants to continue to develop their career within the Finance field, at GE.

8/10

Social

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

As we had a large amount of placement students on site, we were able to hold various social events and gatherings. This allowed us to get to know one another a bit more.

8/10

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

Cost of living is fairly reasonable within the area.

8/10

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

The Groby site is about a 20 minute drive form the City Centre which is extremely good for nightlife.

7/10

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

The company gave us the opportunity to attend a six sigma course.

8/10