Engineering Intern at Eaton

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
loughborough East Midlands
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Computer and Systems Engineering Electronic and Electrical Engineering Electronics Engineering Product Design/Industrial Design

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8.3/10

The Role
9.0
Organisation
7.8

Socialising

8.0

The Role

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

I very much enjoyed my time as part of the Eaton internship programme. Being able to apply the knowledge and skills gained throughout university and the wider world and being able to apply this to real world projects is very rewarding. Being able to work alongside many different people and cultures across the business has given me great exposure to business operation and functions.

9/10

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

At no point during my internship did I ever feel like a student / intern. From the moment I arrived I was treated like an employee of Eaton, given large amounts of responsibility and scope, my colleagues allowed you to fully participate in projects, able to suggest ideas and weigh in on issues.

10/10

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

The amount of support available is brilliant, with all colleagues willing to help with issues you may be having. The management team and my company supervisor again were always willing to offer advise and guidance, with most of the support aimed to try and steer you to the correct answer yourself to aid your industrial knowledge and development.

8/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

On a daily basis I was very busy, which is a very good challenge, having been involved with a number of projects, both large and small. The work load was never over bearing and support was available to prioritise and manage tasks to make sure that you were working optimally.

8/10

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

The responsibility given during my internship, was a surprising amount, that I wasn't expecting. The ability to be able to lead my own project, and make key project decisions and design choices, has allowed me to develop my project management and self-reflection skills. This responsibility also helped with the feeling like I was a fully-fledged employee of the site.

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 can't speak highly enough of the scheme as a whole, the sheer amount of both technical and soft skills that you gain are all skills that you will be able to take back into your degree study but also into life outside university. The soft skills especially are all fully transferable, and highly prized.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere in the office was great. Not a strict environment allowing you to work to the best of your ability but also allowed for laughs between colleagues and some light hearted fun to be had. This meant that the office never felt intimidating and meant that everyone seemed approachable and willing to assist.

8/10

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

The internship scheme is a very well organised scheme, with it providing a number of training programmes, all based around developing the skills required to succeed within and outside the internship. The support available to the by the people responsible for the programme is excellent and endeavour to assist you with any issue.

9/10

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

The company invests well in the scheme, providing as mentioned, training events and programmes that are geared to help you succeed, developing a very wide range of soft skills. This range of training provided made me feel like a valued member of the company, and I could then apply the gained knowledge back into projects and my work.

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Company Car
  • National Travel
  • Above 25 days holiday
5/10

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

Very appealing. Upon completion of the placement scheme, you are considered for the very competitive graduate scheme and leadership programme, that is designed to build on the experiences of the internship and set you up for a career within Eaton. Also there are some very rare chances of picking up a direct job offer from the company.

8/10

Social

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

The social scene between the fellow interns was fantastic, very fun and friendly, always up for a laugh and go out and socialize. The interaction between colleagues was very good, having a number of meals out and socializing during breaks at work. The overall social aspect was very good throughout the placement scheme.

7/10

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

The cost of living during my placement was very low, with very good accommodation at very good rates, with most bills and utilities included. The social activities were also rather good, allowing me to have a decent amount of disposable income. There was never a moment where money was an issue.

9/10

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

During term time, the night life was very good, having lived in a very student oriented town. Outside of term time the night life became very quiet due to the students having moved out or gone home, which meant most larger venues mute. However there is a very good selection of night life for all types of people.

9/10

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

Being a very student oriented area, there is always a lot of outside activities to get involved with, especially if you can get involved with any university people and groups. As well as this the central nature of the area I lived means that you are only a short train ride/drive from bigger cities such as Nottingham or Leicester.

7/10

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