Test Strategist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Placement Year (10 Months+)
Bristol Europe
Review Date
£14,000 - £15,999
Computer and Systems Engineering Computer Science Design Information Technology

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The Role



The Role

Role Description

-Tasks were mainly given out to me as part of a Scrum Team with 2 week sprints
-3D Process derived from the 8 Disciplines process for corrective action
-Automation metrics to display R.O.I. in relation to automating manual tests to save time

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

I think my internship was brilliant, i got a lot out of it which will help me in my final year of studies at University.


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

Everyone was helpful & lovely to work with. They treat you like Adults and the expectations are there. You are contributing to something that's affecting the company as a whole.


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

I think my managers provided brilliant support throughout my time here. I had a weekly 1:1 meetings with both my managers to discuss my current work and how i am getting on with it. This truly helped me with workload and settings goals.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I think i was very busy throughout my internship & there were many many occasions at which i had to drop some tasks due to work overload. I was doing work for 3 different teams/people and so i was given tasks that would occupy a lot of my time and stopped me from working on other tasks that had a shorter deadline. The estimation of workload and time required to complete it was underestimated which led to further complications half way through a sprint team (2 weeks)


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

Every tasks i did affected the company as a whole and so i had to work had to make correct choices/decisions to complete tasks in timely fashion.


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

My internship was not very 'T-shaped'. There was a lot of depth but not breadth in the tasks given to me. It provided me with a lot of skills, knowledge and experience in DEPTH in tasks that were given to me. It did not provide the WIDTH of giving me tasks that will help me in all areas for my studies or for after graduating.


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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Lovely atmosphere, there was always sport activities & charity events such as cake sales etc. going on.


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

Very badly, being the person that took over the job of preparing for the new set of interns starting once i left, i witnessed the process first hand.
-People were hired because of lack of applications due to lack of advertising. I ended up attending universities and spreading word to my university to get more applications in.
-Preparations for start date/time were not handled and i took the matter in my own hands to contact each new intern individually in relation to moving out to Bristol & any questions they had in relation to their first day.
-The recruitment process was bad, H.R. did not even advertise to intern 13 month position and it was only notified after i noticed and informed the correct people about it.
-Preparations for kit & equipment was really bad since it took a week to set up everything and download/install the correct software programs etc.


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

I think the company provided numerous 'Personal Development' days in which you stop the work you're doing and take the whole day to learn something new. These were quite beneficial. I think the company could have invested more in me by giving me more variety of tasks BUT ALSO supporting me with it and not just tasks that i already know how to do.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Healthcare/Dental

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

Neutral feeling.



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

Yes, coffee breaks and food events were brilliant


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

Bristol is expensive, travel is expensive, rent is expensive as a student you have no chance of living comfortably with your pay unless you manage your money correctly & efficiently.


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

It was not too bad, 2 universities, lots of students at your age, and many clubs in the city centre.


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

Yes, there were many, but activities that were part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise in a different location such as London, had to be self-funded. As an intern with the pay you get, that's ridiculous, how can one make use of the opportunities if the interns can't afford to attend it.

Besides that matter, every other opportunity available within the site was brilliant.


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