SMB Business Development Support at Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Bracknell South West
Review Date
Salary
£14,000 - £15,999
Roles
Business Management

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6.8/10

The Role
8.2
Organisation
6.0

Socialising

5.8

The Role

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

I thoroughly enjoyed the 13 months that I have spent here at HPE. I got involved in various projects throughout the year which exposed me to various business situations allowing me to take away key learning's. In addition to this, the intern community was major positive and a key differentiator compared to other placements.

7/10

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

I felt valued by every individual I interacted with be it an entry level position or senior management throughout every project/task I was involved in. My opinion was always taken into account and my suggestions often implemented as well as being given extra projects to get involved with due to excelling at previous projects.

8/10

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

At the start of the placement you get a 4 week handover period with the previous intern. This period is excellent getting to know the day job as well as helping you to gain your bearings with the company. Management always offered me support be in helping with daily jobs when needed or sponsoring me to get involved with other parts of the business.

8/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was always busy throughout my internship with various different projects. Having such varied work kept me interested throughout the year and allowed me to develop numerous transferable skills. It is down to the individual how busy they are by requesting to join any ad hoc projects. I found the ad hoc projects engaging and excellent in expanding my network.

8/10

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

I felt my levels of responsibility increased as I established myself within the organization. By the end of the internship, managers were happy to delegate important tasks to me which were for their managers. In addition to this, ownership of work is critical at the company so you have to be responsible for every piece of work conducted.

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 feel the skills I have developed throughout this year put me in an excellent position to succeed in the future. Presentations, time management and data analytics are just a few examples of my key take away skills from this year. In addition to this, I feel I can apply these skills during my final year of university to achieve a high grade as well tangible projects to discuss at graduate interviews.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere of the office was very good throughout the year. It was welcoming and relaxed whilst at the same time as having a hard working culture. Free fruit, tea and coffee only enhanced the atmosphere of the office. The London office had a greater buzz than the Bracknell office, due to the fact it was easier to go out for social activities after work.

7/10

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

With regards to the day job, I felt that the management and other team members offered all the support and knowledge transfer needed. With regards to the overall internship, I felt there could have been more of a structured development plan for every intern to ensure everyone leaves with the same experience/skills.

5/10

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

My team and management invested time in my personal development throughout the year. I felt the company could have done more in my general development. For example, having companywide CV development workshops or presentation workshops would have been beneficial. However, I feel the support provided by my team was sufficient for my own development.

5/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • National Travel
  • International Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare from home
  • Healthcare/Dental
5/10

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

Working at HPE, means that there are various graduates paths due to the sheer size of the organization. A large number of employees within the business were interns once most notably one of the senior managers in the UK. This illustrates how the company likes to hire back it’s intern if you impress.

8/10

Social

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

There is a large community of interns at HPE, around 80. This meant that there was a great opportunity to make friends and have a great social life whilst on placement. The majority of interns moved to the area for work which means we all lived together which made the housing situation easier.

8/10

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

The cost of living in Reading, is medium when on a student budget. It is not as cheap as the North, but cheaper than London. As a student city, most nightclubs and bars are priced for a student budget. However, as everywhere you go there will always be more expensive places to eat and drink.

5/10

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

The nightlife in Reading is not good as other student cities. However, with a large intern community every night should be fun with a large group. Also, there are various smaller towns around Reading for a different night out. In addition, London is only a 30 minute train away from Reading for a better night out.

5/10

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

The interns carry a charity target which they have the year to achieve. This gives various opportunities to get involved outside of the work place. As well as this, various employee run their own projects outside of work which you can get involved in. In addition, my team always got me involved with post work activities which is a great opportunity to network.

5/10

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