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Rating

3.6/5
  • The Role
    4.5
  • The Company
    4.1
  • The Culture
    1.6

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • There were frustrating days of desperate debugging, but most of it was incredibly enjoyable development.

    5/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • I didn't have a lot of opportunity to interact with my colleagues (mostly because we worked on different things and got very little time to interact outside that), but they were very welcoming whenever I did get the chance.

    4/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • The support I received by my manager was brilliant: he had firm demands and deadlines, but he also supported me for everything I needed. This was probably the best aspect of my position.

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • There were days with too much work and days spent setting up software in order to work, but the majority of the placement left me busy enough to not get distracted, but still able to complete all my work within reasonable time.

    5/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was the only developer for my project, so a lot of things were up to me. I would liaise with my manager and project adviser in order to clarify requirements, but they were open to discussing their ideas with me.

    5/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I learned a number of specific technologies, which will probably be at least somewhat useful, but more importantly I think I managed to learn to to learn: I didn't know most of these technologies before I started and I discovered them and studied them nearly independently.

    5/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • People (including myself) spent a lot of time working at their desks, but they were great when approached or when getting some tea together.

    4/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • Within my team, I was expected, welcomed and supported (rather than someone who you need to find work for last-minute). Outside of that, the company organised meetings and presentations for the interns, a lot of which were very helpful and insightful.

    5/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • The abovementioned presentations educated us about the company as well as some recent technological advances. Furthermore, I had as much access to the courses offered to all employees as anybody else; it's my own fault that I didn't partake in much beyond the required minimum of those. Outside of courses, I feel I learned a lot simply working on my project.

    4/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Company Parties/Events

    4/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Not quite "Got A Job With Them!", but, knowing what I know about their graduate program, I would certainly accept if they were to offer me one.

    5/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • We organised a number of outings ourselves to meet up outside working hours.

    4/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • I couldn't really say either way, as I was saving up for the academic year ahead. Not too bad, I would say, but I normally live here anyway.

    0/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • As before, I didn't partake in much for personal reasons, so I couldn't say.

    0/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There were a number of events and clubs we were invited to outside of work (e.g. volunteering, a football club...).

    3/5

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Internship (1-4 Months)

Computer and Systems Engineering, Computer Science

Scotland

1st September 2011


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