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Rating

3.3/5
  • The Role
    4.2
  • The Company
    3.0
  • The Culture
    2.5

Role Description

Intern in the Drilling Fluids and Wellbore Stability group

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • It has been really good. I've done one project which has been split into two main parts but both were very interesting and gave relevant results.

    4/5

  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • If I had an idea, it would always be listened to, even if it did not get used.

    5/5

  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • My manager has been very supportive. We have spoken most days about the direction the project should go down.

    5/5

  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • For most of the year I've had very busy days. There have been a few weeks where I've been less busy but I've found work to do in these times.

    4/5

  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • As the year progressed and I felt more confident, I was able to do my own experiments and then report the results to my manager.

    5/5

  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • The chemistry I've learnt this year is unlikely to have a major bearing on my degree as it is very specialised. However, project management and organisation skills I have learnt will be invaluable.

    4/5

    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • The office has a friendly atmosphere however I feel like there could be more collaboration between departments. It was difficult to communicate with another department which ultimately led to issues with the end of my project.

    3/5

  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • The research centre has a lot of interns so they know what to do. The whole year has been very structured which has helped me get the most out of it.

    4/5

  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • Beyond essential HSE training, I have had little formal training. However, I have learnt how to use various machines after asking my manager

    3/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Company Parties/Events

    4/5

  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I've concluded that Schlumberger probably isn't the company I want to work for. This is mainly because a position as a field engineer is the main way into the company and that lifestyle doesn't appeal to me.

    2/5

    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There are 10+ interns and we have all got on very well. This has made the year much more enjoyable.

    5/5

  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Cambridge is very expensive however, the intern wage I have received reflected this.

    2/5

  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • The nightlife in Cambridge is fairly dire. However, I have traveled around the country visiting friends at other unis which has been enjoyable.

    1/5

  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There is quite a lot going on in Cambridge however, you have to look for it. I have played 5 aside football every week however I had to seek it out.

    3/5

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Details

Placement Year (10 Months+)

Chemistry

4th August 2016


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