Operations intern at Eaton

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Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
Cwmbran Wales
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Customer Service Engineering Logistics and Operations Manufacturing Purchasing and Supply

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9.4/10

The Role
9.8
Organisation
8.4

Socialising

10.0

The Role

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

The placement was great for many reasons. Through a gradual and well thought plan I was gradually given more and more responsibility. The job itself was very interesting and through it I managed to make a meaningful contribution to the business. The responsibility given and the sense of achievement after good results was really motivating and made the quality of this placement excellent.

10/10

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

At the site I was based, over 10% of the workforce was made up of interns. This meant that, as well as having a great intern community, interns were relied upon to make a contribution to the business. I never felt I was considered as "the intern" but always part of the team.
The people were great and it felt like a great family, everyone is always more than happy to help and just to have a chat. I was quite sad to leave by the time I finished the placement!

10/10

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

I had two managers and both were great: I was given a full induction to the business and very gradually I was given increasing responsibility. I always felt that I could ask them any questions I had and both were approachable throughout the placement.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

I was quite busy throughout the internship and most of the days I would finish 20-30 min late. However, I never felt that I could not manage the workload. The nature of the job meant that the length of day-to-day tasks would change everyday, so at times I would be very busy while at other times I wasn't. I could dedicate those days to independent project work.

9/10

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

By the end of the placement, I could run one of the functions of the department I worked for, independently. This meant liaising with internal and external customers and being responsible in the work plan of a manufacturing cell and allocating priorities to orders.

10/10

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

I received two sets of training throughout the placement: one was provided by the intern program at a corporate level and I learnt general skills such as excel, project management, working in teams, effective written and verbal communication, etc. The other type of training was job specific. I felt both sets of training were extremely useful and I find I will use these at University and beyond.

10/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Everyone was really friendly, from the operators on the shopfloor to the senior managers. It helped that the at the plant I worked at at approximately 100 employees which meant that everyone knows each other. There was plenty of banter as well!

10/10

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

At a business unit level I felt the internship was organised very well and taken very seriously.
I can't say the same for the corporate level as the job for intern program manager was passed on to to three different temporary staff and it didn't have a clear strategy or direction. I heard that the company was going to hire a permanent person responsible for the intern program UK, so probably the situation will improve soon.

7/10

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

-Training
-Travel to training events across the country
-Time (...and patience!) from my managers to bring me up to speed.

10/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Sports and Social Club
  • National Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
7/10

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

I am waiting to hear back from Eaton about a place on the graduate program. If my decision was based purely on the experience of the internship I would definitely take it!
However, I heard the graduate program is not organised very well, so I am undecided on wether I will take the offer.

8/10

Social

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

The social scene was really good!
There were weekly sport events open to anyone such us, football and running.
The company also subsidise for special events such as obstacle race course, bike trail trips, Zorb football and social events such as the Christmas Party.
It was a really good way to get to know colleagues outside of work and had great fun.
Also, having 10+ interns at the site made nights out great!

10/10

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

Being a manufacturer Eaton sites are often located in places where the land is cheap. So the cost of living is very cheap.

10/10

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

Was great, Cardiff was only 15 min train from where I lived. There is a really great selection of bars and nightclubs to choose from. It was also quite cheap as well!

10/10

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

Yes plenty, as well as the wellness and sport activities there were also charity events, such as bake sales.

10/10

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