placement systems engineer at BAE Systems

Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
bournemouth South East
Review Date
Salary
£16,000 - £17,999
Roles
Engineering

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5.7/10

The Role
8.0
Organisation
6.0

Socialising

2.0

The Role

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

I did enjoy my internship. The office environment was very friendly and my team members and line manager were very supportive and helpful. They were approachable and offered training and advice. The project that they gave me was interesting and kept me engaged for the 12 weeks with clear aims and objectives. A negative was the location, It was quite remote, and the area was quiet, however there are a large number of BAE sites to work at. Overall I would work for BAE again.

7/10

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

I was respected by my colleagues and involved in a number of projects that they were working on. They treated me as a professional and were not condescending at all. I was invited to group meetings with other departments to gain experience and members of the office were always interested in what I was working on and how I was settling in. They offered training and insight into what they were working on and advice for the future

9/10

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

The support offered was fantastic. I was briefed on my project to make sure that I was comfortable with the aims and what it involved, and throughout I was able to ask anyone in my team or the wider office for help on any problem that I had. The HR and early careers people were also very informative and a mentor was assigned to me before I started. My line manager spoke to me every day to see how I was getting on and to give me advice.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Sometimes I was left doing nothing, especially during the early stages of the internship when the the project that i was working on hadn't fully started yet. Once the internship had progressed, I had a better balance of things to do. I never felt crushed under the amount of work that I had to do, and the other members of the team always had small pieces of work that I could help with. Sometimes when my line manager left I was left doing nothing during some stages, however.

6/10

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

I was given my own project during the internship to work on during the 12 weeks and my own aims and objectives for the end result. I felt a real sense of ownership with the project and responsibility over it after the 12 weeks. The work that I was given was a real problem that needed to be solved by the business, not just odd-jobs and small tasks. The feel of responsibility kept me interested and excited to progress.

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 have learnt lots during my time at BAE. Above all, the problem solving skills and team working skills are the most developed. Working in a professional environment is a lot different to university group work, and working with real problems is a lot different to exams. The internship taught me how to be adaptable and a good team member among other things. Although the technical aspects were slightly mismatched to what I am studying, the team gave great training and I learnt quickly.

8/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The office was a standard boring office environment. Everything was formal and professional, which made things quite boring sometimes. There was not loads of fun, however the other team members were very friendly and were available to speak to at any time, and made jokes sometimes. Overall the office was what you would expect from a stereotypical office environment

5/10

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

There were a lot of positives and a couple of negatives with the way that it was set up. The support mechanism was very good, a mentor was assigned who gave me great advice. There was an intern guide that was given to my line manager detailing things that he had to complete with me such as introductions and reviews, so there was always structure. A negative was the wait after accepting the offer and getting the unconditional offer through. It takes a while (a few months) because of the security checks.

7/10

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

7/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • There were no perks with this Internship
5/10

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

You are rated based on your performance, and that rating results in you being offered a place or a shortened application process for the graduate scheme. If you don't perform then you have to do the whole process. I would apply for BAE again, I enjoyed the environment however the experience can vary hugely depending on where you are placed, which might not be appealing to some people

6/10

Social

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

1/10

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

3/10

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

There was little nightlife in the area which I stayed in. The nearest major city was an hours bus ride away so that was the only option. There were only a few other interns working in my department so there were only a few people that I could talk to about university etc. Although my area had a poor nightlife, there are many other sites that take in interns so those could be better.

3/10

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

There were no opportunities to get involved in anything outside of work where I worked. The graduate community plan events however most graduates were based far away from my place of work and so the events were held far away. Because there were so few interns there were no specific events held by management for us. However, as stated before, this would differ site to site.

1/10

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