Finance Associate at Egress

Duration
Placement Year (10 Months+)
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
£14,000 - £15,999
Roles
Accountancy Banking/Finance

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8.3/10

The Role
8.5
Organisation
8.2

Socialising

8.2

The Role

Role Description

Finance Placement Role:
- Creating Invoices
- Supplier Invoicing
- Credit Control
- Company KPI's
- Various Projects

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

I felt very privilege to be working in the finance department of Egress, as the placement programme that Egress offers is fantastic. You are treated as an actual employee of the company rather than as a placement student which is perfect as you receive excellent work exposure. The placement offers plenty of opportunity for you to develop and learn new skills. I would highly recommend the financial placement scheme, along with the other placement schemes that Egress offers.

9/10

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

You are made to feel like a full-time employee at Egress from the first day; unlike most work placements where you feel like a student. Everyone you work with, both from your own department and other departments, are extremely helpful and will go out of their way to help you. Praise is also given when you work hard or when you have gone above and beyond.

8/10

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

My managers have been faultless; they are extremely approachable and freely offer help and advice and they will go out of their way to do what they can to help you. I could not have asked for better.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

On a day to day basis you can expect to be fairly busy. There are routine daily tasks which you can expect to be doing such as the global invoicing for the company, credit control, handling supplier invoices etc. but you will also be given various projects to do from your manager, which can range from customer industry analysis to producing pipeline analysis reports. Also, the end of quarter is always hectic which is an experience in its self.

8/10

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

Working for a small team I felt I was given a fair amount of responsibility during my time at Egress. I was happy with the work load and I felt it offered a very good balance.

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 learnt and developed a great amount during my time at Egress and the skills acquired here have provided me with a great platform moving into my third year at uni. My manager was the CFO of the company and this was an ideal opportunity to shadow and learn from someone very senior and experienced. Not a lot of places will have you reporting and working directly with the CFO of a company. One skill you will develop a lot on this placement are you Excels skills, you will be using this on a daily basis. The placement gave me a real understanding of the financial/accounting aspects of a company and what steps a company takes in order to be successful and financially thrive. An ongoing project you will be involved in is the company’s KPI (key performance indicator) tracker. You will see how many different aspects of the company is tracked, ranging from employee headcount to CAC payback ratios.

9/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Egress had a very good atmosphere. I enjoyed the work I was given and enjoyed working with my colleagues. As you walk around the office you’ll notice it’s a young company and everyone is very social. Also, you’d notice there aren’t individual offices for the managers, they sit with their teams. For example, you’ll often see the CEO sitting with the sales team and working alongside them which, in my opinion, is one of the best things about Egress.

9/10

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

The programme Egress offered was very well organised, I was their 3rd placement student for the finance department, so as you would expect, there was a very good plan in place. The induction on your first day is effective, comprehensive and does not take very long, only about half the day which is a plus, a lot of places have a full day or two of induction which can get tiresome.

9/10

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

I think Egress invested a good amount of time into me, especially my manager. We would often have weekly sit downs/de-briefs for roughly 15 minutes. My manager took time out of his day to go over the tasks that I’ve completed and offer me advice on how I could improve; this also gave me an opportunity to ask any questions I might have had.

8/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Sports and Social Club
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • Company Parties/Events
7/10

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

I would be very happy working here and would definitely be excited about the prospect of future employment at Egress. Hopefully, once I’ve completed my university degree and have started work towards the various accounting qualifications, I will be in a good position to apply for open jobs that Egress may have. I would definitely consider applying for future job openings since I have already learnt some skills that are directly linked to Egress and know many of the employees.

8/10

Social

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

The social scene at Egress is very good, as mentioned above it’s a young company so everyone is very social and are up for regular socials. There are a few pubs within walking distant and the office is close to a lot of different underground lines so it’s pretty easy to commute. Every month HR organise company socials where the whole company get together and do various things ranging from pub quizzes and bingo to playing mini golf and rounders in the park to going to the oxygen trampoline park. They’re always good fun.

9/10

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

The cost of living is fairly high as it is in London. I think the salary is decent for the area, I was lucky enough to be able to live at home during my year at Egress. If I wasn’t I’d mostly likely have had to get a flat to share which could’ve been pricy.

7/10

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

As mentioned above, there are a few pubs within walking distance which are pretty good. Transport links are good so it is not hard to get about. A lot of the socials are in central London so after we’ve finished the social a lot of people go out into town.

8/10

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

There were many opportunities for socialising and activities outside of work. On Tuesdays we rent out a badminton court and anyone can turn up and play which is always great fun. We’ve also recently started up a football league for the company. Plenty of opportunities to get involved with and socialise outside of work.

9/10