I have really enjoyed my time at RedGate - it has a great company atmosphere and is a really good company to work for.
My team members were always very friendly and helpful and I never felt bad if I needed to ask for their help. This was a great environment to learn new things.
My manager was really nice and very helpful particularly during the first few weeks. The point of the internship was to basically work as a proper team member and so after a few weeks I was able to be more independent.
I never felt very busy/stressed - the working environment is very relaxed and on the whole this was something I enjoyed.
During my placement I was always working on features with other developers but I was able to make a lot of changes which were shipped and affected a lot of users.
I have not yet started my next year of university but I will be a lot more confident going into my individual project. RedGate is good for personal development and so I feel like a much better coder after this internship.
The general atmosphere in the office is quite relaxed. Employees make the most of the table tennis table and the foosball table during their breaks and this was a lot of fun. The free coffee/breakfast/lunch is also a great bonus and actually saved me quite a lot of money over the internship.
The internship has been running for many years now so it is very well established. There are two members of staff who oversee the project and make sure all the interns are settling in fine. Each intern is then placed on a team with a manager. I had lots of feedback from my manager and this was something I really appreciated.
RedGate is fantastic for PTD. As far as I am aware, it was an early adopter of "10% Time" meaning that Friday afternoons are dedicated to PTD and employees can take a break from working on RedGate products and use the time to learn a new skill or investigate a new technology. It also hosts "Down Tools Week" on a yearly basis where teams spend a week working on a completely new project of their own choice from scratch.
There was a good social scene among all the interns - we were given some money to spend on group activities which was a really nice perk. We all got along really well together and even had a table tennis tournament at one point. My colleagues were also very social and we often spent evenings at the pub.
The cost of living in Cambridge is very high. I am lucky to be a student in the city because I was able to get cheap accommodation from my college but I know that other people were not able to get this. Nights out are expensive but the cost of living is brought down slightly by the fact that you do not have to pay for breakfast or lunch.
The nightlife in Cambridge is okay. There are about four different clubs and they have a varying quality. Outside of student terms they do become quite quiet and during terms they are full mostly of students so few RedGate employees go there. There are, however, a lot of really nice pubs and so it really depends on what Nightlife you like.
As midsize company RedGate does have a lot of people with different interests so there are quite a few sports and clubs that you can get involved in. I took up climbing this summer with a bunch of people from work and that was really fun. Aside from that there seems to be a lot of lunch time games/tournaments e.g. mariokart etc.
Internship (1-4 Months)
1st September 2017